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Bleezean Rookie 1 posts since
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Jun 7, 2011 12:15 PM

Beach Running

What are the aerobic and physical gains running in 1-3 inches of loose beach sand as opposed to running on a firmer surface like turf, grass or pavement?

  • Surfing_Vol Legend 848 posts since
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    1. Jun 7, 2011 12:25 PM (in response to Bleezean)
    Re: Beach Running

    Running in loose beach sand?  Good luck with that.  It is hard as heck but will make your legs and feet far stronger. On the other hand, running in soft sand could raise the risk of overuse injuries due to all the stress being put on your legs.


    The key to beach running is to find the packed sand and not get too wet by paying attention to the incoming waves.  Perfect running conditions, especially on a softly-sloped beach.


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  • seanfry8 Amateur 12 posts since
    Jun 8, 2011
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    2. Jun 8, 2011 1:17 PM (in response to Bleezean)
    Re: Beach Running

    Beach running is a great way to add resistance to your workout and will have great gains for your mobility, agility, quickness, and explosiveness for your running.

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  • BradW44 Pro 119 posts since
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    3. Jul 1, 2011 11:30 AM (in response to Bleezean)
    Re: Beach Running

    Beach running is great as an addition to your regular training program.  I assume you are running barefoot when you do it.  You will find that you are using alot of different muscles and in a different way which can greatly enhance your strength and resistance to injury.  Like intervals or hill repeats, I wouldnt suggest that be the only running workout that you do.  Mix it in with different surfaces and you may find that you feel stronger with a more powerful push-off.  Good luck.


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