Beach Running

First I want to thank all of you who took part in the bake sale yesterday.  I am still waiting the final $$ amount but we did get over $300.  Thank you for supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Last week we took our team out to the coast for some beach running.  It was so much fun.  The breeze off the water helped to keep the temperature down.

Living in Central Florida where there are not too many hills, presents its challenges for training when we are training for races like San Francisco that involve lots of hills (running the overpass near my home gets a little boring).  We do have one hill we train on but to keep a change of scenery we had to make some other options and that involved running in the sand.

Sand running is a great workout.  Not only does it work your running muscles, but it adds extra work to your stabilizing muscles.  So without really knowing it you work your core, muscles around your knees and ankles.  It is so important to work each of these areas before running a distance race.  Some of the lesser used muscles in hard surface running will begin to weaken as you approach the long distances of the marathon or even the half marathon.  But with a variety of running surfaces, such as the sand or grass, you engage the muscles in different ways and they will not tire as easily when you get into the long distances. 

With both grass, sand or even trail running you have to be careful of your footing.  The last thing you want to do is come home with an injured ankle from stepping in a hole or on a root.  At the beach we run near the water where the sand is harder and more compact.  Also be careful if you have any Achilles tendon issues not to allow your heal to sink too far in the sand.  This could aggravate the tendon.

Most importantly, change up your running locations to keep it fun.  The more exciting it is the more you will want to do it.  So get up and go find an interesting place to walk or run.  Just get moving.

I would love to hear about some of your favorite running or walking spots.  Add them into the comments section if you have a place you want to share.

Happy Running

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