15 Dec The technique of barefoot running along the sand
This is not another in the series of articles about barefoot running and it’s not my attempt to convince you to change the technique, shoes, style. This is an article that celebrates running on sand, the beauty of running on the beach, but it’s also a great motive to be active on vacation 🙂
The reason is many:
the romance of screaming sand is an unprecedented movie motif
barefoot walking and running along the sand is considered multiple therapeutic
you will find another element that will delight you on vacation
you will not lose your training, and you will add new skills to your running style
You will practice some new muscles, which we run poorly in ordinary running
Running around the beach is very sexy, you may meet an interesting companion
So we have beach, sand, sea and sun. How to start training?
Start with wet sand. Run along the coast, ideally along the border until the wave quasi sand, there is the strongest and the change is the smallest
Most runners and runners will, with their usual technique, run on their heels. On the sand this is inadequate for two reasons:
Much more knee load because you do not have running shoes
The sand is not a hard surface as much as concrete, the heel will fall and your fingers will not easily be able to cast you forward
Therefore, try to wait on the front of the foot, on the side, or as normal as possible. First lower your fingers, then allow the heel to fall only slightly.
Run slowly. The sand has much less friction, you slip more and your knees and joints will work, as well as muscles to support balance, the usual pace, so it will not be possible for the same energy consumption. Take 15 minutes a day and increase the score based on your personal assessment of how difficult your first training was.
Listen to the body and watch for sudden or unusual pain, running along the sand is similar, but still enough new activity for your body. Do not force him.
Choose the parts of the beach that are flat, inconvenient if the waves make a mild dune of sand, because one foot will be more burdened.
Mandatory stretching after training, special emphasis on leaves.