Going on vacation and want to keep up with your exercise routine? Just pack your running shoes. They’re a great alternative.
The huge advantage to running is you can practically do it anywhere. That’s why I always make sure to take my running shoes, an iPod and the excitement of finding a new running spot with me. It’s not always easy though, because I have to wake up earlier than my traveling companions, but every time I succeed, without a doubt, it makes for an unforgettable experience.
I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of running on snow, by the sea and on the asphalt of many fascinating cities. And each experience has enriched my amateur running career. However, each time I change running surfaces, I try to take the necessary precautions to not hurt myself.
When I go on a beach vacation, one of the activities I enjoy most is jogging by the sea. The incredible views make for a fascinating experience. But it’s important to follow some suggestions before running on sand.
Because you’re running on the beach, the first thing you should consider is that you’ll be running in a more hot and humid climate to which you are used to, so it’s important to be well hydrated before, during, and after your run.
Don’t look to break a personal record the first time you run on sand. You have to consider that running on a soft surface means your body will require more energy than if you were running on a flat surface. And don’t be surprised if you don’t run as far or as fast as you normally do.
If you forgot your iPod, don’t worry! One of the most therapeutic soundtracks is the sound of the waves breaking next to you.
It’s also important to step carefully when you run on sand. The beach surface is irregular and it increases the chances for injury.
Ideally, you want to run on the wet sand because of its a firmer surface. I like to alternate between wet and dry sand. Depending on how intense I want my workout to be, I try to run as much as possible on the dry surface, using the wet surface for recovery periods.
Some people prefer to run barefoot. The wet sand is sufficiently soft to try it and it lets you tone your foot and calf muscles. Personally, I like the support my running shoes give me instead.
It’s important to protect yourself from the sun, too. That’s why I recommend running with a cap and tons of sunscreen.
I promise, if you like running, you’ll enjoy doing so at the beach. One of my favorite things to do after running is to lay down in a lounge chair and look at the sea while I drink a bottle of ice-cold water.
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If you already have, the summer months are the perfect time start running before you begin your official training.
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Don’t forget to consult your doctor before starting any new physical activity, especially if you’ve had back or knee problems