I finally get a chance to run a race on the beach. This weekend, on Manzanita Beach, there is a 5k / 10k race entirely on the sand. An out and back with the Pacific Ocean as my running mate, the wind tossing my hair, and a forgiving surface under my feet…
Except the more I read about running on sand – the more I worry - it may not be such a good thing.
Risks of racing on the sand:
- Extreme calf soreness.
- Fatigue due to an increase in upper body propulsion.
- Sore feet from bad traction.
- Tripping over flotsam, glass, logs, or giant seaweeds!
- Sore ankles from running on a slope.
- There is no bounce.
- You burn 1.6 times more calories – like I already burn 5000 cals during a regular 10K
Running Beach Style
Sand: A Solid Foundation to Build Your Running Skills
Soft Sand Running - Video
"One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh