Friday, August 17, 2012

The Challenge of Beach Running (NY Times)

Another great article in the NY Times health blog, this one about beach running. It turns out running on the beach takes 1.6 more energy, and works your calves. A good supplement for speed work, perhaps.

Read the full article here.


  1. i tore my calf while running on the beach. Overstrained it, and continued to run on it.

  2. Very interesting...I used to run the beaches up in Oregon where you could run forever along the waters edge. When beach running is discussed it really is quite varied as to the surface you are on. When you run along the water as the women in the picture, it is quite hard, but as you move incrementally out to the dry it changes drastically, you hit a 'drop-off' at the point the water is no longer saturated in the sand which is where its a little dangerous if you're not expecting it, but yes its the greatest 'cross training'. I think it has to be a slower, methodical pacing and it can really serve to elongate and strengthen the calf muscles.


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