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   Nov 20

Running on the Beach

What can be one of the best free workout in your area?  Beach running.  When you live near a beach, the sand affords you a wonderfully soft running surface, and an amazing view.  Your run on the beach can be extremely challenging especially if you run in deep sand. Or, it can be just as easy as a run in the park.  Below are some things to consider to help you enjoy your run by the sea.

Check the Tides
A low tide creates the most level, hard-packed surface for running.  Ideally, you want to run at the lowest tide of the day, or an hour or two around the lowest point, and stay close to the water’s edge without getting your feet wet. Running at high tide leaves you with just soft, dry sand, as the tide is rising and taking over more and more of the beach.

Gear Up
Be sure to pack your sunscreen for your run, as the water will reflect UV rays back at you.  Also don’t forget sunglasses and a hat to keep the sun from blinding you as you run.  If you decide that beech running is something you want to do a lot of, you may find yourself wanting to invest shoes made of a tighter mesh than normal running shoes, to keep the sand at bay.  Also try to wear a thinner sock which may ward off blisters if sand does make it way in.  Running barefoot is also an option so long as you know the beech to be free of debris.

Get to It
Now your ready. Go out and pick the best beech in your area and go! And don’t forget that after a long and hot run on the beech the ocean is right there, and is begging you to cool off. Take advantage of this free cool down option, and above all Enjoy yourself.

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