It’s summer, the best time for sand runs. I’ve done three sand runs recently: One on Saturday at Assateague Island National Seashore, and previous runs at Roaring Point Park and Ocean City.
I’m by no means an expert and I’m certainly not a doctor, physical therapist, or anything like that. So if you have a health-related question, consult someone who can better answer you. But here are a few tips I’ve taken away from the runs.
- Don’t expect to go fast. This is something I did know before these recent runs, and it’s probably included in most articles on sand running. Do sand runs to gain a different kind of strength (although I couldn’t tell you what it does in particular), for the beautiful scenery and for the dip in the ocean/river/etc. afterward. My latest sand run was only two miles, and it still took me just over 13 minutes per mile. This didn’t even include a decently-long break to take pictures. It did include some walking.
- Go to the bathroom first. This one may also go without saying, but when you’re running on the beach, you won’t pass by a bathroom, and you might not have shoes on if you can head up to one. My Ocean City sand run got cut a little short because I had to go.
- Decide whether you want to wear shoes. Again, I couldn’t tell you what this does for your feet, but although it’s tough, I like the feeling of running on the sand barefoot. But I realized from previous runs that the sand at Roaring Point hurt my feet, so I wore shoes there this recent time — an old pair.
- You might not want to wear a bikini. I ran in a bikini yesterday, and although it was great for running by the water and beating the heat, I had to keep pulling up the bottoms. It may be safer to stick with running clothes, a one-piece or a sport-type bikini.
- Bring a bathing suit. … Because one of the main benefits of a sand run is getting in the water afterward.
- Bring a phone/camera. Be sure to keep your phone/camera away from any water and sand, but a sand run is a nice time to bring a phone or camera because you may see something you wouldn’t have otherwise. I snapped the photo of the three horses above at Assateague at my turnaround point (one mile out).
If you decide to do a sand run, have fun and stay hydrated! Feel free to share any tips you have, as well.
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