Using Sand to Analyze Your Running Form

Very good/simple test that I have used on the beaches in Santa Cruz (I’m a norCal guy). Another word of warning from experience: if you don’t have the best form and/or you typically wear raised heel shoes, you can really strain your calves running in sand if you over-do it. Raised heels make your calves less flexible in general. But if you normally wear raised heeled shoes, when you are on sand, this will cause you to dig your heel in and dorsiflex your foot even more than normal. Bad combo. When I first started barefoot running almost 3 years ago I ran one day at the beach (in beautiful Capitola CA) and really strained a calf muscle. My calves needed more time to adjust to getting rid of raised heel clod hoppers.

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