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Running on sand requires 1.6 times more energy -- Beach Running Benefits and Tips #run

Running on sand requires 1.6 times more energy -- Beach Running Benefits and Tips #run

While my IT Band disrupted my planned 18 mile long run a few weeks ago, I refused to let it ruin all of my running plans for our vacation. Monday morning I headed barefoot to Jacksonville Beach to enjoy a nice easy 5 mile run. Easy is just about the only way to go when you hit the beach for a longer run. Luckily in Jacksonville Beach the sand is well packed and eliminates a lot of the extra umph needed for soft sand running. According to an article in Experimental Biology “running on sand requires 1.6 times more energy expenditure than does running on a hard surface ”. In layman’s terms that means it is harder and burns more calories! People frequently asked me about beach running during our time in Miami, so here are a few reason to hit the beach for a run and a few tips to make it more enjoyable. Why beach run? The view <<obvious right?! It’s like running with ankle weig...

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