- WHERE TO RUN?
Yes, you can run anywhere, whether it is the pavement in your neighborhood, the sand on the beach, or that hill up to the mountain. Your feet will strike the same, whatever ground you choose to put underneath them. So what’s all the fuss with picking the right surface? While your feet may be fine with landing on both hard and soft surfaces, your body is somewhat pickier. The evenness of the surface also matters a lot, and in many situations, it is the main culprit why injuries swoop in. The pressure that your body receives when the feet strike an uneven ground indicates the chances for injuries. But, is there one best surface that will be your body’s best friend and increase your running performance? Many say that there isn’t, however,
when you are just starting to run, I would say that an ideal surface for you would be a forest ground that is cushioned with pine needles. But since only a few of us actually have the privilege of having this ideal surface nearby, the rest of us must work with what the surroundings offer. Experts say that the key to success is in variety, meaning that choosing to mix up the ground you run on is the key to your healthy performance. Of course, I don’t mean to mix them up literally, but simply to avoid running on a single trail every day. Each running surface comes with a list of pros and cons, and in order to determine when to hit which of these trails, you need to learn about how and when your body can benefit from them.