If you’re like us, you’re ready for the cold weather to end already! Though it may not seem like it because of the dreary rain, spring and summer should be on their way – which means you should start preparing to spend some time on the beach!
There are a number of beach activities that you could take part in this season. Windsurfing, volleyball, and plain old sunbathing are some definite musts; however, you might not have considered how great running on the beach can actually be.
Just to be clear, we’re not necessarily talking about Pamela-Anderson-in-a-swimsuit running (though that’s cool, if that’s what you want to do) – we mean getting to enjoy a more scenic route while you take your daily jog. With so many different views and terrain on Texas beaches, there’s miles and miles of land for you to explore!
There are so many other reasons to run on the beach as well. For one, it’s a unique experience that you can’t get at home. Anyone can run around the neighborhood or track, but running on the beach is a luxury that not everyone has! Plus, less people tend to run on the trails on the beach, giving you privacy that you might not usually get to enjoy. And you’ll get to finish your workout with a nice dive in the water, giving you two workouts in one!
We hope you choose to run on a Texas beach this summer or spring. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of running tips that are a must-read before you arrive:
1. Make Sure to Warm Up Your Legs
Running on the beach works your leg muscles significantly harder than regular pavement. That means that stretching is essential in order to prevent permanent damage to your body. We recommend some calf stretches, forward lunges, squats, butt kickers, and high knees; these will wake your muscles and the arches in your feet.
2. Run for Time, Not for Distance
As we’ve stated before, running a mile on the beach is not like running a mile in your neighborhood. In fact, running on the beach requires 1.6 times more energy than running on a regular surface. That means that time is a much better measurement than distance for how much you’ve worked out.
3. Not All Sand is the Same
Not all Texas sands are created equal and different types of sand may be more or less difficult to run on. Take, for example, the consistency of wet sand versus dry sand. Unlike other surfaces, wet sand is actually easier to run on because the sand tends to be more packed together. When sand is dry, on the other hand, it can be easier to fall and/or harder on your leg and thigh muscles. If you’ve never run on a beach before, start on wet sand and gradually work your way towards the harder terrain.
Running on the beach is a great workout and also a super fun way to spice up your beach season! We hope to see you soon!