written by runnergirl training
There are a variety of running surfaces and they each have pros and cons. There is not a single best running surface. Mixing up your running surfaces is helpful to prevent injuries. If training for an event make sure the majority of your mileage is on the same type of surface. Also make sure you have the correct type of running shoes for the surface. For example, minimalist shoes might not be the best shoes for trail running. Be sure to gradually transition to a new running surface or shoe type.
Belt reduces impact on joints
Less quality treadmills can hurt joints
Pick a flat surface
Reflective & bright clothes
Only use 1 earbud to hear traffic
Most common surface
Crowned & uneven roads
Absorbs shock instead of sending it back up feet & legs
Good for injuries of tendons & muscles
Good for after a fracture
Can aggravate plantar fasciitis
Call schools to see track availability
Can be monotonous
Hard packed sand is best
Adds variety to running surfaces
Can injure joints & soft tissue.
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