2 DRY SAND RUNNING
“Dry sand is a soft, low-impact but challenging surface to run on, which makes it a really tough yet effective resistance style session,” says Dixon.
The soft surface significantly reduces the impact on your joints, connective tissues and muscles, which can all take a severe pounding when you run predominantly on the road. “Dry sand still offers a really tough run – it’s an uneven surface and your feet want to sink into the sand with every stride, and the faster you run the harder it is to maintain that pace,” says Dixon. “So it’s a real lung-busting session that’s great for improving leg and joint strength. Try a shorter Fartlek-style session: after a thorough warm-up push the pace for one to three minutes, then slow down and jog to get your breath back, then push on again. Do this for 3-5km for a really effective workout.”