1 WET SAND RUNNING
“Running on compacted wet sand allows you to run fast and hard without the same jarring impact on your joints you get from concrete,” says elite runner and coach Shaun Dixon (letsgetrunning.com).
Unless you’re on a huge stretch of coastline you’re not going to be chalking up huge mileage (without running repeatedly back and forth). Instead use your time to work on speed and technique. “The smooth and soft surface gives the option to whip off your shoes and practise running barefoot – top athletes include barefoot sprints to help them practise a fast, natural running technique,” says Dixon. “The surface is great to run ‘strides’, which are fast but relaxed sprints. After a ten-minute warm-up, run six to eight strides of around 20 seconds with a one-minute recovery jog between them.”