get your feet wet: beach running

run on the beach

When our Calgary Store ambassador, Andrea Rice hits the shore for a beach run she ditches her hair tie, tunes, shoes and inhibitions.

andrea’s recipe for a perfect beach run

set your pony tail free
Seriously, just do it! Ditch the elastic, the headband and the bobby pins and let your hair run wild as you hit the sand. Whether it's been stuffed into a toque (Canadian-speak for hat) all winter long or simply pulled away from your face for a long, long time, nothing says freedom like letting the mane blow in the breeze while you're footing it through the sand. It will feel awesome.

sink your toes into the sand
Barefoot running is all the rage right now but for those of us not quite ready to hit the pavement naked, beach running is a great sampler. The first couple of times you hit the beach barefoot, cut down your distance and duration to see how it feels. Running on a soft surface like sand will call upon the muscles in your feet, legs and core to work a little harder. Post-run, expect to be a little sore in few new places. Remember not to push your body through any physical pain – test the waters but ultimately do what feels right for you. If barefoot ain’t your thing, bring your sneakers to the beach with you.

ditch the watch
You won’t run as fast as you do on the pavement but every second of beach running will be time very well spent. It's a nice way to remember that running is awesome just for the sake of running.

leave the tunes behind
Unplug from your headphones and listen to the waves crashing, the birds chirping and the people playing. How refreshing to run with a true awareness of your surroundings. Let your body fall into the rhythm of the natural soundtrack.

dive in
What better way to finish off a run on the beach than to go for a swim! The best part of running on the beach is that sweet, sweet, plunge into the ocean to cool off.  Enjoy it! After all, you earned it!

For those of us living in the frosty north, there’s a very small window to enjoy the warmer temps that summer will bring. How do you infuse your workouts with a little summer love?

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Oh man. This just inspired me to kick off my shoes and go run West Sands in true Chariots-of-Fire fashion. Great post, Andrea. If you’re ever in Scotland, come run out here with me!

Comment by Elissa Joy — May 8, 2012 @ 5:11 am

I suddenly have a great new reason to hit the beaches as often as possible when they open back up for the season :)

Comment by Sara Hamil — May 8, 2012 @ 9:38 am

I thought beach running would be a great thing to try on vacation. Not such a hot idea- I ran 6 miles barefoot and got 8 blisters. Be careful!

Comment by Kathryn — May 8, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

I run barefoot on the beach a few days a week during the summer. It is so much more satisfying to me than road running.

Comment by Laura Cohen — May 8, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

Soooo ready for running on the beach. Thanks for this post! I can’t remember the last time I let my hair loose while I ran. Anything to feel like a little kid again and just run free. Ahhhh summer…

Comment by Elle — May 8, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

Yes, cut down your mileage significantly when barefoot running for the first time. Sand is very abrasive. My barefoot run a few weeks ago resulted in 2 massive blood blisters.

Comment by Candice — May 8, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

I live in Northern BC and after falling in love with summer running decided to give winter running a go too. Personally I am in love with the winter, as I can zone out and animals are less of a hazard. Summer running, I have come to learn this means that you need to pay extra special attention to your surroundings as bears are a big problem here. But there are added benefits: I now notice all the birds, deer and the occasional crocus (which means spring is here!!!!). I don’t think I’ll be kicking off my runners anytime soon though (as it is I run with safety glasses on trail) but I love that people are getting in touch with the outdoors where ever they are.

Comment by Christina — May 9, 2012 @ 10:06 am

Best beach running ever? Early mornings on vacation in Veradero. Live the dream.

Comment by SeeAlliRun — May 9, 2012 @ 10:25 am

I live 3 miles from the beach on the East Coast… beach running is truly one of my favorite things about living here! Thanks for the inspiring blog :)

Comment by Amanda — May 14, 2012 @ 11:18 am

I live in Bondi Beach in Sydney, as an active competitive athlete running is essential for my conditioning… even though I used to dread it! Beach running was the solution — low impact, less injury, and more challenging. Plus Sydney has beautiful beaches! ;D

Comment by Karla — May 14, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

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