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Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by rEdShawks, May 11, 2008.

  1. rEdShawks Brown Belt

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    So many people tell me so many different things about the best running surfaces. Most say grass is best, which is great since i cant find grass to run on. I have 4 main options

    concrete- which is pretty much unanimously the worst running surface

    A wooden boardwalk - I live in miami beach and there is a wooden boardwalk near by which is 1.8 miles long, so if i run it back and forth i get 3.6 or go for long run and do it back and forth 2wice and get 7.2 miles

    Asphalt- The road, or there is a park nearby which has a 400m track but the track is not clay its asphalt (running store told me asphalt the best)

    Treadmill- a pretty expensive one

    So whats the best for my ankle/knees/everything

    I usually run around twice a week on treadmill and track and once on boardwalk

    Please give me some advice on which surface to run on

    *sources would be very appreciated, but post even if u dont have ures
     
  2. clinchman Orange Belt

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    Wood has a little give - so I would think it would be fairly easy on your body. I was under the impression that an all weather track was the best because it has a lot of give. If it were me, I'd go for the boardwalk.
     
  3. Standard Too dumb to learn, too stubborn to quit

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    Just curious what are you running for? and what type of running? i've always found running in the sand to be a great workout and lower impact but a trade off is you can't run as far and in soft sand there can be a bigger potential for ankle injury.
     
  4. Revok Brown Belt

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    You should be able to get away with doing LSD on the roads provided you have decent shoes. You might get shin splints for a couple of weeks but it's just something you've gotta go through. For sprints go with the boardwalk.
     
  5. liquid! mens rea

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    Lsd everywhere. Don't overthink this. Get out and run. Put your headphones on and explore your city.

    Sprints in the sand.
     
  6. rEdShawks Brown Belt

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    i dont fight, i run for myself, makes me feel good, but i do races every once in awhile (non-competitivley) but hope to get competitive
     
  7. Ziltoid In search for the Ultimate cup of Coffee

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    OH man. I used to run in the sand everyday when I lived right by the beach. Great friggin workout for your legs. Is it better running with sneakers or no on sand?
     
  8. indigoluxe Yellow Belt

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    Running on the boardwalk for a month. Stepping up your milage. It will act as a good intermediary. Then move to LSD on concrete, otherwise you'll actually start to hate running.
     
  9. rEdShawks Brown Belt

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    isnt lsd concrete really bad for ankles
     
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    isnt lsd+concrete real bad for u?
     
  11. liquid! mens rea

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    Of course the softer the surface the better. If you're a lightweight you have very litle to worry about.

    If you're planning on running any road races you should to shift over to a harder/similiar surface as a race nears.

    Your overthinking this a bit. Go outside and run where you feel most inspired or the most local "talent" is. Explore you city on foot.

    I personally go out of my way to find trails and bike paths on weekdays, as I hate running alongside the road.
     
  12. vince89 Banned Banned

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    If you have high arch or flat foot, bad running mechanics and bad shoes then yeh youre almost guaranteed to get shin splints.
     

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