I’d never gone for a run on sand before. I’ve heard some advocates of barefoot running claim that running barefoot on sand encourages good form, improves ground feel, and so on. Since now I live so near to a stretch of beach it seems that I have a good opportunity to get some variety in my workouts, even more so because I’m not in a position yet to be working on getting fast. Keeping it interesting while possibly helping to improve form is a great plan. I can’t imagine that running on sand could be bad for me.
Truth to tell, this was mostly a walk. Rather than start out running and then take walk breaks, I went out walking and didn’t plan to try to run until I got to the beach. I wanted my legs (and lungs) somewhat fresh when I started on the sand, and furthermore I needed to get my legs warmed up before I was going to be capable of anything like running. After [my run on Wednesday](/node/1540) my legs were stiff and sore for days — I was still having trouble just walking or getting up from a seated position four days later.