As peaceful as running on the beach sounds, it’s also a bit tricky. Though we promise the reward of listening to the ocean’s sounds on a run makes it worth a go. Here are some things that you must keep in mind while hitting the beach on your run.

Tides
You might wonder what tides have to do with running on the beach. Allow us to explain. Running during low tide is most advisable as once the tide recedes it creates the most level, hard packed surface. The best time to run would be an hour after the tide has reached its lowest point. Try to run close to the water’s edge.

Running on the beach during high tide can be very tedious because at that time you have only soft, loose sand to run on. This is best for when you’re running out of time, as it’s a quick great workout and your calves and thighs feel that sweet burn.

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Running on sandy beaches can take a heavy toll on your feet (Image: Shutterstock)

Slant
Some beaches have a greater slant than the others. Make sure the beach you run on is minimally angled. Running on a beach with a slope or slant can wreak havoc on your knees, so make sure you run on a flatter part because it’s better to put both legs through the paces than just one.

Shoes
Remember to run in shoes that have a mesh for the sand to go through. Running in shoes full of sand can be rather excruciating.

Sunscreen
No matter how quick your run is, don’t skimp on the sunscreen. Even early morning rays, over a period of time, can give you a nasty burn. And remember to hydrate right after your run, and maybe even throw yourself in the ocean to cool off after.

Do keep in mind that running on the beach never looks like it did with the Baywatch crew. You may end up looking awkward, but do it the right way!

Main Image: Mike Baird

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