So many Mermaids I know are all about ‘how far, how fast, and how often’. This time of year, with spring marathons and half marathons looming, runners are logging some serious miles in some a wide range of conditions- some pretty adverse ones as well, depending on your area of the country!
But what we don’t always consider is the toll running on the roads can take on a Mermaid’s body. All those miles pounding can have cumulative negative effects, from stress fractures, to full fractures, knee issues, and hip and back pain. Switching up some of your runs to include a variety of surfaces can help you avoid impact- related injuries.
So, for a change of pace (no pun intended) try trails, grass, treadmill, and even track workouts to give variety to your running, and give your poor pounded legs a much needed break!
On easy days, try running on a local soccer field. I am especially fond of synthetic fields– no ‘holes’’ to step in, soft and very cushy! Mermaids love company, so grab a friend and push each other!
I know a lot of runners ‘dread’ the mill, but treadmills are awesome for key speed/interval workouts, when the outdoor conditions (extreme heat or cold) would make the hard workouts even more uncomfortable, or even dangerous. With a challenging speed workout to keep you focused, you won’t have time to be bored on the mill, and your legs will benefit from the more forgiving running surface.
And nothing beats a trail run for reconnecting with the sheer joy of running. Note: Trail runs on rough/uneven terrain are NOT recommended for runners (like me!) who are dealing with ankle, back or knee issues. But for most mermaids, a flat dirt or grassy trail can be a welcome change from asphalt roads.
Lastly, for a run every Mermaid can enjoy, you can’t give your legs a better gift than to jump in the pool for a pool run! (More about this under- rated and WAY under- utilized cross training exercise later….) A buoyancy belt allows you to be submerged to shoulder level, as you follow a natural running motion… Ahhh:) I gather up a group of Mermaids every Sunday Am, and we hit the pool for a 1 hour Pool Recovery run, after our long run on Saturday…. Give it a try- your fins will thank you!