Running is awesome because you can do it practically anywhere. But which running surface is best for you?
With each surface comes different challenges, Grass is one of the softest surfaces, and is arguably the best for your joints. But grasslands are frequently covered in hills, so there’s a higher chance that you’ll be in for a real workout.
Track surfaces are forgiving and great for measuring distance, but the super tight turns on either end can put pressure on your knees and ankles.
Treadmills are perfect for winter and bad weather — and some surfaces are softer than others, depending on the machine. But, you’d obviously have to have access to a gym or a few hundred dollars for your own machine.
Concrete is usually flat and keeps you safe away from the road. Sometimes, it’s the only option for city dwellers — but it’s made up of mostly crushed rock and delivers an incredible amount of shock to your legs, which can cause injuries and pain.
Whatever your preference, there’s a surface for you, but if you’re looking for a long running career, it’s smart to be mindful of your joints and make sure they’re you’re not putting too much stress on them. So stick to softer surfaces when you can!