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Running along the beach at Treasure Island
By TERRY TOMALIN, Times Outdoors Writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2000
Treasure Island is a great place to try your first beach run because it has both flat, "hard pack," and soft, loose sand. Start off on the flat top, and once you feel loose, move to the soft sand. Then, when your legs start to feel like sacks of potatos, move back to the hard pack. Twenty minutes of beach running is worth an hour of street work.
Be forewarned. One sure way to hurt yourself is to run in sand without warming up. Before you hit the beach running, walk a little. Once you feel warm and limber, hit the ground and start stretching. This will lengthen your muscles and improve your range of motion. Start off slow and don't bounce. Hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds. If one hurts, back off.
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