Running is a popular type of exercise on the Florida beach and running on the sand is much different and harder than it is on cement or the treadmill. Running on beach sand will be a workout your body isn’t used to, making it more effective.
Barefoot or shoes? You will see a mix of runners, some choose to wear shoes, although many prefer to run barefoot. Running barefoot allows you to use your whole foot enabling your feet to move through their natural range of motion. This can help strengthen different muscles, but pay attention to any unusual aches or pains you may experience especially if you have plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries, or any lower leg problems. For those that like to run barefoot, be careful of fish hooks, sharp shells and broken glass.
Wet sand or dry sand? Wet, hard sand creates a dense, stable surface. Soft sand creates a higher level of instability, which makes you work harder.
If you choose to wear your shoes on the beach, you can run in the soft sand you work harder and have lots of sand in each shoe when you’re done or you go for the hard sand while trying not to get your shoes wet.
You can also consider running in the water. What a feeling you get with the water splashing up on your legs as you run. Plus, the bonus of slightly firmer footing than the loose sand further up on the beach.
An added perk to beach running — the cool beach breeze blowing on your face giving you a continuous cool down effect.