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Ultra / Adventure racing
where to run?
Hi, I live in London and usually run on the sidewalk which I've read is very bad on the knees- I feel it in my back. The treadmile is boring... anyone know of any tracks in the SE1 area? I may also go to the parks in future.
I'm no-where near London, so I can't help with locations, but what type of "sidewalk" do you run on? Concrete slabs or cobbles are really hard on the legs - just like running on solid rock. Tarmac (or asphalt) does at least have a little "give" in it, so it's not quite so bad.
Parks are ideal, but be careful after dark.
Dave Walker (AAAC)
I'm also out of the London area but if by tracks you mean athletics tracks you could run on take a look at ...
... which has a directory of UK running tracks.
Road running does give your legs a bit of a bashing compared to off-road running but if you're repeatedly getting problems with your legs and so on it might be worth taking a look at your running shoes and making sure they're in good nick and suited to your gait - i.e. whether you pronate etc. Or maybe speaking to a physio?
There must be an article on the RW site about this sort of stuff. If not, drop me a line and I'll root out some info for you.
It might be a good idea to drive out of London at the weekend to run in the hills. That way there wil beless pollution
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