I don’t run marathons. I never ran track in high school or college. I couldn’t beat half the people reading this in a race; long or short distance. With all of that said, I am still a runner. I run to wake myself up in the morning. I run when I am feeling fat. I run when I am angry. Some weeks I run a lot and other weeks I don’t run at all.
And yet, even with my limited knowledge about running, I can still impart a wonderful piece of knowledge to anyone reading this, or at least the inexperienced runners just like me. You see, I, like most runners, sometimes feel the effects of running on cement. Sometimes those annoying aches and pains become immediately obvious and other times they don’t poke their little heads out until the next morning. They can come in the form of a sore knee or a tight back. In any event, we all get them. But I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way, or at least it doesn’t have to be as severe as it’s always been. So please take the advice I am about to give very seriously and give it a try.
The next time you are running through your local neighborhood, avoid the cement confines of the streets and sidewalks and opt for the gentle touch of the grass that sits so peacefully beside them. Sure, you can’t avoid the cement entirely; there will be times when you have to cross a street or driveway. And sure, you might have to dodge a divot, a random dog dropping or a property owner's glaring eye from time to time, but if you keep the grass beneath your feet as much as possible I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the results. The soft earth will absorb the impact of every step you take and reduce the damage you expose your body to.
I personally have been doing this for the last month and I couldn’t be happier. I wake more refreshed with less aches and pains than ever before. If you don’t believe me, give it a try and see what grass can do for you.