The Truth About Running on the Beach

Let's be honest. Running on the beach is kind of awful. Want proof? Watch.

To show you what not to do, each week STACK brings you a moment from the weight room or sports field gone horribly wrong.

Can we all be honest for a second and admit that running on the beach is kind of awful?

Beach runs always start great. There's nothing more beautiful than a wide, empty beach early in the morning. Plus, the pre-workout Instagram photo (#nofilter #blessed) not only makes you look good for working out on vacation, it also makes your friends jealous.

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To show you what not to do, each week STACK brings you a moment from the weight room or sports field gone horribly wrong.

Can we all be honest for a second and admit that running on the beach is kind of awful?

Beach runs always start great. There's nothing more beautiful than a wide, empty beach early in the morning. Plus, the pre-workout Instagram photo (#nofilter #blessed) not only makes you look good for working out on vacation, it also makes your friends jealous.

Unfortunately, at some point you have to start running. That's when the trouble starts.

If you go no shoes, you're choosing to cut your feet on every shell, rock and dead starfish on the beach. Of course, that might be preferable to turning your nicest pair of running shoes into two tiny swamps. And no matter how flat the beach looks, know that it's hiding an incline that could roll your ankle three different times. Your gift for finishing? A rash that won't let you sit comfortably for a week.

But no matter how many times you've run on the beach, you're always sure that this time it's going to be great. You picture yourself as the star of your own training montage. You've got the Chariots of Fire song in your head.  Then this happens.

This video perfectly captures the beach run experience. From the beginning, it seems like it will be much more fun than it turns out to be. The sky is cloudy, the ocean is disgusting and the two joggers look like they're running out of gas. Then the water reaches their ankles. No big deal. The foam moves up to their waists. They don't flinch. Not until it's too late do the joggers finally admit that running on the beach was a bad idea.

Finally, after they've been almost drowned, foamed and infected with a horrible dirty-water virus, they rise triumphantly from the sea to jog again. That's when they trip over the dead body.

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