Best surfaces to run on?

clan_NEt

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Are stadium tracks the best? are there any significant difference between concrete and rubberized stadium tracks?
 

Mercury

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the running track in a sport stadium is one of the best surfaces to run on. There is pros and cons for soft and hard surfaces. A good mix would be best in my opinion. It would be good to invest in a good pair of shoes, understand your feet structure, is it under pronation, over pronation or normal. Wearing a proper shoe that fits your feet structure can help prevent injuries like shin splints.
 

beechbone

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a track is best for people going for performance and timings. in my opinion the best surface to run on would be an uneven one. as it requires the use of the plantar fascia ligament in the feet connecting the heel bones and the toe bones. our feet are made to flex inwards and outwards and thus making the ligament stronger. it also requires the coordination of all the muscles of the leg making it much stronger.

people nowadays are facing problems with their foot arches and pronation problems, and this is a result of either long term usage of bad footwear (e.g. slippers) or failure to flex the plantar fascia. footwear provides physical protection no doubt. hence the recent invention of the so called barefoot shoes.
 

MalcolmX

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run on all kinds of surfaces would be good.
We should not drown ourselves in arguments of surfaces and ultimately neglect running.

However we have to recognise that some surfaces are not optimised for running. Running long distances on a bad surface with bad footwear can cause injuries.