I’ve been experimenting with a substance this year to help my running. It’s called “grass.” In particular, “lumpy grass.”
TriForcer Nicki & Coach About to Run on the Substance “Lumpy Grass”
This substance can:
- Decrease muscle damage.
- Help you recover more quickly.
- Decrease risk of stress fracture.
- Let you run more miles per week
Negative Side Effects Can Include:
- Boredom (if grass field is not very big)
- Loss of feedback from the ground unless you wear minimal shoes
- Loss of toughness in the quads if you don’t mix in harder surfaces.
- Increase risk of twisted ankle if the surface has holes.
Using Grass Responsibly:
- Early in the season use grass frequently to let you run more often while your legs are still toughening up.
- Grass is also recommended as you’re ramping your mileage.
- Once your mileage has ramped up close to your max & your body feels tougher, gradually start adding more harder surfaces to start toughening up your leg muscles. (But use more grass whenever your legs feel “beat up”)
- Use more grass during your taper to allow your legs to stay fit with less micro trauma.