You won’t have to look around for very long before you see someone come plodding along on the concrete. It could be that they live in an urban terrain where it’s not possible to run on the pavement because of traffic. They may be someone who doesn’t’ enjoy that slippery feel of the early morning dew in the grass or who doesn’t enjoy that monotonous feeling that can occur when running on a treadmill. If you, like the fellow outside your window, are wondering about wether or not you should run on concrete, you should weigh the pros and cons wisely.
Concrete is notoriously hard and unforgiving, it’s also safer than being in the road and less expensive than a gym membership or purchasing a treadmill. However, it will require a little give and take.
Pros Of Running On Concrete:
1. It’s Free: Just like the pavement or a field, running on concrete won’t cost you a thing as compared to owning a treadmill or a gym membership.
2. It’s Safe: Compared to running on the pavement or down a trail, concrete, in the form of sidewalks, is much safer. Motorist may not be expecting you in the road and their visibility can be cut off from other cars, be they parked or moving, and weather conditions. When you’re running on the sidewalk, you’re were pedestrians are supposed to be, and bearing in mind a freak motorist, you should be fairly safe.
3. Sidewalks are Flat: Well, mostly flat. There are of course exceptions, but just like pavement, your run should be fairly flat and the concrete should allow you to see any minor obstacles that lay in front of you.
4. It’s an Easy Option: You may not feel like trying to find a park, trail, or a gym. Sidewalks provide you with an easy and accessible place to run, and in highly developed locals, may be your only choice.
Cons Of Running on Concrete:
1. It’s Hard: Concrete is about the hardest running surface you’re ever going to find. It’s unforgiving to the legs and there are at least a half dozen others places your feet would rather be falling.
2. Its Made For One: Much like running on a trail, you’ll need to be careful when approaching others on a sidewalk. You’re going to be moving faster than they are, and it can be a pain to run on a busy sidewalk during certain parts of the day.
3. It’s Got a Ledge: You may think, ‘So what?’ but anyone who has ever fallen off of the sidewalk, and it happens, then they will tell you that it isn’t fun. No one wants to think about a ledge next to them, particularly when they are trying not to run over other people, and that little 6-8 inch drop can be a nice fall when your leg is in full stride and you’re not looking for it.
There’s a good chance that if you’re running on concrete, you’ve made the choice between concrete or asphalt. Pending on the traffic, you’ve probably made the right choice. But running on concrete is hard on the lower extremities, and if you can avoid the sidewalk, it would be advisable to do so.