Running on wood?

Running on wood?

Living where I do, my options are limited for routes. I hoping to run on this boardwalk around a pond (lake) very close to my home. It's stunning. As you can see, the snow hasn't all gone yet, but it will. My question is, is wood a good surface to run on? I don't like running on roads/ pavements, we don't really have any parks here and I thought that early on, at least, this would be good as its flat.

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  • Looks beautiful!!!

    As long as you have great running shoes and it is dry? There is quite a lot online about running on boardwalks, but usually at the side of a sunlit ocean:)

  • My advice would be to wait until the wood is completely dry, you really don't want to risk slipping! Otherwise, that looks amazing. Where do you live that you have snow?! X

  • I love Canada. Where do you live?

  • Newfoundland , it's so beautiful...😊....but no Park runs☹️

  • Running on wood is just dandy. Running in snow is lovely too.

  • Looks lovely. Part of my favourite run is along a riverbank where there is a boardwalk- but it is covered with chicken wire - so less chance of slipping. Feels quite secure to me. As the others say, I'd make sure yours is dry before running on it.

  • When it is dry, that boardwalk is going to be the ideal running surface. A little springy, forgiving on your joints, really fast to run on, straight-ish and flat.

    Feeling slightly envious

  • Thanks MarkyD, that's what I hoped someone would say. I walked it every day this winter, sometimes it was barely passable even with snow shoes, surface was over eight feet above the boards in places. On April 5 we had 238cm on ground. In case you are wondering I have completed weeks 1 and 2 on pavements of streets near my house but I can't wait to get running on the board walk. Will post progress.

  • If the wood is wet then trail shoes may be better than road shoes.

  • There is a little boardwalk in Cambridge, I always seem to run faster there than anywhere else, but watch out if it's icy....

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