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Q: What kinds of surfaces are the best for running or walking?

The best surfaces are firm but not too hard and relatively flat and smooth. Generally roads make fine running surfaces (traffic allowing) but keep in mind that they are generally sloped so that water will run off the center of the road. When running against traffic, this slant can cause your right foot to pronate (roll inward) and your left foot to supinate (roll outward) so choose the flattest route possible. Sidewalks are not the best because the concrete is significantly harder than asphalt and they are not continuous- you have to jump on and off at corners. Also, many are cracked and uneven. Running tracks are often a good option if you use the outside lanes and change direction often to compensate for the persistent curved path.

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