sprinting on hard surfaces?

it’s the winter, and since i ahve no acces to an indoor track, i’m forced to sprint in hallways at my school which are made of hard floor surfaces… Now i was wondering if their will be extra damage done to my bones and tendons, due to the greater impact on the hard floor, or if i should be fine?

no you won’t be fine.stay clear my friend because it will be the start of a vicious circle starting from achilles right up.do something else instead.drills etc you do not want to get shin splits now do you!!

aww bummer… well how am i supposed to do speed training now in the winter?? Its to cold to do sprints outside…

I somewhat agree, but also disagree with X-Man. The fact is, on hard surfaces you need to be very careful and injuries can develop much easier. I think some low volume work can be beneficial (low volume as in maybe only 100m total). Olympic lifts and plyos can provide stimulus when sprint volume must be very low/0.

What about a basketball court? Not the best, but reasonable and low volumes won’t be a killer.

Are there any outdoor tracks at your school that you can acess?

If it comes to it, and you have to train on an outside track, purchese a full body underarmor garment. Wear this under some suitable outdoor clothing to keep you warm, as you don’t want to freeze between sets/reps now do you.

tough it out and wear some underarmor cold weather junk and sweat pants, unless you live in alaska.

Or you can just lift and do drills, but running in a tile hallway is not the solution.

You could do a series of A and B drills to supplement your speed work and consider doing more body weight cicuits explosively, jump squats splits squats straight legged hops on the spot etc etc press-ups, you can do them on a soft mat indoors to absorb the reaction forces. Of course you could also do some weights. You could supplement the track work with speed squats. Take a weight you can do for 5 reps in 5-6 secs. Then add 1 sec on top thats your limit for the session. Increase the weight by 5 kg for each subsequent set rep out five reps if you have not reached the limit, rest add an extra 5 kg. Keep on doing this until your time is greater than the limit set for the session.

its not like ceramic tile, i don’t know exactly what its made out off, but i’d say its"less hard" than tile…

what about sprinting on concrete or on outdoor basketball courts?

i’ve been doing dat for a while, since it’s inconvenient for me to go to the track almost everyday, and i’ve never really had any injuries resulting from it (at least i dunt think so)…

I sprint always sprint on concrete/pitch road/ceramic tile and never got shin splits or anything like that, but maybe thats because I have been doing it since i was young so my body adapted. So if the surface is less hard than tile as you say, then I dont see the problem. Unless your not accustomed to doing so, or do it at too high an intensity.

If you have access to an athletic facility with seamless polyurethane floors, that would be acceptable. However, you would need to keep the speed durations small in the beginning, since these surfaces are relatively hard.

please everrybody take my advice…stay off hard surfaces! in the longrun its trouble

I´m absolutely agree with you X-man.Better not train on hard surfaces,that´s not a good idea at all.

You can adapt your body to do it,but that means it woul it be okay? I don´t think so :o

Of course, you want to stay off hard surfaces. In some cases, though, you may need to just because you don’t have other options. I would keep the amount and frequency limited. Probably no more than twice a week and if you’re working short sprints, you likely want to keep the total volume low (200-300 meters).

If you need to go to hard surfaces whether indoor or outdoor, be sure to wear shoes with good forefoot cushioning. Otherwise, add some ball of foot cushion or other additional cushioning inside the shoe to add some protection. And then pay close attention to how your shins and joints are feeling. If you’re getting sore, back off. And keep looking for other options.