And from my running books I have learned this is good news to my body.
Because dirt tracks provide a softer landing.
Sidewalks are harsh to your body
When I lived in the city I avoided sidewalks as much as possible, because they're made of concrete. On the other hand: sidewalks are máde for pedestrians, so they are usually safer than the street. So whenever I could, I ran on the street, and if that was too hazardous I used the sidewalk.
I'm aware of the ground I run on
In general, I'm quite aware of the ground I run on. I really don't want to get hurt! Neither as a runner, nor as a mom.
I find it hard to protect myself from hurt as a mom, because I'm vulnerable through my children. But as a runner, I have more control!
Do you run on sidewalks? Dirt tracks? Bike paths?