To cut along story short, I have not been able to do any training for about half a year due to a mixture of ligament damage in my ankle and shin splints. Now I'm all rested up and recouperated I am ready to start training again. Obviously I don't want to go straight out and do running on roads, and want to break myself in gently, so to speak. I live literally 200 metres from some nice big football pitches which I can run on, which should start me off nicely. However I'm wondering if there would be any benefit to doing a session once or twice a week running on the beach? It's only a 20 mile round trip. So do you guys think there would be any benefit in it, or should I stick to the football fields?