Interestingly, you can also analyze their form by their footprints left in the sand. This could be useful to you for analyzing your own form. It could also make for a pretty nifty parlor trick. You know… to impress the ladies.
This is an interesting article about how to “read” footprints in beach sand to understand the runner’s technique. Not sure about impressing the ladies, though.
All too often, we focus exclusively on outcomes. We care about finishing a distance, doing so in a specific time, or placing in a certain position. If we DO focus on the process, we tend to obsess over pacing, heart rate, weekly mileage, or worrying about how our run will look when we post in on Facebook using Daily Mile.
His suggestion… running should be play. Good article.