Indoor RunningTrack Quote
“Will it go round in circles”. ~ Billy Preston
Running indoors is very convenient for keeping track of your time and distance. You also do not have to concentrate as hard as you do running outside, watching for cars or any types of obstacles on your running path.To me, one of the biggest advantages is the softer surface and the limited stress it puts on your joints and knees.
Running on an indoor jogging track is also a great way to meet other runners. At some point if you do start running with others, you will likely push yourself harder and look forward to the days when you plan on running with someone. It will not take you long to meet a few local runners and possibly set up some type of informal running club if that is something you would like to be a part of.
Most tracks are a part of an athletic facility that can have different athletic events going on. Many of the tracks at these facilities are located on the top floors so the runners are pretty much out of the way for whatever else the facility is being used for.
It is a good idea to find out what type of schedule they have as most indoor jogging tracks have times when the track is off limits to recreational runners.
One of the closest indoor tracks for me has kid’s hockey on weekend mornings. So I try to run one of those mornings and just watch the kid’s play, it’s pretty amazing how fast the time flies by.
Usually the tracks are set up for counter clockwise running, but many of them alternate the direction on different days of the week. If you are there for a slow casual run, try and stay on the outside lanes of the track and let the faster runners have the inside lanes.
If you are used to running with music on, keep the volume to a low level so that you can be aware of your surroundings and are able to hear everything around you.
Although an inddor jogging track has the bragging rights for safe and controlled conditions compared to icy roads and weathered sidewalks outside, they do provide their own set of challenges for runners.
Tight turns and steep banking at the corners can put runners at risk for injury. These can usually be problems of the feet, ankles, and calves. But it is possible for the stress to make it up to the knees and hips.
Runners who tend to have a history of running aches and pains shouldn't follow an excessive training schedule on the inddor track. All runners should listen to their bodies and be aware of abnormal aches and pains that last for more than a day.
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