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How to Run on a Track

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Published on Apr 17, 2009

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Running on a track might be a little repetitive, but it's also easy, even and a simple way to measure your pace.

Step 1: Check when the track is open
Check to see when the track is open to the public before you start running on it. If it’s a school track, student sports and events always get first priority.

Step 2: Set a goal
Set a clear goal; that way, you’ll be less likely to quit until you’ve reached it. Maybe you want to sprint the straight-aways and walk the curves?

Step 3: Choose a pace
Pace yourself. Some people prefer a constant gait, while others alternate laps between sprinting and jogging.

Tip
Alternate running clockwise and counterclockwise each time you go to the track. Turning a different direction helps keep your knees balanced.

Step 4: Faster runners use inside lanes
Run in the outside lanes if you’re slower, and use the inside lanes if you’re faster.

Step 5: Keep outside of teams
If a team or group of runners is using the track, stay in the outermost lane, or ask their coach which lane you should use.

Step 6: Stay hydrated
Stay hydrated, even if it’s not sweltering out. Many tracks have water fountains.

Did You Know?
At the first Olympic Games in Greece in 776 B.C., the premiere event was the stadion, a footrace of about 190 meters.

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