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5 Reasons to Run on a Track

If running is your main form of cardio, then you probably either run on a treadmill, the sidewalk or pavement, a trail, or an elliptical. Not too many people run on tracks because they say it's boring to run around in circles, but here are some reasons you may want to hit a track next time you slip on your sneaks.

  1. The surface is spongy and forgiving, so it's great for knees and other joints. The softer surface also reduces your risk of injury.
  2. Since you know exactly how long a loop is, it's easy to track your distance.
  3. If you're working on increasing your speed, the smooth, flat, and predictable surface is perfect. You can run as fast as you want without worrying about sticks, holes, rocks, or gum.

If you want to know the other reasons you should run on a track, then keep reading.

  1. It's also a safe place to do creative running variations like running backwards, sideways walking, skipping, hopping, running while jumping rope, and walking lunges. Just make sure your lane is clear.
  2. There are indoor and outdoor tracks, so whether it's rainy, sunny, humid, or snowing, you always have a clean and dry place to run.

What is your favorite reason for running at the track?

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clew001 clew001 8 years
i hate running. i can't get past 1 mile.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I did this last night...but it was after an intense workout so I didn't go very far.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I like running on a track because you always know exactly how far you're running; it's a lot more accurate than estimating the distance with a pedometer or something like that.
telane telane 8 years
I don't like running on a track, but I have been looking to do some different moves to tone my backside and the backs of my legs, so that is definitely an idea.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I like running on a track. However, these days, I run on a beaten trail in a park.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
I run the same loop in Central Park and never get bored of it, but the track is just monotony and death. Plus, it has no hills so it doesn't give me a good all-around workout.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
You wouldn't run 6 miles on a track..... that is not what it's for. Track running is mainly for intervals or if you're working on speed training. If you're going for just a normal run, I wouldn't bother.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I changed my running route all the time when I run outdoor. I can't imagine running 6 - 8 miles on a track without getting bored.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't like running on tracks because it bores me (it really does! It's hard to stay motivated to run when you feel the *exact* same thing all the time; don't unbalanced exercises make your body work harder anyway?), and I don't have access to an actual school track. The closest one to my house is within walking distance (not in my neighborhood, though), but it's gravel with some VERY uneven rocks (some of the rocks are the size of baseballs! So many people get twisted ankles running on that thing) and it's very slippery. The nearest school to my house is at least 10 minutes' drive away. I run early in the morning, so that's not really practical. The pavement of my neighborhood is 5 steps outside of front door. It's always accessible, it's free (I don't have money for gym fees right now), and it goes in a loop, so I can run for as long as I want (I HATE running for distance, I only care how LONG I can run for right now because I'm just starting out and I jog reeeallly slowly! Distance goal-setting doesn't help me with my endurance). I'll stick with that for now. Maybe do a track later when I have 24/7 access to one.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I've always had the same problem as Syako. I'm afraid that I'll get kicked off the track halfway through a workout because it's not for public use!
syako syako 8 years
I've always wanted to run on a track. Do you just go to the local high school and/or college and run or is there like a public running track? This has always confused me, and therefore stopped me from trying it. :)
kia kia 8 years
I like speed workouts on tracks. Interval training can be fun.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
not for me, I would get bored 1/4 of the way around
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