|Track I ran on today. I am really lucky to live in one of the best areas for Runners in Raleigh.|
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Back on a Track: 10/31
I don't even want to try and count the number of years that it has been since I put even a toe on an outdoor track. However, I decide to make use of the track that was built a bock away from my apartment. Meredith college put in a new soccer field and track last year, but I have never made use of it. I've thought about it for a while now but just never did anything about it. I never liked running on tracks because they are really boring to run on and don't offer any shade. But, I have several races coming up over the next five weeks and a nice rubberized flat surface only a block from my apartment was just way too inviting, so I was off to the track. Luckily, the field was not in use today, so the track was open to the public.
I had planned on running the greenway, which starts right beside the track, but I was feeling a little bit more soreness in from my Plantar Fascittis this week than I have over the previous weeks and just thought that I shouldn't push it too much this close to my races. I went for a little jog around the neighborhood before heading to the track to warm up, then did a little bit of stretching. Running on the track felt great on my knees! I could feel a huge difference between the track surface and the greenway and was immediately pleased with my decision. I don't know any real speed drills to do on the track, so I just decide to do laps. Next time I go to the track, I will have done my research. I did 16 laps in lane six, which is close enough to four miles for me. I didn't get bored (Thank you Steve Jobs! If only the I-pod had existed when I was a kid! I might not have gotten fat); however, the sun was really draining. Today was in the 70's, but pretty sunny. I could feel the difference from running in the shade of Umstead's trees the day before. I'll really need to pay attention to my hydration when I use the track. Overall, I enjoy myself and will try to pun in more time on the track. I know that my knees will thank me. After my run, I did some more stretching and then went home to watch the Raider's crush the Seahawks!