How To: Run on a track

Run on a track

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

You Will Need:

* Comfortable running shoes
* Athletic clothing
* A full water bottle
* A standard 400 meter track

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.

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