- 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.
- FACT: At the first Olympic Games in Greece in 776 B.C., the premiere event was the stadion, a footrace of about 190 meters.
You Will Need
- Comfortable running shoes
- Athletic clothing
- A full water bottle
- A standard 400 meter track