Personally, you enjoy running and you would like to do something that will give you the best of both worlds, individual and team benefits. You have decided that you want to start running and you are specifically interested in track.
When it comes to track and field, there are various disciplines and distances that are covered. Your standard outdoor track measures up to 400 metres while an indoor track measures up to 200 metres.
As a track runner, you can opt to compete in various distances which fall under short distance running, middle distance running and long distance running. You have to choose a discipline that you will feel is good for you and one that will not put your body through unnecessary stress.
Below is a list of the distances that one can participate in:
- 100 metre dash
- 800 metre run
- 3000 metre run
- 5000 metre run
- 10000 metre run
- 4×400 metre relays
- 4×800 metre relays
So what should you do to make sure your track endeavours and goals are reached without any hustles and injuries?
Uphold Safety in Running
When embarking on a program for track running, it is quite obvious that you will need your full body cooperation to get maximum performance. To avoid injuries and other surprises, make sure you make an appointment with your doctor for a full body physical to ensure your eligibility to run.
Before training begins, make sure you warm yourself up by slow jogging around the track. Take it nice and slow just for one lap and then do full body stretches that will stretch out at least every limb and muscle. The advantage of warming up and stretching is that it loosens up the muscles evading the possibility of muscle tears when you hit the track.
When you are doing your daily track workouts and you feel sharp pains that keep persisting, to avoid possible muscle damage and serious injuries it is advisable to stop and consult your trainer/coach and doctor.