5 Benefits of Running on the Track

Today was a sunny, 57-degree day in Ohio. Unseasonably nice weather for early February. So I threw on my shorts and headed to a nearby track for some speed work.

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While running, I thought about the many reasons I enjoy working out on a track. Here’s my list:

  1. It’s doesn’t take much time: It usually only requires about 45 minutes or less to get in a good workout.
  2. It’s not too hard on the knees: The rubber surface is a lot bouncier than the pavement.
  3. It helps improve racing speed: I’ve improved my racing times for the 10K, the half marathon and the full marathon in 2015. I attribute this in part to doing a weekly track workout most weeks of the year.
  4. You can do it while traveling: There are local tracks open to the public all over the place.
  5. There are NO HILLS: Even if you live in a city with lots of elevation, running on a track guarantees a completely flat run.

Have you tried running on the track?

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HEALTHY EATS FOR RUNNERS

Superfood Enchilada Dip via Fit Foodie Finds

Curried Chickpea Toast via Heather Christo

Creamy Mexican Chicken Chili Soup via FANNEtastic Food

 

NUTRITION TIPS

The Great Debate: Cooking Your Fuel vs. Buying It via Brooks Running

Healthy Freezer Meals + How to Preserve Them for Longer via The Healthy Maven

 

RESOURCES FOR RUNNERS

4 Things That Running Has Taught Me via Through Heather’s Looking Glass

Holiday Challenge: #RD2Be vs. #Dietitian via The Road to RD

How Running Has Helped Me Grieve With Death via The Hungry Runner Girl

 

CROSS TRAINING

The Best Free Yoga Videos on YouTube via Greatest

Why You Should Rethink Doing Fitness Class Double Headers via Burpees for breakfast

How to Foam Roll for Core Strength via Hello to Fit

6 Awesome Benefits of Strength Training via Fine Fit Day

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Easy Tortilla Soup (Vegan) via The Veg Life

Healthy 4 Ingredient Flourless Apple Pie Blondies via The Big Man’s World

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars (Gluten Free) via Nutritious Eats

5 Ingredient Parmesan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower via Running In A Skirt

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie Bites via The Nutrition Adventure

NUTRITION TIPS

8 Sources of Plant-Based Protein via The Grateful Grazer

The Great Fat Debate via Your Choice Nutrition by Dietitian Brittany

The Benefits of Chia Seeds for Runners via This Runner’s Recipes

Distance Runners: 5 Nutrients Your Body Needs via Danielle Omar Nutrition

RESOURCES FOR RUNNERS

6 Things You Don’t Have to Do on Race Day via Relentless Forward Commotion

NYC Marathon: What To Do Everyday During Race Week So You Don’t Go Crazy During Taper via Race Pace Jess

CROSS TRAINING

Top 4 Cross-Training Exercises for Runners via Fitness Republic

Leg Workout: Three 8-Minute Circuits + Finisher via Peanut Butter Fingers

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HEALTHY EATS FOR RUNNERS

Toasted Coconut & Caramel Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars via RDN Mommy

Curried Butternut Squash Soup via Minimalist Baker

Greek Lamb Burgers via FANNEtastic Food

3 Ingredient Tomato Tortellini Soup via Honey & Birch

Soy Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Sesame Seeds via Kalyn’s Kitchen

Oatmeal Banana Pumpkin Cookies via FANNEtastic Food

Vegan Pumpkin Chili via Delish Knowledge

NUTRITION TIPS

Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Goes Overboard via Dietitian Brittany

RESOURCES FOR RUNNERS

How To Pace the First Half of a Race (to Feel Good for the Second) via Fuel Your Future

When To Replace Your Workout Gear via Fitful Focus

Running Mistakes I’ve Made (So You Don’t Have To!) via Running In A Skirt

The Best Products for A Long Run via Fitful Focus

New Shoe Roundup: Road Racing Shoes Coming in 2016 via Runblogger

What To Do In the Final Minutes Before the Start of a Race via Race Pace Jess

CROSS TRAINING

Why Should I Take at Least One Rest Day a Week? via Fitful Focus

How To Survive a Bikram Yoga Class via Yoganonymous

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HEALTHY EATS FOR RUNNERS

Vegan Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Truffle Ball Recipe via The Balanced Blonde

One Bowl Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread via The Spicy RD

Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili via Zen & Spice

Lemon Chicken and Spinach Orzo Soup via Cooking Classy

Apple Chia Energy Balls via Fit Foodie Finds

Autumn Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Spinach via My Bottomless Boyfriend

PB&J Swirl Energy Balls via Fit Foodie Finds

NUTRITION TIPS

How To Refuel After A Hard Workout via Active

RESOURCES FOR RUNNERS

7 Simple Tips For Running an Awesome Second Marathon via Coach Debbie Runs

4 Common Overuse Injuries In Runners via Running on Happy

What Is It Like To Be Paced By An Elite Runner? via Vita Train For (Twin) Life

CROSS TRAINING

Quick Upper Body Circuit via Fit Bottomed Girls

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HEALTHY EATS FOR RUNNERS

Immunity-Boosting Blueberry Smoothie via The Iron You

Light Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup via Diethood

Slow Cooker Chicken Fajita Soup via Eating Bird Food

Coconut Baked Oatmeal via Uproot From Oregon

Healthy Pumpkin Skillet Granola via Delish Knowledge

Pumpkin Chia Pudding via Frites and Fries

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie via Mom to Mom Nutrition

Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo via Delish Knowledge

NUTRITION TIPS

My Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips via The Grateful Grazer

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Go On Another Diet via Huffington Post

10 Healthy Food Blogs That Truly Satisfy via Health

Fueling For Marathon Success via Nuun

Meal Planning 101 via Be Truly Nourished

Fall’s Best Fruits and Vegetables via Greatist

7 Ways to Improve Your Fruit and Vegetable Intake via Nutritioulicious

RESOURCES FOR RUNNERS

Why I’m No Longer Running High Mileage via Mommy Run Fast

The Importance of Strength Training For Endurance Athletes via Training Peaks

Join the Club: 5 Tips For Joining Your First Group Run via Race Pace Jess

Inflammation: What Is It and Why You Should Care About It? via Healthy Simple Life

How Accurately Do Running Apps Track Your Distance via Lifehacker

Find Your Proper Running Foot Strike via FitFluential

CROSS TRAINING

Killer Kettlebell Complex Workout via Your Trainer Paige

Upper Body Build Workout via Fitaspire

9 Minute Core Workout for Runners via The Fit Fork

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HEALTHY EATS FOR RUNNERS

Pumpkin Oat Breakfast Cookies via Prevention RD

Cheesy Kale and Quinoa Casserole via Oh My Veggies

Vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa Enchiladas via Delish Knowledge

The Ultimate Veggie Avocado Sandwich via Avocado A Day Nutrition

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes via Mom To Mom Nutrition

Mini Chocolate Chip Energy Bites via Eats Real Food

Cheesy Dried Plum Flatbread via Nutrition Starring YOU

Veggie Flatbread Pizza via Nutritious Eats

Fantastic Freezer Meal: Penne Lasagna via Be Truly Nourished

NUTRITION TIPS

Ask The RD: What Are Omega-3’s via FitFluential

Autumn Produce Guide via Greatful Grazer

RESOURCES FOR RUNNERS

9 Midrun Fuels That Aren’t Gels via Zelle Nutrition

Race Fueling Strategies via The Cookie Crunicles

What Is Your Potential? via Custom Nutrition

How to Restart Your Race Training After A Break via Runners World

Why Sleep Is So Important + Leesa Mattress Review via FANNEtastic Food

CROSS TRAINING

Cardio + Core Burn Bootcamp Workout via PB Fingers

Running, Weight Lifting and Yoga Program – How to Fit it All In via Run Lift Yoga