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The Zen of Running the Track   Leave a comment

Mid-January – the extraordinarily warm weather in Edmonton has given way to cooler, more seasonal temperatures. That, and especially the extremely icy conditions, have curtailed outdoor running for me (and cycling the roads is likely two months away). What’s a guy to do?

Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in years and that is run indoors on a track. I have had a negative mind set against running indoors – BORING! (and that includes treadmills). I find that time slips away so much quicker when I am running (or riding for that matter) out of doors. I headed over to the University of Alberta “Butterdome” with its 200 meter track. It was such a joy to run on.

Once I got going, I had to keep an eye on my heart rate so that I didn’t go too fast and tire out too quickly. I was aiming for a 40 minute run and that’s what I did. I’m not sure how far I went but it must have been a little over 6K – but that doesn’t matter. What I really enjoyed, especially after the icy conditions of my recent outdoor runs, was the absolutely sure footing. When I don’t have to use 90% of my brain just to pick out safe places to put my foot with each step, I can go into a meditative/contemplative state – I love that! Going around the track, I was aware of my breathing and running form and other than that, not much. I was at peace.

After 30 minutes of “warm up” I did allow myself to do a 50 meter acceleration each lap. That felt really good and again it was not something I would try outside except in the driest of conditions. Having been on the track this once, I will keep going on a regular basis (maybe 2 or 3 times a week). I do hope to introduce a bit more interval/speed work as I get back in better shape.

As I write, the snow is starting to fall. I hope we get enough to cover up the ice and even better if there is enough to cross-country ski and snowshoe upon. Whether that happens or not, it ‘s good to know that the track is a good option for keeping active until spring cycling.

Posted January 14, 2012 by Randy Talbot in cross training, Running

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