As a walker we think of treadmill, sidewalk, trail, or even the street, but we tend to forget about the trusty trail. It could be for the view, since it doesn’t change, or it could be due to the circle that one circles for the 1/4 mile. But, variations in our routine is important for our walking regimen. I was so pleased that I got on the track, that I didn’t count my laps to identify the number of miles that I did. This is something that may be worth keeping track of especially if you are preparing for an event, such as me. (Hmmmm, didn’t think of it until I was finished. Aghhh!) Overall, it was rather refreshing to walk for 45 minutes on the track.
Once I was finished I realized there were a few things that I need to keep in mind before I get on the track next time.
- Consider the purpose of the walk. Will you be timing it, clocking the laps for miles, or for enjoyment? Ultimately avoid my mistake and get your purpose together before getting on the track.
- Be cognizant of people on the track. I got on the track with no one on there and it was a joy; however, as time pressed forward, people started getting on the track other than walkers. Walkers must not get in the way of the runners. I had a runner who would move lanes, so just be aware of where the runners are. They do move faster than you…usually.
- “Left”. It depends where you are, but runners usually give a clue that they are about to pass you. They may say “runner”, “track”, or “left.” Tonight the runner said, “left”. When they say this move swiftly to your right.
Consider where you would like to walk next time trail, track, treadmill or street. It is all about staying on track with your goal and regimen while walking on track.
© 2013 Jewel Williams
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