|My new shoes after 30+ miles (soaking wet this morning)|
So I had to do my running in the road this morning. The good new is that before 5:00 a.m. there are very few cars on the road and on this rainy morning I saw no other joggers. The bad news is I have always disliked running on the side of the road. Here are the top 10 advantages of jogging at the track versus the road:
- I can take off my jacket, hat, gloves, etc and leave them along the way. I'll be back around and pick them up sometime before I leave.
- No potholes, rough spots, rocks or open manholes to trip over or fall into.
- No cars shining their headlights in my eyes.
- No cars making me run closer to the edge of the road or pushing me onto the grass or sidewalk.
- The soft rubbery surface is much easier on my knees and ankles.
- I don't have to think about where my feet are landing (open manhole, etc) so I can focus my mind on important topics like planning a wedding or writing my next philosophy paper.
- I can easily figure the distance I've run--each lap is a quarter of a mile. I switch back and forth between lane one and lane two to keep track of the odd/even numbers and how many miles I go.
- Running the bleachers are a great way to get a cardio boost at the end of my run.
- The bars surrounding the track are great to hang onto while I stretch before and after my jog.
- Most people prefer running the roads around this town, so I often have the track all to myself!