Dear Friends, As 2011 comes to a close, I thought I’d spend some time sharing with you real photos of a real place that I have grown to love, the track. I love this place, not because of its tranquil beauty but because I found running success here this year.
You can’t tell from this photo but there are actually 4 tracks in this place. This one, with it’s red running turf was the first track I ran on. As I progressed, I added the other tracks to my running. 3 tracks plus the parking lot all together to make up 1 mile. (one track is under constant construction therefore I don’t run it)
The other tracks I run are dirt or grassy.
These are the photos of the 3 tracks I run. I also run around a huge parking lot but I didn’t figure you needed a photo of that so I skipped it.
Once I hit 7 miles in track running, I began venturing out onto the street. I discovered that street running was harder than track running. This is mostly because of inclines, turns and traffic. There is an unpredictable element involved with street running that you don’t have on the very predictable track. My 2012 running goal is to master THE INCLINE.
I no longer drive to the track. I run. This forces me to add 1 mile of street running (w/incline) going in and 1 mile of street running (w/incline) going home. There are two ways to the tracks. Both ways have killer inclines. Whichever way I go, there is no way to avoid it. I have no choice but to overcome. It is hard to take a photo of an incline but I tried.
This photo doesn’t do the situation justice. This is a real incline, honest! I wish you could feel what I feel when I run up this thing! Please understand, I mean that in the kindest of ways.
I do run other roads with inclines from time to time but this is my regular, ‘must do every week’, running place. It is the place that I will tackle THE INCLINE in 2012. Let’s have a great running year! Your friend always, Julia French