Running on a track

Armory track
Armory track & field – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This winter I’ve been running on the Armory track at the University of Illinois.

The last time I used a track was in high school.  Back then I was quite a bit faster.

Now days I plug along at a 10 minute per mile pace.

I am obviously not out to impress anyone, especially members of the UofI’s men’s or women’s track team who run circles around me during their practice.

But it’s a pace that I’m able to maintain, at least for a while.

There are benefits to running on a track, and there are a lot of things about running on the streets of Champaign that I don’t miss: Traffic, car exhaust, stop lights, curbs, potholes, imbalanced dogs, angry geese, angry people, extreme temperatures, and those darn concrete slabs!

When the weather warms up, I will once again take my place among Champaign’s outdoor runners.

But I doubt this will last for long.

As soon as the temperatures reach into the 90s, and we start experiencing high humidity, it’s back to the track for me!

2 thoughts on “Running on a track

  1. I’ve resigned myself to the treadmill, it just not the same, but at least there’s a TV in front of me. I was lucky enough to be running and watching TV when Lagat broke the AR for the 2 mile a month ago. I felt like such a traitor. It’s crazy how we are forced to adapt both with age and location. Keep loggin’ those miles!

  2. Felice Lucero

    You are inspiring me. I need to get me back into running again after a winter lapse. Currently living in Philadelphia which demands a lot of walking, I am at the least doing that.

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