here is nothing quite like the indoor track. For many runners, it’s something you’ve maybe never considered before, writing it off as a space reserved for elite speedsters. For others, the tight corners, dry air and unique smell will never be erased from memory. The reality for many Canadians, given our winters, is that indoor track workouts are a good option to get in the quality intervals when the weather is terrible out.
Before we dive into one of my favourite indoor track workouts let me remind you that it’s important to warm up properly before these workouts. The tight turns and high speeds can be tough on the body. I recommend trying to get outside for an easy warm-up jog, if weather permits. That way you’re likely to get in a good 10–20-minute warm-up jog. Whereas when you’re in the confines of the indoor facility you’re more likely to cut that warm up short. Also make sure you incorporate some dynamic warm up drills and strides prior to launching into the intervals.
TThis will be hard work, but it and other indoor track workouts can also be fun. When you’re working out on the indoor track there is bound to be lots of people circling the track at different speeds. Take the time to start a little banter with some of your workout mates. And don’t look at the chaos as an annoyance, instead take it as an opportunity to practice some race tactics. Knowing when and how to pass people, or how to stay calm when being passed by others is something we don’t often practice. Indoor workouts in the dead of winter are also a great time to break a racing singlet and a pair of split shorts out of your closet. Take advantage of the warmer temps, don’t begrudge them. Dylan Wykes is one of Canada’s best distance runners. He founded Mile2Marathon, a coaching program for athletes of all abilities. Visit mile2 mar at hon. com.