The 4 Benefits Of Running On A Track
1. Safety. Unlike running on the streets, where you must remain alert to avoid collisions with other people, dogs, cyclists, or cars, a track is a safe and traffic free wonderland.
Also, unlike trail running, there are no mud, rocks, roots, or animals to cause problems.
For obvious reasons running a road or trail route may be more engaging and free; however, the track allows you safety and a mindless running opportunity.
2. Flat and Springy. A track, of course, is pancake flat, so you may enjoy a level surface as well as a nice springy pep in your step allowing a bit faster of a pace. The synthetic rubber of a track is easy on the joints and is less likely to aggregate or cause injury
3. Measured. As tracks are precisely measured, they provide a good opportunity to test your abilities and complete distance specific workouts.
Yes, it is possible to do speed workouts on the roads using your GPS watch, but it can be challenging to figure out exact distances with or without variables such as traffic.
4. Motivation(s). Often there are other athletes on the track or turf that are working on their craft and while in their company you can draw motivation. Sometimes you can get more out of yourself with the energy you feel from another athlete. You are all working there for the propose of achieving goals.
Another motivation that overcomes you is the act of going to a track. You know that when you step foot on the track you are in the mindset of performing at higher level an that THIS is your weekly QUALITY session you have planned for the day/week.
(adapted from the marathonhandbook.com)