After three months of marathon training on road I have decided to shift my next three runs to running on a grass track. The purpose of the shift is to give my legs, especially the ankles a break from the hard tarmac surface.
One way I avoid suffering an injury is to alternate my training surface. I run on tarmac for a few months then shift to a grass track for a short while.
Yesterday was my first run on grass and its was one of the fastest run I have run for a long time. Three months of running on tarmac and doing hill runs has made me strong and fast.
Benefits of a Track
1. Speed work, A flat surface allows you to accelerate as fast as your legs can run.
2. Minimizes Risk of Injury, Whether the track near you is a grass or an artificial track, the soft surface reduces the risk of a running injury.
3. Helps In Injury Recovery. After a running injury I start running on grass first before getting back to road running. If it feels good on grass , its safe to run on tarmac.
3. Easy to Measure Your distance. A standard track measures 400 meters. Two and a half laps is equal to a Kilomete. By calculating the number of laps, times 400 meters you can easily tell the distance you have covered.