Do I need to train on the track?
Training on the track certainly isn’t essential, particularly if you are only racing on the roads. However, there are several benefits to hitting the tartan. Training on the track is the best way to objectively measure your progress. If you run with a Garmin or similar GPS gadget then it is worthwhile bearing in mind that these devices can be a little inaccurate and inconsistent at times. For this reason, it can be a good idea to use the track for some of your race pace running in order to help you to control your speed and lock into race pace.
You may find that your local running club train at the track on a weekly basis. If this is the case then why not use the track to enjoy the benefit of group training? Training with others not only makes tough sessions more enjoyable, the positive peer pressure can push you to hit splits that would be difficult to do solo.
Louise has been running for over 20 years, with the last 16 of those at International level. She has represented Grea...