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Keep these guidelines in mind when you begin doing speedwork.

First, check the hours of use for your local track. Some tracks are closed to the public during school hours if associated with a school. Other sports clubs may use the track or the infield for their practices, so be certain you are not in conflict with other athletes. On most tracks you will run in a counter-clockwise direction, unless otherwise posted. Some tracks may alternate the run direction based on the day of the week, so go with the flow. The lanes of the track are somewhat like a highway. The inside lane is for the fastest runner, and each subsequent lane indicates a slower pace. For example, a five-minute miler would take the inside lane, a walker would take the outside lane, and a 10-minute miler would be in a middle lane. This spacing is all relative to who is present on the track on any given day, so observe the pace of other runners first, then place yoursel...

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