In My Own Words: My First Day of (Not-so) Indoor Track

In My Own Words

In this installment of In My Own Words, Julianna Evans talks about her first day of indoor track that surprisingly takes place outside.  

At the end of my eighth grade track and field season, my coach told us that if we wanted to do high school track, he recommended doing indoor track – if you weren’t doing another winter sport. I don’t do basketball so I signed up for indoor track.

This past fall season I played soccer for the high school team. Since I was on JV, my season ended in the middle of October. The varsity’s season continued into November because they made it to states.

Indoor Track started on November 28, so that was almost a month and a half of break from sports. After soccer season I got sick and after that, I was in no mood to stay in shape. Which was a bad thing to do as the indoor track’s warm-up run gave me a rude awakening.

The run? 

From the high school’s fitness center doors to the stop sign. Oh, a stop sign can’t be bad right? Yeah no. The stop sign that is past the middle school, past the elementary school, and past the track. The stop sign is the sign that greets anyone entering the school grounds on Pioneer Road.
(SS = stop sign / FC = fitness center)
The warm-up run felt really long, but I was out of shape. Everyone there kept up a consistent pace, and I felt a little pressured to keep up. I think the warm-up run is beneficial though. On my second day, it felt faster and a little easier because I knew what I was doing.

The warm-up run was nothing compared to the actual distance workout. After the warm-up run, we stretched inside and then we split up into our event groups; distance, sprinting, throwing, and so on.

The distance group ran to the track, yeah the outside one. Since I didn’t know that indoor track runs outside, I came totally unprepared. I was wearing just a t-shirt and shorts because I thought we would be inside the whole time, hence the sport’s name.

At the track, we stretched a little more and Coach Ramsey told us we would be doing 6x600’s. That's six-hundred meters run six times. 600 is one and a half laps around the track. The distance in total is 2 miles.

For those who did cross country were expected to run at certain times. Since I didn’t do cross country, I was allowed to go at my pace. The actual run wasn’t too bad; it was the cold. As I said earlier, all I had was a t-shirt and shorts. My times for the 600’s were pretty bad, but I think I can justify the time by saying I was (and still am) out of shape and the coldness.

After I got home, I took a long hot shower as I felt like an ice cube, and I was shivering. I was thankful that the practice was over but now I know that I should bring a sweatshirt and sweatpants to track.

--By Julianna Evans, LS News reporter

In My Own Words is a first person written series that highlights Lampeter-Strasburg High School students activities. The opinions of the stated author does not constitute an official position of the Lampeter-Strasburg School District or of the LS News editorial board.

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