I chose to run on the track for a few reasons:
- I wanted to know precisely how far I ran, taking the guesswork out for now.
- Since I'm breaking in a new pair of shoes and I have orthopedic issues, I wanted to run on a shock-absorbent surface rather than on a hard road.
- I didn't want to deal with hills and curbs and cars my first time out.
- The walk to and from the track provided me with a nice warm-up and cool-down.
I was slightly miffed that my right shoelace came undone halfway through my second lap, forcing me to stop to tie it. Other than that, the run was uneventful. I felt a lot of tightness in my right ankle, where I tore ligaments in December, and afterwards my calves were quivering, but stretching should take care of that. And my breath will settle down as my fitness increases. I'm thinking Thursday I'll push things up to 1½ miles.