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Subject: RE: Soup to Nuts - Letsrun Train Me
If you wanted to do some of the longer sessions on the track, in flat shoes, for a change from the treadmill, I'd say go for it.
But for shorter faster stuff (sub 5k pace, 200s/400s etc) where there is a 'springy' component and you are starting to get up on your toes, I think the injury risk will be lessened if you spend a bit longer gradually building up on hills first before you hit the track. The hill requires a range of motion and level of power similar to fast track running, but with a lot less impact.
It's a very, very common pattern to start on hills and progress to track later on. One recent article on speed development here...
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