The first thing to consider when figuring out how to build an indoor running track available space. Obviously a small building will not be able to house an adequate indoor running track.
- For a track to be effective, there must be some straightaway paths on it, as constant turning does not allow for maximum athletic stimulation. Ideally, the track should have at least 2 straightaway paths, minimum they should be 1/16th of a mile, but ideally 1/8th-1/4th would be preferred. For an indoor track to be built, a least 1/16th of a mile of free space should be available to the person.
- Once the space issue is resolved, look into the actual indoor running track material. A rubber track has proven to be the most therapeutic and safe for runners, so rubber flooring should be the first choice when looking to lay the track. However, rubber can be expensive due to the quality and amount that is required to lay an adequate track. If rubber turns out to be too expensive, then look into tar. However, tar can be messy and can melt if the room gets too hot, though it can be slightly less expensive. If tar is not desirable, then look into gravel for the track. Though gravel is dangerous, if it is grainy enough, it can serve as a nice, cheaper substitute. The absolute last resort is Astroturf. It offers some measure of traction, but is not idea for a track. If nothing else can be afforded, this is the best option.
- Once the material is determined, make sure that the track is symmetrical. If it is the basic oval shape, both turns should be equal distance apart and the same width. If the track is in a different shape, then all turns should be to scale. However, making an odd shaped track is inadvisable.
- Once the measurements are set and the base is laid, the only thing left to do is make running lines. This step is optional as some private track-owners do not need them, but is multiple runners will be using it at the same time, lane lines can be an excellent safety precaution.
Though laying an indoor track can be time-consuming and costly, it is also highly rewarded by year-long running exercise.