Track is different from the more mainstream sports in many ways. Unlike sports such as football or lacrosse, time is not wasted in practice by sitting around and talking on the sides. Instead, during a track practice you are almost always running/working, thus making track practices harder and much more efficient. Also, it is much harder to achieve honors in track such as all-state or all-american.
While track is a team sport, it is also widely seen as an individual sport. Each runner measures there own success by improvement from race to race. There are no benchwarmers in track; everyone races, but it is only those who work hard who will succeed. You get out of track what you put into it. For the most part, you are your own coach. You will determine how much you will improve and how successful you will become in this sport.
-"Hold on can we finish this conversation later? i have to go to practice. We are doing 12 miles at a hard tempo pace today."
Well yea man, were at a track meet.