Thursday Morning Track

Identical to Wednesday night track workouts. This is simply an alternative to those that cannot make Wednesday night or prefer morning running. The workouts each week are designed by Coach Ed who leads the Wednesday night group and can be found on the Wednesday night track workouts.  

Group leaders for this workout are Coach Stephen "Big Guy" Easley, a USATF certified coach, and Coach Rich Mendelowitz, a RRCA certified coach. Thursday morning Track Workouts are held at the Yorktown High School track. The Address is 5201 N. 28th Street in Arlington, and the track is around the corner from the school on N. Greenbrier in the Football Stadium. The workout starts promptly at 6:00 AM. Most people arrive to do an easy warm-up together starting around 5:40 and then all do an easy one mile cool-down together after the workout.

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Questions can be emailed to Coach Big Guy or Coach Rich.

Thursday Track - CANCELLED this week

Hi Everyone. With the real temp at 8' and the windchill at -3' at 6am the only smart and responsible thing to do is cancel tomorrow morning's workout. Just no real chance of a productive track effort in these conditions. More importantly, runner safety is a priority for us. We may however move the 1600s forward to next week so stay tuned.

At the races this past weekend Mary Kusler turned a nice 1:55:19 at the Celebration Half Marathon down in Florida. This is a solid effort given Mary has been sidelined due to a bad car accident this entire new year. Well done and congrats Mary!

Rodrigo Vellon chalked up his 2nd PR this new year with a 1:23:35 at the 1/2 Maraton Getafe in Madrid, Spain. Congrats Rodrigo!

The next club race is the Langley 8K on Feb 9. For details and to register visit the club website at

Stay warm tomorrow!



Thursday Track MOVING TO W-L - 4-5 x 1000

Hi Everyone. Big Guy is on his way to Austin and asked me to send the below plan for tomorrow's workout. I won't be there either as I will be having my knee surgery at the exact same time as the workout. Paul Westcott will lead the workout.

The YHS Track is still snow covered in the usual corner before the final straightaway, so the work is MOVED TO THE TRACK AT WASHINGTON – LEE (NOW LIBERTY) High School.

I hope to see you all in the coming weeks.



Fellow Endorphin Junkies

The weather tomorrow morning will be a lot warmer, wet and windy, with temps at 57 degrees, rain, and gusts of 15 MPH and high humidity at 83%, so you will want to dress accordingly, and as always you should bring plenty of fluids.

The Thursday Morning DCRRC Track Practice in Arlington will begin at the Yorktown High School track tomorrow at 6:00 AM sharp, with announcements before 6 - so please get there early at about 5:40 on the track to warm up for the workout at 6, which is around the corner from the school, at the intersection of North 28th and Greenbriar streets.

January 24, 2019 – 4 to 5 x 1000m at 5K ("interval") Pace, w/400m easy jogs in between

Water breaks are important ALL year round, particularly when it will be steamy like tomorrow, so remember to hydrate before, during and after your runs - tomorrow each time we finish at our usual start place!

NOTE: I expect to see your heart rates in the low to mid 80% of Maximum range, but if your rates are higher, you need to slow down!

Stallions: 5:30 to 6:15 Pace, 5 Intervals

Wolf Pack: 6:15 to 6:45 Pace, 5 Intervals

Gazelles: 6:45 to 7:15 Pace, 4 to 5 Intervals

Coyotes/MTP Trainees: 7:15 to 10:00 Pace, 4 Intervals

This week's workout is a strong speed workout, but given the distance, also and endurance workout, particularly with the wind and rain it will be challenging. Focus on form, eyes front, knees higher, arms at side lifting the knees, hands relaxed, on toes. This is about a 5k race for most of you, so take it easy on the recovery jog/walk/water legs of 400m!

In Coach Rich Club news from Pinch Hitting Coach BG –

Thanks to everyone for making the TMBC Winter Solstice Party a really amazing time! Congratulations to Christie Wetzel, the 2017 Coach Rich Outstanding TMBC Runner Award winner, and to Rodrigo Vellon Garcia, the 2018 Coach Rich Outstanding TMBC Runner Award winner! On the other side, big congratulations to Mary Kusler the 2017 Coach Big Guy Outstanding and Supportive Teammate Award Winner, and our Selfie King, Andrew Simpson, the 2018 Coach Big Guy Outstanding and Supportive Teammate Award winner.

Another amazing bit of new about Admiral Paul Ryan's 20:30 5k a few weeks ago – that time was the 2nd fastest 5k road race in Paul's age group in the US in 2018. With that and some of the other performances we've highlighted, the Admiral is ranked top 5 in the US in several track distances – Way to go Paul!!!

The JFK 20k and the MLK 5k is the Snowball race and still planned for January 26th, but stay tuned to the Club web page due to the Shutdown.


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Upcoming Events

Teens Run DC Mentoring Matters 5K
Sat, Jun 1st, 2019, @9:00am
DCRRC Women's Distance Festival 5K and Run After the Women 5K
Sun, Jun 9th, 2019, @8:00am
Happy Hour
Thu, Jun 13th, 2019, @6:30pm
Manna 5k
Sat, Jun 15th, 2019, @9:00am
Book Club
Sun, Jun 16th, 2019, @4:00pm
DCRRC Hugh Jascourt 4-Miler
Thu, Jun 20th, 2019, @7:00pm
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The DC Road Runners Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America and is also affiliated with USA Track & Field. We provide a year-round schedule of running events that offer everyone a chance to participate regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability.