Track Nov 2 - 10-20 x 400, 100r, 10K pace

Fellow Endorphin Junkies -

The weather tomorrow morning will again be decent - cool at 55 degrees and very humid at 90%, with little breezes of 4 MPH and almost no chance of rain, but you should definitely still remember to bring fluids!  Accordingly, 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 to warm up.  The workout is as follows: 

12 to 20 x 400m in 10k pace - with 100m  jog recovery in between

  • Stallions: 6:00 to 6:30 Pace
  • Wolf Pack: 6:30 to 7:00 Pace 
  • Gazelles: 7:00 to 7:45 Pace
  • Coyotes/MTP Trainees: 7:45 to 9:30 Pace

For those recovering from MCM, you could skip a track workout unless you are a Stallion or Wolfie, where you might only want to do 6 to 10 of these, and then at Tempo rather than 10k Pace.  For earlier Fall marathon runners, run 12 to 14 of the 400s at 10k or slightly easier pace, depending on your personal level of recovery.  For those of you running a marathon in 10 days, such as Richmond, this is a good final speed workout - just make sure you are stretched and don’t push too hard - 10 to 16 are fine, fewer intervals if you run 5k pace on the last 3 or 4.  If you are 17 days or more out from a future marathon,  such as Philly, or are just training through, such as Coach BG who is running the Club 1/2 Marathon, do 14 to 20.  Remember that 100m is not sufficient to fully recover from these 400s, so lactic acid and fatigue will build, and therefore you want to pace yourself through these, not going out too fast on the first few.  As always, when you are running 400s, you want to get up on your toes, lift your knees, and lean forward - not from the waist, but a full body lean, of perhaps 8 to 10 degrees.

Here is the Club News from Coach Rich for this week: 


Our Turkey Trot 5M is coming up quickly on Thanksgiving Day.  Would love to see you there running or volunteering.  If you are in town please consider signing up.  It is the clubs single biggest source of revenue each year so we would love your help one way or another.  Here is a link to the race registration page.

The Snowball Series Kicks off with the Bread Run on December 10.  Here is the link to the all the Snowball Races.  Hoping many of you will run but if not please consider volunteering.

Mark your calendar's and come on out to Washington & Lee High School Track on Wednesday December 13th and get in the holiday spirit with our annual Holiday Relays.  Starting time is 7PM and happy hour will follow after the relays at ATown Bar & Grill in Ballston.  As is the tradition, this is a two-person relay.  We pair fastest and slowest runners together to make teams so all club member should feel welcome.  It is a fun event that everyone enjoys.  Prizes for fastest teams and costumes.  Food will be provided at happy hour.  The holiday relays replace the club track workout for that night and for Thursday morning.  


I will see you all in the morning!

Coach Big Guy

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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.