Wednesday Track Workouts

Welcome to the DCRRC Wednesday Night Track Workouts. In conjunction with our year-round distance-specific training programs, and our regular Saturday Long Runs, these workouts aim to give runners of all abilities the fitness to reach their goals. For the novice or casual runner, these workouts will challenge you to a higher level of running fitness. For the competitive runner, track workouts are an essential means to reaching personal bests and to succeed at whatever level you are competing.

Where & When

Unless otherwise noted, workouts are held on the track at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. We meet near the concession stand (northwest corner) at 7:10pm and start the workout at 7:15pm. Warmups, drills, etc. are on your own.


Our workouts focus on two of the three forms of speed work used by distance runners from the 5K to the Marathon: Stamina Training (10K race pace or slower) and Interval Training (around 5K race pace). We also do a limited amount of Speed Training (faster than 5K race pace) especially during the summer.

Do not worry if this is new to you, and especially if you feel that track workouts are for "fast" runners. Our posted workouts are suggested "maximums," and can be individually tailored to your current level of fitness and specific running goals. Our coach, Ed Grant, has been leading these workouts for 20 years, and is happy to customize a workout plan to meet your needs.


To get a sense of how fast you should run during these workouts, we encourage you use the McMillan Running Calculator. You can plug in a recent race time and a goal race time, and the Calculator will churn out Training Paces (click on that term) for everything from long runs to speed paces. We recommend applying Mark Hadley's temperature + dew point adjustments in warm and humid weather. Temperature and dew point forecasts are available from the National Weather Service.

Wednesday Night Track Workouts for July & August

Members and Guests: 

Following are the remaining workouts for July and August 2015.  Reminder that workouts start at 7:30 pm through the end of August, and will contnue to take place at the Greenbrier Park track (Yorktown H.S.), located at 5201 28th St. North, Arlington, 22207. 


July 8:  6 - 8 x 600M @5K pace.  400M jog recovery.  Finish with 2 x 200M (200M recovery) at slightly faster than 5K pace.  

July 15: 12 - 16 x 400M @ 10K pace.  100M jog recovery.  (Those who raced on July 14th can do fewer repeats, slower pace).  


July 29: Ladders: 800M - 600M - 400M - 200M, each at 5K pace.  400M recovery.  Repeat.  

August 5: (Weather permitting):   3 - 4 x 1600M @ 10K pace.  400M jog recovery.  If weather is too hot/humid, will do some variation of 400M or 500M repeats.  

August 12:  Ladders: 800M - 400M - 200M - 1000M (800 and 1000 @ 10K pace; 400 and 200 @ 5K pace).  Recovery 3-5 minutes and repeat.  

August 19: 2 x 12:00 tempo run.  2:00 recovery.  

August 26:  12 - 16 (or more) x 400M @ 10K pace.  100M recovery. 

See you at the track! 





Wednesday Night Refreshments?

Given our new location for the summer, places to repair to in the neighborhood after thw workout are in short supply.  However, those interested might want to meet after tonight's workout (and for remainder of summer?) at Thirsty Bernie's, which is located at corner of Lee Highway and Glebe Road, a bit over a mile from the Yorktown track.  Let's start tonight (July 1)?  Coach Ed 


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Directions to Track

Track workouts are held on the track at Washington-Lee High School.

From Washington DC: take I-66 east to the Glebe Road exit, turn right on Glebe, right on 15th Street for about 0.4 miles, to Stafford Street, turn right and cross over I-66 and the school is on your left.
From Vienna and points west in Virginia: take I-66 east to the Fairfax Drive exit, follow Fairfax Drive for about 0.8 mile to Stafford Street, turn left for about 0.3 miles and the school is on your right.
From Alexandria: take Glebe Road going north until turning right on 15th Street, and proceed as from DC.
Metro: Washington-Lee is a short walk from both the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro stations on the Orange Line.

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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.