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-Liberty (formerly 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.

Revised Wednesday Night Track Schedule for March-May 2016

Fortunately, the *posted* (but always subject to change) Spring Sports schedule for W-L High School shows that we will lose "only" four workouts between now and the end of May. Better than recent years.  

Those dates are: March 16, March 30, April 20, May 4.  

For March 16, we will do 800M repeats on the Custis Trail.  We'll start at Mile 1.5 and decide at "game time" whether to run back and forth to Mile 1.0 or Mile 2.0.  (Both are hilly, but to and from 2.0 might be a bit easier. 

For March 30, we will do fast-Tempo 4-miniute repeats on the Trail, with slow 3-minute jog recovery.  Six repeats.  

For April 20, we will do fast-tempo 3-minute repeats on Trail, with 2-minute jog recovery.  Eight repeats.  

For May 4, we will do Mile Repeats, 10K-10M pace, on Trail.  4 repeats (with option for 3).  

May-August workouts will be posted in early May.  

Thank you.  Coach Ed 


Track Workouts for January - April 2016

Members and Guests: 

As we turn the calendar page to a new year of running, following are the workouts for the next few months.  Thanks to Mike Tosto, our SLR coordinator, and Brian Danza, heads of the Monday night workouts, for their advance work in setting up their respective schedules. We've made an effort here to take into account the SLR and Monday workouts so that no given week is too strenuous or challenging. As always, our access to the track in March and April may be interrupted by W-L High School sports events.  We will update this schedule once we know the W-L athletic schedules. Weather-reated postponements will be posted on main page of website and Club Facebook page.   

January 6:  20-minute tempo run, followed by 3 x 400M at 5K pace; 200M recovery. 

January 13: 3-4 x 1-Mile @ 10K pace; 400M recovery. 

January 20: 5 x 1000M @ 5K pace.  Slow 400M recovery (outside lanes)

January 27: 12 - 14 x 400M @ 10K pace.  100M recovery

February 3: 2 x 15-minute tempo runs, 2:30 recovery. 2 x 400M @ 5K pace, 200M recovery. 

February 10: 6 - 8 x 800M @ 5K pace; 400M recovery.

February 17: 3 - 5 X 1-Mile @ 10K pace; 400M recovery. (Club Challenge 10 Miler is Feb. 21)

February 24: 14 - 16 x 400M @ 10K pace; 100M recovery. 

March 2: Ladders: 600M - 800M - 1000M; 1000M - 800M - 600M. 10K pace ascending; 5K pace descending. 400M recovery after each.  

March 9: 2 x 20-minute tempo runs.  3:00 recovery. (DC Rock 'n Roll: March 12). 

March 16: 6 - 10 x 800M @ 5K pace; 400M recovery.  

March 23: 12 x 400M @ 10K pace; 100M recovery (23-Miler SLR on March 26). 

March 30: 5 x 1000M @ 5K pace; slow 400M recovery. 

April 6: 3 -5 x 1-mile @ 10K pace; 400M recovery. 

April 13: 13 x 400M (variable pace); 400M recovery. (Boston: April 18) 

April 20: 8 x 600M @ 5K pace; Alternate 200M and 400M recovery. 

April 27: Ladders: 1200M(10K) - 400M(<5K) - 800M(5K) - 1600M (10K); 400M recovery; variable pace.  



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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.