Back on the Track -- Sort Of


After a too-long hiatus, Arlington County has recently (June 5) reopened the tracks at W-L, Yorktown, and Wakefield for public use. However, the guidance accompanying this announcement stated that no "organized" activities are currently permitted.

Given recent events in the area, it would seem that group running should not be deemed an excessive risk. However, we are all well aware of the incocnsistencies attendant on phased reopening, which have been complicated by intervening events.Therefore, at this time, we will not resume organized Wednesday night track workouts, but hope to be able to do so in the very near future.

In the meantime, I encourage you to get "back on the track" either individually or in small groups that you form yourselves. I trust that most of you have kept in reasonasble shape -- as one of our group told me, we will come back with a stronger "base" than ever before. Here are a couple of suggested workouts that will give you an idea of your track fitness at this point, and help you build back your track confidence.

WORKOUT 1: 10 X 400M, 100M jog recovery, 10K pace. The stress here is on 10K pace. The first couple of 400s should feel downright easy. Keep close tabs on your time for each 400 and for each recovery 100. If you find yourself slowing down appreciably, stop the workout, and try again in a few days, adjusting your pace so that you can finish the 10 repeats. Those with a higher level of fitness can aim for a greater number of repeats, at your discretion.

WORKOUT 2: 6 x 800M, 400M recovery, 5K pace. Do not try this one (unless you are confident of a high level of fitness) until you have completed Workout 1. Try the first 800M at a slower pace, and aim to work down the repeats to faster pace as you progress. Again, if you find yourself slowing down appreciably, stop the workout, try again in a few days.

Most of all, I regret not seeing all of you the last three months. It has been a hole in my week. If you would like to join one of your workouts, just reach out and let me know, and if I can be there, I will. Also, please get in touch if you have any questions or would like some coaching advice.

Hope we are all together again, very soon.

Coach Ed


Directions to Track

Track workouts are held on the track at Washington-Liberty (formerly 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-Liberty is a short walk from both the Virginia Square and Ballston Metro stations (Orange/Silver lines).

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