About the Coach and the Program

The Club's Wednesday Night Track Workouts have been coached since 1994 by Edward Grant, a Level I certified coach by USA Track & Field. Coach Ed ran competitively in high school and college and after some years away from the sport returned as a masters runner, with a top marathon time at age 41 of 2:51:47 (Philadelphia).

The Track Workout philosophy is simple: work hard, rest an appropriate amount between repetitions and sets, and (this is up to you) take the proper measures of recovery and rest in the day or two following. Also, we follow a regular program of training cycles, emphasizing tempo-pace and long interval training in the fall and winter, with shorter and faster workouts from April through July.

A word for beginners: You are welcome! As with any new situation, the workouts may seem intimidating at first. But there is plenty of advice available, both from the Coach and from other runners. You'll want to keep coming back.

Generally, we recommend that you be running about 20 miles per week (or equivalents in aerobic cross-training) before attempting our workouts. This should include a long run of an hour. But if you are not quite at that level, and want to get there, please join us. You can do a modified workout, meet and train with other novice runners, and start gaining more fitness.

We look forward to seeing you at the track!

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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.