Training

Easy Runs

When & Where

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, PR meets at 6:15 PM for easy runs on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The training runs start from the US Capitol reflecting pool at 6:30 PM, rain or shine. Several times a year, PR will meet at an alternate location due to mandatory street closures. During winter months, PR may cancel training due to weather and/or road conditions. All changes will be posted on the PR Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Calendar pages.

 

What to Expect

The course follows the National Mall past the Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. Some runners add extra miles by going over the Memorial Bridge into Arlington, past the Arlington National Cemetery, and around the US Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima). Total distance about 5 to 8 miles. PR will have light refreshments after the run. When running in Washington, DC, please wear reflective clothing, follow all traffic signals, be considerate of all other visitors, and watch out for distracted drivers.

 

How to Get There

The US Capitol reflecting pool parking lot is at the intersection of 3rd Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC. The closest Metro is the Judiciary Square Station about 0.5 miles away.

Speed Work

When & Where

On Wednesday evenings, PR meets at 6:15 PM for interval training at the Washington-Lee High School outdoor track in Arlington, Virginia. The first interval starts at 6:30 PM from the far corner of the track – near North Stafford Street and Washington Boulevard. Several times a year, the high school track will be closed for maintenance and/or scheduled high school events. During the winter months, PR may cancel training due to the weather and/or road conditions. Changes will be posted on the PR Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Calendar pages.

 

What to Expect

The 400-meter outdoor track has eight lanes; the fastest runners use the inside lanes, the slowest runners use the outside lanes. Bathrooms are located inside the track entrance on North Stafford Street. The best parking area is behind the school.

 

How to Get There

Washington Lee High School is located at 1300 North Quincy Street, Arlington, Virginia. The closest Metro is the Ballston Common Mall – Marymount University Station about 0.4 miles away.

Long Runs

When & Where

On Saturday mornings, PR meets at 7:00 AM for long runs on the Mount Vernon Trail in Alexandria, Virginia. The training run starts from Belle Haven Park at 7:15 AM, rain or shine. About once a year, PR will meet at an alternate location due to mandatory trail closures. During the winter months, PR may cancel training due to the weather and/or road conditions. Changes will be posted on the PR Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Calendar pages.

 

What to Expect

The Mount Vernon Trail runs alongside the Potomac River and extends from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Alexandria to Theodore Roosevelt Island in Arlington. When running on the Mount Vernon Trail, please stay in the right lane, avoid cyclists, be considerate of all other visitors, and watch out for hungry squirrels.

 

How to Get There

Belle Haven Park is one mile south of Old Town, Alexandria on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Turn left into Belle Haven Marina entrance, take the next left onto the access road, and park in the last parking lot. The closest Metro is Huntington Station about 3.0 miles away.