Prospect Park Thursday Speed Workout

We are hosting weekly “track” workouts at Prospect Park every Thursday evening. The workouts will be identical to the East River Park Track workout of the week, which will be posted at least 24 hours beforehand.

Although there is no track at Prospect Park, we’ll find the flattest part of the park to do the scheduled workout.

All paces are welcome. Please comment in Talk about this Meetup if you have any questions!

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Thursday Uptown Track Workout

We will meet at 7pm doing warmup laps around the track followed by drills and introductions. The workout should begin around 7:15-7:30. If this is your first time keep an eye out for a runner(s) wearing a Whippet shirt. If you need to lock up a bag there are lockers available at the facility but we were informed by management that men’s locker room is susceptible to theft whereas the women’s locker room is not. Any men on the team should seek out one of our female members to assist in locking up a bag in their locker room when arriving at the track.

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East River Park Track Workout

The East River Park track is east of the FDR at East 6th Street. It is a little over a mile from the closest subway stops (F train to 2nd Avenue, 6 to Astor Place or L to First Ave).

Thursday workouts change from week to week and will be announced in advance. We will meet at 7pm to start our warm-up routine (15-20 minutes in length) before breaking into pace groups for the workout.

Important Information about East River Park Track: The Whippets have been running here for many years and have experienced thefts of our belongings. We will take extra precautions to keep our bags safe, but please avoid bringing valuables — and it would be safest to run with your wallet on you.

Please be aware that there are limited overhead lights, so it gets a little dark. Also, bathrooms are locked at 7pm so best to take care of that beforehand. During the winter, nearby water fountains are off so bring your own. If you have a bike, make sure you have a lock because you’ll have to keep your bike outside the track area.

We recommend not bringing valuables to the track. There is a New York Sports Club on Ave A and 2nd Street (3/4 mile from the track) and a Crunch at Bowery and 4th Street (1 mile from the track).

See you there — and please contact a Whippet captain if you have any questions!

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Wednesday Evening Yoga

Russ will be hosting a yoga class every Wednesday led by Leah and Meredith on alternating weeks.  The class is free and we have mats and other props to borrow. Please bring your own water. Suggested donation for Leah and Meredith of $2 would be great!  Space is limited to 16 people!

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Wednesday Morning Run

We’re trying to bring the Wednesday morning runs back for the summer!  This is meant to be an easy run (i.e. a loop of the park).  Francesca will lead an 7:45 to 8:00 pace group and Serena a 9:00 group  

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Prospect Park Training Run

We will be doing a Prospect Park training run meeting at the Grand Army Plaza Entrance to the Park (right outside the Park) at 7:00 PM. The planned run will be posted at last 24 hours before the start of the training run. Please post your planned pace for the run so we can make sure everyone will have a companion to run with!

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Central Park Training Run

Our Tuesday night Central Park training workouts are typically tempo runs or hill repeats.  These workouts are usually very well attended with a wide variety of paces.

The meeting spot is at the 72nd street transverse by Bethesda Fountain. There we’ll give the full workout details, including distance, pacing groups, expected run time, and where we plan on meeting at the end. You can expect a typical workout to be between 5 and 8 miles (or less during hill workouts).

A note on warm ups: We do not do a full warm up as a group in Central Park, so we encourage you to show up at 7 p.m. having jogged an easy mile or two ahead of time.

If it’s your first time meeting us, feel free to come a few minutes early with any questions.  There are many other groups who meet on 72nd St so look for the one with folks in Whippet singlets.

Please note that there is no place to store bags inside Central Park. Pack light, or store your bags at a nearby gym if you are a member. Another option is the JackRabbit Store (formerly New York Running Company) at the Time Warner Center, which stays open until 9pm:

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Downtown Easy Run 

Patricia, Laura, and Melissa will be leading an easy run from Amity Hall, West Village location.  You can leave a bag here and then head out for a run before hanging out for a drink or food afterward!

Paces will range anywhere depending on who shows up but it’s 7:45/8:00 to 10:30 min/mile.  Distance is usually just around 5 miles.

New venue, great beer selection, sports bar(!), and great bar food!  A stone’s throw away from the West 4th subway stop.

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Brooklyn Weekend Run

We are now doing our Brooklyn runs on Saturdays.  We’ll try to mix up the routes as much as possible so we don’t get too bored doing lops of Prospect Park.  This will mainly serve as an opportunity for a long run.  If you have any ideas for courses, please let us know!

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