Our workouts are geared for all runners regardless of age, experience or ability. We emphasize pacing and heart rate training with a view toward keeping you healthy and happy on the roads. Our members have different levels of fitness and not all run at the same speed. In some workouts we divide into groups according to speed or the distance of upcoming races.
If you're new to track workouts, we have a short writeup on track etiquette. If you have questions, please ask a coach - we'd much rather explain in advance!
Our outdoor workouts start in April and end in early November. The winter months, we are indoors.
The MIT Athletic Center is on 130 Vassar St. and Mass Ave. in Cambridge, MA 02139. If you need detailed driving directions use this link to Mapquest. The MIT Cambridge campus is minutes away from Boston, Somerville, Brookline and Brighton. The closest T stops are Central Sq. and Kendall Sq. in Cambridge (both Red Line). You can also use the MBTA's trip planner. Enter 130 Vassar St., Cambridge as the End destination. If you work in the Longwood medical area, the M2 shuttle bus is also convenient. Yet another possibility is to bike to the workout. There are plenty of spots where you can secure your bike.
Once you get there, use the map below to find us. Remember that from April to November we train outdoors. In the winter, we use the indoor track. Note: warmup runs still take place outside (about 1.6 miles). Meet us on the ground floor of the Zesiger Sports Center. The main entrance to the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center (a.k.a. Johnson Athletic Field) does not face Vassar St., however, there is an entrance to the athletic complex from Vassar St.
If you see a bunch of people in running gear, ask them if they are with Community Running.
This is a handout that our past coach Brian distributed to his half-marathon and marathon group. It is designed for MIT's 200m indoor track (and not the outdoor 400m track!).
Directions for Use: Find the column that corresponds to your goal marathon time from the first row of the chart. Then move down to the correct row for your intended intensity. The number shown is the number of seconds per lap to achive this pace. For instance, if you are a 3:30 marathoner and you intend to run repeat 800's at 5k pace, you should average 52 seconds per lap (or 3:27 overall).