Thursday Track Crew

2007 Thursday Track CrewThursdays are track days for a small group of men and women. This is not a formal thing -- the exact workout depends on who's there (usually numbering from a dozen to as many as thirty or more) and what they feel like doing -- but the group is very reliable about showing up. A typical workout might be something like six 400 meter intervals at 70-115 seconds (that's a pretty big spread, but we get a big spread of ability, too), or a 400-600-800-600-400 pyramid, or laps that include 100m striders, with folks doing more or less, faster or slower. We even got covered in the Centre Daily Times! If this appeals to you, meet at Rec Hall at noon, or show your face at the seasonal venue (see below) at around 12:20 or so on Thursdays. Say "hey!"

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Thursday Track: Summer Venue

June 7, 2018

The Thursday Track Crew meets every Thursday at the Curtin-Burrowes entrance to Rec Hall at noon for a warm-up run to the season's track venue. You can meet us at the season's venue or run with the group from Rec Hall as a warm-up. 

NOTE: Our summer venue for Thursday Track is the IM Fields on the north side of Park Avenue just east of the Law School. In case of a return of abominable weather, Bwana will put out an email blast on the listserve announcing a temporary indoor hiatus at the Multi-Sport Facility. Otherwise, we'll be at the IM Fields.

Summer Hours For Thursday Track: Due to the new limited hours of Rec Hall during the academic summer (from the first week of May through the start of the Fall semester, around the last week of August), the Rec Hall Regulars who come to Thursday Track leave Rec Hall by about 12 PM. Thursday Track will start at about 12:10.

Thursday Track Report: Moist But Not Mushy

August 2, 2018

It was drab and humid with a light drizzle spraying the area as Costas Maranas, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Danny Coughlin, Jaimie Wright, Rich Harter, Harriett Smith, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields.

The field itself was wet, but the turf there is very thick (though cropped low), and so there were no mushy spots despite all the recent rain. The Crew decided to do longer repeats at race pace to avoid the possibility of slipping. Bwana called 4 X 1 Lap (~4 X 660) at 5K+ pace. A modest volume of about 2640 meters. A few of the studs and studettes stayed for a couple more reps to push it closer to 4K. By later in the afternoon, the rain had stopped and Bwana could mow his lawn. He’s kind of getting sick of *still* having to mow it more than once a week in August. (C’mon! That’s usually a May thing!)

I hear it’s supposed to be dry this weekend. Does that mean a longer respite from the rain? I don’t trust long range forecasts, but…maybe?

Thursday Track Report: Two-A-Day 1, Part 1

August 9, 2018

Summer is winding down. Only one more Thursday before the students come back to Penn State. It was Augusty (warm, clouds and sun, humid) as John Domico, Tom Cali, Judd Michael, Mike Wyandt, Costas Maranas, CJ Wagner, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Danny Coughlin, Mike Martin, Seth Senior, Elsa Hansen, Rich Harter, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields.

Mike Casper was hanging out at the meeting spot before track pumping the Tussey Discovery Series runs, which start this evening. Thursday Track followed by a challenging run in the mountains is the ideal late summer two-a-day. The first one feels like hell, but by the time you’re a few weeks into the routine, you feel like you’re in hero shape. Bwana got his half of the hero sandwich going by giving out a medium volume workout: 2 X (U + 4 I). A “U” is a U shape on the long rectangle of the IM Fields - all but one short side. That’s 600 meters. Follow that with just a short side rest, then 4 X 1 long side (270 meters each) with, again, just a short side rest. Take a long rest, then do a second set. That’s 3360 meters of running altogether. Each segment should be done at a 5K+ pace.

Bwana won’t be able to make next week’s workout. Be creative. Those of you on the two-a-day plan: keep up the good work!

Thursday Track Report: Après Le Déluge, Nous

July 26, 2018

It was warm and steamy, with a light breeze blowing and a good bit of something we haven’t seen much of in a while: sun! Tom Cali, John Domico, Costas Maranas, Michael Goldfine, CJ Wagner, Andy Maguire, Bob Shafer, Danny Coughlin, Mike Zimmerman, Rich Harter, Mike Martin, Jaimie Wright, Torrie Raisch, Seth Senior, Kevin Becker, Ryan Burke, Harriet Smith, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur, having survived rain and storm, headed for the track.

The ground of the IM Fields was soft after all the rain we’ve gotten, but there was no mud or standing water. And was that grass lush! Bwana’s workout today was a downward ladder: 1 big loop around the field (660 meters), 4 X half-loop (330 meters), 4 X long straights (270 meters). That’s over 3000 meters of intervals, not too short a workout on a warm day!

Hopefully the coming weekend will be nice enough for things to dry out a little. If not, Bob and Mike will want to stay away from Spring Creek on their long run on Saturday!