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: Current Venue

April 7, 2019

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. Join the Club listserve  for the latest announcements about Thursday Track.

NOTE: Our normal venue for Thursday Track in the Fall and Spring is the IM Fields on the north side of Park Avenue just east of the Law School. We meet at the IM Fields at around 12:10. Some runners jog over from Rec Hall and meet us there around 12:20. By then, everyone is warmed up and ready.  In the Summer, we generally go to the State High track behind the new high school bulidng on the south side of Westerly Parkway.

SPRING UPDATE (4/11): We're heading back to the IM Fields as of this week!

Thursday Track Report: Blowing Out The Carbon

April 11, 2019

It was partly cloudy, cool, and breezy as John Domico, Costas Maranas, Andy Maguire, Mike Zimmerman, Josh Litofsky, Mike Martin, Tara Murray, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, Elsa Hansen, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields. Bwana hasn’t done speed work in *months*! And it showed in his performance at the Egg Hill race last weekend. A Personal Worst! And though he’s a lot faster than Bwana, Costas also complained about setting a “PW” at Egg Hill, though his crappy time was about a half-hour faster than Bwana’s. Believe it or not, some speedwork is needed even for a 10 mile (or longer) race! Bwana hasn’t missed such a long stretch of speedwork since the now-denied-to-us MSF was built 20 years ago. So it felt good to get back to the IM FIelds for a quicker tempoed run.

As this was the first “official” track workout of the season, Bwana went with a light version of an old stand-by: 6XL. The “L” on the large rectangle of the IM Fields is a long and a short side, about 330 meters. Run each L hard, at a little slower than mile race pace (or a little faster than 5K race pace). The rest between each L is the next side and alternates between a long (270 m) and short (60 m) rest. A good way to get whipsawed into shape!

A few of the Crew didn’t do the workout, but showed up to be wished well on their trip to the Boston Marathon on Monday. And wish them well we do! Whatever happens, the weather will be better than last year! The rest of us? We’ll be back at it next week! We need the work!

Thursday Track Report: Easy Breezy

April 18, 2019

It was warm and breezy as Judd Michael, Tara Murray, Mike Martin, Bob Shafer, Mike Casper, Seth Senior, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. The Boston Marathoners are still nursing their tight muscles, replenishing their electrolytes, and buffing their medallions. Congratulations to the large group from the area, especially the Thursday Trackers, and particularly Mike Zimmerman (first sub-3 at Boston) and Jaimie Wright (great time on her last (??) marathon).

Today Bwana had the crew do a very simple workout: 2 or 3 sets of 4 X 270 at mile race pace. The long straights on the IM fields are about 270 meters long. Run each at the prescribed pace, then rest for the short end, about 60 meters. Very slow jog or walk. A set is two laps of straights. Between sets, take a longer, say, half-lap (330 meter) rest. The key is to find the race kick pace that you can do consistently for all 2 or 3 sets.

Some of the Crew are topping off their training for later spring marathons. Tara was at the track today, but was doing her own thing, about 8000 meters of long repeats, a 3200 bookended by sets of 3 X 800. That’s a tough, but appropriate workout!

Thursday Track Report: Gimme Shelter

December 6, 2018

Bwana late yesterday announced that he’d be at the IM Field for a workout. When he got there, there was a stiff and steady westerly breeze. Wondering whether anyone would show, Bwana “warmed up” (an expression very inappropriate for the conditions) for a couple of miles. Just as he was about to call off his participation in a solo workout, Tom Cali, John Domico, CJ Wagner, Mike Weyandt, Andy Maguire, Mike Martin, Harriet Smith, and David Lloyd showed up. But there plans were to avoid the stiff breezes and head down to the hollow. So Bwana followed (for once) as the group ran down 4 Hills into the shelter of Big Hollow. Bwana last saw the fast crew heading back out of the low country up Rocky Top Rd, their plan being to circle back to town by way of the Sunset Park bike path, and then on to a public establishment for some warming refreshment.

Bwana will try to get one more real outdoor workout in next week. Then we’ll do the Jingle Bell Track Workout in two weeks.