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

June 4, 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.

SUMMER UPDATE (6/4): We'll be running at the State High track starting on June 13!

Thursday Track Report: Moist and Meager, But Eager

July 11, 2019

It was moister than a hippopotamus’s underarm pads as the meager crew of Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the State High track. Attendance has been pretty light this summer despite the fact that we have an actual track at our disposal for lunchtime workouts for only these 10 weeks of summer. Not many other people there today, unlike many days when there are people playing soccer or flag football on the infield. Just Jayson Jackson running a couple of kids through their sprinter workouts. I guess the threatening weather and the start of Arts Fest kept people away.

Bwana gave a “crowd" pleaser workout: the Mini-Front-Loader. One set is: run an 800 at 5K race place or a little faster. Then, immediately run 3X200 at race kick pace with just 100 meters jogging rest after the 800 and 100 meters jogging rest between 200s. Your 200s should get a little faster as you move away from the 800. Take a longer rest (400 meters jog) before the next set. Do at least two sets. This is a great workout for working on being able to turn it on during or near the end of a race.It can be scaled up in volume (3 or more sets) or length (1 mile front loading, 400 meter repeats). You can also run that first faster 200 with *zero* rest after the 800, though we didn't!

Don’t forget, there’s another track workout this evening led by Bob Shafer and Mike Zimmerman starting at 5:45 at the State High track. The evening track workouts will be going on through the beginning of October. Good luck to those running the Arts Fest 10K or 5K on Sunday. We’ll be back at at, hopefully with a bigger crew next week!

Thursday Track Report: I'll Have The New England

July 18, 2019

It was hot, and as thick as soup today. Thick as chowder, or, as they say in Bahh-stin, “Chow-dahh”. Joel Niemann, Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur made it to the track. Thankfully, the sun was usually hidden, otherwise we’d’ve been lob-stahs.

Bwana gave a new workout this morning, a kind of countdown, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Wed sets of 400-300-200: Run a 400 at 5K race pace. Jog 200. Run a 300 at a bit quicker pace. Rest for just 100. Then run 200 meters at kick pace. Rest is 400 meters slow jog. We did 2 sets, but this would be a good workout to do 3 sets on a milder day.

Bwana hears that Jaimie Wright is getting a decent sized crew of 6 to 10 people for her Wednesday AM workouts. And Bob Shafer and company have evening track workouts on Thursday that get a few more regulars. This is great! But between their turnout and mine, this still doesn’t add up to a historically respectable track turnout. The State High track is a great resource for as long as we can use it. That’s another 5 or 6 weeks before the afternoon group has to go back to the IM Fields. (Jaimie’s group is there before the kids arrive for school, so hers is all year, even when it’s dark in the morning! Bob's group plans to continue into early October.) Come on out! Your Fall running will improve if you do some speedwork now!

Thursday Track Report: Light and Heat

June 27, 2019

It was sunny, hot, and humid, with just enough breeze to make it bearable, as John Domico, Ryan Burke, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. Quite a light turnout, even considering the weather. I can’t imaging that Tom and Meira’s Spring Creek Alternative is cutting that much into the workout turnout. I mean, getting there definitely adds some time to the lunchtime run, and some people actually have to work for a living!

In contrast to last week, where Bwana gave some long reps in relatively mild summer conditions, he decided to give a relatively light workout of short reps in our first blazing hot day of the year. The workout was two sets of 6 X 200. Run the 200s at race kick pace (not sprint!) and take a very short 100 meter recovery between reps. Between the two sets, the recovery is a full 400 meters at a very slow jog. And do stop for water between sets. We did!

Today was Adam’s last Thursday Track workout with us. Adam is heading off to Illinois for graduate school. A two-year masters program in nutrition. He’ll be in town here until July 8. Wish him the best when you see him!

NOTE: There will be no Thursday Track workout next week due to July 4 races and festivities. See you on July 11!