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

August 29, 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: For years we were allowed to use Penn State indoor and outdoor track facilities, but the university has been tightening up access to all their facilities and so it is either impossible or cost prohibitive to do so. We now run at two seasonal locations: During the summer months (second week of June through second-last week of August), we do our workouts at the State High track, which is behind the South Building on Westerly Parkway. The rest of the year, we use IM Fields on the north side of Park Avenue just east of the Law School building. (During the worst part of winter, we sometimes do our workouts on the roads around the services buildings near the IM Fields to the north of Park Avenue.) You can run from Rec Hall to the seasonal venue, or meet us there. Meet at venue any time after noon. Some runners jog over from Rec Hall and meet us there around 12:25. By then, everyone is warmed up and ready. 

LATE SUMMER UPDATE (8/29): Now that school is in session at State High, we will be doing our speed work on the Penn State IM Fields on the north side of Park Avenue just east of the Law School Building.

Thursday Track Report: Did I Mention We're At The IM Fields Now?

September 5, 2019

It was a perfect day for a workout: Almost Fall weather with temperatures in the mid 60s and low humidity. The only thing missing was runners! Today it was just Mike Martin, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur, though John Domico and Judd Michael were spotted later doing a solo spin near the same fields. Maybe it’s the jerking around of the venue, but from now till next June, we’re at the IM Fields!

Bwana called for a moderate volume of short stuff: 2 X (6 X 260) at kick pace. The long straights of the IM Fields are about 260 meters (if you go from the start to the end of the painted lines along the field). That’s 3 laps of the field running the long straights hard to get 6 X 260. Recovery is short: just the short sides, about 65 meters. After a set, do a longer recovery (1 lap) then try to get the second set as good or better.

Hopefully attendance will pick up as the Fall progresses. All are welcome!

Thursday Track Report: The Pitts! (Almost)

September 12, 2019

Bwana must’ve misread the forecast. I thought today was supposed to be nice! Well, I guess it was, compared to yesterday anyway. The temperature was down about 10 degrees, to around 80, but it was still uncomfortably humid as George Lesieutre, Mike Martin, Rich Harter, Andrew Tatusko, John Hardy, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields. A few others, including Randy Jepson, Costas Maranas, and Torrie Raisch said “Hi”, then went off to do an alternative workout. Some of the fields neighboring the IM Fields were being readied for the onslaught of the Pitt vs. PSU game on Saturday. Should be a fun weekend!

A couple of people were new to the IM Field venue, so Bwana decided to introduce them to the letter L. Not the L with the deep pit, fire, and brimstone, but another kind of L. The workout was to do 6 to 8 X L, an L being a long and short side of the rectangular IM Fields. That’s about 320 meters. (It used to be a bit more than 330, but they compressed the field markings a bit this year.) Run each L at 5K race pace plus (i.e. a little faster than race pace, but not a “kick” or sprint pace). Follow your L with a rest as long as the next side. Since the Field is about 260 X 60, you’re alternating long (260) and short (60) rests. It’s a challenge to keep the Ls consistent!

Things have picked up a little bit, attendance wise, and Bwana hope the trend continues. It was good to see George, Andrew, and Rich back at it. Hopefully we have a regular group of at least a dozen soon!

Thursday Track Report: Well, That Was Short-Lived!

August 29, 2019

It was mild with clouds and sun, but without a big turnout at the State High track. Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur were all who showed. Perhaps others were wondering where to park with school in session, or whether we’d have to deal with gym classes. The answer is: It doesn’t matter. We’ll get to that in a second.

Some workmen were painting lines on the football practice field and for some reason had a part of the track roped off across all lanes. That meant we had to work around that. The available part of the track was about 3/4-lap. So Bwana and company ran alternate 300s and 200s at race kick pace. A good workout for the circumstances.

After the workout, Chris Weakland, the State High Athletic Director, came up to us and chatted and… very nicely informed us that we can’t hold track workouts during the school day. So that’s that, the official word. It’s all due to the school district’s risk management, and another ripple effect of the whole Sandusky thing that shut down Penn State facilities to us. So, as of next week we’ll be back at the IM Fields as we were the last couple of years for our Thursday noontime workouts. Note: This does not affect any of the other workouts that currently use the track. So Jaimie’s 5:40 AM Wednesday workout and Bob’s Thursday evening workout are both OK.

See you at the IM Fields next week!