Written by Mike Renz Mike Renz

January 28, 2014

It was the best of hill workouts, it was the worst of hill workouts,
it was the run of wisdom, it was the run of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief that this workout helped, it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of bitter cold, it was the season of negative wind chill,
it was the spring of legs, it was the winter of despair,
we had Rec Hall steps before us, we had nothing but misery before us,
we were all going direct around the loop, we were all going direct up the stairs
– in short, the period was! so far unlike a normal hill workout,
that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on not even attempting,
for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of training only.

Ben Tolton,  Meira Minard, Aaron Hofelt, Jim Moore, Mike Martin and Mike Renz all took to the Rec Hall “track” and proceeded to do many laps with many many traverses up and down the steps of the bleachers.  The ‘normal’ lap consisted of 10 up and downs, with 2 ups being double-footed hops, and 1 up of a left leg hop climb, and 1 up of a right leg hop climb.  Most of us did 5 complete laps.  We looked like fools, but had the burning legs to prove that the workout was seemingly worthwhile.  We all missed the outdoors dearly.  Tom Cali and Andrew Maquire even showed! up at the track to cheer for and admire us as we ran step repeats, but failed to join in for even 1 loop-o-fun.  Shame on them!  Meira decided the prescribed workout was far too confusing for a 40+ yr old to remember or understand and did some sort of concoction of her own. Jim Moore found a different yet still challenging method…but hey at least they were hitting the steps!

Hopefully next week will prove above 0 temps so that we can once again find a nice hill to run up and down without spectators staring in disbelief of our strange and abnormal ways.