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!"

NOTE: As of April 12, we are moving Thursday Track to 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 MSF. Otherwise, we'll be at the IM Fields until June when we move to the State High track.

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 11:45 AM. Thursday Track will start at about 12 noon.

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Thursday Track: Track Venue Until Summer (REVISED 03/29)

March 29, 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 Penn State track. You can run with the group from Rec Hall (about a mile-and-a-half warm-up). 

NOTE: As of April 12, we are moving Thursday Track to 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 MSF. Otherwise, we'll be at the IM Fields until June when we move to the State High track.

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 11:45 AM. Thursday Track will start at about 12 noon.

Thursday Track Report: What The H-E-Octuple-Hockey-Sticks?

May 10, 2018

After that last couple of flakes on the last day of April, May is here with warmth, birds, and flowers. It was warm, humid and polleny as John Domico, Judd Michael, Andy Maguire, Tara Murray, Jaimie Wright, Elsa Hansen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields. Josh Litofsky, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Shafer peeled off to do some non-sanctioned workout.  

Today’s Bwana-fied workout was to do “L”s, just for the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks of it. The IM Fields are long rectangles. Start on a long edge and run the long edge with the following short edge. That’s about 340 meters. Then take the next (long) edge as a rest (about 275 meters). The next rep is the same length as the first, but it’s a short followed by a long edge. No difference in distance. The real difference is now you only get a short edge to rest (only 65 meters). Keep that going: 340 meter runs followed by a short or a long rest. Do about 8 reps. With today’s stiff breeze, half of those long edges were pretty tough!

Our track workouts are about 20 minutes earlier until the Fall semester begins due to the curtailed hours at Rec Hall. Hopefully this isn’t a huge schedule inconvenience for people, though today’s light turnout might indicate otherwise.

Thursday Track Report: Straight, No Chaser

May 17, 2018

It felt, for a change, like the season: mostly sunny, kind of humid, but not too hot, with a light breeze and lush green grass under our feet. Just like mid-May. John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Judd Michael, Mike Casper, John Pringle, Tara Murray, Bob Shafer, Dan Coughlin, Mike Martin, Mike Zimmerman, Josh Litofsky, Elsa Hansen, Monica Acosta, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields. A few of that group went off to do their unsanctioned workout. The rest went straight into Bwana’s workout.

Today we did a straight-up bunch of straight-aways. Each long end of the IM Fields is about 270 meters long. Six of them is just over a mile. So the workout was to do two sets of 6X270. The short ends of the field (about 65 meters) at a slow jog were the rest. Keep up a mile race pace on the long straights. Between the two sets take a long rest of once around the IM Fields (about 660 meters) at a slow jog. The volume of just over 2 miles was a pretty good workout for a humid day. Everyone worked hard today, and Bwana in particular, trying not to finish last on each rep. Mostly he was chasing, with no chaser behind him.

When Bwana got back to his suburban worksite, Amy Blake was finishing her run. She and Marty Klanchar had done some speed repeats in Autumnwood Park. She looked like she had worked as hard as Bwana, and when she showed me the splits on her watch, she proved it! Try to make the track workout if you can, but if you can’t, be straight and roll your own!

Thursday Track Report: Track U

May 3, 2016

The weather made a U-turn. After a few flakes on Sunday, summer arrived full force this week (at least for now). It was hot, humid, and breezy as Tom Cali, Andy Maguire, Meira Minard, John Pringle, Logan Madill, Elsa Hansen, Monica Acosta, Adam Ilgen, Tara Murray, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields. Bob Cornwall, Mike Weyandt, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Shafer said an obligatory howdy and took off for some other kind of workout.

Bwana welcomed Monica and Elsa back for their first workout in over a year. The grind of the grad student and post-doc can take over one’s life. But a year-and-a-half? Well, they must have been doing some maintenance strengthersizing at their lab benches, because they haven’t lost a step! Bwana gave a version of the mini-front-loader workout. Do the U on the IM Fields (about 660 meters). Then, with minimal rest, do 4X1 straight on the fields (about 275 meters each go). Do that whole thing twice (with a recovery rest between sets). It’s tough on a hot day, but not tough enough to make your head boil. No one was tempted to give Bwana the big F-U after this one, though one more set would have done it.

The grounds crew at the IM Fields were aerating the soil while we worked out. Hopefully, they’ll re-paint the lines before long so we can do our runs in a calibrated fashion. And, hopefully, the good weather continues!