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: 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: Trying To Gain Track-tion

September 19, 2019

Summer is ending in a magnificent way this year. Mild temperatures, brilliant blue skies, and relatively dry air have been the norm for the last week or so, and today was no exception. Even the condition of the IM Fields was better than usual, with the grass freshly mowed and no dew to hinder traction. Despite these conditions, only a handful of people showed up at the IM Fields: Mike Martin, Rich Harter, Andrew Tatusko, John Hardy, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur all showed up today, and a couple of others buzzed by on their run but did not do the workout. Could the rest of the Crew have been kidnapped on Talk Like a Pirate Day? (Why is September 19 TLAPD anyway?)

Bwana called for a double downward ladder: Two sets of 1 lap (about 640 meters) - a half-lap (320 meters) and two long straights (about 260 meters each). The long rep was done at 5K race pace, the progressively shorter reps at a slightly faster pace. The kicker was the rest got shorter through each set: a long straight (260) after the 1 lapper, but much shorter rests (60 meters) after the other reps. This is a nice workout, and a modest volume (2 X 1480, or just under 3000 meters). The workout is easy to scale up if you have the time.

Next week, we hope to Fall into a routine with even cooler temperatures, and more people!

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!