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

April 7, 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: 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!

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: Storm Trackers

June 20, 2019

It was changeable like a March day, but a whole lot warmer. Just about every kind of weather one could expect in June, except hail and lightning. There were clouds, sun, rain, heat, and plenty of humidity. John Domico, Mike Martin, Rob Shaver, Mike Zimmerman, Keith Henderson, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the State High track. The place is pretty heavily used in the summer. There was a flag football game going on in one half of the infield, and a soccer game on the other. A hurdler was getting some work near the 100 meter start area. But nobody on the oval until the crew showed up.

Bwana gave a pretty challenging workout for the warm day: Two sets of 1200-400. Run the 1200 at race pace. That’s enough time running to let the humidity be a challenge. Then a 400 meter jogging rest followed by a 400 meter run at an increased pace. Take another 400 meter slow jog and do another set. On a cooler day, this workout can be scaled up in number of sets, and it’s an excellent basis for a high volume workout for preparing for long races. And the rest between the 1200 and the 400 can be shortened to increase endurance.

We’ll be using the high school track for the next couple of months. Come on out for a workout! And bring some good weather with you!