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

January 23, 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.

NOTE FOR WINTER (1/23): During the months when the IM Fields are snow covered or muddy, Thursday track will be doing its pace workouts on a rectangle of roads north of Park Avenue and the IM Fields. The four roads are Services Rd, University Drive, Tower Rd, and Big Hollow Rd. Meet the group there at about about 12:20-25. Or run over from Rec Hall with them starting at Curtin and Burrowes at about 12:10. Join our listserve for the latest announcements!

Thursday Track Report: Pasta and Marinara Sauce

November 8, 2018

It was a beautiful Fall day, sunny, a bit breezy, almost crisp (mid-40s temps), with dazzling colors still on display as John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Costas Maranas, Meira Minard, Jaimie Wright, Torrie Raisch, Ryan Burke, Josh Litofsky, Rich Harter, Adam Ilgen, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields. The colors were indeed dazzling, both the sky, the leaves still on the trees, and the saucy attire of Costas “Marinara” Maranas.

A good marinara sauce includes some capers, and the Crew was ready for any capers Bwana threw their way. Ready especially since the Rec Hall Crew lingered long over their antipasto. Today’s main dish was a heaping pile of pasta served al dente for those whose teeth were chattering a bit for having underdressed: 2 X (1000 + 2 X 400). For one set, run 1000 meters, (one-and-a-half laps of the IM Field) at slightly faster than 10K race pace. Then rest for about 330 meters (the remaining half-lap) and finish the set with 2 X 400, (a 400 is about a lap of a half-field: run the rectangle determined by a short side of the IM Fields and half a long side). The 400s should be done at a faster pace, say between 5K and mile race pace). Do two sets. This workout is a bit of a change-up from running long repeats (800s or 1000s) to prepare for a long race like the upcoming Half. It can (and should!) be scaled up by 1 or more reps to prep for such longer races.

As the weather gets cooler, we’ll definitely want to continue pasta themed workouts. Maybe a gnocchi and pesto workout with a nice dry chianti followed by a couple of cannoli and an espresso.

Thursday Track Report: Gimme Shelter

December 6, 2018

Bwana late yesterday announced that he’d be at the IM Field for a workout. When he got there, there was a stiff and steady westerly breeze. Wondering whether anyone would show, Bwana “warmed up” (an expression very inappropriate for the conditions) for a couple of miles. Just as he was about to call off his participation in a solo workout, Tom Cali, John Domico, CJ Wagner, Mike Weyandt, Andy Maguire, Mike Martin, Harriet Smith, and David Lloyd showed up. But there plans were to avoid the stiff breezes and head down to the hollow. So Bwana followed (for once) as the group ran down 4 Hills into the shelter of Big Hollow. Bwana last saw the fast crew heading back out of the low country up Rocky Top Rd, their plan being to circle back to town by way of the Sunset Park bike path, and then on to a public establishment for some warming refreshment.

Bwana will try to get one more real outdoor workout in next week. Then we’ll do the Jingle Bell Track Workout in two weeks.

Thursday Track: What Do You Call This Time of Year?

November 1, 2018

Fall colors and late summer temperatures greeted Tom Cali, Judd Michael, Costas Maranas, Meira Minard, CJ Wagner, Andy Maguire, Bob Shafer, Jaimie Wright, Mike Zimmerman, Dan Coughlin, Josh Litofsky, Rich Harter, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur as they headed for the track. It was around 60 and humid, conditions we haven’t had since summer turned tail and fled with its tail on fire a few weeks ago. So is this Indian Summer? No one has ever given me a satisfactory definition of that term, but I’ll take today’s conditions, whatever you call them, any time, especially in November. The only drawback was that recent rains had made the field muddy in spots.

Bwana Gave out a no-turns workout to reduce the chance of slipping on mud. All straights. Five laps of running the long straights, each 270 meters. Not much rest between, though! So run them hard, but not so hard that you can’t keep them consistent with short rest!

Who knows what next week will bring? Will we get a dusting of snow, or a mini-heat wave? We’ll see soon enough. Until then,…