Written by Bwana Bwana
It was a typical October afternoon: crisp (and stiff) breezes, cloudy skies, temperature in the low 50s. Greg Fredericks, Bob Jones, Jim Myers, Tom Cali, Ken Davis, John Sheakoski, Greg Dillon, Judd Michael, Marty Klanchar, Mark Fedkin, Tom Hilands, John Wilcock, Mark Lee, Mark Traband, Michael Goldfine, Dana Todd, Andy Arndt, newcomers Jeannie Houston and "Josh", Ruth Mick, Cheryl Capone, Sherry Tirko, Jamie Volkert, Monika Modest and her sister, and Marty Mazur headed for the track for the first real Fall Weather Workout.
Bwana had the shivering crew do a downward ladder: 1K-800-600-400-200, with each step at a faster pace than the previous. People were asking Bwana "Can we go inside"?. The Indoor Track sure looked inviting, especially when the runners hit the backstretch and ran into the stiff October breezes.
Several of the regulars stiffed Bwana today. Some were carrying valid excuses. Lee Culver is recovering from the 48 hour creeping crud, and his voice was stiff and raspy. And Tara Murray blew off track so she could do a 4 mile hill workout warmup in Bellefonte in the early morning, followed by a 12-mile Tussey run as the sun was setting. But John Domico was pitching his wife the "Tussey Bailout Plan" and trying to get her to front him the money for an Otto's Pub Club card. He met stiff resistance. Vicki Summers was still stiff as a board after her six mile Game Lands jaunt on Saturday. And Lance Bland and Dave Moore were pouring themselves some stiff drinks after reading the DCR Captain stats of "the new guy".