April 28, 2016

April is back (just in time for its coming exit), and with it, cool, “lite” showers. Good! We need the rain. Tom Cali, Lance Bland, Mike Casper, Costas Maranas, Michael Goldfine, Joel Niemann, Mike Martin, Kevin Becker, Rob Peterson, newcomer Ritchie Hume, Alex Wouden, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur got themselves to the track. The indoor track. Nice that it’s there on a day like Thursday.

Bwana showered some group attention on the newcomer, Ritchie Hume, who was interested in some running philosophy, particularly regarding the marathon. Bwana was skeptical that the group could enlighten him much given the paucity of our talent in that arena. Only several hundred marathons run among regular Thursday trackers, including some nationally ranked placements. But, naturally, Bwana would test the idea empirically by giving the “lite” version of a marathoner’s workout: 4 X 3 laps (lane 5) run at 5K to 10K race pace. On the indoor track, 3 laps in lane 5 is around 680 meters, so the rep lengths were short of the usual 800 meter volume, and the number of reps short of the usual prescribed volume (6-10) as well. But this was just a taste. Since many of our marathoners are either in recovery from Boston or tapering for Pittsburgh or Poconos, a taste is all that was appropriate. After the summer swelter, we’ll pick up the volume workouts again just in time for Hume to ramp up for his chosen debut at Philadelphia.

Good luck to the runners who’ll be heading to Pittsburgh this weekend and to the Poconos in a couple.