May 5, 2016

It was cloudy and cool, continuing the return of Spring that we missed when June was here last month. Lance Bland, Costas Maranas, Kevin Becker, Rob Peterson, Tony Kwasnica, Rich Harter, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. With the PSU track kids working on exams, the PSU outdoor track was closed. Most of the Rec Hall Crew took one look at the padlocks and decided an indoor workout was not for them. It looks like we’ll be spending more of our time indoors the way things are going. Maybe that won’t be so bad when it’s 90 degrees and hazy in a couple of months!

Bwana had the small group that stayed do a variation of the Front-Loader workout: Break up a long repetition by front loading the first part with a big share of the distance. Then, after a very short rest, do the remainder in small pieces, each with a short rest and getting faster as you go. Today’s Front-Loader: 3 laps in lane 6 (about 700 meters) followed after a 120 meter rest by 3X300 with a short, 120 meter rest between each. That’s running 1600 meters, about a mile, with short breaks. Pace should be 5K to mile race pace. Bwana said the ideal was to do the whole thing twice, though he doesn’t think anyone took him up on it.

As I said above, it looks like the outdoor track’s availability will be sporadic for some time. If you get to the track on a Thursday and don’t see anyone on it, head to the indoor track!