May 19, 2016

It was pretty nice out, with sunny skies and warm temperatures (unusual so far this month!) and low and behold Jim Myers, Lance Bland, Costas Maranas, Judd Michael, Rich Harter, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur found that the PSU outdoor track was open! A big change from the last few weeks. The spotty availability of the outdoor track has been killing Thursday Track the last couple of months. Everybody is grateful to have the MSF indoor track available to us when it’s cold and blowing out, but who wants to run indoors once April hits?

Costas was punishing himself with repeat 1/2-miles, so the rest of the group decided to join in. Bwana called out 4X-1/2 Mile. That’s where you run in the very outside lane, and use the funny secret Imperial Unit markings to gauge. A half-mile is just under 1-3/4 laps in that lane. Bwana prescribed a VERY short rest, back to the starting line (a little over 100 meters). So run your half-miles at a slow 5K pace and take your time on a really slow jog to the start of the next one.

Marty Klanchar has been trying to get more information about future availability of the outdoor track. We know there’ll be construction of a new track soon, but we’re hoping to be able to use it on a more predictable schedule until that happens (and after!). Stay tuned.