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August 4, 2016

It was hot, but backing off from the heat wave, with sun, clouds, and breezes as John Domico, Randy Jepson, Costas Maranas, Mike Renz, Mike Martin, Mike Weyandt, Seth Senior, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur headed to the State High track. It’s at about this time that the weather starts its long cycle down to the ideal running weather of Fall. And what comes with Fall? Besides football, I mean. Students! We’ll be having to move from the high school track in the next few weeks. Where will we go? Right now the Penn State outdoor track is still under reconstruction. We’ll always have the indoor track as an option, one we’ll appreciate in January, but not one many people like to use in September and October. We’ll save worrying about that until we need to.

Bwana has been getting a lot of blasts from the past, ghosts from long ago. He got an email from Kirk Rager whose path may take him back to our group again. And Kirk’s buddy Dana, not exactly a ghost but someone who’s been too busy with other things this summer for a regular track presence, showed up today. But it may be one his last appearances. Dana is headed to more humid climes (and even more intense football culture, if you can believe that) within the next couple of months. More on that later. And as Bwana was trying to dredge up a workout, and meanwhile regaling runners on a legendary Randy Jepson workout, who should appear as if summoned from beyond? Randy himself, a rarity in recent years! Today’s workout did not summon any ghosts of our younger capabilities. It was an easy one: 2  X 1 mile of Autochthonous Americans. Indians, for the Politically Incorrect. Form a line of 5 or 6 like-paced runners. Start running at about a 5K race pace. Last person in line picks up his pace to move to the front. When he gets there, the new last person continues the progression. A nice way to mess with your pace and breathing.

As I said above, we’ll soon be seeing the new last-in-lines, and their crazed parents, moving in. You may appreciate the above workout when you have to high-tail it across the street to avoid a minivan going the wrong way down a one-way street!