December 22, 2016

Everything has been different this year. What do you expect after the weirdest political campaign in living memory? Well, NOBODY expected NOT to have a track on which to do the last track workout of the year. But with the workout postponed last week due to bitter weather, and moved to a week late in the season when State College is almost a ghost town, we should have known. Most of the Crew met at Rec Hall ready for the usual run to one of the tracks on the east side of campus. But word came down that not only was the outdoor track still locked up, but the MSF Indoor Track building was closed for the Holidays. So, improvising, the group did our usual “Look Back / Look Forward” on the jogging track above the stands in Rec Hall. The banking on the curves, and the presence of a press platform, made the backward running part of the workout especially treacherous. Then, John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Costas Maranas, Michael Goldfine, Mark Fedkin, George Lesieutre, John Sheakoski, Esther Prins, Torrie Raisch, Mike Renz, Andy Maguire, Mike Zimmerman, Dan Coughlin, Mike Martin, CJ Wagner, Bob Shafer, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed out into the elements. Well, all except Costas, who was in earnest about actually doing a workout today!

Heading across campus, the Crew nearly ran over Vicky Mazur, who was spreading Holiday Cheer and ringing some golden bells at the group as they ran by. The group decided to head past the tracks on the east side anyway to pick up any strays. There they found Joel Niemann, Jaimie Wright, and Jim Myers and headed downtown. First stop, as usual, the South Halls steps, a trail-runners workout. After that, up W. College to Rapid Transit Sports to pay a visit to Terry and the gang. And then, like bulls in a china shop, we went to Kitchen Kaboodle, to say “Hi!”. The Beaver Avenue parking structure afforded another hill workout, as well as a view of Mt. Nittany on the blustery top deck. The group then broke up, some heading back to Rec Hall, and some going on to a downtown mid-day happy hour.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Healthy New Year to all! We start again next year on January 5 AT REC HALL (due to a Penn State all day practice at the MSF). Workouts at the MSF will resume on January 12, just in time for the first Indoor Mile Series races on January 14.

Continue on for a few photos from today's run:

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Mike Renz and Dan Coughline finish up the jog at Rec Hall

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The Crew was locked out of the MSF Indoor Track!

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Tom Cali convalesced as the group ran around him down the steps at South Halls

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Another bull-in-the-china-shop disaster narrowly averted at Kitchen Kaboodle

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The top of the Beaver St. parking deck has a great view of Mt. Nittany