Thursday Track Report: Fartlek Farrago
- Written by Bwana Bwana
May (?) 4, 2017
We’ve had the most mixed up weather, with May in February, April in January, January in March, and a whole bunch of mixed-upedness in April. Well, it’s May, and so on Monday it was July and today it’s April again. Judd Michael, Andy Maguire, Mike Martin, Bob Shafer, Jaimie Wright, Elsa Hansen, Joel Niemann, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track under cloudy skies, cool temperatures, and the threat of rain.
The weather has been a savory stew, a crazy casserole, a mad medley, and so Bwana gave a fartlek farrago for today’s workout: A downward ladder, 5-4-3-2 laps in Lane 5, with 2 lap rests after the first two reps and a 1 lap rest before the last rep. Start at 5K race pace and pick it up with each rep, finishing at a mile kick pace on the 2-lapper. That and a little salsa picante (Bwana recommends Tapatío) will really spice up your regimen. Maybe Bwana will let the flavors marry a little more and mix it up next time (3-5-2-4?).
Next week is rare off-week for Thursday Track. With Penn State hosting the Big 10s and State High still in session, there will be no suitable venues except for Rec Hall, and who wants to run there in May? (Or August, or whatever month it decides to be next week.) We’ll get together again on May 18, venue TBA.