June 15, 2017
It was warm and quite humid as Tom Cali, John Domico, Lance Bland, George Lesieutre, Costas Maranas, Bob Shafer, Mike Martin, Doug Schunk, Joel Niemann, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the State High track. It was good to know we were going to a place that would be there when we got there, even if we had to step around a construction site. Too many weeks lately of not knowing whether the indoor or outdoor track (or neither) at Penn State would take us in.
The State High Track is state of the art, for a high school track. But still, it’s laid out differently from the outdoor PSU track: Different markings, finish line (and halfway point) well before the end of the straight, no Imperial Unit markings in the outside lane. But a track’s a track, and that’s a fact, Jack (but a Deuce and a Quarter ain’t no Cadillac). We’re big boys (and girls, though none were here today). We can figure it out. Speaking a quarters, Bwana gave 6X400 as the workout, with short (deuce-hundred) rests. So run at 5K+ race pace, with shortish rests, and try to keep the quarters consistent. Bwana nearly dropped a deuce on the last one and had to scale back to a 200.
Now that we know where we’re going (and sort of how to get there: the Rec Hall crowd is still figuring that out), we can hope that by the end of summer we’ll be having 15-20 or more people show up at the track. Just in time to be homeless again! Oh, I’m sure you’ll all be thankful for the PSU indoor track come November.