June 22, 2017

The first Thursday Track of the summer. The weather was made to order “summery”, but not full-on hellacious. Tom Cali, John Domico, George Lesiuetre, Costas Maranas, Meira Minard, Mike Weyandt, Bob Shafer, Mike Martin, Dan Coughlin, Seth Senior, Ron Cunfer, Joel Niemann, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track under mostly sunny skies, warm temperatures, and humid air.

Summer Training is more than just getting used to running in the heat. There’s a lot of things we do in the summer that require at least a little bit of preparation. Mike Martin is going on vacation at the Outer Banks next week and the Unofficial Beer Distributor of the Nittany Valley Running Club will be entering a “Beer Mile”. For those who don’t know, it’s a timed mile race where participants must chug a beer before heading out on each quarter mile. Four quarters, four beers. There are all kinds of special rules: no flat beer; beer must be at least 5% alcohol; no cans (so you can’t shotgun); all the beer in a bottle must be consumed in a 10 foot walkway before starting a quarter; puke and you’re DQ’ed, etc, etc. Mike wanted to get in some practice today in conditions with at some relation to the real thing. But, obviously, even though school’s out for the summer, beer wouldn’t be the smartest thing to bring to a school track. Now anyone who has ever done a beer mile knows that the alcohol is not what does you in (at least until *after* the race). It’s the volume of liquid and the gas from the foam. Bwana would have suggested Mike use soda as a substitute, but he chose water. It’s got the volume, just not the gas. Mike ran it as the rest of us started our workout. His finish time of 7:44 beat expectations. If he can hold anywhere near that time with cold, gassy beer, he’ll do alright. The rest of us ran a moderate volume workout of 400-800-800-400 at 5K+ pace with 400m rest between reps. Try to do the second half faster than the first. It’s not too trying a workout for a hottish, summery day.

Next week will we’ll be gearing up for the summer race schedule, which gets going on the 4th with the 4th Fest 4K and 4 Miler. How you train after that depends on whether you’re running the Arts Fest 5K, 10K, or 10 Miler. Whichever you choose, come to the track!