Thursday Track Crew

2007 Thursday Track CrewThursdays are track days for a small group of men and women. This is not a formal thing -- the exact workout depends on who's there (usually numbering from a dozen to as many as thirty or more) and what they feel like doing -- but the group is very reliable about showing up. A typical workout might be something like six 400 meter intervals at 70-115 seconds (that's a pretty big spread, but we get a big spread of ability, too), or a 400-600-800-600-400 pyramid, or laps that include 100m striders, with folks doing more or less, faster or slower. We even got covered in the Centre Daily Times! If this appeals to you, meet under the Rec Hall bleachers at noon, or show your face at the Penn State outdoor track (indoors in winter, at the new Multi-Sport Facility) around 12:20 or so on Thursdays. Say "hey!"

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Thursday Track: Track Venue For Winter (REVISED 12/4)

December 4, 2017

The Thursday Track Crew meets every Thursday at the Curtin-Burrowes entrance to Rec Hall at noon for a warm-up run to the Penn State track. You can run with the group from Rec Hall (about a mile-and-a-half warm-up). They leave around 12:10. Or meet at the track for the workout at about 12:25.

NOTE: We are moving Thursday Track indoors to the Multi-Sport Facility, which is just south of the Bryce Jordan Center on University Dr. and Dauer Dr.,  starting on December 7, at least through the end of the Indoor Mile Series. It’s about time we start getting used to the pacing on the track for the coming Indoor Mile Series. PSU affiliates should bring an ID and sign in at the desk at the lower entrance. Others will have to hail a PSU person and sign in as a "guest" of that person. We’ll play it by ear after early February and then move it back to the IM Fields as soon as we have non-snowy, non-muddy conditions there. If it’s your preference to run outdoors in all but abominable conditions, feel free to do so. But Bwana is holding court at the MSF!

Thursday Track Report: No Substitute

March 8, 2018

The Thursday of Spring Break has become “iffy” for track workouts in recent years. The MSF has been the venue for an archery competition the last few years during the break. There’s nothing that will put a damper on a good workout like an errant arrow in our left butt cheek. The reserved indoor track, coupled with our loss of the use of the PSU outdoor track, the lock-down of Rec Hall but for paying customers, and the still-wintry weather, made us wish we could sprout wings and head for Florida. Tom Cali, John Domico, Bob Cornwall, Mike Weyandt, Meira Minard, Andy Maguire, Dean Capone, Mike Martin, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for our new outdoor venue, the IM Fields under clear skies, though with a cold wind coming from the north, thinking we might make an early try of it there.

That cold wind made us all decide pretty quickly to just take a break from speed work this week. So we headed past the services buildings and down Big Hollow Road to Four Hills. Should we do another “Hill Repeat” day? Nah, lets just go for a jog. Bwana hasn’t been up or down Four Hills in several years and so was surprised to see all the new service buildings that have gone up recently. Bwana and Dave fell behind the main group, which ran up Rocky Top Lane probably to take the long way back to campus by way of Overlook Heights and the bike path back to Sunset Park. Bwana and Dave took the Toftrees Trail to the little dirt road that heads back to near the top of Four Hills and back to the IM Fields, a shorter run.

We’ll be back at the MSF next week unless there’s a big movement in the weather toward real Spring by next week.

Thursday Track Report: Veni, Vidi, Vici

March 15, 2018

The Ides of March. The time to settle debts. And Winter still thinks it owes us, so it was cold and windy as John Domico, Tom Cali, Judd Michael, Meira Minard, Michael Goldfine, Joel Niemann, Jim Laudermilch, Andy Maguire, Bob Shafer, Dan Coughlin, Mike Martin, Seth Senior, Logan Madill, Harriet Smith, Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

Seeing Bwana wearing green, the Trackers looked forward to a St. Patrick’s Day themed workout. Bwana may have been wearing green, but he was seeing red. So the theme revolved around a guy who was stabbed to death by some of his closest “friends” back about 2061 years ago. Bwana gave three choices, the same number as the number of parts Gaul was divided into, according to Caesar in his military travelog. You could run 3 by 1500 to mark the Ides of March, 3/15 (though in Roman times, March was the first month of the year); you could run 4X1100=4400 meters to commemorate the year of Caesar’s death (44 BC); or you could go easy on yourself and run 8X200 (Et Tu, Brute?). Of course, the fast crowd did none of the above, but a pyramid of about 3600 meters, though Bob Shafer added a bonus 800 to top it off at 4400. However you went, it was a painful workout, though probably not as painful as dying of 23 stab wounds.

Next week, we’ll have to move our workout to the IM Fields due to the NCAA fencing championships being held at the MSF. Hopefully, Spring will have arrived in name and truth by then. The following week, we'll be back at the MSF for the Marathoners For Medicine photo shoot. After that, if the weather holds up, we’ll be outdoors again until next winter!

Thursday Track Report: Cycling Through

March 1, 2018

And so the cycle continues. The weather cycle I alluded to last week will be whipsawing us for the next month. It was mild and cloudy as John Domico, Tom Cali, Judd Michael, Mike Casper, Meira Minard, Mike Weyandt, Bob Shafer, Michael Goldfine, Andy Maguire, Mike Zimmerman, Mike Martin, Josh Litofsky, Dan Coughlin, Harriet Smith, Keith Henderson, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the MSF track. But the forecast for Friday is for cold temperatures and tempestuous winds.

The cycle of life also continues. Mike Weyandt turned 47 today, and Bwana threatened the Crew with a “47 by something” workout. And why not? When Bwana turned 60 last year, he did 6X600 (which is 60X60), not bad for an old guy. And his tradition is to run his age in furlongs on the weekend closest to his birthday. That’s coming up in a few weeks and this year the tally will be close to 8 miles. Who doesn’t want to go for a leisurely jog in the woods with Bwana reminiscing every furlong about what he was doing at that age? Today’s torture was a lot easier for Mike. The Fast Young Guys and Gals (FYGGs) were doing the Trapezoid of Terror: 200-400-600-800-800-600-400-200 with extremely short rest between reps. That adds up to 4000 meters. Though Mike, at the prime numbered age of 47, thinks he’s “in his prime”, he’s really about to age out of any sane person's conception of a FYGG. But Mike kept up with the tail end of that group, and then tacked on another 700 meter rep to bring his workout up to 4700 meters. Nice! Bwana settled for doing 4X600 with longer rests with the Slow People of Various Ages (SPOVAs).

Bwana will be a prime age this year as well. He’ll spend the next couple of weeks dreaming up an appropriate workout, and also figuring out if he can survive it.