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: On The Inside Track

December 7, 2017

It was cold, cloudy and windy as John Domico, Judd Michael, Michael Goldfine, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Mike Martin, Seth Senior, Ryan Burke, Doug Schunk, Harriet Smith, newcomer Keith Henderson, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed to the MSF. It was our first trip the the indoor track in a while, having been ensconced at the IM Fields for the last couple of months. The availability of the track was welcome due to the early December bluster.
 
Everybody knows the drill. As soon as we go indoors for the first time in a while, Bwana calls the NX3X300. Run a 300 (about a lap and a half on the indoor track) at a mile race pace or faster (but not a sprint). Take 100 meters rest, then do another 300. Then one more. After a set of three, take a lap or two slow rest, then do another set. And another, until you’re done. Most of us ran N=3 today. In the coming weeks we’ll be doing some more running to prep for the Indoor Mile Series.
 
Speaking of the coming weeks, next week we’ll have our regular workout. Then, on the 21st, it’s our Jingle Bell Track Workout, more of a quick jog around town dressed as a bunch of Christmas elves. Then we’re off for at least a week (I’ll check the availability of the MSF on 1/4). We might get one more good workout in on 1/11 before the first Indoor Mile on 1/13. But we’ll be working on improving our Miles through early February.

Thursday Track Report: Winding Down The Year

December 14, 2017

The year is winding down. Only time for one more real track workout before the Christmas festivities, campus closure, etc, keep us away from the painted lanes for the next couple of weeks. John Domico, Meira Minard, Costas Maranas, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Dan Coughlin, Mike Martin, Andy Maguire, Rich Harter, Logan Madill, Keith Henderson, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track on a cold, windy day.

Just because the year is winding down doesn’t mean we shouldn’t cap it off with a hard workout. At least one that starts out hard, but gets easier: A downward ladder, 5-4-3-2 laps in Lane 6. Do the 5 lapper (over 1150 meters in Lane 6) at between your 5K and mile race paces. Then, after 2 laps easy rest, do the 4 lapper (just over 925 meters) a bit faster. Two laps rest, then hit the 3 lapper (around 700 meters) at a pace at least as fast as your mile race pace. Then take just one lap rest this time and finish hard with a 2 lapper (over 450 meters) with the kick you have left. If your body can remember this workout through the haze of egg nog in 4 weeks, you’ll be just about ready for your first Indoor Mile race.

Next week is the Jingle Bell Track Workout. We meet outside Rec Hall at noon in Holiday running attire for a 4-5 mile jaunt past our workout haunts and through downtown. After that, we’re off until January 11. Have a great Christmas break and we’ll see you in the New Year!

Thursday Track Report: Closing In On Closing Things Out

November 30, 2017

The last day of a very mild November brought Tom Cali, CJ Wagner, Andy Maguire, Bob Shafer, Dan Coughlin, Logan Madill, Mike Zimmerman, Mike Martin, Jamie Wright, Ryan Burke, Harriet Smith, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur to the IM Fields under partly sunny skies with a crisp breeze blowing.

Bwana took a poll of those at the workout to see who was running in Sunday’s Nittany Valley Half-Marathon. It turned out that everyone, except Bwana, will be there! A prior commitment has called Bwana away from one of his favorite local races, one he’s run at least a dozen times in the last 20 year! So, to go easy on the half-marathoners (many of whom just ran a marathon a few weeks ago!), Bwana gave out an easy workout of a few long stride-outs, just enough to unwrap everyone’s legs. The Crew did 6 or 8 straightaways on the IM Fields, about 270 meters each, at kick pace.

Good luck to all who are running in Sunday’s Half. We’re winding down the year’s racing, but we’ll keep the training up to get us through the First Night 5K and keep us in a holding pattern until the Indoor Mile Series starts (in about 6 weeks!). Before the Christmas break, you can join us in the annual Jingle Bell Track Workout, which will be held in three weeks on December 21. Details on that coming soon!