Thursday Track Report: Moist But Not Mushy

August 2, 2018

It was drab and humid with a light drizzle spraying the area as Costas Maranas, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Danny Coughlin, Jaimie Wright, Rich Harter, Harriett Smith, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields.

The field itself was wet, but the turf there is very thick (though cropped low), and so there were no mushy spots despite all the recent rain. The Crew decided to do longer repeats at race pace to avoid the possibility of slipping. Bwana called 4 X 1 Lap (~4 X 660) at 5K+ pace. A modest volume of about 2640 meters. A few of the studs and studettes stayed for a couple more reps to push it closer to 4K. By later in the afternoon, the rain had stopped and Bwana could mow his lawn. He’s kind of getting sick of *still* having to mow it more than once a week in August. (C’mon! That’s usually a May thing!)

I hear it’s supposed to be dry this weekend. Does that mean a longer respite from the rain? I don’t trust long range forecasts, but…maybe?

Thursday Track Report: Après Le Déluge, Nous

July 26, 2018

It was warm and steamy, with a light breeze blowing and a good bit of something we haven’t seen much of in a while: sun! Tom Cali, John Domico, Costas Maranas, Michael Goldfine, CJ Wagner, Andy Maguire, Bob Shafer, Danny Coughlin, Mike Zimmerman, Rich Harter, Mike Martin, Jaimie Wright, Torrie Raisch, Seth Senior, Kevin Becker, Ryan Burke, Harriet Smith, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur, having survived rain and storm, headed for the track.

The ground of the IM Fields was soft after all the rain we’ve gotten, but there was no mud or standing water. And was that grass lush! Bwana’s workout today was a downward ladder: 1 big loop around the field (660 meters), 4 X half-loop (330 meters), 4 X long straights (270 meters). That’s over 3000 meters of intervals, not too short a workout on a warm day!

Hopefully the coming weekend will be nice enough for things to dry out a little. If not, Bob and Mike will want to stay away from Spring Creek on their long run on Saturday!

Thursday Track Report: A Paucity Of Non-Wusses

June 28, 2018

It was almost like a warm version of March today at the track. Very changeable weather. We had everything from clouds to sun to breezes to rain, with a temperature swing of what felt like 10 degrees depending on what was happening. The only thing missing was sleet. Turnout was light today as we enter the vacation-heavy part of summer: Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Rich Harter, Ryan Burke, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur were all that showed up.

Bob and Zeagle are running two-a-days on Tuesdays (Hill Day) and Thursdays (Track) as part of their training for fall marathons. They’ll be doubling up (and probably doubling over) with some pretty challenging evening runs. Anyone is welcome to join, but it looks like, at least today, that there will be at most 5 non-wusses doing a two-a-day (Bwana’s too old for that). Bwana gave a pretty easy workout to help ease the marathon two-a-day guys into their regimen: 2 X (U + I I). That’s IM Field Shorthand for two sets of a “U” (3 sides of the IM Field rectangle with 2 of them being the long sides, about 600 meters) followed by two long straights (270 meters) with only the rest of a short side before each one. That’s only just under 2300 meters of volume, so not too tough.

Bwana will be on vacation next week, July 5th. He suspects turnout will be even lighter that day! See you all again on 7/11!

Thursday Track Report: Sesame Street Preview

July 12, 2018

This is not Arts Festival weather. Not yet. It’s nice out. Warm (mid-70s), sunny, light breeze, moderate humidity. But Arts Fest weather is supposed to be thick, hazy humidity, temps in the 80s or higher, and the threat of a downpour. And while it’s almost guaranteed (historically) that we’ll get at least a little dose of that on Sunday morning for the Arts Fest races, right now the long range forecast still looks…nice! Bob Cornwall, CJ Wagner, Rich Harter, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman, Danny Coughlin, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields to top of their race training.

Even though the weather wasn’t hellish, out of an abundance of caution Bwana decided to introduce a little bit of ‘L’ into the workout. We did 4 X L on the fields, an L being a long side and a short side of the fields, a total of 330 meters. With that, we take the next side of the rectangle as a rest, ant that alternates between 65 and 270 meters, so a challenging recovery cycle. We then did 4 X 270 (the long sides) with just the short 65 meter sides as rest. A nice, medium volume workout.

Next time out, we’ll sample more of the alphabet, including letters C, I, J, L, O,and U. Stay tuned!

Thursday Track Report: Magic Mushrooms

June 21, 2018

It was a magical first day of summer: sunny, mild, not too humid, as Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Judd Michael, Costas Maranas, Michael Godlfine, Mike Weyandt, Rich Harter, Jaimie Wright, Seth Senior, Elsa Hansen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields for their first workout of the new season. Cali was back from a family trip to Italy, where he ate pasta, hunted some underground tartufi and funghi (truffles and mushrooms), drank wine, and gained about 14 pounds (1 stone, or more than 10% of his body weight). A most definite and visible rind, and a bit slower step; Bwana almost kept up with him on a few of the reps!

Bwana decided to have the Crew do a whole bunch of short stuff: 5 laps of running the long straights (270 m) hard and resting briefly on the short straights (65 m). 10X270 is not too taxing, even with a vacation gut. Just so Tom wouldn’t miss Italy too much, the IM Fields had a nice crop of teensy, magical mushrooms growing all along our path. I think they made the time go faster, if not the legs.

This is the time of year when the Crew is light due to rolling vacations. Cali was out last week, Shafer was off today with his wife at a ski slope in New York (in June?), Elsa will be gone next week and has appointed Monica to cover for her, and Bwana will be gone the week after that. Don’t forget to pre-schedule your vacations with Bwana so he won’t call you out for missing the fun!