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: 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!

Thursday Track Report: Pre-Winter Purge

November 9, 2017

Winter’s really coming this time. It’s supposed to be below 20 degrees on Friday. But for now, things aren’t too bad. High thirties. Drab. Misty. This will feel like Spring’s a-comin’ when it happens in a few months. John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Michael Goldfine, Bob Shafer, Mike Zimmerman Seth Senior, Mike Martin, Logan Madill, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields, and maybe for the last time in a while.

For those training for the Nittany Half, Bwana called longer reps: 5X (1 trip around the fields). Each trip is about 630 meter if you hew to the lines, close to 700 if you go all the way to the end of the field. People seriously training for a long race should do about twice that, at least by a couple of weeks before the race. Keep the pace a little faster than race pace, and take a 3 minute rest between reps.

Keep working on your running, even as we take Thanksgiving off. Maybe best to do a pre-purge in the morning?

Thursday Track Report: Wind Sprints

November 16, 2017

Bwana almost called for an indoor workout today, but didn’t think of doing so until it was probably too late to reach everybody in a timely manner. It’s not that it was super cold, or snowing, or raining. Just windy as all get out! John Domico, Meira Minard, CJ Wagner, Mike Zimmerman, Mike Martin, Ryan Burke, Logan Madill, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields under cloudy skies and pretty stiff breezes.

It was a light turnout today, in part because of that weather, and because some of the regulars had just run the Richmond Marathon (though at least a couple of those marathoners did come to the track!) Zeagle suggested doing repeat “L”s on the outskirts of the fields (about 350 meters) with a rest of the other “L” making up the rectangle. He put his finger up and picked what he thought was the least gusty “L”, though the first 70 meters on the short leg of the “L” were pretty much right into the wind. The long rests made possible some quality, consistent repeats. The Crew did 8X350 and then said “To ‘L' with it”!

Next week is one of the few “official” days off of Thursday Track. Enjoy your turkey and come back ready to run!

Thursday Track Report: Payoff Time

November 2, 2017

The fields were still wet from the morning rain, but the sun was peeping out and temperatures were well above yesterday’s near freezing mark as John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Judd Michael, CJ Wagner, Meira Minard, Mike Zimmerman, Bob Shafer, Mike Martin, Dan Coughlin, Seth Senior, Logan Madill, Harriet Smith, Joel Niemann, Adam Ilgen, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the IM Fields.

Some of the trackers were tapering for the Richmond Marathon and were at the track just to check the box with Bwana. Zeagle, worried about his tender ankles on the wet ground, wanted a workout with hard reps on the straight only. (Bwana thinks that there is an added benefit to any workout with a hard 90 degree turn, especially on wet ground. The more you slow down to negotiate a turn, the more you need to do a mini-sprint to get back up to speed. And speed shifts happen all the time in races, especially cross-country!) Bwana felt accommodating, and so today’s workout was running the long straights, jogging the short. From line to line on the long straights is about 235 meters (about 270 if you go all the way to the outhouses at the east end of the fields). The rest is only about 90 meters. Do 10 straights at a hard kick pace for a good workout. Some of today’s crew did a dozen.

It’s time to put all the distance, hills, and track work to good use: The Run For Shelter 5K downtown will test your hill climbing and make use of your track time. The people running the Richmond Marathon will put their distance training to good use. And those running the Nittany Half in just 4 weeks will use all three!