Thursday Track Report: Lumbering Along

We're in one of the most protracted Springs in memory. As John Domico, Greg Dillon, Ken Davis, Jim Moore, Marv Hall, Mike Casper, Greg Luna, John Sheakoski, Lance Bland, Nick Downs, Rob Shaver, Sydney Moser, Meira Minard, Tara Murray, Jessica Wekke, newcomer Kate Ryan, Lee Culver, John Ake, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur headed to the track, they wondered when Arts Fest weather would finally come to State College. Well, get here it will. Though the temperature hasn't hit 80 in over two weeks, we're in for a dose of low 80s and humidity this weekend.

With a good part of the crew planning to run one of the Arts Fest races, Bwana decided to take it "easy" on the group. We did 2X 1 mile "Indians", with slow, medium, and fast groups. But even the slow group, hastened by the bit of flash that Kate Ryan brought, were well under 8 minutes in both of their miles. And they felt so great that they tacked on a third in 7:33! Tara, who defected to the slow group for the third mile, said that the "medium" group had done their first two in that time. Of course, they were 3 lanes farther out, making their time equivalent to about a 7:10 in the slow lane. (Do the math.)

Some of Bwana's crew is stuck in the really slow lane. You know, the lane the lumber trucks use. Bwana saw Paul Lammert lumbering through his neighborhood the other day. The man needs a real workout. It seems that Full Professor Judd Michael (La-De-Da) is more interested in academic log-rolling than a good workout. Tom Hilands vacationed too hard last week. Bwana saw him sawing lumber at his desk as he was rousting ARL crew. Mark Lee was sitting on his back porch whittling his wood. And Ed Thompson has put on a couple of pounds and changed sports. Bwana saw him wearing a plaid tartan and practicing his caber toss!

Bwana will be on vacation next week. Have a great workout without me. But I expect a full report!

Thursday Track Report: Independence Day Salute

Despite some discussions about the coming Arts Fest and Firecracker 4K races, it was back to the un-summery weather today as Jim Myers, Bob Jones, Lance Bland, Judd Michael, George Lesieutre, Ken Davis, Mike Casper, Greg Luna, Marty Klanchar, Meira Minard, Tara Murray, Rob Shaver, Nick Downs, newcomer Sydney Moser, Frank Zaffino, John Sheakoski, Rich Harter, Tim Aydin, Jeremy Zerbe, Dave Miller, Steve Shisler, Lee Culver, Dana Todd, Ron Cunfer, Michael Goldfine, Dave DeGroote, and Marty Mazur headed to the track. Drab, cool, and humid, with the threat of late day showers.

John Domico had already done his workout and even though we don't know what he did, the track was still drying off. Tara telepathically auto-suggested today's workout to Bwana: a downward ladder: 1K-800-600-400-200, the object being to do each sun at a faster pace than the previous. Bwana mentioned to newcomer Sydney that she shouldn't try to keep up with the lead pack. He says that to all the newbies. But did she listen? I think the lead pack wishes she had! This former high school 800 runner had no problem!

In honor of our country's coming 233 birthday, Bwana salutes the red, white, and blue flag and nation for which it stands. He also sends a different kind of salute to the runners who have been shirking their track duty, cowering behind the white flag, or hiding under white sheets, unable to get out of bed by noon. Get with it! mOUnTaiNBACK is coming faster than you think!

Thursday Track Report: Frenzied Futility

It's like we've gone two months only to end up back in April. It was drab, cool, and misty (for the second day in a row) as Bob Jones, Jim Myers, John Sheakoski, Nick Downs, Marty Klanchar, Judd Michael, Lance Bland, George Lesieutre, Dana Todd, Steve Williams, Jeremy Zerbe, Mark Lee, Dave Miller, Lee Culver, Jamie Volkert, Ron Cunfer, Michael Goldfine, Rob Shaver, Jessica Wekke, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

Bwana got a suggestion from John Sheakoski for today's work out: since the weather isn't changing much, let's do the same. Let's work really hard only get back to the same place. I know that's pretty much what we do every week. But the Sheakoski Twist was that you'd do 6X1 lap, each lap moving out one lane, and with the stipulation that without looking at your watch during the run, you had to get back to the start faster than you did on the last lap. Now that was an interesting challenge!

Speaking of frenzied futility, Tara Murray was chasing her crazed pit bull around the house trying to give it a bath. She spent the rest of the day cleaning the house in the aftermath of the bath. Greg Luna was going really slowly in circles in his back yard with his new pet turtle Snappy. Mark Traband was recycling some horsesh*t, this time on PowerPoint slides. And Meira Minard was catching up on her TiVos of Days of Our Lives reruns!

Thursday Track Report: Fortitude and Perspiration

Do you think Summer is finally here? John Domico, Lane Bland, Greg Dillon, Costas Maranas, John Sheakoski, Frank Zaffino, Greg Luna, Tara Murray, Jamie Volkert, Mark Lee, Mike Casper, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, Jim Laudermilch, John Ake, Ron Cunfer, Rich Harter, Tom Hilands, newcomer Mark Griffin, Lee Culver, Dave Miller, Ed and Sam Thompson, and Marty Mazur sure did as they headed through the haze to the track.

Tara had already completed her workout when the Crew arrived. And since she was the only girl to show up today, Bwana gave her the honor of deciding what the rest of us would do. Her one word: "Fortitude", and then she skedaddled before Crew could revolt. The crew did that workout: 4X(400-200) with only a short rest within each set between the 400 and the 200. A good hot-weather workout (unlike repeat 800s or miles), and a challenge under any conditions.

There was a decided lack of fortitude among some of Bwana's less-than-faithful, especially among the girls. Meira Minard was struggling with the required five-sentence book report in her Literacy For Mouthbreathers summer session class. Cheryl Capone was doing her elbow bend exercises training for tonight's Tussey Teases Happy Hour. She also practiced her wallet reaches. Jessica Wekke was in her jammies, running barefoot across her bon-bon wrapper strewn living room floor on her heals with cotton swabs stuffed between her toes trying to get to the microwave before it stopped beeping. And Ann Skulas-Ray was shovelling the frontloader full of manure that was delivered to her driveway into her thesis proposal.

Thursday Track Report: Swamp Babes

A swampy heaviness hung in the air as John Domico, Jim Moore, Lance Bland, Marty Klanchar, Steve Williams, Greg Luna, John Sheakoski, Mike Casper, Tara Murray, Meira Minard, Ann Skulas-Ray, Jessica Charles Wekke, Ed, Sam, and Tommy Thompson, Mark Fedkin, Jamie Volkert, Dave DeGroote, Ron Cunfer, Rob Shaver, Lee Culver, newcomer Kyle, Dean Lapp, John Wilcock, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

At first, there was only Tara, clad in a light green moss, and rasping heavily, caked in the juice of forest ferns. And Bwana noticed Jessica, with tropical fronds dangling from her as she shambled along. Bwana was suspicious of the mildewy odor, but made nothing of it as he gave out the workout: 4X800 run in pairs with a partner for 1 lap, "to keep you honest". But as the workout progressed, more of these strange female critters that we don't see too much of at the track appeared, zombie-like, shuffling and moaning as they clomped around the track. The scary thing was that, just like in the movies, these limping, wheezing halflings kept catching the rest of us!

There were quite a number of zombies missing from the Monster Mash. Tom "Gimpzilla" Cali was working on making his eyeballs look independently across a barroom in two different directions. Michael Goldfinger was cleaning the nozzle on his spray gun. Tom "Keyboardface" Hilands headed off for a pre-nap limp around the golf course. Cheryl "Shambling Mound" Capone was working on her splorping sounds. Costas "Cthulhu" Maranas was counting his tentacles. And Greg the Wookie of a Dillion Follicles was in for his annual delousing.