Thursday Track Report: Just Six Words

The sky was blue for the group. John Domico and Tom Cali, present. And Greg Dillon and Bob Cornwall. And Mark Fedkin and John Sheakoski. And Judd Michael and Costas Maranas. And Jonathan Thurley and Ron Cunfer. Ditto, Jerry Steffy and Dave DeGroote. Tambien, Jim Laudermilch and John Ake. Plus Kirk Rager and Dana Todd. And Tara Murray and Kathy Koetje-Simin. Can't forget that gal Meira Minard. Nor shall we slight Esther Prins. Nor Bob Jones, nor George Lesieutre. Forget not also Mister Michael Goldfine. Also Jim Moore and Lance Bland. Last, but not least, Marty Mazur. Some went inside, some went out. The girlies were sun worshipers all. But they gave off a smell. Most of the boys stayed inside.

The outies ran quarters till pooped. The innies did 300s till dead. No one is ready for Friday. We could all use ice cream. Or a trip to the spa. Anything but what we all did.

OK, so not everyone worked out. Matt Soccio did Richard Simmons's workout. Mark Traband and Tom Hilands punted. Lee Culver gimped around the office. Julie Grubb: too good for track. Janet Jonson had some crazy excuse. And Randy Jepson wrestled with demons.

All Y'All Can Keep On Running!

Marty, Mr. Six Word Memoir Wannabe.

[Tara Murray won an accolade today. Her six word memoir was chosen! SMITH magazine's memoir of the day. "Ate ice cream at every opportunity." Now doesn't that just take all! For more info, go to]

Thursday Track Report: Pull Bwana's Finger

The ultra-clean crowd of Jim Myers, John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Greg Dillon, John Sheakoski, George Lesieutre, Lance Bland, Jim Moore, Meira Minard, Marty Klanchar, Mark Fedkin, Brett Michaud, Rich Harter, Michael Goldfine, Kathy Koetje-Simin, Jessica Wekke, Ann Marie Oldani, John Wilcock, Andy Arndt, Lee Culver, Ron Cunfer, Dave DeGroote, Esther Prins, Libby Covelli, and Marty Mazur headed to the MSF track, pushed along by cold, stiff breezes. On the way down, the discussion centered on fingers and hygiene. While it was concluded that one should use two different fingers for nose and ear care, it was not resolved the best way to keep these fingers straight, i.e. which is for which. And of course, the difficulties are compounded if fingers are also used for other activities, hygienic or not.

The Crew licked their fingers clean as Bwana announced the workout, knowing that they'd be touching each other quite a bit: two-person 6X2 lap relays. It's a tough workout, especially if you start too fast. Plenty of people were giving Bwana the finger between gasps.

Several trackers flipped Bwana the bird by not bothering to show up for today's travails. Tom Hilands plodded around the golf course, all by himself against the wind both ways. He must have had to keep his fingers someplace warm on the backstretch. Mark Lee poked his mates at Minitab in the eye, missing their rare group track outing. Greg Luna was eating Mexican finger food. (Tip to Greg: Watch where you scratch after handling hot peppers!) Beth Herndon was texting all her BFFs about her doings this weekend. (Ah, the digital age!) And Jonathan Thurley was spinning his fingers through his Rolodex, trying to find some rich alumni to button-hole to meet his fundraising quotas.

Thursday Track Report: Bwana - Trying To Be Everywhere And Know Everything

Bwana can't be everywhere at once, but he has eyes and ears everywhere. On the first day of a nice January thaw, Jim Myers, Tom Cali, John Domico, Bob Jones, Lance Bland, Jim Moore, Tara Murray, Marty Klanchar,  George Lesieutre, Brett Michaud, Michael Goldfine, newcomers Cm April (Bwana didn't just tumble off a turnip truck, but he's never met anyone before named for a musical chord) and Josh Valentine, Dave DeGroote, and Marty Mazur headed to the outdoor track. Another group thought it was still not "thawy" enough and headed to the indoor track: Costas Maranas, Ron Cunfer, Mark Fedkin, Greg Dillon. Jim Laudermilch, Jessica Wekke, Rich Harter, and a female newcomer (Bwana is working on the telepathy thing and will get back with a name shortly). And Meria Minard, Dave Moore, Tim Spigelmyer, Mike Weyandt, and Matt Soccio, did a non-track workout, but at least touched base at the track (Bwana has standards, low as they may be.)

The outdoor group did NX800 (for most, N was 4) with a stiff breeze on the back stretch. A nice preview of what March will be like when we move outdoors for the year. The indoor crew was rudderless without Bwana (who is working on telegraphing his workouts). Some did sets of 200s, some did sets of 800s. And the non-track splinter group was obviously working hard...thinking about llamas and German rabbit dishes. (Bwana isn't Google, but knows how to use it: Hassenpfeffer!)

But despite there being a group for just about everyone today, there were some who chose to be in their own group. Lee Culver was in the "I need to cross-train so I think I'll do it on Thursday" group. Lee: Track *is* cross-training.  John Wilcock was in the Run-a-holics Recovery Group with his Goofy pals. Miles Smith is in the New Marvel Superheros group. His new name: Lead Man (and, no, that first word does not rhyme with "feed"). Julie Grubb headed up the "We're Too Good For The Track" group meeting. And Janet Jonson is the new point leader of the "I ALMOST Came To Track Today" group!

Thursday Track Report: Hard Training

It was bright and sunny at the station as Bwana's Peace Train started loading. John Domico, Bob Cornwall, Marty Klanchar, John Sheakosi, Costas Maranas, Brett Michaud, Mark Fedkin, Meira Minard, Jessica Wekke, Dave DeGroote, Ann Marie Oldani, Janet Jonson, Mark Traband, Michael Goldfine, Jerry Steffy, and Marty Mazur got aboard the express to the MSF. Greg Dillon had taken the early shuttle and Lee Culver, Jim Moore, Tom Hilands, Lance Bland, Aroline Seibert, and Jim Myers took the pump car on a spur to the outdoor track.

It's no wonder Amtrak doesn't make any money. Everybody's an individualist and has to go their own way, which is why the Car is King. At the MSF, Bwana gave a choice between a timed mile and a 3-4-4-3 lap pace workout. Bwana and Jerry ran a mile, most of the others did the pace workout, and a few took choice 3, not on the menu. Bwana and Jerry confirmed the wisdom of their choice this year not to do the Indoor Miles, both running, to use the technical parlance, slower than a train on a dirt road. If either showed up at an Indoor Mile, they'd be the caboose, for sure. Bwana did a few 200s to round out his workout.

Quite a few of the trains on Bwana's B&O RR are off track in their training. Jim Taylor has been camped out in the dining car lately. John Wilcock has had too much of a one-track mind lately. Greg Luna was heard saying something about needing a boilermaker. Tara Murray is the Little Engine That Could only when a hill is involved. And Kathy Koetje-Simin was getting her trestle worked on!


Thursday Track Report: Keeping Track

Since the really cold weather settled in just after Christmas, the local runners have started counting down the days until Spring. John Domico, Jim Myers, Tom Cali, Lance Bland, Marty Klanchar, Bob Cornwall, Mark Fedkin, Tom Hilands, Miles Smith, Dave DeGroote, Mark Traband, Tara Murray, Meira Minard, newcomer Nancy Gulley, Jessica Wekke, Jonathan Thurley, Michael Goldfine, Rich Harter, Dana Todd, Jim Laudermilch, and Marty Mazur headed to the Multi-Sport Facility to do a little lap counting.

Well, 2010 is upon us. It's a year for those intrigued with math puzzles and oddities. After all, 2010 = 2345*6/7. (Ask Tara, who's more than just a Librarian: She knows Caluculus!). It's also 0 - (1*2*3) + 4*567*8/9. As you can see, Bwana is back after a month's hiatus, ready to give you all something to think about as you try to keep count of your laps. He welcomed the Crew and made them feel at home with the usual year-starter: NX3X300. That's N sets of 3X300 where there's only a short (100 m) rest between each 300 in a set. Most people did N=3 and thought that felt a lot worse than the same thing did in December. Most people also lost count, or started in the wrong place and had to do higher math in their oxygen-deprived brains to figure out where to finish. Luckily, there was a shockingly attired runner at the track with long dark hair and wearing neon pink that kept everyone focused on running faster. Yes, Michael Goldfine was wearing his Holy Cannoli singlet, and he was blazing fast!

Several runners lost track of what day of the week it is. Matt Soccio was doing his Richard Simmons Navy Seal Workout Lite. Since he's been off training, he probably doesn't need to count so high when he's doing his Girlie Pushups. Costas Maranas is off on his honeymoon. We'll have to ask Michelle how high he can count when they get back. John Wilcock is still stuck on those Goofy numbers 13 and 26. He's down in Disneyworld for the Goofy Challenge. And Esther Prins wasn't counting on getting called out by Bwana already. But he knows she's back to running!

While it's too late to sign up for this weekend's Indoor Mile Series, there will be three more Indoor Miles and a 3K race in the Series.They're a great way to get your speed back after Christmas and in time for Spring 5Ks. For more information, go to the Indoor Mile page.