Thursday Track Report: Breakin' It Down

It was cooler than being cool as Jim Myers, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Bob Cornwall, Costas Maranas, Lance Bland, George Lesieutre, Meira Minard, Michael Goldfine, Ed Thompson, Lee Culver, Rachel Wasserman, and Marty Mazur got down on the dance floor below the BJC.

Bwana had the Crew do a mash-up ladder-relay as he was spittin' rhymes to da krunk beats. Everyone was on dey baddest behavior as they shook it like a Polaroid picture.

Not everybody is ice cold like Bwana. Ann Skulas-Ray was trying on some parachute pants at MC Hammer's garage sale. LDC was propping her eyelids open with toothpicks studying for her CPA exam and missed the dance. And John Sheakoski and Mark Traband were trying to figure out who was going to be the girl at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, because we all know engineers can't dance!

Thursday Track Report: No Small Cows Were Harmed

Oh, the torture! Oh, the cruelty! The air was cold, the sky was cloudy, and the wind was blowing as Jim Myers, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Lance Bland, Greg Dillon, Bob Cornwall, John Sheakoski, Costas Maranas, Frank Zaffino, newcomer Ryan Booz, Meira Minard, Kathy Koetje-Simin, Ed Thompson, Dave DeGroote, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

And Bwana had even more torture in mind. The boring, slow death kind: 3X1000. Tara Murray, who was off attending a workshop on human participants in research, let Bwana know that his track workouts probably need to be approved by Penn State's Social Science and Biomedical Institutional Review Board, especially since Wookies and Little Dutch Cows also participate.

There is no chance any Broke-Shouldered Horse-Whisperers or Retired Small Linebackers were going to be hurt today. Mark Traband and Marty Klanchar were off to another pasture to look at what cows may have been there. And Ron Cunfer and Lee Culver were out of danger, having paired up for a non-workout. Ken Davis works on bows and flows of angels hair, but no animals or humans. And his workouts of late have been just as fictitious. But Julie Grubb is familiar with torturing large animals. She lent Bwana her hamstring roller. Now if she would only show up at the Track so he could return the favor!

Thursday Track Report: Get Your Groove On

It was what may be the last of the nearly week-long line of warm days. At the very least, John Domico, Bob Cornwall, Costas Maranas, Meira Minard, Michael Goldfine, Frank Zaffino, Lee Culver, Ron Cunfer, Mark Lee, John Wilcock, Jeremy Zerbe, and Marty Mazur headed to the track. (Bwana does not have the full count because he did his workout early and only saw the rest of the group as a blur on his way back to Rec Hall.

Bwana, as mentioned above, went early along with Lee Culver and Ron Cunfer. Bwana's been away from the track for three weeks due to work, and some of that time was spent in "the field" keeping long hours and eating bad (or sometimes too much good) food. There's a lot more of Bwana and he's a little more out of shape. So Bwana really needed the workout. Bwana got his groove on and wore a deep groove into Lane 2 as he did 2X1000. Ron and Lee did 3X. The rest of the crew? I trust they had enough of a workout climbing out of that deep groove in lane 2.

Who wasn't there? I'm not sure of who-all. But I didn't see Tara in the blur-crowd. She's the one who is setting PRs in 5Ks, but Bwana is convinced she can go sub-20. With a little more track work. And besides, the "Hill Queen" would have enjoyed the climb out of Lane 2...

Thursday Track Report: From The Metro

It was dark and drab, like the black slacks and turtleneck of an urban metrosexual. Appropriate for the mood as the crew of Tom Cali, Jim Myers, Jim Moore, Lance Bland, Bob Cornwall, Greg Dillon, George Lesieutre, John Sheakoski, Frank Zaffino, Tara Murray, Kirk Rager, Jim Laudermilch, Dave DeGroote, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur gathered to bid farewell to Jamie Volkert.  After changing from his metro-retro duds and leaving his man-purse at the gym, Jamie trotted down to meet the rest of the crew.

Jamie got to pick the workout, which was the same as the first one he ever did with the group: partnered 800s where the two runners are together for 400 of each 800, one starting and the other finishing his respective run. Tara Murray was out in the far lane completing her Richmond Marathon training by doing 3X2 miles.

Well, it was man-hugs around as we saw Jamie off. And not a few gal hugs, too, as Kathy Koetje-Simin showed up for the love-fest. Jamie promises to take us clothes shopping, or down to one of the hip micro-brew pubs, if we come to visit him in his new Georgetown digs. And maybe he'll be able to get Dave Matthews tickets. He promises to get back for some Penn State games, too.

Thursday Track Report: Advice On Bananas

It was cloudy, cool, and breezy, just call it autumnal, as John Domico, Bob Jones, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, Jim Moore, Marty Klanchar, Greg Dillon, Costas Maranas, John Sheakoski, Frank Zaffino, George Lesieutre, Dana Todd, Kirk Rager, Michael Goldfine, John Ake, Jim Laudermilch, Esther Prins, Meira Minard, Paula Jech, Jonathan Thurley, and Marty Mazur headed for the last track workout before the mOUnTaiNBACK.

Almost everyone who showed up was a mOUnTaiNBACKer. Bwana went easy on the crew. 1X-something long and slow. For some, that meant jogging around the track once, really slow. Others did 2X880 or 1X1 Mile. Mostly done at conversational pace. A good pace to catch up on news. Like how's Esther's baby daughter Lily doing? How's Tracy's back? What's Frank's plan to carry off the Full 50? How's Tom J and the theorem proving racket?

We'll have time for more of this socializing on Saturday. Except the mood will be a little less collegial. The knives will be out! Emotions will be high! Except Bwana's. He has it all figured out, including the eventual winner. (Why do we even bother running the race?) Who is Bwana choosing? Well, he won't say. Except here's some advice for Martha's team: If you want some bananas after the race, buy them *really* green on Saturday morning. Otherwise, you'll be swatting fruit flies long before you finish!