Weekly Hill Workout: The OrchardGate Scandal

March 24, 2015

It was high noon. A conspicuous time to be trotting around possibly forbidden territory. 5 men set out from Rec Hall with one task at hand: to get to the complex hill, and cover both up and down it. Running towards Orchard road, they found themselves upon a gravel path leading to a know hill, worthy of repeating. Their plan was almost thwarted by a lock gate. But not this fearless fivesome with a fervor for running freely. Mike Zimmerman, Mike Martin, Alex Wouden, Ken Davis, and Mike Renz haphazardly cased the scenario, feverously looking for wiretaps or recording equipment, or even a no trespassing sign. The coast seemed clear so they scaled the gate to get to hill repeating, in what only can deemed the OrchardGate Scandal.

The crew of five made it to the base of the hill to find yet another locked gate. They were trapped! Not wanting to risk yet another gate scaling, they began their hill repeat not from the very bottom of the hill, but close enough at the almost bottom. Upon reaching the crest of the hill, a guard was there awaiting their arrival. Oh no!, they gasped….but it was Judd Michael…showing up from nowhere, ready to climb some hills with the group.

Wanting to evade any real trouble, they decided to scale the other two inclined arteries that branched off from the main path. But 2/3 up the second climb, their plot had seemingly been foiled yet again. Thankfully this was yet another latecomer, Mark Fedkin, eager to catch up to the hill climbing group. Feeling free from possible imprisonment, and seeing no reason to resign from the hills, the group! did another couple repeats. Davis and Wouden even did an extra repeat for good measure with the late comers as the trio of Mikes set off to launder their running trail. We can only hope that these transcripts are not released…else our running positions could be at risk. Let’s only hope the media is fair, and may we be pardoned for any inadvertent wrongdoings.

Happy St. Fraser Day Hill Workout

March 17, 2015

It was a windy and green spring day, as the O’Runner family set out to attack a local neighborhood watering hill. Tom O’Cali, Leprechaun Weyandt and Celtic Cornwall joined in for the warmup but at the base of the hill remembered they needed to get back to Rec Hall so the kids wouldn’t steal Mike’s pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers.

Once the Gaelic trio set off, a large group was still left to attend to the real pot of gold: the hill. Michael O’Martin, Alex MacWouden, Ken Davisohue, Marty Klanchaghan, Mike Zimmoreilly, Lance McBlandigan, John Wilcoxley, Mark Fedkenridge, Meira Mally Minard, Mark Leedy, and Mike Renzobrian scaled the Fraser street hill (fr! om Hamilton Ave to the Prospect Ave fire hydrant) until their potato famined legs could carry dem no more. The brawniest of the bunch managed at least 6 repeats. After a mere 5 repeats, this anglo-irish author couldn’t take anymore and agreed to stop like it was 1985. I can only guess/hope that they stopped after 6.

Until next week, when the hill workout finds its way to yet another obscure hill hiding in plain site in the immediate state college area!

Weekly Hill Workout: Ups & Downs - We Had ‘Em

February 3, 2015

It was decidedly too cold and snow covered on our favorite outdoor hills, so Mike Martin, Mike Zimmerman, Meira Minard, and Mike Renz mustered up the courage to run indoors and complete a hill workout high atop the bleachers of the Rec Hall track.  Marty ‘Colonel Mustard’ Mazur mustered up the courage to show up, but left his Over-the-hill-card back at the office and was unfortunately unable to join in on the bleacher antics, but was at least completing many laps on the hard concrete hoop we pretend is a track.

With Marty’s presence we decided to treat this hill workout like a pseudo-track workout, calling out a 3x3+1 of randomly prescribed intervals on the fly.  That is, 3 sets of 3 passes through the bleachers (with a nice recovery lap around the track between each) followed by an “all-out” lap, which eventually slithered into about as fast as a slug’s pace with salt on its tail.  Each pass through the bleachers is nothing to scoff at: consisting of 4 downs and 4 ups of sets of steps.  To add to the enjoyment, it’s not as simple as just running up and down the steps….we played follow the leader, where the leader would call out things like “hop up left foot only,” “right foot only, skip the yellow steps,” “pretend you’re skiing,” “high-knees” (Meira’s personal favorite when said rapidly).  We even threw in a backwards set, and some sidestepping for good measure.  Fun was had by few, and quads felts the workout for sure.  Quality workout for a makeshift hill routine!

Hopefully next week we’ll find a clean dry outdoor hill to abuse!

Weekly Hill Workout: See Saw, Run Ran

February 24, 2015

It was a brisk 1 degree temperature with a real feel of wtf-are-we-thinking as CJ Wagner, and Mikes Martin, Zimmerman and Renz decided to put their lungs to the test with a see-saw hill workout of the Sunset Park bike path and Curtin Rd hills. Renz had the definite early advantage with his seemingly endless supply of hot air contained within, but was quickly outrun by not-so-seemingly-injured Zimmerman as he effortlessly passed him on the second hill, and progressed further and further away up each subsequent hill.

5 total hills were seen and sawed. The chilled four-pack teeter tottered their way uphill while merrily chatting during the down-swings about pleasantries past and unpleasantries present. CJ decided enough was enough after 4 hill repeats and set off to put on some more flatlandish miles. The three mikesketeers decided to mark one more climb in the record books for the day before running off towards the already setting sun, attempting to get back indoors to warm up and prepare to fend off any more school delays or cancellations.

Weekly Hill Workout: For Hills: Four Hills

January 13, 2015

Ben Tolton, Andrew Maguire, Meira Minard, Michael Martin, Randy Jepson, and Mike Renz braved the winter winds and headed to Four Hills for the start of a possible resurgence of hill workouts for 2015.  Seeing as how the holiday trimmings are still looming around my not so trim midsection, and how Ben Tolton was nursing his trail-legs from a hill workout just 2 days prior, and mike martin is nursing his knee that is on a doctor prescribed ease-back-into-it….us three not-so-power-housed only did one/fourth of the four hills for a short but fast (well, relatively) paced repeats.  Somehow we managed 6 repeats of this quartered workout. 

Randy Jepson managed the longest repeat of the group turning the hill into a long out and back with some hill mixed into the middle.  Maguire and Minard were the champions of the hill pressing out at least 3 repeats of the entire 4 of 4 hills.  For all I know, they did even more, but I was too busy huffing and puffing my way back to the car to end the hill workout as soon as possible so that I could plot out my nightly 8,000 calorie meal.

For the Hill Repeating Lovers of the group, we will try to give a little more advanced notice of where we’ll be charging up and down inclines next Tuesday.