Thursday Track Crew

2007 Thursday Track CrewThursdays are track days for a small group of men and women. This is not a formal thing -- the exact workout depends on who's there (usually numbering from a dozen to as many as thirty or more) and what they feel like doing -- but the group is very reliable about showing up. A typical workout might be something like six 400 meter intervals at 70-115 seconds (that's a pretty big spread, but we get a big spread of ability, too), or a 400-600-800-600-400 pyramid, or laps that include 100m striders, with folks doing more or less, faster or slower. We even got covered in the Centre Daily Times! If this appeals to you, meet at Rec Hall at noon, or show your face at the seasonal venue (see below) at around 12:20 or so on Thursdays. Say "hey!"

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Thursday Track: Current Venue

June 4, 2019

The Thursday Track Crew meets every Thursday at the Curtin-Burrowes entrance to Rec Hall at noon for a warm-up run to the season's track venue. You can meet us at the season's venue or run with the group from Rec Hall as a warm-up. Join the Club listserve  for the latest announcements about Thursday Track.

NOTE: For years we were allowed to use Penn State indoor and outdoor track facilities, but the university has been tightening up access to all their facilities and so it is either impossible or cost prohibitive to do so. We now run at the State High track, which is behind the South Building on Westerly Parkway. You can run from Rec Hall (about the same distance as the PSU outdoor track) or meet us there. Meet at track any time after noon. Some runners jog over from Rec Hall and meet us there around 12:25. By then, everyone is warmed up and ready. 

LATE SUMMER UPDATE (8/22): We'll be continuing to run at the State High track through the Fall.

Thursday Track Report: A Break In The H of S

July 25, 2019

It was sunny and warm with a light breeze as Judd Michael, Lance Bland, Andrew Tatusko, Pat Singletary, Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. That’s a little uptick in participation. I guess S&W (sunny and warm, not Smith and Wesson) is a little easier to bear than H&H AF. We have an embarrassment of riches in terms of group track workouts this summer, what with Jaimie’s Wednesday early AM workout and Bob and Zeagle’s Thursday's early PM ordeal (8 X 1K! Yeesh!). Bwana’s workout is the easiest of that lot, owing to the SLH (short lunch hour). You should lace up your shoes and try to make one of them!

Today Bwana called 6X1 lap progressive. That’s a little light on V for volume, but does not mean an E for easy workout. Start in lane 2 and run 1 lap at a slowish 5K race pace. Very easy pace for what is essentially a quarter mile. And it has to be. After a half-lap jog, move out to lane 3 and do the next lap in the same time or better. Keep that up, at worst equalling your time from the previous lap, until you reach lane 7. That last lap will be almost 10% longer than the first, but you’ll be running it a lot faster to get the time. Maybe a 5K kick pace. Besides being a good workout, it teaches you a bit about your pace and how to dig down to make a time.

Bwana will be on V for vacation next week, but the track is still there. I’m sure some of his RTs (Regular Trackers) will be there too. Make up a nice workout. Bwana will be thinking of you. TTFN!

Thursday Track Report: Back-To-School Day

August 22, 2019

School starts on Monday for the State High kids, but Bwana is already back to work filling young minds full of mush with the joys of calculus. The private school kids at St. Joes started on Monday already. But Bwana has the same schedule as last year: mornings, with Thursday the easy day. No excuses to miss track, like the dog ate his homework. State High was a hive of activity, with parents of 9th graders popping in to meet their kids’ teachers. Amy Blake’s daughter Riley is starting at State High this year, so Bwana ran into her in the parking lot.

Attendance was light again today: Judd Michael, John Iceland, Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur. It was hot and humid, but thankfully intermittently cloudy, which would sporadically drop the temperature 5 or so degrees. Bwana kept the workout short, as in a modest volume of short repeats. Three sets: 4X200 (100 meter rests) - 3X300 (again, short recovery) - 4X200. All at mile race pace (or 5K kick pace). A long (400 meter), slow rest between sets. A bit of a challenge on a hot day, but not like doing 800s.

Speaking of back-to-school, Bwana also ran into Natasha Fedkin as he headed back to the parking lot. She and a few of her Penn State track team friends were heading to Welsh Pool for some cross-training laps during adult lap swim. Adult! I remember when I’d run agains N-Tash when she was 10 and tease her if I beat her! Natasha is finishing up at Penn State this year, hoping to stay healthy and have a good season, then go off to study speech pathology!

And again, speaking of back-to-school, Bwana has an important announcement about Track and State High in a article.

Thursday Track Report: I'll Have The New England

July 18, 2019

It was hot, and as thick as soup today. Thick as chowder, or, as they say in Bahh-stin, “Chow-dahh”. Joel Niemann, Keith Henderson, David Lloyd, and Marty Mazur made it to the track. Thankfully, the sun was usually hidden, otherwise we’d’ve been lob-stahs.

Bwana gave a new workout this morning, a kind of countdown, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. We did sets of 400-300-200: Run a 400 at 5K race pace. Jog 200. Run a 300 at a bit quicker pace. Rest for just 100. Then run 200 meters at kick pace. Rest is 400 meters slow jog. We did 2 sets, but this would be a good workout to do 3 sets on a milder day.

Bwana hears that Jaimie Wright is getting a decent sized crew of 6 to 10 people for her Wednesday AM workouts. And Bob Shafer and company have evening track workouts on Thursday that get a few more regulars. This is great! But between their turnout and mine, this still doesn’t add up to a historically respectable track turnout. The State High track is a great resource for as long as we can use it. That’s another 5 or 6 weeks before the afternoon group has to go back to the IM Fields. (Jaimie’s group is there before the kids arrive for school, so hers is all year, even when it’s dark in the morning! Bob's group plans to continue into early October.) Come on out! Your Fall running will improve if you do some speedwork now!