Thursday Track Report: Have Another Hit of Sweet Air

The ground was soggy and squishy from all the recent rain as John Domico, Jim Myers, Lance Bland, Jim Moore, Ken Davis, Marty Klanchar, John Sheakoski, Frank Zaffino, Dana Todd, Greg Luna, Jamie Volkert, Lee Culver, Andrew Cunningham, John Wilcock, Mark Lee, Ron Cunfer, Ed and Sam Thompson, Jeremy Zerbe, Rich Harter, Paula Jech, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. But the sun gave some small hints that it still existed behind the clouds.

Several of the recent marathoners were recovering from their exertions. Marty Klanchar, who has run 2 marathons in the last few weeks, limped along the outside lane. And a couple more trackers plan to run the Pocono Marathon later this month, so were doing a pace workout in the outside lane. And Andy Cunningham is recovering from his own (and his wife's) exertions. Andy is the proud Papa of Kale Andrew. He ran pretty well on a lack of sleep! Given that and the fact that several of the trackers were planning to  run the Sidewinder 10K on Saturday, Bwana gave out an easy downward ladder, 1K-800-600-400-200.

Bwana's going to be blunt about this. Despite the fact that it was pretty much an easy, roll-yer-own workout, several of the crew were doing a different number. Tara Murray was listening to her Doobie Brothers best-of while fumbling around for a little pipe. Mark Traband was reaming the tar out of his hookah with some horse laxative. Tom Hilands was listening to his secret stash of Dead concert tapes while eating some awesome brownies. And Andrew Webb was hurrying to get on board a plane to Holland so he could hit the legal head shop before closing time!

Thursday Track Report: Barbarians at the Track!

A cold wind blew from the steppe as Bob Jones, John Domico, Jim Moore, Bob Cornwall, Lance Bland, Greg Dillon, Marty Klanchar, John Sheakoski, Greg Luna, Mark Lee, Costas Maranas, Mark Fedkin, Tim Spigelmyer, Shawn Kelly, John Wilcock, Dana Todd, Meira Minard, Mark Traband, Lee Culver, Dave Miller, Jeremy Zerbe, newcomer Rich Harter, Ed and Sam Thompson, and Marty Mazur, Attila the Hun, Tamerlane, Hannibal and a herd of elephants, Genghis, Kublai, and Chaka Khan, Vlad the Impaler, Larry the Cable Guy, and a horde of other barbarians stormed down onto the track.

Bwana emerged from his stately yurt to give the decree: 2-person relays with 6X400 for each person, last place team to get drawn and quartered and their heads placed on a pike at the entrance to the track. Needless to say, no one was last.

Several of Bwana's Golden Horde were taking a spa day from being barbarians. Volkert the Not-So-Nice was scolding his paper boy for knocking over some of his tulips with an errant toss. Casper the Gasper was hyperventilating at the prospect of his upcoming dental appointment. Tara the Librarian was working on her fearsome Dewey Decimal System tattoo. And Goldfine the Scourge of Lemont was writing a absolutely scathing review of an overhopped pale ale for Beer Advocate.

Thursday Track Report: Bwana Goes Easy

The sky was bluer than blue, and real Spring was in the air as a stripped down crew of Bob Jones, John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Moore, Marty Klanchar, Tom Hilands, John Sheakoski, Mark Fedkin, Costas Maranas, George Lesieutre, Beth Herndon, Meira Minard, Paul Ruby, Mark Traband, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

It was quite a light turnout, about half of last week's. Bwana figures that the Boston crew is finally *really* tapering, and quite a few people will be running the Herbstritt 5K this evening. Bwana gave out a light workout, but Meira, in hot athletic contention (or was it Athletic-Hot?) for the NVRC Race Series Cup, begged him for more!

No demerits today. Even people who are neither running Boston nor tonight's 5K had some kind of good excuse. Ken Davis is having a hard recovery from a pulled calf muscle. And Esther Prins is having an even harder recovery from something a bit more strenuous. She showed up today outside Rec Hall with her darling daughter Lily, now 5 months old. Esther has been getting back to running and hopes to join us this Summer, though she is having a bit of a knee problem.

Thursday Track Report: Back In The Swing

It was cool, cloudy, and quite breezy as Bob Jones, John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Cornwall, John Sheakoski, Meira Minard, Lance Bland, Nick Downs, Ken Davis, Frank Zaffino, Marty Klanchar, Mark Lee, John Wilcock, Andy Arndt, Beth Herndon, Shawn Kelly, newcomers Rachel Tutmaher and Jeremy Zerbe, Paula Jech, Michael Goldfine, and Marty Mazur headed for the track.

A few of the conquering heros from Monday's Boston Marathon showed up and limped around the track. The NVRC did quite well again, fielding 4 teams that ran competitively in the team categories, with 5 men breaking 3 hours (and one woman, sort of: Martha Nelson, an NVRC member, ran 2:55:22, but could not represent the NVRC at Boston because she is no longer local to our area). But Boston is already yesterday's mashed potatoes. We've got new challenges ahead. Arts Fest, mOUnTaiNBACK, and now Cheryl Capone's GENDER WAR!!! Cheryl is organizing a Girl vs Guy team competition at next month's Sidewinder 10K. Three of her team members were training already at the track today. Cheryl assumed the captain's role and "coached" from her couch at home.

Bwana gave a workout suitable for a windy day: 3X1K. That windy backstretch really took a lot out of the pace!

Several of the Boston crew weren't even up to limping to the track today. It's a good thing Tara didn't show. She'd've been a tumbleweed in the wind. George Lesieutre was back to his "Less Is More" regimen, which involves almost no track. And Greg Luna was back to his barley and grape training regimen.

Congrats to the Boston runners!

Thursday Track Report: Reeling Spring Back In

Is Spring back? It sure looked like it, with sunny skies, mild breezes, and a warming sun as John Domico, Tom Cali, Bob Jones, John Sheakoski, Greg Dillon, Lance Bland, Greg Luna, Ken Davis, Jim Moore, Costas Maranas, George Lesieutre, Marty Klanchar, Mark Lee, Nick Downs, Tara Murray, Meira Minard, Sherry Tirko, Jamie Volkert, John Wilcock, Frank Zaffino, Jerry Steffy, Bruce Einfalt, Dana Todd, newcomers Katie Davis, Paul Ruby, and Bob Lesher, Michael Goldfine, John Pringle, Mark Traband, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. (Paul Lammert caught the second shift.)

Bwana thought "Enough of the mild pace work. There are Spring 5Ks to be run and won!" So he dished out the outdoor version of one of our favorite indoor benchmark speed workouts: NX3X300. A nice challenge, especially with the stiff breeze on the backstretch.

Several of Bwana's flock were not up to any challenges. Though many of the Boston Marathon crew worked on their tapers at the track, Mark Fedkin decided to check out the campus scenery instead. Lee Culver thinks an hour on the elliptical watching rap videos beats a Spring day outside. Marv Hall's once-a-season at the track usually corresponds with the crappiest day of that season. And Ron Cunfer was holed up in his office pining away for Winter.