Thursday Track Report: La Vida Es Sueño

The threat of disheartening drabness hung in the air as John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Myers, Lance Bland, Judd Michael, Greg Dillon, Ken Davis, Marty Klanchar, George Lesieutre, Nick Downs, Greg Luna, Meira Minard, Beth Herndon, Mark Fedkin, Tom Hilands, Michael Goldfine, Mark Lee, Paul Lammert, Shawn Kelly, John Wilcock, Jamie Volkert, Mike Casper, and Marty Mazur headed for the track. We had a "newbie" today, Meira Minard, who is no newcomer to the group, nor to running in general, but who has never deigned to appear at Thursday Track, made here first showing today.

Bwana doesn't deal with cold drabness very well, Especially when he's fighting a cold, feeling drab, and numb as well from a morning visit to the dentist! Wah, wah, wah... So it was the same thing all over again as last week: NX800. For Bwana, N was 3, but several others ran 4, 5, or 6.

We had a good turnout today, despite the cold and the blahs. But when you're in the dumps, sometimes dream or fantasy is better than reality. Tara Murray was blabbing it up on Facebook, telling everybody about what punk rocker she is most like. Dave Moore was daydreaming about being Derek Zoolander and modeling NVRC fashion apparel. Mark Traband was thumbing through Bullfinch's Mythology trying to figure out which Greek god he'd like to be. And Bob Cornwall was practicing in the shower and getting a tape ready for his American Idol audition.

Thursday Track Report: Inexplicable!

It was an incomparably beautiful last day of Winter, mild, sunny, and breezy, and an inexplicably light turnout for such a nice day. Tom Cali, John Domico, Lance Bland, Marty Klanchar, Bob Cornwall, Greg Dillon, Nick Downs, Tom Hilands, Frank Zaffino, Greg Luna, Ron Cunfer, Jessica Charles, John Wilcock, Dana Todd, and Marty Mazur were all that came to the track. Could the light turnout have been due to  the start of March Madness? To the fact that Bwana hinted he might not be at the track today? To the fact that Lent, the season of repentance, hasn't kicked in yet for some of the more prodigal in Bwana's fold?

Some of the Penn State track team was gearing up for the Spring season, so Bwana sent his crew to the outer lane to do NX800. The not-too-stiff breeze on the back stretch made the workout not-so-tough.

John Sheakoski, "Bwana" of the sports pools at ARL, was enjoying a few beers watching the first few March Madness games. Sherry Tirko, who usually wins most of the money, was pre-spending her winnings at the same bar. Bwana assumes that everyone else who was missing today was drinking to Bwana's health on his birthday.

Jinxing Spring

It was Springlike, mild and sunny with temperatures in the mid 40s, as John Domico, Tom Cali, Jim Myers, John Sheakoski, Lance Bland, Marty Klanchar, Greg Dillon, Shawn Kelly, Tom Hilands, Mark Fedkin, Frank Zaffino, Nick Downs, Greg Luna, Paul Lammert, Michael Goldfine, Jamie Volkert, John Wilcock, Lee Culver, Dana Todd, Ann Skulas-Ray, Jessica Charles, and Marty Mazur headed for the outdoor. Ken Davis showed up late and did a short workout.

We needed a lot of fortitude to get through this Winter, so Bwana decided to see how much was left. Today's was the Fortitude Workout: 4X(400-200) with low recovery between the 400 and the 200 of each set. I really think people missed this workout. But now that Winter is pretty much done, we'll be seeing more of this kind of thing. Bwana is risking jinxing Spring. In fact, he's doing an endzone dance after sprinting past the panting remains of Winter's defensive line, spiking the ball and everything. And how can Spring not be here? Bwana's wife saw the first groundhog out and about after its Winter slumber.

A few people are dealing with the remains of Winter. Tara Murray's excuse is a bad cold. Either that or she's snake charming again. Stephanie Serriere is looking forlornly at her cross-country skis, hanging up in her shed until next year. Julie Grubb was deciding whether to take that last snowball of Winter out of the freezer and mix up some margaritas. Bob Jones thinks it's still Winter and is circling the Rec Hall track. And Costas Maranas is stuck on the golf course, terrified to run over the last little dirty pile of snow!

Putting The Breaks On Spring

Spring Break, so attendance was light. John Domico, Paul Lammert, John Sheakoski, Marv Hall, Mark, Nikita, and Natasha Fedkin, Beth Herndon, Tara Murray, Cheryl Capone, and Marty Mazur headed to the track under pleasant, but chilly conditions. After the warmth of of yesterday and last weekend, Spring was on Spring Break. It was cloudy and in the low 30s.

The crew did some longer pace work. Domico and Sheakoski did 4X1 mile, and some of the others did a mile followed by some 800s. A little boring, but about the right thing for the conditions.

Not too much Bwana can say to most of those who weren't at the track. It is Spring Break, after all. Cali is working out with marathoners in Arizona and getting chased by rattlesnakes and coyotes. And Lee Culver is managing to avoid heat stroke in the Dominican Republic. But a there were some folks still in town, on a slow work day, who still managed to stay holed up in their offices. Such as Ron Cunfer, who whined about the weather and went back to code-geeking...

Boston Splits

It was a very beautiful April day. In late February! Much of the Track Crew was already at the MSF for the CVIM/Boston Marathon Team media day as Bwana and a few non-marathoning stragglers headed down. Bwana stopped in to see the Team hobnobbing with JoePa and SuePa in front of a swarm of JoeParazzi. As the reporters packed up, Bwana invited the CVIMers outside for an outdoor workout. Only a few  followed. I guess they were too overheated from the camera lights.

The outdoor folk did NX800 with N=3,4, or more, depending on how each runner felt. Jim Myers, whose foot has been giving him trouble, felt good enough to show up and do at least N=1.

Everybody seemed to have been there, either in or out, and those who weren't get a reprieve, as long as they promise to donate to the NVRC/CVIM Boston Marathon Teams!