TRACK : Fox emphasizes individual workouts during layoff to keep team on pace

first_imgChris Fox can always tell if a runner put in the necessary work over Winter Break. The Syracuse track and field coach can’t see it with his own two eyes — his runners are back home for break.But when his team returns, Fox can always weed out the ones who slacked off.‘They can see you’re a little soft, maybe not so cut up. People will know. It shows immediately,’ said Fox.With nearly a month layoff between the fall and spring season, Fox’s team — the long-distance runners, in particular — departs for Winter Break, and it’s up to the runners if they want to push themselves out the door every day to stay in shape. Fox and his staff designate 70 to 100 miles for his athletes to run each week. For the three weeks, they are on their own, including numerous ‘tempo runs,’ during which a runner should be running at 100 percent for five or six miles. In addition, the long-distance runners try to continuously stretch and work on core exercises.Though all the athletes got a two-week resting period following the NCAA Tournament that took place in late November, it was time to get back to work once Christmas was over. And for distance runner Joseph Bubniak, it’s not always easy to get back into the swing of things.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It can be tough to force yourself out the door every day, especially when it’s cold and you can be doing so many other things,’ said Bubniak, who trained at home in Danbury, Conn., over break.Sophomore distance runner Andrew Nelson said it’s a gut check for all the runners because they are on their own, without Coach Fox or anyone else pushing them to get their workout in.‘Mentally, it’s a challenge,’ said Nelson.Fox knows it can be easy to relax for the first time in four months once a runner is back home. Fighting the temptations of not putting the work in is the toughest part.Fox said it’s more of a problem for freshmen to push themselves on their own, but as they mature, it becomes second nature.A prime example, Fox said, is Bubniak. Last year, as a freshman, he didn’t run too often at home. Now, Fox said, Bubniak realizes how important it is to stay in shape because the SU track team is one of the top northeast programs in Division I.‘As we’ve established this program as pretty competitive, the kids know they got to do work when they go home, or they won’t get an opportunity when they get back,’ Fox said. ‘They’re pretty much exposed in the first workout or two. If they didn’t do the work, they’re probably not going to run in any meets.’Fox thinks that despite the temptations to take an extended holiday from training, it’s good for all the runners to have alone time to run in a less pressured atmosphere. The training regimen is there, but it isn’t as strict as an everyday practice from the regular season.Bubniak and Nelson both said the practice over break is less structured and more modified. It’s more relaxed and about getting 10 or so miles in each day.But after the long break, it feels good to reunite with the team. Bubniak and Nelson will run in SU’s first meet since the break this Saturday.‘Coming back, you start getting back in the groove. You have a huge group to train with, so motivation definitely goes up,’ Bubniak said. ‘It’s definitely good to be back.’dgproppe@syr.edu Published on January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img

Nonprofits and the Wage Landscape Choose your Position

first_imgShare7TweetShare9Email16 Sharesliving wage / kyle rwSeptember 8, 2016; Washington PostAfter seven years of stagnation, the federal minimum wage is a hot topic of debate during this presidential election, and this will affect many nonprofit workers in very-low-wage jobs like childcare and direct care for the disabled.Currently, 29 states have implemented a minimum wage that is higher than the minimum set by the federal government at $7.25. Yet, even in those states, individuals earning the minimum wage have trouble making ends meet. In fact, an individual working full time at the federal minimum wage would just barely be at the poverty line after taxes.When the Federal Labor Standards Act was passed in 1938, the minimum wage was set specifically so individuals of all skill levels could earn “more than a bare subsistence level.” This statement can be a bit vague, however, as the subsistence level depends on location. For instance, Virginia has opted to keep its minimum wage at the federal $7.25 hourly rate. However, depending on where you live within the state, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment ranges from $700 to upwards of $2000.This becomes more convoluted when we consider that many people live in Maryland and Virginia but work in Washington, D.C., and vice versa. The Metro D.C. area shares a high cost of living, but depending on whether they work in Maryland, where the minimum wage is $8.75, the District, where the minimum wage is $11.50, or Virginia, an individual’s financial situation can differ widely.What this means for people earning minimum wage is the need to make difficult decisions about basic living needs, even housing. Back in 2009, when the current minimum wage went into effect, the National Coalition for the Homeless indicated that 44 percent of residents in homeless shelters had full-time jobs and were making the minimum wage. Stephanie Berkowitz, president and CEO of Northern Virginia Family Service, estimates that 70 percent of the people using the organization’s housing program are working and 60 percent of the individuals in their homeless shelters are employed. In terms of meeting the “bare subsistence level,” it would seem that someone working forty hours a week should at the very least be able to afford housing.Opponents to raising the minimum wage cite concerns over increased unemployment, the impact on small businesses, and economic downturn overall. However, the Department of Labor debunks these concerns on its “Minimum Wage Mythbusters” page, notably indicating that over 600 economists, seven of whom are Nobel Prize winners, wrote a letter to President Obama saying, in part:In recent years there have been important developments in the academic literature on the effect of increases in the minimum wage on employment, with the weight of evidence now showing that increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers, even during times of weakness in the labor market. Research suggests that a minimum wage increase could have a small stimulative effective on the economy as low-wage workers spend their additional earnings, raising demand and job growth, and providing some help on the jobs front.After years of effort, it appears that the “Fight for $15” campaign is gaining ground. Just a few months ago, District officials approved raising the minimum wage in Washington, D.C. to $15 per hour by 2020, increasing the rate by about seventy cents a year. A handful of other states and cities have also agreed to raise the minimum wage to $15, putting more pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. For nonprofits paying less than a living wage, any advocacy should include aggressive provisions for raising rates to cover costs. But the train seems to be leaving the station and nonprofits need to be involved, as they are in many cases.As the debate persists, President Obama urges officials to consider, “If you truly believe you could work full time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”—Sheela NimishakaviShare7TweetShare9Email16 Shareslast_img read more