October 25th, 2022

PAX(8): Griswold, Lite Brite, G-String, Farva, Low Flow, Baby Shark, Ditty, Hard Hat

QIC: Hard Hat

The morning started off with a long ass drive across town to North Bellevue (?) aka, The Catamount Complex/Gross Catholic High School. YHC showed up early to drop off a couple things at the field and prerun. It was coldish. Like, frost on the ground and hovering around freezing temps. Very little wind, and a dark sky. After a brief setup period, Farva and I took off on the prerun. Holy #$@! the hills on this run are stupid, especially when you’ve got Farva dragging your ass along at a low 7’s pace. After surviving the run, I had a little time to catch my breathe and change out shoes (the perks of Qing is knowing where all you’re going to have the PAX and what that terrain is like).

At 5:15 AM, we kicked things off with the standard welcome message. Along with the disclaimer, I encouraged the PAX to push themselves this morning, because parts of the workout are inspired by the APEX fitness test, which is all about pushing you to your limits. We moseyed on over to the field. Here my big light and speaker were kicked on. We did a little warmup circled up around the 50 yard line. SSH 20 IC and 10 IC Big Ones. Then we lined up on the 50 and did some moving warmup to the 30. High knees, ass kickers, lunges, karaokas, broad jumps (not pansy ass jumps, but legit broad jumps).

After the warmup we ran over to the West endzone for a prethang: T-Merky Snake. Here the group lined up and everyone performed T-Merkins. The guy at the front of the line then sprints to the other side line, shuffle to the 10 yard line, backpedal down the 10, shuffle to the 20, sprint, etc. all the way down. Once the first guy completed his first sprint, the next guy takes off for his sprint, and so on. The group was encouraged to actually sprint, and passing guys is perfectly acceptable. Once you complete the snake, do T-Merkins until the last guy gets in. After this we walked to the other sideline for Tha Thang.

Simple Sprinty Thangy: We numbered off into two groups. One group stayed at the East endzone, lined up on the goal line in a plank position and went down the line doing 15 merkins each. Once the last guy finishes his merkins, the whole group sprints as fast as they can to the other endzone where the other group is doing AMRAP Big Boy situps. Once the first guy crosses the goal line, the Big Boys group is pushed to sprint to the other endzone. We did this four rounds before Omaha was called.

The group regrouped at the 50 yard line for some Broga, which included poses such as; mountain, down dog, 3-legged dog, low lunge, pigeon, butterfly, and some others. Then we moseyed back to the shovel flags to do two rounds of Rancid style Sarpy Slammers.

COT: Knowing I was on the schedule to Q here, I thought about my experience with mountain lions. I’ve encountered a mountain lion in the wild twice in my life. The first time, I was 14 and was doing a biology project, studying a habitat. I saw a deer looking in my direction, but it was clearly not looking directly at me. I turned around to see what it could have been looking at, and saw a mountain lion on top of the hill behind me. I was in a car, so I wasn’t too scared, but it was unnerving. Ever since then, I’ve had a healthy fear of them. On runs in the country without music, etc. I was slow and knew many times that I’d need to pick up the pace. Often I would imagine being chased by one. I still think about this when I run. In addition to this experience, I couldn’t help but look up some fun facts on Mountain Lions that I thought might inspire some rep counts or something for the workout. A term that popped up a few times was apex predator. Obviously this got me excited, because of the APEX AO, duh. Most of the mentions of a cougar being an apex predator also mentioned that they are known to back down to grizzly’s and wolves on occasion, so maybe they might not be considered an apex predator. Whether they are, or are not, they are smart. Knowing when they may not be able to win a fight. I also read about some research that suggests that mountain lions prefer wild prey vs domesticated prey. This suggests that they enjoy the thrill of the hunt and instinctually will do the harder things because there is natural benefit to it. Be like a mountain lion, do the harder things because you know you’ll be better for it. Know when to back down as well. We can all take the encouragement to go hard in a workout, and sometimes we can really push our limits. We also need to know ourselves and what our limits are and if we’re in a position (warmed up, stretched appropriate, etc.) to push those limits. I’d hate to see a dude injure himself doing a sprint because I told the group to not be pussys about sprinting.

Aye!

Hard Hat

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