February 14, 2020

Bump Running the Barracks

THE SCENE:   Seasonably cold.  My freshly burnt forehead and farmer tan did not pair well with the teen degree wind chill.  I knew Upgrade was looking forward to the beatdown as he nearly took off my van door as he pulled into the adjacent parking lot as I exited the vehicle.  We pretty much had sole ownership of the track as even the ROTC folk looked pretty slim in the ranks.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Done but the vocal cords were rapidly tightening up.
WARM-O-RAMA:   SSH x 20 IC, deep stretching IC, warmup lap to see who the gazelles were this morning.

THA-THANG:   Bump running for milez

broke up into two groups (6 PAX each).  Gazelles and Clydesdales, though the Clydesdales are more of hybrids by now after running with the fast kids for a year plus.

The groups formed two single file lines and began at a 9-10 minute mile pace.  The leading PAX sprinted (ran at a faster pace) out in front attempting to lap the group.  The idea was that the sprinting PAX would hit the back of the line sending the next lead PAX on his revolution run.  Just like those desktop perpetual motion swinging steel balls.

I took the lead and quickly realized that it would take me a few laps to catch back up to the pack.  So we modified.  After running one lap fast I turned back to the gazelle group and had Teachers Pet turn back to the Clydesdales also.  The next PAX up also sprinted one lap then turned back to the group.  We continued in this manner until 0610 logging between 3-4 miles.

MARY:  J-Lo’s x 20 IC, Flutter kick x 20 IC, 100’s x 100 IC, American Hammer x 20 IC, Catalina Wine Mixers x 10 IC

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA: 12 PAX, Teacher’s Pet, Dewey, Frisky, Handsy, Dawg, Goose, Upgrade, Easily Amused, Swanson, Pop Tart, Shrink, Tomb Raider

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:   Rhetorical question (sort of):  Why are we out here doing this?

We have to ask ourselves this from time to time.  Why are we pushing our physical limitations gloomy morning to gloomy morning in the rain, freezing cold, or blistering heat?  We could have run 4 miles on a tread mill this morning while watching looney toons.  Instead we are consistently outdoors forsaking the warm bed, hours of sleep, in order to do hard things with hard nosed individuals.  We aren’t soldiers (most of us), we aren’t training for some thing in particular, we aren’t getting paid to do this.  So why are we committed to this course of action?

Its important that we contemplate the whys, to critically evaluate our motives and rededicate ourselves to the cause.  Will there be a nuclear holocaust tomorrow?  Zombies? Alien invasion?  I don’t know, maybe.  But I do know that in this life there will be suffering.  I’m thankful for my F3 brothers because I am confident that when that day of suffering comes, I’m stronger because I was out there this morning in the cold with Teacher’s Pet, Dewey, Frisky, Handsy, Dawg, Goose, Upgrade, Easily Amused, Swanson, Pop Tart, and Shrink.

MOLESKIN:   Maybe slowing down the group to long jumping, lung walking, bear crawling, would have allowed the front runner the ability to catch up.  However, the modification was good enough as it changed pace from conversational mile pace to fast periodically without completely gassing you.

The paces also allowed for quality 2nd F time as we solved the problems of the world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:   Easily Amused shared his last post with us, we pray for him and his family in Atown.  Upgrades kids are feeling better, we pray for Altar Boy and his pneumonia.  Dawg’s grandmother, a speedy recovery and for his friend’s sobriety.  We congratulate Dewey and his M on a successful and healthy pregnancy!!

Acknowledge your M today and honor the Hallmark Holiday.


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