The week before the quarantine

Well, one week prior to being shut indoors in IL we were rucking and working out very hard. Parks are now off limits, especially at Chicago’s lakefront path. Mayor Lightfoot ordered the lakefront closed until further notice and people are going to get a warning, a fine, and then possibly tossed in the brig!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! This is gonna piss more people off, but I get it. I’m mostly an introvert so being alone is not a big issue. Having time to catch up on audiobooks, read books, and reach out to people I’ve not heard from in some time.

Now as you sit there contemplating your life in the new age of being cooped up inside many people that I’ve spoken with have stated a truth that was missing in everyone’s life. People contact is important. A meaningful conversation, or a handshake or bro hug goes a long way to make people connected.

Stay in touch using a product called zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. Anything, or smoke signals….. not kidding. (J/k)

Our pics from the workouts – enjoy:

Never too cold to run

As I say this, the thermostat is at 30F, and balmy. Some people still consider it shorts weather. I used to be in that category when I was *cough younger *cough, but I see the light and wear the appropriate three layers to stave off the chill.

Layer one, hair. Layer two, wool. Layer three, shell. See, I am a veteran athlete that doesn’t shy away from the cold, but my digits don’t like it since I had a few episodes of frost nip in my twenties. Fingers get pretty cold, and only moving fast will I be able to stay warm and retain warmth. Heck, my water bottle froze during a 5k while in my late 30’s and I wasn’t the worst for wear.

Since it’s balmy outside let’s get this workout done, no!? Today we’re at the Hill in Westchester Woods, Westchester, IL.

For time and a medicine ball (mb) 20/14#

  • 50 x wb
  • 200m run
    • 50 x mb lunges
  • 200m run
    • 25 x wb
  • 200m run
    • 25 x cousins
  • 200m run
    • 50 x leg levers
    • 50 x butt biters
  • 400m run
  • Time to freeze!

    Well the temps are dropping in October which means break out your winter running gear kids, because it’s going to be a warm workout. You’ll be running the bridge today, and it’s sure to get the blood circulation up and will keep your wheels rolling.

    Bring your rucks for this one to give you the little bit of resistance you’ll need to complete the exercises, and reap the benefits.

    Rucks On!

    Bridge lap x 1

    • 20 x step ups
    • 30 x ruck swings
    • 20 x dips
    • 30 x leg levers
  • Bridge lap x 1
    • 30 x push ups
    • 20 x hello Dolly’s
    • 30 x butt biters
    • 20 x k2c

    Bridge lap x 1

    I shake my head…

    When the heat gets to you during the workouts you slow down just enough to keep feet moving forward. Head down looking up once in a while wearing your weighted ruck/vest, or nothing at all.

    Humidity is the death nail. It sucks the living breath out of you. I don’t know why that would even be an issue. Yet, sucking air through a wet towel may be easier. I just don’t get it. Do you? Heck, treading water while running with load on your back is what makes this event more entertaining.

    Not for you doing it (unless you laugh and lose some sense of sanity), but more from the onlookers scratching their heads as they drive by and shake their heads while smoking their vapes/cigs or sipping on their froufrou drinks.

    Heck there are times I have to check my sanity as I program the workouts way ahead of time and visualize them being performed and have time after time shake my head and asked – dude you’re gonna do this to them? I’ll bob my head and reply thinking I’ll do this with them and try my hardest to push even harder, and faster to finish wiped out every time.

    Give it your all every time. No slack given, no slack taken. I understand getting after these workouts can be daunting for the uninitiated. There will be a scaled version for them every workout. However, scaling after you’ve been here for a month and not taken the step forward to do something as prescribed (Rx) means you’re gonna get motivated to give a little more, and get more ‘suck’ out of the workout (wod).

    I began this rucking/fitness outdoors endeavor in April of this year. My own business, making a difference in people’s lives one day at a time utilizing BodyWeight, kettlebells, hills, benches, stairs, rucks, and everything else to make you a better human being.

    Here’s to making you a stronger, healthier being. Hop down for an hour in the am with us at the RuFF Hill. Great workouts, very entertaining, challenging and you’ll see results.

    You want to see results? Show up, learn, do the work. Simple? Nope. Doable? Yup. Nutrition needs to be priority so get on it. Everything else will follow.

    Hope to see you with us soon.

    Here looking at my hat you can clearly see it’s darker on top than the bill since I’ve sweat so much during the wod.

    I had just put away all of the gear and still so out of breath I had to pause and try to catch some more air. Of course, Selene just basically looks the same from start to finish. Eric and I definitely look like we feel.