Back Blast – The Ruiner @ The O – 08/22/2020

Qing the morning after the Taste of the Tough was not wise. But, I survived and a few other PAX joined me and [hopefully] got better, too.

I signed up at The O actually before realizing the timing of the ruck event. But, I wanted to make sure to check it off my list that I’ve posted at The O other than for a Ruck PT event or Convergence, because, sadly that’s the only times I’ve been there. And, this is truly where it all started. And The O is a special place – even at 7am I could barely find a parking spot. It’s crazy how busy that place it. But, there’s no judgment anywhere because everyone there is doing something to push themselves harder. To do one more lap. To run a little faster.


  • Violet
  • Vincent (R)
  • Handbook
  • Fergie
  • Tron
  • Jolly Rancher (Q)

We took a warm-up lap around the 1/4 path of the park and ended back inside the tennis courts for some COP, which included:

  • SSH
  • Downward Dog + Runner’s Stretches
  • Grass Grabbers
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Bat Wings [forward arm circles, reverse arm circles, seal claps, overhead claps]

Thang 1 – Bear Crawl / Merkin Jack Webb:

Started on one side of the tennis courts and went in a 1:4 ratio of merkins-to-bear crawls across the tennis courts all the way to 10:40. It sucks just as much as it sounds. Basically went across all four tennis courts and back. Not as long of a bear crawl as during the Taste of the Tough, but still sucked.

Thang 2 – Suicide 11s:

Goal here was to do suicides across the tennis courts with 11s where we did Jump Squats on one side and Squats on the other. Trick is that in between the movement is basically a suicide. So, down one tennis court, then turn around back to the starting point, then down two tennis courts, then turn around back to the starting point, then end at the end of the third tennis court. It equally sucked.

The PAX made quick work of this – maybe it’s just been a while since I’ve Q’d on a Saturday…or, perhaps Fructose got ahold of my weinke [he’s famous for 45-minutes of work on a 60-minute workout]. Either way, the next thang was made up on the fly.

Thang 3 – 11s:

Similar to above, except no suicide and we only went the span of 2 tennis courts. Big Boy Sit-Ups on one side and LBCs on the other.

Damn. You mean we still have more time left? 15 minutes worth? I confessed to the PAX that I was beat, but, could muster up a lap around the O if they wanted to do it. Vincent had the idea of just stopping at every 3rd light pole for a little set of exercises. So, we pushed off for the next thang.

Thang 4 – Mile Lap Around the O

Every third light pole Vincent led us in some PT, which included things like:

  • Merkins
  • Step Back Lunges
  • Squats
  • Jump Squats

At some point during the lap, Vincent had the idea that we could just join the group getting ready for some football. Sounds like fun, but when we got closer I realized I would have NO business playing football with those dudes. They were huge. And, legit referees showed up as we made our way through. We would have been smoked for sure.

That mile really, really sucked. But, we got back to the flag right on time. It’s like it was designed in advance. Miracles do happen and I’m thankful as I was 100% out of gas after this.


We did countarama, namearama, announcements and intentions.

After pushing for 4-hours during the Taste of the Tough and running this set the following morning, which I don’t think was an easy WO [I’ll let the PAX be the judge], it drained me. It’s amazing to me that I chose to spend 5-hours between the hours of 8pm and 8am working out and being physical. If you told me that was true 2-years ago, I would have suggested you were full of crap. But, the Kool-aid tastes too good. And I want more.

Now, I will confess that after I got home from The O, I could barely walk into the house from the garage because my legs were toast. Luckily, my 1-year old needed a mid-morning nap so I obliged with the M to “watch her” during the nap and decided to take one with her. Then, the cramping hit my legs…no bueno. First the calves, then it slowly started to work up my legs to my quads throughout the day. Lesson learned is to drink more water – even if you think you’re drinking enough…it’s not enough.

Jolly Rancher out!

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