12 PAX were in attendance to celebrate 8 years of THE Pothole.
42 degrees and partly cloudy. Perfect.
Eight years of Potholes sounds like a bad thing. And normally it would, but not when it comes to me. YHC. THE Pothole.
So check this out… it’s been eight years that I have been getting up super early and suffering through this free thing we do called: F3 I still remember my first workout. It was a Saturday and roughly 20 people were there following a Q leading a workout. I was hooked. No one is ever completely happy with their F3 name. I tried lobbying hard for something military related. I mean, I was in Recon. I jumped out of planes. Scuba dived. I wanted something cool like: Leatherneck. Or Rip Cord. Or some GI Joe sounding name. Nope. I barely got out what I do for a living (I work for the DOT) and someone yelled “POTHOLE!” And there you have it.
To this day, there’s only one other PAX that still attends Depot. Well, attends-ish. Stagecoach. He was the first one to introduce himself and talk to me during the workout. I never forgot that and it set a tone. Always remember that you’re suffering along with everyone else. In Recon, our mantra is: Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.
But as my Gunny always added: “But you will do what I say!”
Form two lines and let’s go! The pace is not slow. We run, not mosey, around the big loop, into and around the gravel parking lot, and then back to the parking lot.
Stay in two lines, front to back. Spread out arm’s length apart. Back row side steps to the right. We now have a military-esque formation. If you recover before I say recover, 20 Merkin penalty.
SSH x 20 IC
Overhead Arm Claps X 20 IC
*20 merkin penalty
Squats x 15 IC
Imperial Walkers X 15 IC
Run to the bottom of the driveway. Flutters x 20 IC. Big Boys x 10 OYO.
Run to the first intersection. Squats x 15 IC.
Run to the top of the road at the gravel parking lot. Decline-ish merkins X 10 IC. Then do another 20 because someone recovered before I said so.
Run around the gravel parking lot and into the soccer field. Starting at one corner, follow me to the next corner, do 10 monkey humpers, and then run in place until everyone is done. Run to the next corner, 20 MH, and then run in place. Next corner, 30 MH, run in place. Last corner, 40 MH, run in place.
Run to the gravel parking lot and driveway intersection. Decline-ish merkins x 10 IC.
Run to the top of the parking lot driveway. Catch your breath while I explain what’s next. Staying between the speed bumps, run to the bottom speed bump, touch it, do 1 merkin, then bear crawl back to the top speed bump. Rinse and Repeat until you’ve done 5 reps.
Slow mosey down the driveway, right on Bird Rd, and to the first intersection. Turn right onto the driveway and jailbreak back to the parking lot.
Get back in your formation positions. Time for some Mary.
Flutters x 20 IC
Iron Cross x 20 IC
LBC x 20 IC
Modified Freddie Mercury x 20 IC
Big Boys x 10 OYO
American Hammer x 20 IC
Get out to some run groups!
Blue Chips on Saturdays.
Still need people for P200 team.
Make plans to attend Thirsty Thursday at Lake Murray Axe Throwing.
Thanks for putting up with me, for allowing me to be your AOQ, your toughest Q, most creative Q, Mr. Beast Mode, and now your Nan’Tan. Love all of you!