My friend once told me a story about some of the Danish special forces having to do a night march. They all anticipated that the march would be quite long - because they usually are. However, when they had their briefing, they were told that the march was only going to be 2.5 miles long. Once in a blue moon, good things do happen to special force soldiers, so they got pretty excited that they might actually get a good night's sleep afterwards. Unfortunately, the instructor neglected to tell the soldiers that because the march was so short they would have to carry a European sized Volkswagen with no wheels for the full 2.5 miles through the woods. All of a sudden, the 2.5 miles just got a bit longer.
Likewise, the distance of my workout today was only one mile. Nevertheless, it was the longest mile I have ever experienced. A friend of mine told me he had done this particular workout. He also said that it was quite tough, and that he really wouldn't recommend it... That's how I got lured into doing it.
The was the workout:
400 meters (one stadium lap) of burpee wide jumps
400 meters of lunges
400 meters of the bear crawl
400 meters of running backwards.
I did my mile inside the Pepper Geddings Recreational Center. I have posted a picture of it for your convenience :). 16 laps on the track is a mile, so I did four laps of each exercise.
The first lap of the burpee wide jumps went okay. For those of you who are not familiar with crossfit, you do the following in a burpee wide jump: stand up straight, get into the push up position, lower your entire body to the ground, straighten your arms to lift your upper body off the floor, bring your feet up to your hands in one movement, get back up on your feet, jump as far forward with both legs at the same time as you can, repeat, repeat, repeat. Needless to say, this exercise pretty much sucks. After the second lap my legs were pretty tired, and I may or may not have shed a small tear during the fourth lap. Completing just the 400 meters of burpee wide jumps too me about 20 minutes!
Next up were the lunges. They weren't as hard on my respiratory system, but they sure did make my legs BURN.
After that, I started on the bear crawl. A bear crawl is when you crawl (like a bear) with your hands on the ground in front of you. It may sound pretty silly, but it gets pretty tough, pretty fast. Not only do your legs start to burn, but it also requires a decent amount of cardio to do the exercise over a sustained period of time. My first lap went okay, but over the next three laps I had to stop and shake the lactic acid out of my legs several times.
After many, many minutes of pure torture, I finally made it to the backwards run. This part was luckily very easy, although my legs were pretty numb.
All in all it took me 1 hour, 2 minutes, and 9 seconds to get this mile in. I actually do recommend this workout, if you want to try something a bit different and like to feel your legs burn. Enjoy!