Yesterday afternoon we all embarked on a workout I have been doing for many years called “The Wildcat”. Originally, it was Addison and I that began doing this routine every Friday. I live about a mile from Apalachee High School, whose mascot is a Wildcat. Hence the name. So, the routine is simple:
1. Run to the high school stadium from my house
2. Sprint up and down every aisle of bleachers from one end to the other. Lunge halfway back along the bleachers and repeat five times as fast as possible.
3. Perform five 100 meter sprints (walking back to the start between each)
4. Run home
Going as fast as you can, this routine takes between 50 – 60 minutes. Sounds easy, right?
This routine seems to cover a broad range of running types in a single workout. There is hill training, agility, sprinting, aerobic, anaerobic, and the sensation of running home (uphill) on completely dead legs. To me, the original Wildcat feels equivalent to your fastest 10k. I have heard others say that it feels like 10 miles and even a half marathon. Some variations are much worse than the original recipe, and I agree that the feeling of a half marathon is possible. For example, “The Harvest Cat” was what we used to do every Thanksgiving before Addison joined the Army. This variation consisted of substituting lunges for Frog Leaps, Bunny-hopping up the bleachers instead of running, and 400 meter sprints instead of 100m. The idea was to destroy ourselves in order to pig out at Thanksgiving and be guilt free – it worked.
Out of all of the workouts I put people through, The Wildcat has by far produced the most barfers and extreme reactions. We have had guys training for BUDS hurl, guys lock up cramping and literally lay down in a road side ditch and wait for us to come pick them up in the truck, blackouts, somebody nearly crashing through the fence at the top of the bleachers, people fall down the bleachers because their legs no longer work, and the list goes on…
Davage and Ben both blurted out a few memorable quotes during the workout yesterday,
“I feel like I’m in labor! And don’t use me for your stupid reaction of the week again!” - Davage
Sorry, Davage. You’re too witty for your own good.