September 17, 2020 | The Sandlot | Halleck Park | 55 Degrees | 5:30-6:15AM
PAX: 10 – Knobs, KOA, Schnapps, Trench, TC, Wentworth, Wait Time, Gunner, Zorro, Firewalker
VQ: 8 Mile
What a great cool morning to start off a run! This is the Hardest Working AO in Sarpy County (except for the other one maybe). This was 8 Mile’s first Q and as he left his car slowly all geared up and lit up like a PAX tree (safety first, men). The flags that were already planted and waiting. 7 PAX were gathered in a circle already looking ready for the morning to what looked to be 8 total PAX for 8 Mile. How ironic! The group was gingerly stretching and warming up. Would 8 Mile actually make everyone run 8 miles? Would he perform “Lose Yourself” in the COT (Look, If you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or let it slip) or some other Eminem song? Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?
A few more stragglers avoided the fartsack and joined for a group of 11 right at 5:30AM. 8 Mile welcomed the PAX, gave the mission statement, core principals and disclaimer. The mission of the day was to head out from Halleck to 84th Street up the hill for a 150 foot ascent to Old School Papillion-Lavista High School, the old stomping grounds of Knobs. Hill yesss!
The group got after it quickly and made it to the meeting point in the school parking lot and some held in plank or did sumo squats waiting for the last of our group. Everyone rallied around our last couple of runners up the last hill and helped them to turnaround. 2 miles in and 2 back to the Sandlot. It was all downhill from there. We survived the traffic and gloom!
Name-o-rama: 8 Mile forgot about his lighting and sound guy Firewalker, but eventually recorded everyone. Sorry!
Announcements: Call outs to pick up those struggling or not hanging around for COT. Lose extra pounds for another PAX.
Prayers: Prayers for those suffering from the fires and hurricane. Prayers for PAX struggling, and to notice those maybe not feeling it.
I (8 Mile) was preparing for a race in the last few weeks and one of the pacers had a quote that resonated with me…
|The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called ‘yesterday’ and the other is called ‘tomorrow’. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” Being here today in the present is what matters most, taking care of your well-being, your physical, mental and spiritual selves. When it’s the right time to be present with your friends and family, be present for them, taking care of them, being with them, not on your phones, or worrying about work or other matters. Be present to live and enjoy today’s daily graces and blessings. They are all around us. Yes, yesterday got you here, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Live today, one step, one mile, one merken, one monkey humper at a time. · |
Closing prayer – led by Firewalker