PAX (11): Zorro, Squeaky Clean, Schrute, Knobs, Eartag, Girl Dad, KOA, Borat, Animal House, Trench, Hard Hat


Q: Hard Hat


Weather: Around 40 degrees, with enough wind to make it feel like 33.


YHC showed up in the darkness before most prerunners would show up (Trench is not most prerrunners). A surprise was dropped off without being detected by anyone. Prerunners began to arrive and at 5, a group of guys took off for a nice prerun on the Papio trail towards the East. We had one prerunner depart once we finished (Jean-Claude), and had a few guys show up for the workout.


Welcome: Most of the introductory stuff was provided, and the group was informed about today being Veteran’s Day (hopefully everyone already knew that). I admitted that when I agreed to Q this day, I did not realize at the time what significance that day had. Once it dawned upon me earlier in the week, I felt I had to make sure the workout had a way of honoring our veterans. I asked the PAX if there were any veterans among us, and there were, Knobs and Borat. They were thanked for their service, and I mentioned how most of the military themed components of the workout were discussed with a marine the day prior to see if he felt they were acceptable and hopefully non-offensive in any manner. Being a marine, he was good with everything, and probably wanted me to add more awful stuff to the workout.

Open Grassy Area Warm-a-rama:
We moved to an open grassy area for a quick warm up, since not everyone got warmed up on the prerun. We did some SSH, Big Ones, Windmills, etc. Then were told that we’d begin running shortly toward Halleck Street. But oh, there was a surprise nearby.

THANG: A pile of coupons was laying in the tall grass next to the trees. 8 coupons and 11 guys. All coupons needed to be grabbed, and PAX with coupons would rifle carry jog with them. Anyone without a coupon was directed to keep an eye on the PAX carrying blocks and to relieve them if they appeared to struggle at all with them. We would jog together to a cadence. YHC began calling out the cadence

“Left left oh right left
left right left
keep it in step
but don’t let your dingle dangle dangle in the dirt
pick up your dingle dangle put it in your shirt
left left oh right left
left right left
keep it in step
but don’t let your dingle dangle dangle in the mud
pick up your dingle dangle hand it to your bud
left left oh right left
left right left
keep it in step
but don’t let your dingle dangle dangle in the snow
pick up your dingle dangle tie it in a bow
left left oh right left
left right left
keep it in step
but don’t let your dingle dangle dangle too low
pick up your dingle dangle and let’s go
left left oh right left
left right left
keep it in step”

Once we reached the corner, the coupons were dropped. We circled up and performed 26 WWI Situps. Then the PAX were directed that we would fartlek to Washington Street, alternating sprints and jogs with the light poles. Turn around at Washington, and head to the circle of the Veteran’s Memorial. Once there, pick up the 6.

At the memorial we did 25 merkins. Then we moseyed to the track, where we ran a 400m, planked for 30 seconds, ran a 200m, planked for 30 seconds, ran a 200m, planked to til the 6 came in. After the 6 was in and a couple of 10 counts, we did 26 flutter kicks. Then we ran back to the memorial, and fartlek’d back to Washington, then back to our pile of coupons. We performed 25 American Hammers there, then grabbed the coupons to head back to the parking lot. Rifle carrying the blocks, same as before, but the Q did not call out cadence this time, due to being short on breath. We wrapped things up with a cool-down mosey around the pond, then Rancid style Sarpy Slammers.


Circle of Trust:
● We ran through announcements and prayers. The COT was regarding how Veteran’s Day is for me. Although both my grandfathers and my dad served, it wasn’t something that was ever really discussed or celebrated. Both of my parents said that they are proud of their dads for serving, and my dad said he is proud of serving himself, but he never discusses his service, and usually changes subject when asked. I never really knew one of my grandpas, and the other, I know was severely impacted by his service. My dad never wanted me to join the military even though it was something that interested me growing up. I suppose I hold a little resentment for that. This year, Veteran’s Day feels different though. My oldest is a 5th grader and his school has a 5th grade Veteran’s Day program. This caused me to ask my parents for some photos, and as a result, had me answering some of my son’s questions. He had no idea that he was even related to any veterans. Because of this, it’s also caused me to spend more time reflecting on the veterans in my life and how much they had sacrificed. I have a greater appreciation now for them, than I ever had before, because I had never put much thought into it. Veteran’s Day means something different for everyone, and I hope everyone here can at least take a little extra time to reflect on the veterans in your life and how much you appreciate them.
Aye!
Hard Hat


P.S. After the prayer, Knobs added to the COT message by stating how important it is to let veterans know how much you appreciate them, and how much they are impacted by PTSD. Several guys continued on with stories of how their fathers or grandfathers never spoke much of their service either, and how grandkids have helped to get them to open up and talk about their service. This is just another example of how we have so many things in common with other men, and we don’t need to suffer some of these burdens alone.

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