Thursday, April 14 | The Sandlot | Halleck Park | 29 degrees
PAX (9): Squeaky Clean, Baby Shark, KOA, Ear Tag, Animal House, Haggis, Firewalker, Trench, Sparty
As I shared with KOA this morning, I did not have a complete night of sleep as I frantically woke up at 1:30am thinking I overslept my Q. I’m always anxious to get down to Sarpy as these men hold a special place in my heart and always welcome me with warm smiles and firm fist bumps. The new format is really cool to experience as there is a lot of excitement, and cars, with 2 AO’s across from each other. Plus there was a VQ at the Steel Mill this morning, hats off to Legolas (Hate). As the Pre-Runners returned, our Site-Q and Former Site-Q ran away from the flags without saying anything and I thought they were dissing us….I should have known that these are just some serious High Impact Men that were just going to wish Legolas (Hate) good luck before returning for the 5:30am welcome.
Promptly at 5:30am, I welcomed Firewalker to the group, then everyone to F3 at The Sandlot. I recited the Mission Statement like it was the 1,000 time I had said it. I followed that up with the 5 Core Principles and my disclosure – “We will be running a mile at a time today. I want you to know that so you can determine the pace you can and want to run. We’ll stop a few times for some pain stations along the way.” And we were off and made our way west to 84th street. The pace was steady and the mumblechatter was solid. We then made our way south to E. Halleck St where we then went back east before we arrived at our first stop:
Tabata – 20 seconds on, 10 second rest
- Squat Jumps
- American Hammers
We recovered and took off again to the east until the road circled back to the west. It worked out perfectly that we hit 2 miles right at the creepy man’s car that he was just sitting in.
- Monkey Humpers
- Doppler Merkins
- Gorilla Humpers
- Diamond Merkins
- Low Dollies
It was great that at some point to thrusting our rumps up and down, the creeper left. We continued on our way west and took a left at S. Monroe St. to head south back to Halleck St. We went east until we arrived at our 3 mile stop just past Fricke.
- Jump Tucks
- Merkin Rows
- Mountain Climbers
We then made our way back to the shovel flags. No one sped ahead and no one fell far behind. We stayed together well and enjoyed each others company all morning.
NOR: There was an incredible sunrise behind Animal House. Some would even say this spot is the best sunrise in the Region….
Announcements: There is a blood drive in 2 weeks, doc is on slack to sign up. 4-year Anniversary Convergence next Saturday, April 23 at The Canyon. Bring canned food with you, we’ll start at 5:30am and finish around 7am. Brick Builder is May 21 – registration is open and we’ll make a big push after next week. Get your teams organized.
Prayers: Kelsey and her family after her sudden death this last week. Andy and his family as he continues his battle. There was one more prayer that I seemed to have forgot. My apologies.
COT: Recently I’ve been sharing in my COTs the struggles I’ve been having. I truly believe that “an ideal man is a dangerous man,” which is why I try to keep my self busy and occupied. This then results in getting overwhelmed at times and things get challenging for me. I preferred to live life this way though so I’ve needed to figure out a way to handle this. This may not apply to you but this is what I’ve done – I try to continually push myself physically by doing crazy things like 4x4x48, marathons, and whatever else I can. While these things require me to train my body, what it’s doing at the same time is training my mind. Something I’ve taken from Goggins is this Cookie Jar idea. All these experiences are adding cookies to my jar, and so when things get tough, I can dip my hand in this jar and pull from one of these challenges I’ve overcome, and this pushes me through. What ever mechanism you have to put in cookie-jar, fill it up! Use this to help you when times get tough.
Thank you for the opportunity to lead today, I really appreciate it!