06/24/2022, 5:30am | The Sandlot | Papillion, NE| 67F. Clear. 82% Humidity

“Make Time For Things That Are Important To You”

# of PAX:  22

QIC:  KOA

5:00am

Prerun: Firewalker, Girldad, Farva, Duracell, Tony the Tiger, Baby Shark, Ferdinand, EA, Escobar, Tator Tot, KOA

5:30am         

KOA welcomed the Pax to F3 – reminding them of the mission to Plant, Serve and Grow small workout groups for the re-invigoration of male community leadership. 

KOA went on to cover the 5 core principles of F3. 

1) Open to ALL men.

2)  Always Free. 

3) Always held outdoors

4) Lead in a rotating fashion

5) Ends with a Circle of Trust (COT). 

KOA discussed the route with the PAX and we were running by 05:31.

5:31am

In true Sandlot fashion, we decided to JUST RUN. We took off west on Lincoln Road. KOA instructed PAX to run 22 minutes out and it should take about 20 minutes to get back given the significant downhill portion. Several groups of PAX members developed with solid Mumblechatter. Even JC stretched his tired marathon legs out and enjoyed a nice easy pace.

Big One told KOA that this was exactly the type of workout he was hoping for today. As we turned at the top of the hill to come back to the east, Zorro came flying up to the front of the group and PAX enjoyed a beautiful sunrise on the horizon. Low Flow ran the farthest he has run in years and we returned to the shovel flags after running approximately 5.7 miles. Sarpy Slammers were performed Rancid style and the Steele Mill crew joined in.

6:15am

We then went into Name-o-rama. The following member were present for a total of 22 PAX members: Knobs, Skidz, Fun Dip, Michelin, Zorro, Jean Claude, Ear Tag, Escobar, Feeney, Girl Dad, Roadhouse, Firewalker, Tator Tot, Sweet Roll, Big One, Farva, Squeaky, Baby Shark, Low Flow, Tony The Tiger, Shrute, KOA.

Announcements/Prayer Requests: 

  • PAX asked to remember 1776 workout July 2nd at The Pit. We will also be collecting diapers for Boystown and tearing down the shed at the Sanitarium for the High School.
  • PAX asked to remember the 3rd F opportunity at Heartland for Hope on Friday.
  • PAX asked to remember site launch of BellTower tomorrow at Bellevue West.
  • PAX reminded to keep the Austin family in your prayers as this has been the first Fathers Day and would have been the 65th Anniversary for Knobs mother and father.

COT

Welcome to the Premiere Running AO in all of F3 Omaha. This has been a wonderful year since I was honored with taking the reigns of the Sandlot. Following a man like Firewalker was not easy but I believe that this site has continued to thrive.

The Sandlots beginnings were born out of the idea of the Prerun. If you look around today pre-running is all around us. Even the quote unquote non-runners pre-run. It is a fantastic site to see and definitely something unique to F3 Omaha. It is hard to get up for an early morning beatdown, it is even harder to get up to pre-run. Be proud for those of you who do it. You know how important it is for accelerating not only your fitness goals, but also your 2nd F relationships. Deeper friendships are borne here.

While the Sandlot started as just an idea, it grew into a standard group of men, vying for extra miles to prepare themselves for the Lincoln half Marathon in May 2020. All of these extra miles took place at Lake Zorinsky but eventually moved to Halleck Park to what is now known as The Sandlot on July 23rd, 2020. This is how we grow. One idea leads to another. If you have an idea, put your thoughts into action and Lead. I have faith that each and every one of you has the capacity to do so.

The Sandlot represents my F3 home better than anything. I was lucky enough to not only post as an FNG at the Sandlot, but I also had my VQ here December 3, 2020. I remember rolling up at 445, seeing Jean Claude and Firewalker ready for a prerun and asking me “how did you sleep last night”. Needless to say I didn’t. Consternating over whether or not people would like the route I picked or not, or whether I would say the right things in my COT. In retrospect, none of that really mattered. I am always reminded in F3 that I should not take myself too seriously. Just do your best. You’re in the company of friends.

One of my fondest memories at the Sandlot was prerunning with Firewalker. It was a crisp cold November morning. I still didn’t know him very well but hey, if he was running I was running.  Never thought I would be running on a regular basis with complete strangers he said. How quickly we find and make friends when we let down our guards and just let ourselves get to know one another.

My most memorable day was Squeaky’s tribute to the Kaipust Family. Probably one of the hardest days I have had in F3 as well. Don’t forget we are here for the community, regardless of whether they are F3 men or not.

Let me say that I am very proud of some of the rumors that have developed over the last year. Number one…those guys won’t do warm-o-rama. Not won’t…we just don’t.

Number two…I’m not a runner…I can’t Q the Sandlot. I provide to you men like Lucky Charms, Sister Act, Sweet Roll, Mother Goose. These men thought they couldn’t run, but they did a fantastic job of Q-ing. As we always say…you are freed to lead.

Number 3…You guys don’t stop every once in a while? Even Khakis has spent the whole day at the Sandlot running without stopping. Proud of him. Boy I was lucky to have the chance to run with him last week. As I said before, it’s the relationships that you build that keep you coming back.

Over the past year the Sandlot has had some great times. 36 different Q’s. 10 repeat offenders. 7 Men from Douglas County have ventured down to Q the Sandlot. I only was able to induce 1 VQ ….Farva where we were introduced to the Farva Bean. We have seen the growth and development of a Sister…I mean…big brother site right next door thanks to High Life and the Sarpy Swole Steele Mill. Trench Q’d a downpour. JC Q’d an ankle twisting hill workout from hell. Ear Tag Q’d only to find out we had a bunch of non-runners show up…He had the ultimate look of oh f***, I guess we are going to modify as necessary today. I even bought into JC’s coffee on site principle and we have seen great numbers for coffeteria. Love spending that extra time with my F3 brothers.

If the last year has taught me anything its that we make time for the things that are important to us. I was very concerned about whether or not I would have the time to be a site Q. I was afraid that work or family or social life would suffer or be too much to handle. Turns out that when you care about something as much as I do with F3…you make time.

I couldn’t be happier than to pass the Sandlot over to Baby Shark. He is a true HIM with incredible integrity, kindness and dedication to F3. The Sandlot is undoubtedly in great hands and will thrive for years to come. 

Aye!

KOA

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