Thursday, December 9, 2022 | The Labyrinth | 5:30 AM | 21 Degrees (Feels like 14) Clear with Light Wind

PAX: Griswold, The Big One, Speed Square, Slow Pitch, Ozark, Hard Hat, Patchy Adams, Blades of Glory, Tater Tot, FDIC, Tee Ball, Vandelay, Lite Bright, Khakis, Cousin Eddy, FNG-Andy (Lil’ House), Unicycle and Wait Time.
QIC: Wait Time

YHC greeted the PAX as the clock struck 5:30 AM. A very chatty group of PAX likely didn’t hear much of the welcome, mission statement and disclaimer. We did warmly welcome Andy, an FNG invited by Griswold. Today’s theme is Pain and Suffering. The workout and the COT is intended to bring pain and suffering to the gloom. That meant for the next 45 minutes, I was not a friend of the PAX.

THE THANG: PAIN AND SUFFERING

The workout was very, very simple. We ran our typical route around the lake at Whitehawk Park. There were three stops along the 3 mile run. At stop #1, we circled up for THE STEINL.

Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 30 | Amazing Spiderman x 10 IC (R leg) | Merkins x 10 | Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 30 | Amazing Spiderman x 10 IC (R leg) | Merkins x 10 .

The group progressed through the neighborhood and crossed the dam for Stop #2: THE STEINL

Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 30 | Amazing Spiderman x 10 IC (R leg) | Merkins x 10 | Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 30 | Amazing Spiderman x 10 IC (R leg) | Merkins x 10 .

The group ran to F Street for Stop #3 (you guessed it) THE STEINL:

Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 30 | Amazing Spiderman x 10 IC (R leg) | Merkins x 10 | Plank x 30 | Chilcutt x 30 | Merkins x 30 | Amazing Spiderman x 10 IC (R leg) | Merkins x 10 .

The group ran to the fire house and supported the SIX. A walking 20 count was used on the HILL before the group jogged and did a JAIL BREAK to the top of the hill.

The PAX arrived at the shovel flag at 6:09 AM, so a very short COT was expected. Before ending, the group circled up in what appeared to be a fourth STEINL. Much bitching and moaning ensued. After two rounds of plank, OMAHA was called.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
THIRD F. Vandelay shared a number of Third F opportunities exist around the Christmas holiday. Check slack for those opportunities to serve the community.
PRAYERS. Kielbasa’s aunt, Wait Time.

COT: PAIN IS INEVITABLE, SUFFERING IS A CHOICE

Today’s workout was intended to cause PAIN. Three Steinls and a three-mile run is no joke. I learned earlier this year that there is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is what happens to us in life and it exists in the world. We experience mental, physical and emotional pain. These types of pain tell us something is wrong in our lives.

Suffering is what we do with that pain. Suffering is a choice.

This year has been a year of growth for me. I have confronted a lot of pain that I had chose to suffer about because I tried to ignore the pain for many years. I would ignore the pain and get angry. I would ignore the pain by numbing myself.

A couple of months ago, my mom expressed her concern that I might have a drinking problem. It was an understandable concern. My dad had challenges with booze. My mom would watch me come home to visit, and spend a lot of time drinking with my brother. I immediately responded to her concern by denying that I had a drinking problem.

Her concern was expressed to me while I was sharing how I was confronting some painful challenges with my marriage. I needed to hear her feedback. I was not a compulsive, black-out drunk. But I also was someone who would come home each night, and pour myself a bourbon “because I earned it” or “I needed to take the edge off.”

I made an effort to confront some pain in my life. I made an effort to stop my daily bourbon. In doing so, I realized that I was using bourbon to numb my pain. I was avoiding painful challenges in my life. I was making a choice to avoid my pain, and, in doing so, I was suffering.

This year, I have grown more than any other year in my life. I am 51 years old. You never stop growing into the human that God intended you to be. My encouragement to the pax – feel the pain. Don’t choose to suffer, and don’t silence the pain with booze, food, compulsive professional goals. Don’t run away from the pain.

Today’s workout was a brief example of how we choose to suffer. When we began the fourth STEINL, the group immediately began complaining. They wanted to tell me to “F$#& OFF.” This happens with the painful challenges in our lives. We do hard shit in F3. Use the grit and grind of doing three STEINLs to address the personal pain you may be avoiding. You will grow and become more fit in life when you do.

We finished with a prayer.

Grace & Peace,

Wait Time

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