Weather: Temperature: 41 degrees, WindChill: 36 degrees, 8 mph wind, Partly Cloudy…PERFECT morning to workout in the gloom!
Warmup: SSH x 20
Frankensteins x 20
Penningtons x 10 both ways
Love Me’s x 20
The Thang: Given that YHC hates all forms of blocks, I decided to have an Indian Run around town while holding a block the entire time. Seemed like the right thing to do at the time. In reality, most of the PAX gave up on the Indian Run idea after ½ of the workout.
The Route: Down Cargill Way through the Vista to 2nd Street up to Home Ave, back down to 4th St. to Carolina Ave., up to the planters in front of the Y, and back to the WarZone. During the Indian Block Run, we did exercises at various random points:
Squats, Block Burpees, Dairy Carry, Air Chair with Block over head, Chest Presses, Reverse Rows, Flutter Kicks, Box Cutters, Planks, Step Ups, Inclined Merkins, Dips
Mary: 25 Big Boy Situps (running close on time)
Cowboy decided to show up after the entire Warm-up was complete, and almost missed the whole workout since it was a traveling workout.
Wall-E decided that he would once again be the WarZone mascot and cheer the guys on throughout the workout. Not bad for a guy who doubled down.
Dumper had a hard time deciding if he was even going to attend our workout, he was finally convinced by Krispy Kreme (who did not show up). After “moseying” the entire workout without a block, he had the look of a kid who lost his best friend. YHC takes the fault on Dumper being cheated and should have had some alternate exercises planned for him.
Eisenhower is obsessed with blocks and wanted to do curls the entire workout and comment on how running was STOOPID. To his dismay, we never did. That’s not to say that he never did, but the rest of us didn’t. I’m sure the running did him good though and he probably burnt off another pound or two.
Beldin had enough at some point in time and decided to run away from the group. We just figured that he had to head out early for some important reason. To our surprise, when we circled up for the Mary, here comes Beldin out of the shadows. He circled up with us and finished out the workout. Maybe he had to go and sit in his truck because he felt Eisenhower’s sweat flying off of his impromptu curls and thought it was about to rain.
Notable FartSackers: Krispy Kreme, GutterBall, ChickenFried, Mams, Uber
Announcements: Be there for your F3 brothers and their families through tough times, Act Like Men and Temple on Wednesday
Devo/Prayer: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” Philippians 3:13 NIV
When teaching your body to run and workout, to begin with the going is tough. Building up your lung capacity and the leg muscles needed for running sucks. But you persevere knowing it will get easier.
Once it gets easier, there are many more enjoyable moments. But that doesn’t mean it’s always fun!
There are the hills that take the breath from you. And then there are those days when you just can’t get into a good rhythm and you have to will yourself forward every step of the way.
And then there are those days when you feel so lazy you can’t even get into your workout gear let alone start pounding the pavement.
Application: Our commitment to following Christ can sometimes follow the same path as learning to jog. You start out all enthusiastic, but it takes time and discipline to get God into your everyday life.
Then, once you hit a healthy routine it can get a little easier… Until an old temptation crosses your path. Then everything takes effort again.
The thing we need to watch for most is becoming so overwhelmed or struggling so much we just decide to quit altogether.
Faith makes our life so much better, but it takes a great deal of commitment and discipline. We continue on knowing we will be the ones who reap the benefit, but it still takes much determination.