Commentary: Divac and YHC have participated in most of the F3 CSAUPs possible in the past 2 and a half years. We have run the Fox, completed GoRuck Challenges, run the P200, and attended F3 anniversaries. We’ve also worked to participate in 3rd F activities and T-Claps to my bro, Divac, who organizes several of those activities. So, needless to say, we both felt a little uncomfortable when we both decided to sit out the 2017 Mudrun. YHC is suffering from life threatening wrist TB… Frankly YHC can’t tell you what Divac’s excuse was – something about a knee or some other boo-boo.
We both felt the need to compensate and took the Q for mudrun weekend. Knowing that Hartsville was posting over 30 Pax, we thought it highly likely that turn out would be low. But we planned to bring the pain and remind ourselves and fellow pax of the pain from a CSAUP. After intensive research, we came up with a plan that looked pretty easy… on paper.
As we waited in the gloom to see who would post with us, 6 faithful pax took the DRP and posted to help us enjoy our mud run-less beatdown.
Warm Up – we decided to get everyone’s attention right at the start - no simple warm up today:
- Merkins IC X 25
- Monkey Humpers IC X 25
- SSH IC X 25
- Merkins IC X 20
- Imperial Walker Squats IC X 20
- Carolina DDs IC X 20
- Run 1st Cone – 1 squat – Ass to Grass
- Run to 2nd Cone – 1 squat and 1 Merkin
- Run to 3rd cone – 1 Squat and 1 Merkin and 1 Bomb Jack
- Run to 4th Cone – 1 squat and 1 Merkin and 1 Bomb Jack and 1 Brupee
- Run to 1st Cone and Plant for 6
Rinse and repeat for a total of 10 minutes. It worked out to be 8 reps
This was a #crowdpleaser. Benchwarmer and Divac pushed each other through this part of the work-out going head to head on each rep. It came down to the final push when Divac edged past B-W in the last 10 yards, stretching and straining to get to the finish. #IFYAFYL #mudrunmindset
Sandbag Thang – 5 60# sandbags were at the north end of War Zone. The Pax paired up to enjoy tossing the bags the length of the field and back.
While working as Partners:
- Partner A does Burpee and Partner B lifts sandbag with Clean and Jerk – then toss forward
- Partner A runs to sand bag while Partner B does Burpee
- R&R until each team gets to the end
Plank for the 6 at the South end and then rinse and repeat back to the North end.
At the beginning of this fun-fest, Body Bag suddenly decided that he had to take an urgent call. Since he was YHC’s partner, I was left with tossing and burp-ing all by YHC’s lonesome. As the other three teams raced ahead, YHC moved at half-pace while pleading with BB for help. Section 8 came over to help and picked up the 60# sandbag and proceeded to throw it 10 yards out… Thanks buddy. Section 8 offered to keep tossing YHC's bag if YHC would do his burpees... No thanks
As we headed back to the North, Body Bag concluded his urgent call and came to help YHC with the last 20 or so yards…
Crawly Thang – The Pax and Q’s were feeling pretty smoked but there was more fun to be had:
To each of the first 5 trees:
- Bear Crawls to each tree and do 10 Merkins – mosey back and plank for the six
- Crab walk to each tree and do 10 Leg Lifts – mosey back to and plank for the six
- Lunge Walk to each tree and do 10 Burpees - mosey back and plank for the six
- Crawl Bears to each tree and do 10 hand release Merkins - mosey back and plank for the six
Crawl Bears and Hand Release Merkins were a crowd please. Benchwarmer was killing this round of exercises until we hit the hand-releasers. Big slowdown. Body bag can do Crawl Bears faster than bear crawls – he was moving.
- Captain Thor – up to 10 and then Back down to 1
- F3 Florence 3 year anniversary next week – plan to attend. We will clown car from War Zone
- Everyone’s at the MudRun today – Duh!!! But prayers up for safe and successful race
- Prayers up for Radar
- Go EH someone!
If you learned about Eden in Sunday school, with poster board and flannel graphs, you missed something. Imagine the most beautiful scenes you have ever known on this earth—rain forests, the prairie in full bloom, storm clouds over the African savanna, the Alps under a winter snow. Then imagine it all on the day it was born.
It's Tolkien's Shire in its innocence, Iguazu Falls in the garden of The Mission, the opening scene of The Lion King.
And it doesn't stop there.
Into this world God opens his hand, and the animals spring forth. Myriads of birds, in every shape and size and song, take wing—hawks, herons, warblers. All the creatures of the sea lead into it—whales, dolphins, fish of a thousand colors and designs. Thundering across the plains race immense herds of horses, gazelles, buffalo, running like the wind. It is more astonishing than we could possibly imagine. No wonder "the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy" (Job 38:7). A great hurrah goes up from the heavens!
We have grown dull toward this world in which we live; we have forgotten that it is not normal or scientific in any sense of the word. It is fantastic. It is fairy tale through and through. Really now. Elephants? Caterpillars? Snow? At what point did you lose your wonder at it all?
Even so, once in a while something will come along and shock us right out of our dullness and resignation.
We come round a corner, and there before us is a cricket, a peacock, a stag with horns as big as he. Perhaps we come upon a waterfall, the clouds have made a rainbow in a circle round the sun, or a mouse scampers across the counter, pauses for a moment to twitch its whiskers, and disappears into the cupboard. And for a moment we realize that we were born into a world as astonishing as any fairy tale.
A world made for romance.
Great work by all Pax!!