2018 Mud Run

When: May 19th 2018

Where: 1215 Valley Ridge Road Gaston, SC 29053

The Thang:

It is that time of year again. Time for another CSAUP, the Mud Run. Last year F3 was around 300 of the total runners on the course, with IYAFYL coming in 2nd place (thus making them last by their own motto). This year we will expect more from them and more of you! We need all Hartsville Pax to sign up, take the challenge head on. There are 146 Pax on Convergence lets shoot for getting 80 of you  to sign up! You can Ruck, Run, Walk or Bear crawl through this obstacle course of rope swings, over/unders, that crazy pyramid log challenge. Typically this event is run in teams of four, if you do not have a team sign up anyway and we will place you on a team. This is a test of all the great things F3 can do in a mans life. Grab your teammates and get signed up by following the link here: http://f3summerville.com/mud-run-f3-nation/

We need to turn out in force. If you are not inspired by the fun of the run, be inspired by the food and annual beer boat which will be the cause for a continuation of the Bowtie-Lil Sweet "trip to the woods." I look forward to seeing all of you at this great event.


Cost: $60

Benefits: Unlimited!

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Mud Run Would Have Been Easier

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:

  1. Merkins IC X 25
  2. Monkey Humpers IC X 25
  3. SSH IC X 25
  4. Merkins IC X 20
  5. Imperial Walker Squats IC X 20
  6. Carolina DDs IC X 20

The Thang:

Burpee Builders

  • 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:

  1. Bear Crawls to each tree and do 10 Merkins – mosey back and plank for the six
  2. Crab walk to each tree and do 10 Leg Lifts – mosey back to and plank for the six
  3. Lunge Walk to each tree and do 10 Burpees - mosey back and plank for the six
  4. 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.


  1. Captain Thor – up to 10 and then Back down to 1


  1. F3 Florence 3 year anniversary next week – plan to attend.  We will clown car from War Zone
  2. Everyone’s at the MudRun today – Duh!!! But prayers up for safe and successful race
  3. Prayers up for Radar
  4. 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!!

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Stooopid Beatdown

Conditions:  58F, Clear – perfect

Commentary:  Earlier in the week, YHC checked the Q schedule for the Pre-Easter Saturday convergence and noticed that no-one was listed.  Recalling that last Saturday, the Great Hartsville F3 Region only posted 8 faithful Pax, YHC figured that the turn out would be lower and thus - low pressure.  Many would be out of town or otherwise occupied with the holiday weekend.  How hard could this be?

Much to YHC's suprise 18 faitful Pax took the DRP and posted for a beatdown mix of running and pain stations.  While no FNG's posted we welcomed back BagBoy and W-4.   YHC had intentionally planned more than enough for the Pax and since mummblchatter discract's YHC's cadence calling - much running and OYO work was in the plan.  For #accountability we would work through the session in partner-pairs  #battllebuddies

Disclaimer and Warm Up

  1. SSH X 20 – IC
  2. IWs X 25 – IC
  3. Windmills X 20 – IC
  4. 5 Burpees OYO
  5. One lap around war zone – stop at each corner: 15 merkins, 15 air squats, 20 merkins, 20 air squats

The Thang:  Each Pax gets a partner and a cinder block or cylinder.  The partner team would run between the two pain stations that were set up:  Pain Station #1 was at the War Zone with Cinder Blocks and Pain Station #2 was at the planters on Carolina Ave by the Y.  We started with each partner running from the cinder blocks to the planters in opposite directions around the block.  Partners were to meet at the planters to complete exercise 1 and the prescribed reps - but they could not start until both partners had arrived at the station.  Once exercise 1 was completed, partners would continue around the block in opposite directions to the cinder blocks to complete exercise 1 and prescribed reps.  Same rule applied:  Don't start until both partners are present.  Then - rinse and repeat until each pair got to the end of the exercise list or when we ran out of time.

Cinder Block Station

  Exercise Reps
1 Curls 40
2 Overhead Press 35
3 Chest Press 40
4 Goblet Squats 40
5 Kettle Bells 30
6 Burpees 20
7 Flutter Kicks – 4 count 40
8 Leg Lifts 25
9 Freddie Mercuries -4count 40
10 Big Boy Sit Ups 40

Planter Station

  Exercise Reps
1 Decline Merkins 35
2 Tricep Dips 35
3 Step Ups 35
4 Plyo-Incline Merkins 35
5 Carolina Dry Docks 35
6 LBCs 40
7 Box Cutters 40
8 Mountain Climbers – 2 count 40
9 Plank Jacks – 4 count 35
10 Lunges – each leg 35

YHC ended up with GroundBlind as his partner.  The man-beast nearly killed me with his no-stop, 110% all the time, take no prisoners performance.  A few times, I heard him mutter "come on old man, we haven't got all day."  Nevertheless, despite YHC acting as Groundblind's flesh anchor, we quickly  pulled out in front of the pax and led the way followed closely by several other teams.  Throughout the session, YHC enjoyed meeting other pax running between stations and hearing words of encouragement like:  "Dumbest Q ever,"  and "Where did you get this idea?"  Judge Judy nearly took YHC out 3 or 4 times when passing with his rugby moves.

We made it to exercise #8 before YHC called time and signaled to the Pax to return to the COT.

6MOM - Pax did Flutter kicks on the 6 and then, we finished the hour:

BBSU X 20 - IC

Flutter Kicks x 25 IC

Merkins X 25 IC


  1. MudRun is in May – sign up – join a team. This is the SuperBowl of F3.  We have 26 signed up so far...
  2. Benchwarmer commented that we need to try to minimize the wear and tear at the WarZone. We need to start forming up at the far end of the field to reduce damage to the grass.
  3. 3rd F – April 29th Christmas in April - still need volunteers - Contact Italian Stallion
  4. Fudger needs our prayers - he heads to imminent death at the Greenville GoRuck Tough next weekend.

Devotion:  Easter Is for Second Chances

By Greg Laurie - Apr 8, 2011

But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples—and Peter—that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you."  Mark 16:6-7

Do you need a second chance today? On the first Easter morning, Peter needed one. There in the Upper Room, he had insisted that he would never deny Christ. But just as Jesus had predicted, Peter not only denied the Lord, but he denied Him three times. The last glimpse Peter had of Jesus before His crucifixion was in the glow of the fire in the high priest's courtyard, where he actually made eye contact with Jesus. And then he went out and wept bitterly.

What kind of look do you think Jesus gave Peter when their eyes met? Do you think it was one of those I-told-you-so looks? Do you think it was one of scorn, as if to say, "How could you betray Me?" I don't think it was either one. I think it was a look of love, a look of compassion that said, "I still love you, Peter." And I believe that is why Peter went out and wept bitterly. He had failed the Lord so miserably. He probably thought there was no hope for him.

But then a message went out from the empty tomb that Jesus had risen, followed by these instructions, "Go, tell His disciples—and Peter. . . ." It was not, "Go tell the disciples, including Peter, James, and John. . . ." It was just Peter, because Peter needed a special word of encouragement.

Do you need encouragement today? Maybe you have fallen short. You didn't plan on it, but it happened. And like Peter, maybe you ended up with the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time, ultimately doing the wrong thing.

God gave Peter a second chance. And He will give you one, too—because Easter is for the person who needs a second chance.


Great work by all Pax as each man pushed for his partner.  The total block length is about 1/2 mile.  So each pax ran between 3 and 4 miles in about 40 to 45 minutes.  Several pax probably sprinted or ran hard for each quarter mile half-block run.


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YHC decided to take the Q since it was still open the day before and I knew I would be there anyway for the 10K time trial at 0530.  This is the first time YHC Q’d solo on a Saturday.  YHC had not really done much planning thinking we wouldn’t have a crowd since some PAX were headed to Camden and it was so cold.  Of course, the Hartsville PAX being committed as they are showed up in abundance in spite of the conditions.  Hopefully the following account is accurate, as YHC made it up on the fly.

Conditions: Clear and cold.  28 Degrees F.  In other words, perfect!


The Thang:

IC Exercises:

Side-straddle-hop x 25

Imperial Walkers x 25

Reach Thrus x 20

YHC made the announcement that we would be doing a mini-FOX, traversing town via indian runs (IR).  So the mumble chatter began!


IR to lot behind police station: Piper immediately informed YHC that this was faster than his normal pace.

Merkins x 15IC

PAX lined up along light poles.  10 jumps across and back.  Judge Judy was leaping like a kangaroo!


IR to fire station:  Moved out of the way of the bays because apparently the fire dept. had a call.

LBC’s x 25 IC

Squats X 25 IC

Lunge walk to the stop sign at the end of the street (Carolina Ave.).  Much mumble chatter about the stop sign moving as we approached it.


Cross the street to the bank parking lot:

Hartsville Hammers x 25 IC

IR down Carolina to vacant lot on corner of Carolina and 8th St. (where they sell Christmas trees):

10 Burpees OYO


IR down 8th St. and right on Home Ave. to BPA Funeral Home.  We didn’t find Tater working, so we thought we should do some partner work.

Partner A bear crawls around the front driveway loop; Partner B performs big boy sit-ups until Partner A returns.

Flap-Jack, Rinse and Repeat x 3

Bench Warmer accused Arnold of modifying Big Boys.


IR across the street to the First Presbyterian Church parking lot.

PAX lined up in groups of 4-5 so there would be room for everyone.

1st trip down the lot was Karaoke.

2nd trip: backwards run

3rd trip: Karaoke opposite side

4th trip: Butt-kickers


IR down Home Ave. to old gas station on corner of Home and 5th.

Since there was considerable distance between most of the PAX and the six:

Flutter Kicks x 25 IC

When the six caught up, 10 Burpees OYO


IR down home to the columns on 4th St. at Coker College.

Again, the six was a distance back so Freddy Mercury x 25 IC until they caught up.

The PAX found their partners from earlier: Partner A Bear Crawled or Lunge Walked toward the next set of columns while Partner B ran to the columns and back to Partner A.  The PAX was so quick to finish, we continued on down to the building with the columns (Davidson Hall maybe…).  Again much mumble chatter, but the PAX did a great job anyway, especially Chow who was Bench Warmer’s partner.

Mosey back to Burry Park to circle up. Upon arrival we found Groundblind performing Burpees.  He claims he showed up at 7:05 and we were already gone.  YHC accused him of only being there 5 minutes and starting burpees when he saw us round the corner.  I am sure his account is more accurate than mine.

We covered right at 3 miles!  Great job!



The FOX is next weekend.  Sign up to run or volunteer. We have 85 runners so far.

P200 still needs 3 runners.

DEVO: YHC used a devo from a book I use with my family which is written on a kids level, perfect for the PAX!  Grace for the Moment 365Devotions for Kids by Max Lucado is the book.  Since F3 is a service organization and we pride ourselves on the helping the community, I used the devo entitled Serving Jesus.

Martha became angry because she had so much work to do…But the Lord answered her, …”Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will never be taken away from her.”

--Luke 10:40-42

Martha was so excited to have Jesus over for supper.  She wanted everything to be perfect.  But she made one mistake…she was working so hard for Jesus that she let her work become more important than her Lord.  Martha wanted Jesus to praise her for all her work, but she forgot that she was supposed to be praising HIM!

It’s important to serve the Lord, but be sure that we are serving Him for the right reasons.  Let’s not serve Him just so others will see and be impressed.

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Last Minute Revolution Impromptu


Windy, cool, damp and dark, just like the early gloom - in other words, PERFECT! YHC was deep into the Holiday vacation mode and completely forgot that he had the Q.

The Thang:

Warm up:

  • Penningtons: 15x Forward, 15x Reverse - IC
  • SSH - 25x IC
  • Choppin Wood - 20x IC
  • Windwmills - 20x IC
  • BB Sit-ups - 25x IC
  • Flutter Kicks - 25x IC

Impromptu by 10's. The PAX completed each exercise on the list with a lap around Burry Park between each exercise. The following exercises were completed in order - Rinse and Repeat until time was called by YHC.

  • 10 - Burpees - take a lap
  • 20 Merkins - take a lap
  • 30 Monkey Humpers - take a lap
  • 40 Squats - take a lap
  • 50 LBC's - Take a lap

T-Claps to Barfly, Dumper, and Radar as they smoked it - YHC was too damn tired to keep track! I believe they lapped the PAX 3 times!


  • The Fox 2/4/17 - Need participants and and volunteers
  • Keep Bowtie (doctors appointment coming up) Woodchip's family in your prayers



New Years Resolution or Everyday Living? As 2016 draws to a close, we pause to reflect on both the accomplishments of the year now ending and the challenges that remain to be tackled in 2017. The last twelve months have seen continued growth and improvements in the F3 community. YHC piggy-backed on Postal's previous devo of 'things to work on to be a better person". We all are given spiritual gifts whether we know it or not - I'm still trying to figure out mine. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). With the new year fast approaching and resolutions abound, how do we turn our resolutions into everyday living? What are your gifts and how will you use them?




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Revolution Birthday Bash

The conditions: A cool 43 degrees F, and wet! Today was YHC's 53rd birthday with "53" being the theme for the work out. Revolution is fastly becoming a 'young bucks' AO with lots of college students and of course old men like YHC that can't escape the grip of the rack monster for the 0530 gloom. And then there are the double downers like Radar, Woodchip, and Chainsaw whom regularly attend Revolution. Radar led us in the Pledge of Allegiance before we began the warm-up.


  • SSH - 53 x2 (lots of mumble chatter after the 25th rep)
  • Pennington's - 53 x2, Forward, Straight Up, and Reversed (mumble chatter again!)

 The Thang:   The PAX counted off by ones and twos. The ones moseyed to the coupon pile to retrieve cement cylinders. The twos planked on basketballs (borrowed from Waterbug) until the ones got back. The PAX was staggered in a circle with the cylinders and basketballs. YHC would call out an exercise  - one for the cylinder and one for the basketball. Each exercise lasted for 53 seconds. Each PAX would complete as many reps possible of that exercise. When completed the PAX would rotate clockwise leaving the coupon for the next man. Again YHC called out another series of exercises for each of the coupons. This lasted until a cycle of all the exercises were completed. The birthday circle of pain consisted of the following exercises:

  • Basketball (BB) - Plank
  • Cement Cylinder (CC) - Chest Press
  • BB - Left Leg Balance - torso parallel to ground
  • CC - Curls
  • BB - Right Leg Balance - torso parallel to ground
  • CC - Overhead Press
  • BB - V-Ups
  • CC - Hand Staggered Merkins
  • BB - Reverse Plank
  • CC - Big Boy Sit-Ups
  • BB - Hartsville Hammers
  • CC - Chest Rows
  • BB - Mountain Climbers
  • CC - Left Leg Captain Morgan Squats
  • BB - Burpee's
  • CC - Right Leg Captain Morgan Squats
  • BB - Ball Pass Through
  • CC - Squats

Back to the Mary

  • SSH - 53 x2 (lots of mumble chatter AGAIN!)
  • Flutter Kicks - 53 x2 (Radar wished me a Happy Birthday on the 53rd rep!)


COT: Announcements and Prayer Requests.

  • Announcements - Saturdays Convergence work out will also serve as a Q school to help sharpen and hone the skill set for Q'ing
  • The Christmas gift drive for area kids is on - all related info hast been posted on the various GroupMe chats.


  • Devo: Comes for Robert Frost's Poem - "The Road Not Taken"


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference


Sometimes you find yourself at one of life's many "forks in the road" and you have to decide which road to take. Many times the easiest thing to do when faced with having to make a difficult decision is to take the easy and popular way, without much thought being applied. But that does not always translate into the best decision dependent upon the circumstances. Sometimes you have to go against conventional wisdom and make the tough decision, the unpopular decision - sometimes you have to take the road less traveled. When facing such decisions, ask God for wisdom and discernment because nothing is too tough, big or difficult for God.

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Tabata Thursday at Farsight

The conditions: Too Damn Early, and a perfect 43 degrees under a clear sky with a wet blanket of gloom dew. Today was YHC's first time as the Q at Farsight. YHC usually attends the evening AO Revolution but occasionally has a restless night and attends the Farsight AO a.m. gloom. It was an honor to Q this strong PAX!


  • Burpee's - 5 OYO
  • Mosey - 1 Lap Around Parking Lot
  • SSH - 36 x2 - (just to keep the PAX guessing)
  • Jack Webb - 1-4 Ratio: Merkins and BB Sit-ups - 7 count
  • High Knees - 'till YHC got tired
  • Merkins - 25

 The Thang:   the PAX stayed in the Mary for the Tabata beatdown: Tabata Duration - 20 second work cycle / 10 second rest. Six cycles of each exercise with a 30 second recovery after each of the exercises. Each PAX did as many repetitions as he could do in 20 seconds, rested for 10 seconds, rinsed and repeated for 6 rounds of the same exercise. Recovered for 30 seconds and then moved on to the next exercise.

Round One: (Done with a cinder block or weighted ruck)

  • Curls
  • Chest Press
  • Chest Row/Pull
  • Overhead Press

Round Two:

  • LBC's
  • Hartsville Hammers
  • Sprint Around Parking Lot
  • Flutter Kicks

COT: Announcements and Prayer Requests.

Devo: "Stay Calm": Exodus 14:14 (NLT) "The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

When you find yourself full of despair and hopelessness, look to God. When everyone around you says it can't be done, it's not worth your energy, or you have too much to lose; Do not allow your obstacle to appear larger than what God can handle. Remember God is greater than the obstacle at hand. Have faith in Him and He will fight the battle for you.



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Thank you Brothers


I just wanted to take a moment to share how F3 has had positive impact on my life thus far. Below are a couple of post from my Facebook that I combined into a single thought to express my gratitude to the F3 community and most importantly to the Hartsville, SC AOs that I am a part of. #IronSharpensIron

F3 has completely changed my life. At the beginning of this year I felt like was in a rut. I was struggling with depression and it was beginning to affecting my work, home life and health. May 26th 2016 was my first workout with F3 and from that point on I knew that I found a cure to what I was dealing with. I have lost some weight since that day, and that's great, but earlier this week I had my numbers read for insurance purposes. I made the appointment a couple hours after lunch so I didn't take the test while fasting. The nurse said my numbers were amazing and my BP was lower than it's been in 10 years!

I was born 31 years ago (yesterday). I had a stroke during the pregnancy and my breathing was faster than my heart rate so the preformed and emergency C-section to pull me out. I spent my first week alive in the NICU, but luckily for me, the stroke only had long term effects to my right arm. I do remember getting bullied about how I held my hand throughout school, but it was all verbal abuse which I was able to shake off. Fast forward to today. Beautiful, amazing and talented wife that makes every day better than the last, 2 (soon to be 3) kids that are equally just as amazing and some of the best friends a guy could ask for. 
September 29th I started by birthday off leading 12 guys in a workout that consisted of over 100 burpees, sit-ups, push-ups and squats. Then we exercised more after that. (I’ll be posting that backblast soon titled “Deck of Death: The Clinic AO”)  The point I'm trying to make is you play the hand you’re given (see what I did there). Never look at imperfections or disabilities as a reason to become complacent and accept that "this is just who I am." My arm does not define who I am. Set yourself some goals, put your head down and run as fast as you can towards them. You will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

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On the road again…

Conditions: 72 degrees and 95% humidity

21 Pax gathered this Saturday. Several of our brothers (Dumper, Re-run, Backdraft, Waterbed, Arnold, Fall Guy) were in Fayetteville conquering the Spartan Beast.  Bow-Tie was apparently there in his flip flops sipping girly drinks and just watching the festivities...YHC jokes, he was there cheering on his 2.0 in the youth version. YHC is certain it won't be long before he is running the beast of Wintergreen and smoking the competition. Although he'll have to train hard to beat F3 Hartsville's baddest Spartan Backdraft! YHC feels obligated to mention the story that came out late Saturday evening of Backdraft destroying the course in the Elite class only to receive his medal and promptly present it to a veteran who was running with the Enduring Warrior team. Can you say #HIM. T-claps to the double downers as well: Tater Salad, Schaffer and Audit went on a 7 mile ruck while Lovebug blistered a 5 mile run and YHC took a 30 minute mosey through town.  Now on to the main events...

Warm Up - YHC explained on Friday that we would not be at the AO long and apparently the judge they call Benchwarmer and his sidekick Fudger didn't get the memo as they strolled in about 2 minutes after we kicked off...in time none the less for SSH x 20 x IC & IW x 20 x IC

Main Thang:

  • Q called the pax to form two single file lines. Rabbits in the back and clydesdales in the front. I've heard stories of my M's 2nd grade class following simpler directions more efficiently. Audit tried to run the other way, Fudger tried to make his own third line and we ended up with a line of rabits and a line of Clydesdales.  None the less we were off and on the road...
  • After crossing 4th street we stopped at the start of Railroad Ave for Broad jump burpees to the first planter then SSH for the six. Again, you would of thought YHC asked some of the pax to do quantum physics..."what planter" "how many jumps before the burpee" "what do we do when we get there" just a few of the comments...
  • Once we reached the planter we went to the end of the road with Bear Crawls to the second planter and SSH for the six.
  • Pax again got in two straight lines (as best they could #BlessTheirHearts) and moseyed to the walkway around the Vista Park pond.  BTW Mr. Mayor why spend the money a fountain to leave it turned off half the time! Just saying...
  • Next the Pax partnered up for a 7 minute AMRAP of Catch Me If You Can where Partner 1 bear crawled the walkway while partner 2 did 10 merkins then ran to catch his partner before flap-jacking.  YHC chose partners wisely with Tater Salad as he never got more than 10 yards away from me. Nevertheless by the end of 7 minutes all of the pax, including YHC, was screaming for mercy.  Full confession YHC watch malfunctioned about half way through so it was probably closer to 10 minutes.  Your welcome!
  • Form two lines and mosey to entrance of SCGSSM
  • Keep same partners. Partner 1 does Lt. Dan (3 lunges, 1 squat) around the circle while partner B does Hartsville Hammers until his partner returns then flap jack. 7 minute AMRAP  Most were able to grasp this concept but a few again had trouble following directions.  YHC looked up one time and i'm pretty sure Fudger was giving Gutenberg a back massage and talking about the apple pie he was going to bake that afternoon. Who knows what Tater Salad was doing as when YHC got back from a grueling round of Lt. Dan Tater was already half way around the circle instead of doing the ab work.  YHC reminded him to think of this moment next time he looked down and struggled to see his...I digress
  • YHC had hoped to use the elevated brick around the entrance to the GSSM but Step Show failed to secure the property.  Being a veteran Q an audible was quickly called and it worked just fine.
  • Everybody grab a curb. 7 minute AMRAP with 10 incline merkins, 10 decline merkins, 10 jump ups. This portion had even the strongest Pax screaming for mercy.  Fudger took on the role of cheerleader claiming to be #third while walking around cheering everyone on instead of doing his exercises. Way to be Fudger! Bench Warmer tried to coach the Q on how to "get the pax in line" which YHC immediately ignored as he knew it was just an excuse for Bench Warmer himself to catch his breath during this smokiest.
  • Next up Jail Break 100 yard dash down the drive way of the school
  • Knowing what was coming next YHC did something completely uncharacteristic and gave the pax a break while we walked back to the road before beginning a slow mosey to the starting point for the next exercise.
  • Next up why a completely original exercise never before done by ANY Hartsville Pax and quite frankly a brilliant example of creativity and original thinking on the part of the Q. The Burpee Mile - Run 1/4 mile do 12 burpees x 4. When I explained the exercise the look on Hillbilly's face was one of pure venomous hatred..."you want me to do what!?!"  What happened next was pure strength and brotherhood. Every pax rose to the challenge and conquered the burpee mile like a BEAST.  T-claps to Tater Salad for stopping to put on his ruck and join IT who had been rucking alone the whole workout.  They finished the burpee mile together. It was explained at the beginning that once you finished you were to find the six and start again.  YHC didn't finish long before the six and it was a great thing to see all the pax finishing together at the end of the course.  YHC must mention it was during this exercise as he was gasping for air behind Rip Cord that he noticed the calves that were sculpted by God himself.  When YHC informed Rip Cord of this he started to blush and it got a little weird...what kind of men are we if we can't admire another mans calves!
  • Finished up with some Mary 20 Flutter Kicks (called by Little Jack), 20 Hartsville Hammers, 20 LBC's rinse and repeat


Jesus did not say, “He who believes in Me will realize all the blessings of the fullness of God,” but rather, in essence, “He who believes in Me will have everything he receives escape out of him” Our Lord’s teaching was always anti-self-realization. His purpose is not the development of a person—His purpose is to make a person exactly like Himself, and the Son of God is characterized by self-expenditure. If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what he pours through us that really counts. God’s purpose is not simply to make us beautiful, plump grapes, but to make us grapes so that He may squeeze the sweetness out of us. Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us—and we cannot measure that at all.

Again, that verse in the book of John says “He who believes in me…out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” We have nothing to do with the outflow—John also tells us…“This is the work of God, that you believe…. God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you don’t seem to be of any use to God? If so brothers, then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on the obstacle or the difficulty. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will simply remember to stay focused on the source.


It was an honor to lead this group of men.  This was YHC's first solo Saturday Q in about 6 month's and admittedly he was nervous.  Having 20 other strong men there to work hard and push me gave YHC the confidence to get it done.  T-claps to Green Acres who was working hard by himself in the Mash unit the whole time!


  • Pax raised $1,572 for fundraiser put on by Oompa Loompa to support Brain Cancer research in honor of his M who was terminally diagnosed.  Please keep him and the family in your prayers.
  • September 24th is B&G club service day.  Sign up TODAY. Bring your M and/or 2.0 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1rfNFGRIY5-gCwwj_-5lXJ7guRrjE7Y0Tq8suRPU3ZQ4/edit#gid=0
  • September 24th starting at 4:00 is the GBM Fundraiser sponsored by Oompa Loompa. Sign up for the beer mile here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defeat-gbm-beer-mile-tickets-27390614064



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Should have gone to Darlington with the others

Conditions: 70 and beautiful.

20 Monkey Humpers IC
30 Forward Penningtons
20 Reverse Penningtons

The Thang:

Most of everyone left for a black lady in a dress at “The Track too Tough to Tame”. Nothing wrong with that. But, there was only one thing I could think to do, Merkins. I am going to list exercises by amount instead of in order.

600 Merkins
600 LBCs
100 BBSs
100 plus Squats
150 meters of Lunges
200 meters of Bear Crawls
100 meters or Crab Walks
We did some Bridge work.
Humped all the Monkeys in Hartsville on the 6.


Works out with FIA.

The way we did this made people want to run instead of finishing the Merkins. People were wishing they had left with the main body going to Darlington, just ran on their own, or just plain Fartsacked. An understanding came across the group as to why I don't have big numbers on my Q's.

I want to push people. Not break them. PAX have more in them to give than they think. If my PT is hard and resistant without breaking you, then I have done my part to sharpen you. Good push this morning Gentlemen.


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