Rest for the Weary: Reflections on (self-imposed) Exile

    • Just the best 47* weather anyone could ask for; clear skies for stargazing.
    • Almost forgot it (but didn’t). Almost didn’t need it (and didn’t). 
    • 8 sets of Jog, Run, Sprint (Slow Mosey, Mosey, and Bob Ross Mosey?) in 30/20/10 second intervals (12:00) 
    • 8 sets of Imperial Squat Walkers, Mountain Climbers, Side Straddle Hops, and Bodybuilders in 20/10 second work/rest intervals (18:20)
  • MARY:
    • 5 sets of 30/60/30 second planks with 15-30 second rests (14:40)
    • 6 PAX (0 FNGs) + 1 Cujo for pre-BC ruck: BAM!, Tabor (Cujo), Choker, Woodpecker, Orange Julius, Commie, & Granola
    • 8 PAX (0 FNGs) for BC: Commie, Woodpecker, Orange Julius, Tree Hugger, Soulja Boy, Gilligan, Choker, Granola

    • For my first Q back from Favrean retirement, I combined a few workouts I had been doing since “quitting” F3 back in July (download it here–good for active recovery days or naps).
    • The frequent, early morning workouts were taking a toll on my family, marriage, and health. My earlybird 2.0 resented me going out in the morning instead of spending time with him. The early mornings meant I had limited time to spend with the M and even then I still didn’t get enough sleep. I was exercising more frequently than I could handle. Something had to give.
    • It takes effort to stay plugged into the F3 machine. The move to Slack was the proverbial needle that broke the camel’s back. For me, the juice just wasn’t worth the squeeze anymore. So I had planned to transition to a more reasonable sleep and exercise routine, capping of my time in F3 with what I thought would be a fun take on the Krispy Kreme Challenge. We already do dumb things and eat donuts afterward, I thought it’d be cool to consolidate the workout and coffeeteria into one event for the PAX. Free donuts for everyone.
    • But, being thin-skinned as I can be and Slack being what it is, my decision to quit was solidified by a sudden health consciousness concerning donuts. Something meant to be a fun send off became a sour Slack sound-off. I’d like to think I’ve played along with other fun unhealthy decisions. I just really didn’t need this noise.
    • So, why jump into GrowRuck 12 just 3 hours before startex after being away from F3 and rucking for months?
    • Besides Choker, Phat Pat, Rabbit, Bootheel, Soulja Boy, Cello, and Orange Julius (just to name a few) checking in on me…
      1. FOMO – it’s real. Rabbit asked me why I hadn’t planned to do GrowRuck and I told him that it was better suited for guys looking to put down roots in F3. For me, that ship had sailed. BUT, what if I ever came back to F3? As many PAX know on this side of GrowRuck: one does not simply reruck a GrowRuck.
      2. Fellowship – I saw a guy out in the community with an F3 patch on a blue rucker and had a sense that we shared a common brotherhood and should know each other, but didn’t. I later found out during GrowRuck that it was Daniel Tiger. I don’t want my 2.0s to get the idea that being butthurt is an acceptable reason to withdraw from community. I could think of no downsides of having thicker skin and felt like returning to F3 would model this for them.
      3. Faith – Seeing the PAX of @F3CapeFear mobilize, not just in the initial wake of Hurricane Florence, but commit to rebuild their community made me long for being a part of a community that would response like that should anything like that happen to Memphis. I know F3 Memphis would rise to the occasion to help rebuild the 901 if needed.

    • It’s good to be back.
    • The gratuitous amounts of rest breaks kept mumblechatter low as PAX dozed off in between “Siri’s attempts to kill us” (Choker’s words)
    • In a stunning display of spite and disdain for the PAX, my fully-charged phone waited until the workout was over before shutting down for the COT.
    • I forgot how much biking with a weighted ruck suuuuucks. My bike creaked ‘n groaned like it forgot I used to be 30# heavier.
    • Prayers for marriages and health concerns.
    • Service project tonight at Connect Language Center
      • Help us hang white boards. 8:30pm til we’re done. We need a hammer drill, regular drills, and levels, so please bring them if you’ve got them.
      • 5340 Quince Rd, Memphis, TN 38119
      • Contact Four Eyes with any questions
    • Eli Grow Legacy 8k Run/Walk/Ruck, 11/3 (Tullahoma, TN):
      Join Bruce and others at this run/ruck (F3 PAX are forbidden from walking) benefiting the Eli Grow Foundation. There’s also a 1-mile family run and a kids dash. Read more here.
    • If anyone felt cheated by the gratuitous amounts of rest breaks this morning, please let me make it up to you at Neverland Friday OR claim your refund from @Sleep Number (Joe Moore)’s Morg Q (also Friday).

Monday CMU at the Morg

Monday CMU Workout at the Morg had a nice chilled, wet feeling in the air
Side Straddle Hops x 25 In Cadence
Merkins X 20 In Cadence
Mountain Climbers x 20 In Cadence
CMU Clean & Press- 20
CMU Swings- 20
Sumo Squats with CMU – 20 IC
CMU Curls – 20 IC
CMU Lunges – 20
Lying CMU Press – 25 IC
CMU Bent Over Rows – 20 IC
CMU Tricep extensions – 20 IC
Repeat X 3
Had to stop after 2 due to lightning
Count-Off & Name-O-Rama
Ramrod (VQ), Choker, Flobee, Sleep Number, Granola, Orange Julius, and Mr. Wonderful
Circle Of Trust – Continued at Donut Shop
Baby steps – Always take baby steps towards reaching a goal. Need to lose 40lbs? Don’t expect to drop it overnight. Take baby steps toward it. Say no to that dessert. Choose water at your meal instead of soda. Want to draw closer to god? Baby steps can help there, too.
Don’t fall into the deception of thinking you’re going to get everything right – you’re not! Just keep on keeping on! Do one thing in the right direction. Then another. Then another as if learning to walk again – when in truth, is exactly what we are doing.
Thinking of sin – Comedian Flip Wilson gained nationwide fame during the ‘70’s with his female character “Geraldine”.
Geraldine was prissy, sassy and known for giving in to a world of temptations.  She’d brag about her escapades and immediately explain her actions away by saying, “the devil made me do it!” It was funny stuff.  Of course, good humor has to ring true on some level and her winking at sin is something everyone understands.
There’s nothing new about loving sin, but the results of doing so have been painfully clear since the beginning of time.
The main reason we keep giving in rests more on our stubborn grip for self-rule than on the promised pleasures of the indulgence.  It’s about rejecting God’s values in preference to our own.  It’s about trusting ourselves to know best and distrusting God.  Next time you’re tempted, think of temptation as a rejection of God’s sovereignty and it may help diffuse some of it’s allure.  Like the dieter’s motto: A minute on the lips, forever on the hips, sin’s motto might well be; a death-embracing diss for a momentary bliss.
“The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again.” Korman’s Law
Stay Committed – Ephesians 5:28: “In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies.  For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.”
One of the characteristics of a materialistic mindset is discontentment with the “old” and a hunger for the “new.”
As a society becomes more materialistic, they exhibit the same casualness with discarding relationships – even the most sacred ones.
We discard things not on the basis of their quality or function or usefulness but solely on the basis that they are, well, “yesterday.”
It’s a mindset, a cancerous corruption of our convictions that blinds us to better judgement.  Completely uninterested in the long-term consequences, we “short-term” ourselves into a stream of quickly fading satisfactions.
We know the foolishness of believing “the grass is greener on the other side” until you jump the fence and see it’s actually more brown but yet we scrape ourselves trying to climb over that fence.  There is no perfect mate (I’m including you, by the way. And me!).  Be a radical.  Live to bless and honor your wife.  Regardless.
“Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly…both partners might be found more more suitable mates.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

The CMU carry on


A cool and crisp 48 degrees with a slight breeze and extra dew on the ground.



•15 daisy pickers

•10 big arm circles

•10 reverse big arm circles

•20 burpees

Sometimes it’s best to raise the black flag and attack what you suck at, time to attack what’s below


•100 yard sprint + 25 push-ups +25 sit-ups

•100 yard sprint + 25 push-ups + 25 sit-ups

•100 yard sprint + 50 push-ups + 50 sit-ups

•100 yard sprint + 50 push-ups + 50 sit-ups

•100 mountain climbers + 50 yard run with CMU + 10 dips

•100 SSH + 50 yard run with CMU + 10 dips

•100 squats + 50 yard run with CMU + 10 dips

•100 lunges + 50 yard run with CMU + 10 dips

•100 prisoner squats

•100 flutter kicks


No Mary due to lack of time
5 PAX came.

Sleep Number, Orange Julias, Gilligan, Carport, Commie
“Every man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.” H. L. Mencken

What is it in your life that you need to raise your black flag towards? Improvement is made one inch at a time, find your inch and attack it. We are only as good as the effort we exert into whatever endeavor we may be doing, don’t wake up as yesterday’s man.

It’s really something to see men push through hard things with smiles on their faces.
No announcements were given…mainly because I know none to give.

Shoulder smokin’ competition at the Morg

Nice morning; low temps and some light rain.



25 IC Overhead Claps
10 IC Big Arm Circles
15 IC Daisy Pickers

We smoked our shoulders and arms with following exercises:

1 minute plank

10 merkins, 9 merkins, 8 merkins, 7 merkins, 6 merkins, 5 merkins, 4 merkins, 3 merkins, 2 merkins, 1 merkin

1 merkin, 2 merkins, 3 merkins, 4 merkins, 5 merkins 6 merkins, 7 merkins, 8 merkins, 9 merkins, 10 merkins

1 minute plank

Mosey to Pavillion.

10 derkins, 9 derkins, 8 derkins, 7 derkins, 6 derkins, 5 derkins, 4 derkins, 3 derkins, 2 derkins, 1 derkin

Rested with wall squats against pavilion posts

1 derkin, 2 derkins, 3 derkins, 4 derkins, 5 derkins, 6 derkins, 7 derkins, 8 derkins, 9 derkins, 10 derkins

Rested with wall squats against pavilion posts

10 irkins, 9 irkins, 8 irkins, 7 irkins, 6 irkins, 5 irkins, 4 irkins, 3 irkins, 2 irkins, 1 irkin

Rested with wall squats against pavilion posts

1 irkin, 2 irkins, 3 irkins, 4 irkins, 5 irkins, 6 irkins, 7 irkins, 8 irkins, 9 irkins, 10 irkins

Mosey back to parking lot

10 Carolina Dry Docks, 9 Carolina Dry Docks, 8 Carolina Dry Docks, 7 Carolina Dry Docks, 6 Carolina Dry Docks, 5 Carolina Dry Docks, 4 Carolina Dry Docks, 3 Carolina Dry Docks, 2 Carolina Dry Docks, 1 Carolina Dry Dock

25 merkins OYO and sprint to pavilion when finished

1 minute plank

25 merkins OYO

1 minute plank

5 merkins OYO

Total including Mary:

185 Merkins
110 Derkins
110 Irkins
55 Carolina Dry Docks
5 minutes planking

Dealer’s choice to Orange Julius who chose World War I Situps
Dealer’s choice to Gilligan who was persuaded my YHC to do 20 merkins
Dealer’s choice to Sleep Number who chose flutter kicks then realized that was a nasty choice and called an audible for baby crunches.
1 minute plank

11 PAX (1 FNG) Choker, Leonardo, Woodpecker, Nurse Diesel(FNG), Orange Julius, Beetus, Red Roofer, Sleep Number, Gilligan, Granola, Carport

What are your life priorities like?  YHC related to pax about how he doesn’t give God the time and effort he should.  Asked any pax to raise their hand if they were brave enough to agree.

Kotters to Beetus and Leonardo.  Great work Nurse Diesel(FNG) who kept up with us in the rain.

Camp out at Gus’ parents land this Friday.

Abdominal Bombs 2

THE SCENE: 60s and in the gloom

20x ssh,dp,bac,impwalkers
Mosey with 20 merkins at the half way point  then back to the Morg’s field for some abdominal bombs….   Picked a partner and while we were doing the bombs the partner would bear crawl 20 yds the sprint 20 yds along with 10 x sshs.   100 big boy situps, 150 outlaws, 200 mountain climbers, 250 bicycle crunches, 300 starfish crunches

  • Sometimes
  • bulleted
  • lists
  • are
  • handy.

20 in cadence bicycle crunches and Granola let us in Abc’s.
8 pax ramrod, chauffer,woodpecker,phat pat, choker, orange julius,granola,flobee
When we practice hospitality we share Gods goodness.
Pretty much thanked everyone for looking out for each other in times of need.  We can never tell enough people about Jesus and what hes done for us.

Picnic Tables and Pavilion Poles

THE SCENE:  72 and calm

  • SSH – IC x 20
  • Imperical Wakers – IC x 20
  • Daisy PIckers – IC x 20
  • Little Arm Circles-IC x 20 (10 forward / 10 backwards)
  • Overhead Claps-IC x 20
  • Mosey to the pavillion


We did a little upper body / lower body workout. Simple but I think from the moans and groans it was effective.

Using the picnic table PAX performed the exercises listed below, and between each excercise PAX performed the People’s Chair (Using the the pavilion pole, wall squat w/ your knees bent at 90 deg) for 1 minute

  • Dips – IC x 20
  • People’s Chair – 1 min
  • Incline Merkins – IC x 20 (can’t remember the name…sorry)
  • People’s Chair – 1 min
  • Derkins – IC x 20
  • People’s Chair – 1 min
  • Overhead Picnic Table Press – IC x 20
  • People’s Chair – 1 min

Rinse and Repeat.

  • Ended with Calf Raises – IC x 40
  • Mosey back to StartEx… The long way (Bertlett Blvd to the Flag poles… yeah… that way)


Jane Fonda’s – IC x 10 (each leg)

LBC – IC x 50


4- PAX (0-FNGs) Choker, Wall Builder, Casio, Sleep Number


There are a lot of things going on in this world today that you and I really have no control over, so quit wasting your time and energy trying to solve those problems. Focus on the things that you can truly have an impact on, your family, your work, your church, and your community.


Just like a lot of you, I attended GrowRuck 12 and now that it’s over I look back and it was a great experinece for me. I can tell that I have come a long way from where I was, but in the same breath I see where I struggle.  When I first started going to the Morg pre-ruck, it was all I could do to make it the 2 laps before BC. Now I can go 13-15 miles, including a few miles while helping carry a log. However; as many of you know from my complaining, I hate to run and or mosey so it’s something I need to work on. GrowRuck showed me that no matter how great ( or for my case better) shape I was in there is still room for improvement. The only way I improve is with your help and support. So the next time you want to Fartsack… don’t, becasue someone maybe counting on you to be there to suppor them.

Most schools have Fall Break next week, don’t use that as an excuss not to post!!

Finish the workout!

Morg was extra gloomy with some fog.  72 degrees of warmth.


SSH IC x100
Squat IC x50 (Phat Pat showed up late.  He always finds ways to avoid doing the hard work. LOL)
Mosey around the parking lot.

YHC setup the parking lot with a cone every 3 parking spaces across the lot.  There were 6 sets of cones to serve as markers for the pax.  These markers would cause much distress in the souls of the pax. The chaos ensued as follows:

Suicide Sprints. (6 stops)
Rinse and Repeat.

Broad jump to each cone and perform 2 burpees.
Rinse and Repeat.

Crab walk to each cone and perform 2 burpees.
Rinse and Repeat.

Mosey around the parking lot to rest and recover. (Yes, running was our recovery.)

Lunge walk to each cone and perform 2 burpees.
Rinse and Repeat.

Crawl bear to each cone and perform 2 burpees.
Bear crawl to each cone and perform 2 burpees.
(Grand total of 96 burpees)

Mosey around the parking lot to rest and recover.

Suicide Sprints (6 stops)

No time for Mary…

14 pax. 1 FNG who had to leave early.  Not named in the COT but he pushed thru.

Perseverance: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Todays bootcamp took perseverance.  I could tell many of the pax wanted to quit at some point.  Hell, I wanted to quit at one point but perseverance is important for all of us since life will hit us with difficult times and we need to be able to push through and come out the other end.  We all have things in our lives that are a struggle, so we need to push ourselves past our normal limits to be able to get to the finish line.  The apostle Paul talks about finishing the race.  We want to be men who finish strong despite whatever obstacle punches us in the mouth.

The HIM at the Morg were a huge encouragement in how they pushed themselves. Granola was a constant encouragement and kept the pace going forward.  It has been a while since working out with Granola and it made my soul rejoice!  Phat Pat was extraordinarily quiet. Commie was an inspiration as always. All the pax pushed themselves. LOVED being with the Morg.

Also extremely encouraged by the vulnerability of the pax during the COT.  Really lifting these brothers up in prayer.

Forgot to mention the camping trip.  I suck.

Oh Crap, Choker Brought His Bluetooth…

THE SCENE: I rolled up at the Morg at 0440 ready for some early #Ruckership.  As I pulled into the entrance, I saw some flashing blue lights in the back lot where we gather.  I immediately pulled up my GPS thinking I’d accidentally driven to the Annex Turd.  But it turns out it was just a couple of mobile spotlights left over from the Bartlett Festival this past weekend.

Welcomed and disclaimed.

SSH x20 (10 IC and 10 silent)
–Burpees x10 OYO because Jasmine can’t count.

Monthly Quiz time!  PAX were instructed that each remaining warmup exercise would be another set of burpees x10 OYO, but that normal warmup exercises could be purchased by knowing F3 trivia.

1. What is the mission of F3?  Answered correctly by Granola:  To plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.  Daisy Pickers x15 IC.

2. Name one of the core principles of F3.  Answered correctly by Bruce: Free of charge.  Windmills x15 IC.

3. Name another core principle of F3.  Answered correctly by Sleep Number: Ends in a Circle of Trust.  Imperial Walkers x15 IC.

4. Name another core principle of F3. Answered correctly by Woodpecker: Held outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold.  Hillbillys x15 IC.

5. Name another core principle of F3. Answered correctly by Zima: Led by the PAX on a rotating basis.  Arm Circles (forward) x10 IC.

6. Name the final core principle of F3. Answered correctly by Bootheel: Open to all men. Arm Circles (reverse) x10 IC.

Jukebox of Pain
Using the Exicon and Google Play, I created a playlist of terrible music and horrible ideas.  Each song selection cost a quarter.

Selection 1: Bearway to Heaven.  Cost: 25 SSH.
Seven cones were set out with two parking spaces between each one.  While listening to “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin the PAX bear crawled to the first cone and back, then performed 7 burpees.  Then bear crawled to the 2nd cone and back, 6 burpees, and so on.  Time expired before anyone made it to the 7th cone.

Selection 2: Bring Sally Up. Cost: 25 Overhead Claps.
While listening to “Flower” by Moby, the PAX held a squat; when Moby said “Bring Sally Up”, we stood up, and when he said “Bring Sally Down” we went back down.

Selection 3: Chumbaburpee. Cost: 25 BBSU.
While listening to “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba, we did SSH.  Whenever they said “I get knocked down, but I get up again” we performed a burpee.

Selection 4: Cupid Shuffle. Cost: 25 Jane Fondas.
While listening to the song “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid, we held plank and followed the commands of the song (“right”=right leg out, “left”=left leg out, “kick”=kick, and “walk”=mountain climbers).  The difficulty of this selection was increased exponentially by having to listen to it.

Selection 5: Proud Mary. Cost: 25 SSH.
While listening to “Proud Mary” by CCR, we performed BBSU. When we got to “Rolling” we switched to Gas Pumps, and then after “Rolling” switched to Flutter Kicks.  At the next “Rolling” we went back to Gas Pumps, and then back to BBSU.  Rinse and repeat for the remainder of the song.

Selection 6: Thunderstruck. Cost: 25 Overhead Claps.
While listening to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, we held plank.  Whenever we heard the word “Thunder”, we performed a Merkin.  By this point the pavement was drenched with a noxious mix of sweat and tears.

Sprinkled throughout.

11 PAX:  Bootheel, Bruce, Choker (QIC), Granola, Jasmine, Mr. Wonderful, Orange Julius, Sleep Number, Wall Builder, Woodpecker, Zima

Last week 52 PAX gathered for GrowRuck 12.  In the weeks/months leading up to the event, we heard countless stories from PAX who had attended GrowRuck 05 last year about how important it is to focus on your brothers and not yourself.  Within the first hour of the event I discovered that I had learned that lesson in my brain, but not yet in my heart.

One of the first things we did in the event was ground our rucks and run to a volleyball pit about 100 yards away.  While we were doing that, the cadre threw all our rucks into a giant pile.  There was no time to find your own ruck – you had to just grab one and get back in formation.  After a couple of iterations of that, we were winded and worrying about getting our own gear back.

The next activity was to circle up and do 100 squats with rucks pressed over our heads.  We did them 10 at a time, with a short break in between sets.  During that break, it was a mad scramble to figure out who had your ruck and exchange them.  I kept scanning the circle but my oxygen-deprived brain could not recognize it.  I started shouting out “BLACK MULTICAM!  WHO HAS MY BLACK MULTICAM?”  About the same time I heard Lazarus shouting out “BLACK RUCKER WITH GROWRUCK PATCH!”  We spent a couple of rounds trying to out-shout each other, with neither of us getting an answer.  Inside I was thinking “Shut up Lazarus, nobody is going to be able to hear my shout!”  I was getting irritated and starting to panic a bit.

Then, a sinking feeling hit me.  I realized that my focus was on myself.  I looked own at the ruck I was holding, and sure enough it was a black rucker with a GrowRuck patch.  I was so wrapped up in taking care of myself that I was trying to shout over Lazarus instead of answer his call and help him find his.  At the next break I took it to him, and as I handed it over he pointed to someone a couple of feet away and said “Hey, isn’t that one yours?”

When I changed my focus off of myself and helped my brother, it allowed him to help me.  That was my charge to the PAX this morning- get out of your own head and help someone else who needs it.  Take care of your brothers; the Sky Q will take care of you.

It’s pretty awesome when you pick an exercise out of the Exicon only to find out it was created and submitted by one of our own Memphis PAX.  Shout out to Bruce for inventing Proud Mary!  Now I’m going to need someone to come up with a decent routine to some Rush songs so I never have to hear selections 2, 3, and 4 ever again.

Be thankful we didn’t have time for “Roxanne” or “Bodies on the Floor”.

GrowRuck was last week.  I think there’s still time to register.

Beeping grapefruit

THE SCENE: The usual Morg location was closed so BC was held about a mile North at the Soccer Fields.


Imperial Walkers IC 20
Hillbillies IC 20
Big Arm Circles IC 10 forward 10 reverse
Windmills IC 20

Mosey lap around the parking lot

2 Rotations around the following circuit:

100 Body Squats.
75 Overhead press with the CMU
50 American Hammers (2 is 1)
25 Tricep Extensions with the CMU.

Mosey lap around the parking lot.

100 flutter kick’s then sprint 20 yards and mosey back.

Dying Cockroach IC 12

Plank 60 Seconds.

7 Pax; 1 FNG Sputnik, Choker, Carport, Casio, Orange Julius, Commie, Woodpecker.

Proverbs 16:32 New International Version (NIV)
Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.

YHC has been reminding himself all week to have patients. It is a virtue. It has been a particular challenge this week in dealing with people working with me. Yet, continued patients is not only expected but required.
Was great to have Commies brother as an FNG today. Given his love of history with particular interest in the Cold War, not to mention his quickness and speed, Sputnik seemed appropriate.

In 1957 a satellite was launched by the USSR and put into orbit around planet Earth. The effect shook the Eisenhower administration to the core, and stunned the US public as a whole. While little more than a “beeping grapefruit” it caused millions of dollars to be poured into science, mathematics, engineering, the formation of NASA, and a Space Race that would galvanize both nations. The resulting  fevered pitch from Sputnik ultimately culminated in the United States bringing about the first successful manned lunar landings in 1969.

Pyramid in the Park

Scene: Dark and damp.


SSH x 25

Windmills x 20



hand release merkins (plank til all in)
bbsu (flutterkick til all in)
smurf jacks (calf raises til all in)

mosy around the park and do this group of exercises for varying reps at different locations:

startex – 5 reps each

mosy to old parking lot – 10 reps

gazebo – 15 reps

pavilion – 20 reps

veterans memorial – 25 reps

new road – 20 reps

cricket field parking lot – 15 reps

bridge – 10 reps

endex – 5 reps

total: 125 reps of each

PAX pushed hard throughout.  We got done in time for some round robin mary:

woodpecker – american hammer
gilligan – bicycle crunch
orange julius – nolan ryans
ramrod – mountain climbers
mr wonderful – catalina wine mixer
granola – plank jacks
choker – awe-yeahs
sleep number – pickle pounders
commie – jane fondas


said something like this:

I worked hard the last several months getting myself ready for Growruck.  It kept me accountable to push myself and post as much as possible so I could do my best. When we started those squats at grow ruck, I was quickly humbled. I’d worked so hard to get ready for this and I realized I was still not at all ready, and shouldn’t be there.  I kept a bad attitude most of the night. During the log carry at some point I started thinking about just quitting, even though that meant I couldn’t show my face around F3 anymore.  I didn’t care about that pain, I just over it and really wanted some dry socks. Thankfully I couldn’t think of a way home. It wasn’t until Four Eyes spoke at the end that my mind really got right. I finally remembered that it wasn’t about one night, but that it was about what the last 8 months have meant for me, and what the future looks like together. When we were in the sand at the end, I was pretty sure it was over. I also know that if we had to have another sand fight, go back up crab mountain, or whatever else, that we were all prepared to do it and finish well together.
After using Growruck as motivation to push myself for so long, I was planning on taking a step back for a while after it was over. When I was laying there hurting at some point on Sunday, I was more eager than ever to get back to work in the gloom with F3. I felt like I needed to post, even though my body wasn’t near ready.  I’m thankful that the truths of this brotherhood are real, even when my selfishness distracted me from them. I’m excited to be a part of this group, continuing to prepare for whatever is next in life, so that we can share more victory together.


It’s so good to have Granola back.