June 8, 2018

Oval Office Relays

THE SCENE: Just another pleasant Memphis summer morning
Disclaimer given and PAX were encouraged to run at two paces. Conversational and full speed. YHC thinks these two paces represent the easiest way to see gains in running ability.
1 lap around the Oval Office with butt kickers, high knees, and karaoke
Run 1 mile at conversational pace. The PAX embraced the “conversation” mindset and discussed important topics ranging from phantom poops to well…I digress.

The PAX entered the arena of the oval office and were broken into groups of 3.

  • Relay race 1: Approximately 150 yards of running for each man. The winning team took a victory lap around the oval office while losers did 31 burpees (Happy birthday Toms!)
  • Relay race 2: New teams. Race length remained the same. Winners: Victory lap! Losers: 31 Merkins (Happy birthday Toms!)
  • Relay race 3: New teams. Each team sent one man to the far side of the field and race length reduced to approximately 75 yards. Winners: Victory lap! Losers: 31 Jump squats (Happy birthday Toms!)
  • Relay race 4: New teams. Race length increased to approximately 250 yards. Winners: Victory lap! Losers: 31 Lunges (Happy birthday Toms!)

Run 3.5 laps at conversational pace to end at flags. Flutterkicks to all in.

Flutterkicks x 20
“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days that you feel good.” – Jerry West
A great quote here from the logo, YHC reflected on how often I allow my circumstances to direct my effort. Perhaps aligned with a weaker team, I don’t try my best. Focus on what you can control.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” – Job 1:21

In the spiritual realm, effort doesn’t quite apply like it does in physical fitness. Effort matters, but a HIM must understand his relationship with God, namely that he is not God. This verse from Job comes after he learns of the death of his 10 children. Don’t let circumstances affect your understanding of your relationship to God. 

We prayed for new believers, travel, soon to be born children and family relationships. 

Relays were a hit. Men are able to find a superior level of motivation when competing against an opponent that cannot be achieved in isolation. 

Coffeeteria at Einsteins’ was special. I am grateful for friends that F3 has brought me and the depth of relationship that can be built in a short term is both amazing and convicting. Men need other men in their lives with strong bonds that are not easily broken.
GrowRuck is coming! Don’t miss an opportunity to get better. Start training now.