Sally Knocked Over Our Nanner Flag
Too bright, too visible, knee high grass growing in places. Such is the Annex at 0615.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
- SSH IC x 20
- Imperial Walkers IC x 10
- Arm Circles Forward IC x 10
- Arm Circles Reverse IC x 10
- Squats IC x 15
Run a quarter mile, and do Bring Sally Up to Merkins.
Run a quarter mile, and do Bring Sally Up to Squats.
Run a quarter mile, and do Bring Sally Up to BBS (halfway down on “Bring Sally Down”).
Run a quarter mile, and do Bring Sally Up to dips on the picnic benches.
Jog “back to Start Ex” in time to see the coveted Nanner Flag being knocked down.
- T-Merkins IC x 5
- Burpees OYO x 5
- Bear Crawl in a circle
(decending ladder until PAX finished 1 T-Merkin IC, 1 burpee, and bear crawled in a circle)
- Grimace – Flutter Kicks IC x 30
- Gomer – Freddy Mercuries IC x 30
- Gun Show – Stargazers (unsurprisingly)
- Rabbit – Can’t remember for the life of me, but they weren’t pickle pounders (surprisingly)
- Tremor – Heels to Heaven IC x 15
- Sonic – Boxcutters IC x 10
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA:
Gomer, Gun Show, Rabbit, Tremor, Sonic, Paper Cut, Grimace
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
F3 isn’t about just challenging workouts. It’s also about having challenging conversations. This morning, Sonic and I had a Q & A with the PAX about recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd and other African Americans in the US. The 4 questions asked I asked to Sonic were:
- How has George Flynn’s death and subsequent protests/riots impacted you personally?
- Can you describe your experience with racism?
- Slavery ended 157 years ago. Jim Crow laws ended 56 years ago. Aren’t things equal yet?
- What do you wish your white friends knoew about racism?
PAX did more listening than speaking while Sonic tackled some of these issues. While I can’t backblast 40 minutes of COT, a few points to take away were:
- It’s okay to ask your black friends about racism. Approach the conversation from a empathetic/curious standpoint without any leading questions. Listen more, talk less.
- Black boys can’t play hide and seek in their neighbor’s bushes like white boys can. (As someone who played a lot of hide and seek as a kid in my neighborhood, this one stuck with me)
- All the protests mean nothing if nothing changes at the end of the day. Stop sharing stupid memes and have a conversation with someone. Go vote in your local elections.
- Policies are easier to change than mindsets, but changing mindsets can lead to policy change.
A woman (let’s call her Sally) pushing her kiddo in a stroller, saw our Nanner flag (which is a parody of the Gadsden Flag) as we were returning from our 1 mile Bring Sally Up run, and proceeded to knock it down because “it’s a public park” and to “get that racist crap out of here” or something to that effect. She yelled this from a distance of approximately 60 yards. In near unison, most of us responded by yelling “It’s a banana flag” and showed her the flag from a distance. Embarrased by her egregious assumption and regret of the act of violence upon the Nanner Flag, she quickly about-faced and continued pushing her stroller.
Activating event, Belief, Consequence.
The irony of having a “racist flag” on a day when we spent 40 minutes afterwards listening and talking about racism was not lost on us.
Halpert is on Q next week. Will it be 0530 or 0615, who knows?
Mothership tomorrow at 0700.