THE SCENE: cloudy and pleasant, upper 50s.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
Nailed it. Did I say I wasn’t a professional?… I think so. Not sure.
20 SSH IC, 13 Steve Earls (lost count), 10 Cherry Pickers, Little of this/that, 10 Tempo Merkins IC, 10 Windmills IC
Valentine’s Day warm up! Mosey to the fields by the new bathroom. Four cones will be set up for BUCK 25s! Bernie Sanders from center cone to cone to right. 10 pickle pounders/ 10 pickle pointers
Run back to center cone and Bernie to cone to left. 10 pickle pounders/ 10 pickle pointers
Bernie Sanders to cone behind 5 pickle pounders/ 5 pickle pointers
Charge up two terraces of hills, 100 Side Straddle Hops for the Buck 25!
Mosey to Parking Lot across the street. Q had hidden bag with Valentines for the PAX, but almost couldn’t find where he hid them. (Thanks Ice Man for finding them!) Each PAX gets a Valentine. There is a poem with a related exercise. We will do the exercise at the cones separating the bays, and then run the length of the parking lot and return to the next bay up, or lunge to the next station once we turn the corner. Another PAX will read their Valentine, and we will continue until all Valentines have been read. The poems and exercises are (random order):
- Roses are Red, violets are blue, I’d climb any mountain, to finally reach you.
- Do 20 mountain climbers 4-ct
2. I said to you, “Oh, please be mine; Be mine forever, Valentine. I must have seemed like quite a bore, So join me in some Captain Thors!
- Do Captain Thors (1:4 ratio of BBS:American Hammers up to 5:20). 1x each side = 1 American Hammer
- I swore that we would never part,
As I put my hand upon my heart.
Had I been thinking with my head,
I probably would have fled instead
- Sprint to end of parking lot and back (then do it again to get to next station!)
4. You’re sharp as a tack and quick as a fox! I got you a gift, just open the box!
- After six shots of vodka at the bar,I find you as pretty as a shining star
- Valentine, O, Valentine, I’ll be your love and you’ll be mine.
We’ll always be happy, and that is a fact You’ll be my Jill, and I’ll be your Jack!
- She sent her love a Valentine;
But he did not reply.
He packed his bags and waived Adios! And from her he did fly!
- Do Superman pose, hold for 60 seconds
- Oh will you be my wallaby?”
Asked Mr. Kangaroo.
“For we could find so very many
Jumping things to do.”
Mosey to baby cardiac. We will do two runs up.
- Run #1, 20 Monkey humpers, Bernie Sanders up, 20 dive bombers at top
- Run #2, sprint to top, 3 burpees, return to AO
Heart Shaped leg lifts, flutter kicks, box cutters, Peter Parkers
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
Six men strong, plus one FNG who we named J-Lo.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
It’s Valentines Day, after all, but who was St. Valentine? Glad you asked. He was a 3rd Century Roman Saint, martyred and buried on February 14, 269 AD, and is the saint of couples, beekeepers, marriage, love, and plague and epilepsy, of all things.
Valentinus (Latin version of his name) defied the emperor Claudius’s orders and secretly perform Christian weddings for couples. This was prohibited, because Claudius felt single men made better soldiers, as they had less to lose. To remind the men of their vows and God’s love, Valentinus cut hearts out of parchment and gave them to them, perhaps the origin of heart-shaped Valentines. For his crimes, he was tortured and ordered under house arrest in Rome. He pleaded his case to the Judge, and discussed the validity of Jesus’ teachings with him at length. The Judge tested Valentinus by bringing in his blind daughter. If Valentinus could restore her sight, the Judge would convert to Christianity. He touched her eyes and restored her sight. The Judge was humbled and immediately converted.
So, he was released, but he continued to preach where he wasn’t supposed to, and kept performing Christian marriages, was eventually caught and was sent to the emperor, Claudius II for punishment. Claudius took a liking to this fellow (I get the impression Valentinus was quite the charmer), but then Valentinus went too far, and tried to convert the emperor to Christianity. Claudius demanded that Valentinus renounce his faith, and when he didn’t he was beaten with clubs. That didn’t kill him, so they stoned him. This guy was apparently like the Terminator, and just kept going, so they chopped off his head. Yep, that did it. Before he was sentenced, it is rumored that St. Valentine wrote a note to the daughter before he died, signed, “From your Valentine.” Thus inspiring the tradition of love letters.
SO, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about chocolates and flowers and Hallmark cards. Human love and sexuality is wonderful, and blessed by God, and all that is celebrated by the holiday. But the saint who it is named for was willing to put his life on the line for what he believed. And with the power of the Holy Spirit he was able to do that —even to the point of death.
Prayers went out to Swimmie’s uncle, who is suffering for some health issues, and continued prayers for Abscess and his family.