THE SCENE: Awesome evening. Partly sunny, low 70s, not much breeze
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
Welcome to F3, Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. F3 is a free workout program designed to improve fitness, share some camaraderie, and foster male leadership in the community. I’m Pele and I will be your Q today. I am not a professional, and I do not know your fitness level or injury history. Please push yourself, but modify the workout as necessary to avoid making any existing injuries worse. The goal is to get better together! Some additional COVID-19 considerations: keep your distance between you and other members of the PAX and any other folks that we pass during moseys, etc. to 6-10 feet. We will be splitting up into groups smaller than 10 if necessary. We need to set good examples and be good neighbors out here at this public park, especially with so many folks out and about.
-20 Side Straddle Hops (4-ct), IC, 10 Cherry Pickers (4-ct), IC, 10 Steve Earles (4-ct), IC, 10 Grady Corns (4-ct), IC. We also scattered in 30 “Marine Burpees” (burpee minus the Merkin at the bottom) in honor of Mandolin’s 35th b-day. The Q was getting tired during the dang warmup, so we stopped there but added 5 more during the workout to make 35.
We split into two groups to be in compliance with local health guidelines. Mr. Jinxy was Q2.
- Mosey to the Grinch’s Hill. Do 3 sets of 7s, going up the hill a different way for each (always run down the hill):
- First 7s. BERNIE SANDERS up the hill
- Mountain Climbers (4-ct)
- Second 7s. EL CAPITAN up the hill
- Star Jumps
- Smurf Jacks
- Third 7s. BEAR CRAWL up the hill
- American Hammer (4-ct)
- First 7s. BERNIE SANDERS up the hill
- Mosey to Perimeter Trail near Area 51. Nickel-dime-quarters (run 1 light, do 5 of the exercise, run 2 lights do 10, run 5 lights do 25), with Carolina Dry Docks as the exercise.
- Mosey a little ways up the base of EVEREST to get off the trail and out of people’s way. Do 10 of each exercise, run up 1/3 of hill and back down, then 20 of each exercise, run up 2/3 of hill, then 30 of each exercise, then run to base of summit.
- Exercises: Big Boy Situps, LBCs, Flutter Kicks (4-ct; switched to 2-ct for the last set)
- At BASE OF SUMMIT do 10 of each exercise, and then TAKE THE HILL!
- 10 x Burpees, Bobby Hurleys, and SSH
Q1 did X’s and O’s and Homer/Marge until Q2 finally decided to show up at the shovel flag.
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
18 HIMs, including Clooney (couldn’t tag) and FNG Duck Hunt, who is Mandolin’s 2.0.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Jesus said that following his death, “You will know the Holy Spirit. It will be in you, and I will be in you, and you will never be alone.” The Bible also says that God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wondered what the Holy Spirit looks like, and I’m still not 100% sure. I thought it might look like a benevolent ghost, or a sparkling cloud with rainbows and unicorns or something that would fill you with wonder if you were to look upon it.
But these days, when it may appear that God is keeping His distance from us, I think the Holy Spirit looks a whole lot like the doctors that hold the hands of patients dying from the COVID-19 virus, who can’t have family members be with them during their final hours. I think it looks like volunteers and loved ones who drive by and wave and hold pictures up at the windows to cheer up the residents of nursing homes. Or parents who tirelessly help their children learn at home. Or people who contribute money or time to food pantries. Or communities who gather outside and bang on pots at a certain time to congratulate the graduating high school class, like they did in my home town. Or the local baker who baked a thousand cookies for the first responders at Beth Israel hospital in NYC. At first glance, God and the Holy Spirit may seem to be distant from us these days. But in truth, I think they are closer than ever.
“God will be with us, if we follow his commandment to love each other as Jesus loved us.” (John 13:34).
It was just awesome to have our fearless leader Lilydipper join us again. We prayed for him and his wife, who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Prayers also for 3 classmates of Abscess who passed away last week. Prayers of thanks for Pusher’s anniversary, and Thunderstruck’s mother, who is ill but felt well enough to do a short hike to a waterfall on Mother’s Day. And Happy 35th, Manilow!
Some PAX are going to Morristown to assist with their launch on Saturday. They will be leaving around 5:30 am. Contact Abscess or Steam for more details.