• When: 2020-12-03
  • QIC: Soaker
  • The PAX: Dunphy (R), RamRod, Knozit (R), Cowbell, Doo Dah (R), Bueller (R), Lego, Bing, Cheers, Coon Dog, Hash & Rice, Soaker

End of era and light pole suicides

Lego has been the AOQ of Shawshank for the past year. During this time, we battled through virtual workouts, bought swag in multiple colors, and had a solid COP in February. All in all, a great year. Seriously, Lego is a dude with a solid heart who helped me talk through a couple issues when I started F3 in late 2018. His leadership of the group was awesome whether it was leading the Rock, making sure the Q sheet was full, waiting for me to catch up during stride, or just encouraging whoever was out each morning. He played up this morning as having a big announcement and guys showed thinking we were having a food truck or something, instead, Lego handed off the shovel flag to YHC. 

YHC woke up early on this beautiful, clear day that is just a bit on the nippy side. Shawshank has the reputation, for some unknown reason, as always being wet. Well, today it was dry. The temps had turned the normal moisture into a nice frost. Speaking of frost, Jack Frost was nipping at the nose and Jack Daniels nipping at the liver, it felt like winter out there. It was a perfect setting for a time of betterment with a group of guys who are always pushing each other in the right direction. No man left behind, no man left where you find him.

Weather: 28 and clear. No wind to speak of which was very, very nice.

1 minute warning, disclaimer, no FNG’s, open in prayer.

Mosey in one direction then a sudden about face for a mosey in the opposite direction.


SSH x 20 IC

LBAC x 10 IC (forward and backward)

OH Clap x 10 IC

TTT x 11 IC – one extra because they feel so good

The Thang:

Shawshank is blessed with 6 large light poles that span the length of 2 full soccer fields.

Directions were given, most folks understood, 2 were not listening and 1 pax was called a woman because he heard every word and paid attention. What a strange bunch of dudes.

Starting at end line – 10 SSH

Light pole 1 – 10 merkins, 10 squats, 10 bbsu’s – back to end line for SSH

Same exercises when you leave the end line and head out. On the way back, as you pass each light pole – 10 derkins, 10 squats, 10 mountain climbers (single count)

Suicide pattern adding one light pole each round. Lots of running, lots of merkins, lots of mumble chatter from the right of YHC. 

If a pax was able to finish the cycle, he would have completed 360 merkins/derkins, 360 squats, 360 bbsu’s/mountain climbers, and 120 SSH. We came close but fell just short. Not a bad morning.

Mosey back to the shelter for 25 dips and the recover.


12/3 – 6pm – shopping for our adopted family at Walmart. Thanks to all who donated.

12/20 Christmas party – Ramrod’s house at 3pm. Somewhere in Lexington County.

1/1 – Lexington Safe or Safe Lexington ramps up at noon. Still some open slots for signing up. Show up and run even if you don’t sign up.

Prayer requests:

Knozit’s coworker recovering from heart related issue stemming from Covid.

H&R’s friend – cancer


Cowbell’s daughter


Individuals for whom the holidays are difficult

Devo: Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd. We have a very big God who rules the universe but he is very much a personal shepherd to us. Lean on him because you’re never alone.


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