9/12/1962 and Intentional decisions

    • When: 12/27/18
    • QIC: Bill Nye
    • The PAX: Toot Toot, Mongo, Penny Pincher, Jelly, Mini Phelps, Excalibur

I never have much to write about from leading at a running AO. There are no funny exercises, just running.

That being said, here is what we ran today:


Hill Billy Walkers, Imperial walkers, Right over left, Right under left, in the middle


Mosey to Winthrop (1 mile warm up)

Use the big parking lot to fartlek (75% from one set of lines to the next, 100% to the next lines, rinse and repeat until you run out of parking lot)

Repeat 5x

Mosey to the hill at the back of the Coliseum for 3 hill repeats

Finally 3 laps around the Coliseum with increasing speed per side (25% speed for the first side, 50% speed for the second, 75% for the third side, and 100% speed for the final side)
To the next parking lot for more fartleks
Cool down mosey back to the AO

All told, my Strava said that we covered 5.3 miles. OK Toot toots strava. Mine didn’t work due a minor miscalculation that I am sure is the result of my phone and in no way related to user error.


The first word of 2019 is the perfect way to start a year.


We did not accidently join F3 by accident.

We joined because someone else poured into us.

We did not arrive at the AO this morning by accident.

We arrived in order to get better.

On September 12, 1962 President JFK gave a speech at Rice University that would become known as his “Moon Speech” and it practically oozes intentionality for the 33 minutes of the speech. I included a few highlights below:

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

“Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.”

Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked.”

What is your space? What is your challenge?

For some people founding NASA and launching a man 250,000 miles to the moon is a bit out of reach.

But leading a workout and writing a backblast is not out of the reach of anyone.

Pushing yourself until your physical limit is far beyond what it was last month is not out of the reach of anyone.

Throwing a headlock or a turkey punch on that sadclown from work is not out of the reach of anyone.

Major changes only occur when normal everyday people stand up and do what is good and right.

Be the catalyst that someone else needs. Do it intentionally. And watch as you get better in the process.

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