Ornaments on a String – Part 1

YHC had been thinking about the end of the F3 Shovel Tree since its beginning. What would be a fitting way to close out the season?

This got me thinking about Christmas Trees in general. In my family growing up, and also in my family now, our Christmas tree serves as a family history. It is a record of the places we have traveled, the things we have done, and the people that we have encountered. As we put up our tree, we share the memories that each ornament holds.

This didn’t really work for the Shovel Tree, when I was preparing and decorating it, no one had any idea how it would look or what significance the ornaments would hold.

When I noticed that the last two Q spots of the year were both open, I thought about a 2 part Q. Of the many things circling in my head was the idea of a workout that does not end, it just takes a recess. So I jumped on the chance to close out the year with a 2 part Q.

Now combine the 2. A two part Q that shares the memories of the Shovel Tree’s journey and tells the Story of this family of brothers during the holiday season. As the mosey is the string that holds these ornaments together, we will not stop for each run day, but YHC will share a memory about each one.

PAX: Yo Yo Ma, Coach K, Big Spur, Urkel (QIC)

Conditions: A bit chilly with some wind – 43 degrees

Disclaimer: I am not a professional, don’t hurt yourself.

Warm Up – Ornament 1 – Urkel – X to the X power…or not

IMG_3556 11-27   10 PAX   #MOB

This was a bad math pattern, but the start of the shovel tree. We used the warm up from this workout.

  • SSH IC x 27
  • TTT IC x 4
  • Mosey a Lap x 1

The Thang – Ornament 2 – Mr. Clean – 4 Corners But Not Really

Clean Orn11-28   20 PAX   #theBuck

This was a good Q by Mr. Clean. We borrowed a piece of it and did a slightly different interpretation.

  • Start at the far side of the parking lot by the main entrance
  • 5 burpees at the first station
  • Mosey to station 2 by the auditorium
  • 10 Lunges each leg
  • Mosey to station 3 at the far side of the parking lot
  • 15 Merkins
  • Mosey to station 4 opposite station 2
  • 20 BBSU
  • Mosey back to the start

Ornament 3 – Dabo – 3+ Mile Suicide

Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 6.35.12 AM11-29   12 PAX   #MOB

This workout was a giant suicide, but also featured a Lt. Dan modification. We used that.

  • Set a time for 4 minutes (the amount of time remaining for this Q)
  • 1 squat – 4 lunges (each leg counts 1)
  • 2 squats – 8 lunges
  • 3 squats – 12 lunges
  • 4 squats – 16 lunges
  • 5 squats – 20 lunges
  • 6 squats – 24 lunges – working on that when time ended.

Ornament 4 – Ballcock – Head Ball Coach inspired Beatdown…

BCorn11-30   20 PAX   #theBuck

This was a workout that featured BOMBS and some fun on the track. We played off of the BOMBS theme

  • Start at the #PadofPain end of the parking lot
  • 10 Burpess
  • Mosey to light post
  • 20 Overhead claps
  • Mosey to next light post
  • 30 Merkins
  • Mosey to next light post
  • 40 BBSU
  • Mosey to next light post
  • 50 Squats

Ornament 5 – Run Day – Peaches get the ornament

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 6.48.57 AM12-1   17   PAX #theRake

Peaches made a big impression on me when he posted to Dabo’s Wednesday beatdown as the day of the marathon was closing in. He earned the ornament on

Ornament 6 – Toothless – NO BACKBLAST – SHAME

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 6.48.45 AM12-2   7 PAX   #MOB

Toothless led this one as part of a series of consecutive Saturdays. Dabo would take over from here. This was the day of the parade and since there was no backblast, I got my workouts crossed and used a heavily modified element from a previous Saturday Toothless Q.

  • Partner Up
  • First partner does step ups on the curb – Second does Freddie Mercury
  • 2 minutes (that is an eternity BTW)
  • Flip Flop
  • 2 minutes
  • 10 count in place of Burpees

Ornament 7 – Swanson – Dabo’s Blunder

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 6.48.27 AM12-4   15 PAX   #MOB

Swanson took this one just to get an ornament on the tree. It involved an endlessly repeating Dora and rocks. He also tried to end early. Most of the took place at the bus loop. We were running behind, so we used this part.

  • Mosey to the bus loop

Ornament 8 – Paladin/Urkel CoQ – No purple for Paladin, but there is an ornament!

PalaOrn12-5   20 PAX   #theBuck

YHC had to wear the Wofford shirt again. Oh well, there’s always next year. Paladin kicked this one off, and the I picked it up. We borrowed the exercise that was done at the transition.

  • 5 “Ankle Biter” Bobby Hurleys each leg
  • Mosey to opposite end of the bus loop
  • 5 “Ankle Biter” Bobby Hurleys each leg
  • Mosey to opposite end of the bus loop
  • 5 “Ankle Biter” Bobby Hurleys each leg
  • Mosey to opposite end of the bus loop
  • 5 “Ankle Biter” Bobby Hurleys each leg

Ornament 9 – Squid Birthday Q – GREAT start to a new year!

SquidOrn12-6   15 PAX   #MOB

This was Squid’s 48th birthday and he took the Q. This one went straight to a mosey and featured 48 Burpees.

  • 48 Merkins

Ornament 10 – Joker – NO BACKBLAST – SHAME

joker orn12-7   5 PAX   #theBuck

Joker took the Q on a wet and rather miserable morning. There was the constant challenge to try and find a dry spot made by the PAX Previously. We stayed on the #PadofPain for most of this one, so we closed it out today with some fun on the pad.

  • Start in corner of Pad
  • 10 BBSU
  • Lunge Walk to adjacent corner
  • 10 Squats
  • Bear Crawl to adjacent corner
  • 10 Merkins
  • Lunge Walk to adjacent corner
  • 10 Jump Squats
  • Bear Crawl to starting corner

Mary – about a minute left stick with Joker

  • Backscratchers IC – to time

Ornament 11 – Run Day – 7 Marathon Runners get the Ornament

IMG_360212-8   8 PAX   #theRake

This was a cold, wet, and miserable morning. 8 PAX started, but a few left before time to keep themselves in shape for the marathon the following day. Black Lung posted in shorts and a t-shirt and Gambit told him that he better not call in sick to work.

To Be Continued at the #MOB on Saturday . . .

COR, NOR, Announcements

Prayer Requests:

  • Praise that Yo Yo Ma’s sister is recovering well from surgery for her burn
  • Request shared among those present

Urkel Paused!

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