Running of the Caribou

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  • When: 03/21/2020
  • QIC: Feud
  • The PAX: Twister, Heisenberg, Updraft (R), Butcher, Whistler, Extinguisher, Fix-It, Fifty-Cent, Feud

9 HIM of F3 Jacksonville posted in the gloom at Boondocks despite being fatigued from listening to the doom and gloom messages that come with the news of the year: COVID-19.  With our numbers in line with the latest recommendations of the CDC and the City of Jacksonville, the Jax Pax did keep their best to maintain a safe distance from each other, which wasn’t really too hard today…


  • SSH x20 IC
  • Burpees x10 OYO
  • Hillbillies x10 IC
  • Don Quixote x10 IC
  • Burp N’ Merk x10 OYO
  • Imperial Walkers x10 IC
  • Reach Throughs x10 IC
  • Burp N’ Groiner x10 OYO

The Thang

Most people know the term Boondocks to refer to a remote rural area, or any out-of-the-way area considered backward and unsophisticated.  The term actually was derived from the Tagalog (Philippine) word “bundok” which means “mountain”. The word came into American use after the Philippine-American War when returning military personnel used the term.  All this to say, welcome to the inaugural Running of the Caribou (AMRAP until time called)

  • Station 1 (Pavilion)
    • 20 Jump-Ups
    • 20 Dips
    • 10 pull-ups
  • Station 2 (the Berm):
    • Up & over forwards run
    • Return backwards run
    • Descending burpees at baseline x10-8-6-4-2
  • Station 3 (Parking Lot):
    • Updraft shuffle to first island
    • Run to fence and back to first island on opposite side of lot
    • Updraft shuffle
  • Station 4 (the Wall):
    • Duck walk around concrete platform starting at one end of wall and ending at opposite end of wall
    • Wall walk length of wall
  • Station 5 (Football field):
    • Suicide shuttle run
      • Start at goal line, run forward 40 yards, then back 20 yards
      • 25 LBCs
      • Run forward 40 yards, then back 20 yards
      • 25 LBCs
      • Should end with LBCs at opposite 20 yard line
    • Return to Station 1


YHC is thankful for you HIM who came out here today and allowing me to lead.  Thankful that we are still out here in the gloom.  As it is with many of us, in the back of YHC’s mind is ‘will this be the last time we get to do this as a group for a while?’  

YHC is fatigued.  This has been a very trying week… and it’s only week 1 of what potentially could be 7 weeks or more of this madness. The wealth of both information and misinformation is so overwhelming and humbling at the same time.  One report says at the current rate we are going we would have used 28 million masks by day 39.  Another says that at our current trend, all, our hospital beds will have COVID patients by day 60. To collect the most recent updates, decipher what is most appropriate to pass on to my teams, and do so in a positive manner to help them remain calm so they can continue to do their job has been very taxing… and it is only week 1.

What has helped YHC get through is his faith and his brothers.  Being able to come out here and lean on each other, push each other to be better, and pick each other up is wonderful thing that YHC does not take for granted.    Once again, thank you for allowing me to lead you today.

Ring of Man

This is a prayer being said at end of my church’s live-stream services:

Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask You guard and protect us from the Corona Virus and all serious illness.  For all who have died from it, have mercy; for those who are ill now, bring healing.  For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them.  For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace.  May Your Precious Blood be our defense and salvation.  By Your Grace, may You turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope.  May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to Your infinite Mercy. Amen.


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