10/13/2021 - The Outpost - 26.2 and Then Some…Joy is the Real Marathon of Life

AO: The Outpost

When: 10/13/2021


Number of Pax: 18

Pax Names: Appletini, Blueprints, Bob Ross, Columbus, Elway, Fargo, Flush, Ken Doll, Mr. Miyagi, Poutine, Powderpuff, RoachCoach, Sweet Gherkins, Toadstool, Trailer Park, Waterfall,

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QIC: Blues Clues


Was an extra gloomy morning…this was day 3 after running the Chicago Marathon and two days off…amazing how much you can miss the gloom, the fog lingering low in the air, the cooler weather moving through, and all the feels of pulling into a dark parking lot at 5am with your F3 brothers…felt good to be back…




  • SSH
  • Abe Vigoda’s
  • Tappy Taps
  • Arm Circles
  • Capri Lap

The Thang

26.2 Exercises – A Boot Camp Marathon

  1. 10 SSH (Start at Flags)
  2. 10 American Hammers
  3. 10 Carolina Dry Docks
  4. 10 Air Squats
  5. 40 Merkins (Run to Far Playground, .25 Mile) 
  6. 10 Mountain Climbers
  7. 10 Wide Grip Merkins
  8. 10 Pull Ups
  9. 10 Bobby Hurleys
  10. 40 Knerkins (Run back to Close Pavilion, .25)
  11. 10 Leg Lifts
  12. 10 Lunges
  13. 10 Dips
  14. 10 BigBoy Sit-ups
  15. 14 Seconds Balls2theWall (Run .25 mile to West side Pavilion) 
  16. 10 Calf Raises
  17. 10 Seal Claps
  18. 10 Hydraulics
  19. 10 Yard Bear Crawl
  20. 40 Close Grip Merkins (Run .25 mile to East Side Circle in Parking Lot)
  21. 10 Burpees
  22. 10 Squats
  23. 10 Imperial Walkers
  24. 10 Control Freak Merkins (run 300 ft to Flags) 
  25. 40 Merkins
  26. 40 Second Low Plank
  27. .2….Stargazers for 20 seconds

Circle of Trust

This past weekend I finished the Chicago Marathon, all 26.2 miles. I ran with our F3 brothers Tonka and Poutine. It was an amazing experience!

I want to share with you all I had a big goal to run this race in 3 hours and 30 minutes which would beat my PR by 5 minutes from last year. This was my third marathon and this time, over 18 weeks of training, I trained extra hard man. I did more cross training, more Black Diamonds almost regularly every Mon, Wed, and Thu. I did more hill work and ran longer including two 20 milers vs just one in the past. I ran faster and ran with faster PAX. I ate better, had more protein and vitamin supplement intake, hydrated more, I even switched to a full, 100% plant-based diet for the last two months, completely cutting out meat or anything from an animal. I studied running more, I read more about running, I meditated, I did more stretching and I practiced more yoga.

To say I was more ready than every before is an understatement.

And then, on race day, I ran the worst race of my life. I came in at 4 hours and 23 minutes.

At about the 13 mile mark, my lower body just totally cramped up. My left quad, my right quad, then my hamstrings, left calf, right calf, etc. The muscles just stopped working, totally contracted.

I spent the next 13 miles basically stretching, limping, walking, and bouncing my way to the finish line. This city of Chicago was in celebration mode and that was awesome, my performance, not so much.

I’d be lying to say I wasn’t disappointed. I was. And I’ve been grappling with this emotional feeling over the last few days. But I want to share something with you all today…

There’s a chapter in the F3 Manual called “Contentment”. The sub title reads: “Stability of Emotion Engendered By The Continual Pursuit of Joy Rather Than Happiness”

These two paragraphs ring true to me and helped me reign in this emotional feeling:

“Joy is the fruit of a HIM’s enduring devotion to Getting Right and staying that way through the DRP. Joy requires nothing external to a person other than the Relational Rhythm that results from the strong, regular and repeated pattern of his interaction with himself, his Concentrica and the Creator. It withstands bad weather, physical ailments and financial downturns. Joy is the stainless steel of the soul, the stern stuff that resides in the stout heart of a HIM fully Committed to Leading his Group through every Obstacle that impedes its Movement. It is the foundation of his Contentment.

In contrast, Happiness is the warm comfort that derives from a toasty fire and a mug of hot cocoa on a cold night. It requires nothing of a man other than to be in the right place at the right time. Unlike Joy, Happiness is wholly dependent upon physical or emotional gratification and the conduct and emotions of other people. Whereas Joy is eternal, Happiness only lasts as long as the positive external circumstance is present. When the fire dies and the mug is empty, Happiness evaporates like the morning mist over a pond, leaving nothing behind but an empty yearning for its return.”

With happiness, we chase something we know will evaporate.

With joy, we pursue something that can last forever.

While running a faster marathon might have made me happier, I know that would only be temporary.

On the eve of my 40th birthday, it’s Joy that I wish to pursue for the next 40 years. Not the happiness of running a marathon in 3 hours and 30 minutes…I already know how that feels to evaporate…but the joy in my overall fitness, fellowship, and faith.

That’s the joy I will work to pursue.

Joy is the real marathon…joy lasts forever.

Thanks for coming out today gentlemen.



Naked Man Moleskin

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