April 26, 2014
The Team gathered for what we call SAT7, or our Saturday morning workout. It was a gorgeous sunny morning, with a slight wind making it brisk. This was no ordinary workout, it was no ordinary morning. On Easter Sunday, a week back, one of our Team lost his father. Family is what is most important to us, and we wanted to show our support and respect executing our Tribute workout. This one was aptly named STITES053. It consisted of 5 Exercises, 3 Sets of the 5, 53 seconds of rest between exercises. It was definitely a strenuous workout, something we needed to do. Like I said – it wasn’t an ordinary morning…..
It was also the morning of Pat’s Shadow Run for the Pat Tillman Foundation. (http://pattillmanfoundation.org/about-us/) Our team decided to get our Tribute workout in, then cover the 4.2 miles with a log – symbolic of our Team coming together to accomplish one thing – HONOR. It was never a race for us – we completed it our way. Although most were already gone when we crossed the finish line, the Event Organizers were still there, as was the owner of Lock N Load Java – LTC (R) Carl Churchill – a fellow GRT from Salt Lake City. Carl saw the Team working out before the run, and his curiosity brought him over (he had a hunch we were linked to GORUCK). After learning he was GRT, I asked him to lead one Round of Exercises. He enthusiastically jumped right in (although he was recovering from a leg injury – it didn’t stop him:)
The sun was shining, spirits were high, and for you W. Stites & Pat Tillman – TEAM FIRST – FAMILY ALWAYS!