A Few Of My Favorite Things and See-Ya-Later

Thelma 400s
August 11, 2016
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August 11, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things and See-Ya-Later

  • When: 08/11/2016
  • Q: Third Degree, CB
  • Pax: TuTu, Dorothy, City Chick, Capitol Bride, Gemini, Stargazer, Ranger, She-Crab, Third Degree

It happened.

My first Co-Q at the House of Pain.  

It seemed only fitting for my first and (potentially last) Co-Q/Q to be with Capitol Bride at the House of Pain bootcamp.  The HoP was the place I became a FiA — and I have CB to thank for that.  So it only made sense to co-Q a workout with my main FiA Bae (lookin’ at you, CB) before I make a move to DC.

But we’ll get to that later. 

My alarm went off at 4:22 this AM and I could not have been more enthused to tackle A Few of my Favorite Things. CB and I met Tuesday to plot out our Q and we settled on doing all of my favorite exercises (and a few of my “favorite Choose-the-Harder-Thing” exercises).  Despite the soggy pre-dawn conditions, 9 PAX crushed a solid booty-kicking workout Qed by Capitol Bride and I.

Here’s the Thing:

Warm-up: (CB)
Jacks in CAD
Butt Kickers in CAD
Toy Soldiers in CAD
Through the Bridge in CAD

Partner Work: (Third Degree and CB)
Squats w/ high five x20
Plank taps x20
Leg throws x20 each
Repeat x2

Bear Crawl down straight/Tri-cep dips (switch)
Broad Jump down straight/push-ups (switch)
Repeat x2
Toni’s Ladder: (TD)
12 Russian Twist
11 Squats
10 Russian Twist
9 Squats
Finish: (TD)
Wall Sit, each person count to 5 around the circle
Big Girl sit-ups, each person count 1
Plank, 1 minute
***The House steps were slippery from the recent rainfall, so we got creative instead of risking life and limb. After all, we want to challenge ourselves, not knock our teeth out at the foot of the Capitol Building.  In lieu of running up and down the House during Toni’s Ladder, we alternated doing lunges and sprints back and forth between exercises.
Inspirational send-off:
As I wrap up my first Q, I can’t help but reminisce on how FiA has changed me.  It’s been legitimately good for me.  I wanted to so badly to voice this after the workout, but it sounded like too much of a goodbye to say out loud at this point. And this isn’t a goodbye.  It’s just a bye-for-now.
I hope that I can find new FiAs (or people like you ladies) in DC.  I know that there is already at least one waiting for me there, but I think that both Chaps and I can testify to the fact that the community that we’ve fostered here in Columbia is one-of-a-kind.  But regardless, you’re irreplaceable and have truly made me better.  So, here it is, my send-off.
FiA Nation, here are the ways that you’re more incredible than you know:

Even when it’s cold and dark, you are never alone.  Yes, it’s a crappy metaphor. But it’s true– whether we’re showing up for 5 AM workout or talking through life struggles via group text/happy hour, you’re there for each other.  We’re a team.  And we’re #bettertogether.

-You’re legitimately fun.  From trotting around the streets of Columbia before dawn to running from city to city like a crazy person to Margarita Flights at Happy hour, you’re a legitimately fun group of ladies. I enjoy being around you and you make me more adventurous.  You  make me try new things.  And it’s a joy.

-On the days that I believe that I can’t, you convince me that I can.  When I joined FiA, I’d barely been able to complete a 5K.  But working out and training with you ladies inspired me to do what I believed was impossible: I’ve run a half marathon and an ultra marathon. I’ve fallen in love with running and fitness and sweat. Before hanging out with you crazies, I never dreamed that could be me. But even on the days that I didn’t think I could run another mile or wake up for another long run, you’ve believed for me.  And that’s made all the difference.    
Through FiA I’ve lost pounds and inches.  And I’ve gained so much more.  Thank you for challenging me and making me better, ladies.  This isn’t really a goodbye.  It’s more of a see-ya-later.
Thanks for everything, ladies. Third Degree signing out.


  1. Betty says:

    Best Wishes to you in your new adventure! Thanks for sharing your FiA story!

  2. Diego says:

    Thanks for reminding me of all the wonderful reasons why I love this group of women! Good luck in DC!

  3. Grizzly says:

    Good luck with your FiA DC Launch!!!

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