Backblast #510- The Mogadishu Mile

DATE: October 5, 2020
AO: Johnson Park
QIC: Launchpad
PAX: 4
Pre-Blast: We’ll be paying tribute to the soldiers who fought and died in the battle of Mogadishu 27 years ago. HC now or don’t. I’m sure the Rangers and Delta Force soldiers who fought would agree being soft is the way to. Coupons required. Gloves recommended. “Comfort is a slow death, prefer pain” ~someone on the internet.

5 Core Principles: Free of charge | Open to all men | Held outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold | Led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion with no training or certification necessary | End w/ a Circle of Trust

Disclaimer: This is a free, volunteer, peer-led workout. I am not a professional. I have no knowledge of any injuries or fitness considerations. It is each person’s responsibility to be safe and modify exercises if you need to. The most important thing is that you don’t get hurt, and that you finish. Remember, the workout should be you vs you.          

WARM-o-RAMA : Jumping jacks, cherry picker back-claps, squats, and mosey around the parking lot

THE THANG: 4 rounds of 19 coupon swings to overhead, 19 squats with coupon, 19 merkins on coupon 400m run/walk with coupon. Total of 76 swing, 76 squats, 76 merkins and 1 mile with the coupon. The pax started near the parking lot and worked their way around the paved trail searching in the gloom for the next orange marking for the chance to plank while waiting for the start of the next round. Rinse and repeat around the path which looped back around to starting point. While planking prior to last round the pax learned the symbolism of the “Mogadishu Mile”

Symbolism of the “Mogadishu Mile”
*You cover a total distance of one mile. Even though the soldiers actually walked between 2.5 and 3 miles depending on their starting point, it has become known as a “mile”. You carry your KB during the run to symbolize the gear the soldiers carried.
*19 reps – one honoring each soldier of Task Force Ranger killed during the battle and the day after.
*Ground to swing overhead – as the soldiers held up their rifles the entire time
*Squats – as they sought cover behind anything available
*Push-ups – as they fell to the ground and had to get back up
*Don’t let the coupon go – symbolic for the dedication the soldiers showed towards their creed to ‘not leave a man behind

MARY Each pax picked the their preferred method of pain ending with the Q. Big boy sit-ups, American Hammers, Shoulder taps, and plank step outs

End of Workout

Circle of Trust (CoT) Inevitably inertia/resistance will appear when you attempt to better yourself or do anything worthwhile (right your canoe). They can be internal and external thoughts, criticisms, influences, etc. The co-worker who calls you crazy for waking up so early, temptation to sleep in, doubt in yourself to lead etc. Those are amateur thoughts and we are a group of HIMS. VQ asked for feedback on the beatdown for areas of improvement and what went well if anything. Iron sharpens Iron.

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Leave no man behind, and leave no man where you found him.”
– Launchpad