Sydney and I were chatting last night and I mentioned that I wanted to try and mix things up a bit for this morning’s workout. I had told her that I knew some people were getting bored of the “run up the hill, back down, do some exercises, and repeat until we tell you to stop” gig, and wanted to throw in some variety. She brought up the idea of splitting the group up to do Indian runs, which is an exercise that NP_DC does frequently during their Monday hill workouts. “However,” she said, “I think they call it something different since I’m not sure if that’s the PC term.” I brushed off her suggestion to think of a different name, dismissing her concern of offending someone.
Cue Melanie Thankappan.
When I told the group that we would be doing these Indian runs up the hill for today’s workout, Melanie, with as straight of a face as humanly possible, coldly stated, “I take offense to that.” I felt the color drain from my face and my knees buckle. I think I stammered out something about the Washington Redskins and the Battle of Bull Run, but I don’t remember — I think I blacked out. Thankfully, Mel, one of our most dedicated members who has been with us since DAY ONE, has a wonderful sense of humor and was only giving me a hard time. Needless to say, I’ll be brainstorming some new names for this workout all day today.
Thanks for showing up and kicking some ass today. We can’t wait to see you again on Wednesday for our first Wednesday workout of the new year. Until then, keep spreading that love and joy that is such an integral part of our Wednesday and Friday mornings. The tribe is strong.
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