“The DON” + 9/11 = Remember The Fallen



Today is 9/11 and today’s WOD was “The DON”. In case you are not familiar with the back story: 

U.S. Marine Corporal Donald M. Marler, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, died on June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his mother Susan, his father David Sr., his sister Jennifer Pupillo, and his brothers David Jr. and Jacob.

The WOD: 

For time:
66 Deadlifts, 110 pounds
66 Box jump, 24 inch box
66 Kettlebell swings, 1.5 pood
66 Knees to elbows
66 Sit-ups
66 Pull-ups
66 Thrusters, 55 pounds
66 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
66 Burpees
66 Double-unders


As Coach Exson started the countdown, we all felt a sinking feeling creep in. This was not going to be easy. This was going to hurt. But then I look at CPL Marler’s picture. I see the pride of serving his country in his portrait. I think about all of the First Responders who died on 9/11. The citizens on the planes, in the Trade World Centers, and at the Pentagon. They would do anything to trade places with me right now. The families they left behind who do anything just to hug them again.

So with that being said, I picked up my bar and said the following: 

“Suck it up buttercup. Remember why you are doing this. “


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