Enter Sandbag Challenge for the Semper Fi Fund

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This past weekend I had the honor of participating in a Semper Fi Sandbag Challenge to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a Foundation that supports wounded Marines and their families. My Fiancé Jeff's good friend and former marine Kyle Finnerty, organized a Sandbag Challenge as a fun way to show our efforts in supporting the Semper Fi Fund, and to raise money for this wonderful cause. To donate and read more about Kyle's story and the challenge he put together, please check out his page at https://fundraising.semperfifund.org/fundraise?fcid=508320 .

 So, what is the "Sandbag Challenge"....well, I didn't know either, but it sounded awesome! This marine/military workout will put any "bootcamp" to shame, and truly defines the meaning of teamwork. The challenge goes like this...

Enter Sandbag Challenge
The challenge will be performed in teams of 2. Each team will have one 30lb sandbag that cannot be put down for the duration of the event. Teammates can divide the work however they want, but only one can be working at a time. The teams must complete the runs together, and their time will not stop until both teammates cross the finish line. With the exception of the burpees, the individual performing the exercise will be the one holding the sandbag. If the sandbag touches the ground at any time, each teammate must stop and complete 20 burpees. 

The Challenge:
150 Burpees
Run 1 mile
150 Pushups
Run 1 mile
250 Squats
Run 1 mile
100 Sandbag Get-ups
Run 1 mile

As a triathlete, fitness fanatic and lover of all things ending in competition...this was right up my alley! What a fun way to show our support for Semper Fi , along with meeting such a nice group of people! Jeff and I would of course be teammates (no option there!) among 6 other male dominant teams (that's right, all guys)!

Jeff and I crossing the "finish line" as the first place team! This is how we ran with the sandbags on our shoulders.

Jeff and I crossing the "finish line" as the first place team! This is how we ran with the sandbags on our shoulders.

Going into the challenge, I really didn't know the specifics of it all...at first I thought the 1 mile runs were done WITHOUT a 30lb sandbag, and didn't know the pushups would be with it on our back...thanks Jeff for taking care of basically all 135 of those...I like to think I made it up somewhere! I truly enjoyed this type of workout/ competition, because Jeff and I had to work as a team, and finish together by splitting up the work and utilizing our strengths where we could. For the burpees we each did a set of 30 twice and then finished with a set of 15 each,  Jeff basically took on ALL the pushups, and for the squats we alternated50 each and then split the last 50 into 25 each. Fort he get ups I did 15 and he did 10 until we reached 100.  I think every team had a different strategy, and there by no means was a right or wrong way. For the 1 mile runs, we had first thought we could run each holding one side of the bag, but learned there certainly WAS a better way to run with the bag. The last 3 runs we each put the sand bag on our shoulders, Jeff would run the first 1/2 mile and I ran the last. This was our strength. We were in the lead coming back from every one of the runs, but fell behind to third after the 100 get ups, which made for good competition! We passed the other two teams pretty quick once we got to the last 1 mile run, but by no means was anyone going slow! I think I must of been in an all out sprint for that last 1/2 mile...which I am still feeling the effects of today! I think those 3 cups of coffee beforehand carried me through most of it!  We all finished in about 45-55min and in good spirits after a hard, fun workout. I had never done anything quite like this before, maybe except for back in college lacrosse, but really enjoyed the comradery of it all, both between your teammate, and the other teams.  Not only does it push you to both physical and mental limits, but it requires you to work together regardless if you might have been able to do some parts of it faster.  As the inaugural winners of the Sandbag Challenge, I will look forward to continuing my support for Semper Fi Fund and hope to be a part of this challenge next year!!!