Wednesday, January 27, 2010


  1. christyphillips | January 26, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Ya! V-Day Massacre sounds awesome! Let’s go girls!
    Also, for those who missed my late post from today:
    Who’s in??

    • coach | January 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Ah, Christy.



      For starters, great work parodying the “***Important Announcement***” thing yesterday. Well played.

      I honestly don’t remember committing to this. Really. It just doesn’t sound like something I would do, or do seriously. Are you sure I wasn’t being sarcastic? Are you really sure?

      This would be a lot easier to get away from if I didn’t like you. For the record, no one else could get away with this. No one. However, you are the indomitable Christy Phillips, and I am but a cog in the wheel that is your thirst for life. So, I will do your run, even though it violates my third life’s rule: no man should ever bear or hint at his…situation…in public. Never show ’em what you’ve got, so-to-speak.

      Did I mention that I wear board shorts as underwear and have a particular affection for undershirts? There, problem solved. Besides, nobody wants to see this. I mean, this thing is outdoors, in the middle of February. No good can come of it.


      This morning, I woke up with my dignity. But I think I just sold it for $30.


      • mchofia | January 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

        So what you’re saying John is that you walk around MPH in your underwear? 😀

        • Jen M. | January 27, 2010 at 9:43 am

          well played mayra, well played

        • coach | January 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

          Oh, good. Thanks, you two. Jump right into my nightmare. The water is warm.


    • StuLu | January 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm


      I am flattered that you have personally invited me to such a fine soirée. A run that involves only 2 miles of exertion and allows oneself to expose body parts as a form of self-degradation? By golly – THIS EVENT WAS MADE FOR ME!

      As you all know by now I will do just about anything for attention (but alas – am a terrible seamstress) so, I would propose the following: I will wear whatever anyone can make for me. And I mean anything. Buttless? Crotchless? A red leather bodysuit? Why not?

      My goal will be to look completely ridiculous as I chase John down Constitution Ave with the goal of getting in front of him (if buttless). The whole way screaming “You want this body – join MPH now!”

      I am there. I am so there.

  2. jeremynurse | January 27, 2010 at 12:09 am

    John, I love that you you’re taking the time honored tradition of Valentines Day, namely doting on your loved one, and putting the MPH stamp on it, namely beat down the opposite sex. Nice.

    Did I mention that I’m totally in for the Cupid Run? I expect a major MPH turnout for this. I’m going to wear my MPH t-shirt. Now I just need to figure out the valentine’s day theme undies…. and no Sean, I don’t want to borrow yours.

    • Jen M. | January 27, 2010 at 9:45 am

      who ever said sean wears underwear?

  3. coach | January 27, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Derek B.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs., 10, 8, 5 (sub: overhead squat, jump-stretch pull-up, green)
    David O.: 115-125x-115-115-115-lbs., 17, 13, 10
    Erin K.: 60-60-60-60-60-lbs., 8, 8, 8
    Borja G.: 95-95-95-95-95-lbs., 22, 16, 12
    Erez Y.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs., 20, 14, 11 (sub: overhead squat)
    Leota B.: pvc-pvc-pvc-pvc-pvc, 10, 8, 4 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, green)
    Amy D.: 45-50x-45-45-45-lbs., 31, 23, 27 (sub: bodyrow)
    Kris C.: 60-65-65-65-65-lbs., 14, 6, 7 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, red)
    Kristie K.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs., 20, 16, 10 (sub: overhead squat, jump-stretch pull-up, green)
    Kim H.: 55-55-55-55-55-lbs., 25, 20, 20 (sub: bodyrow)
    Lynsey H.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs., 9, 7, 6 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Mayra C.: 55-55-55-55-55-lbs., 2, 2, 1
    Charles H.: 75-85-85-85-85-lbs., 12, 9, 5 (sub: strict pull-up)
    Ivy F.: 105-105-105-105-105x-lbs., 3, 3, 3, (sub: jump-stretch strict pull-up, red)
    Rob K.: 105-105-105-105-105-lbs., 18, 9, 9 (sub: strict pull-up)
    Caitlin F.: 75-85x-80-80-80-lbs., 5, 4, 3, (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Mike S.: 115x-115-115-115-115-lbs., 26, 21, 9
    Ravi S.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs., 20, 11, 10
    Shana S.: 55-60-60-60-60-lbs., 14, 8, 4 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, green)
    Neil A.: 125-125-125-125-125x-lbs., 11, 8, 7 (sub: strict pull-up)
    Sidra C.: 75-75-70-65-65-lbs., 3, 3, 5
    Jessica H.: 55-60-65-65-70-lbs., 8, 8, 8 (sub: strict pull-up)
    Sean M.: 115-115-115-115-115x-lbs., 6, 5, 4
    Jen M.: 65-65-65-65-65-lbs., 3, 3, 2
    Joe P.: 155-175x-155-155-155-lbs., 6, 6, 6
    Jeff W.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs., 9, 7, 4
    Josh O.: 125-135-135-135-135-lbs., 4, 4, 3 (sub: strict pull-up)
    John S.: 65-65-65-65-65-lbs., 8, 6, 6 (sub: push press + overhead squat, strict pull-up)
    Dave R.: 185-195x-195x-195-185-lbs., 26, 14, 4
    Ricky B.: 110-120x-115x-110x-110-lbs., 18, 15, 11
    Linda K.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs., 21, 10, 12 (sub: overhead squat, bodyrow)
    Glenn C.: 95-100-105-110-110-lbs., 10, 15, 10
    Jenn J.: 50-50-50-55-55-lbs., 11, 11, 9 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Jason H.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs., 23, 19, 13 (sub: overhead squat)
    Joanna L.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs., 5, 4, 3
    Christy P.: 110-115-120-115-115-lbs., 33, 22, 18
    Adam C.: 95-105-105-95-95x-lbs., 12, 13, 6
    StuLu.: 45-45-45-45-45-lbs., 10, 7, 7 (sub: overhead squat)
    Erin H.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs., 8, 5, 6 (sub: overhead squat)
    Roselena R.: 75-85x-75-75-75-lbs., 3, 4, 5
    Wayne C.: 85-85-85-85-85-lbs., 11, 7, 5
    Jeremy N.: 175x-175-175x-165-165-lbs., 14, 6, 6
    Sean F.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs., 14, 15, 13 (sub: overhead squat, jump-stretch pull-up, blue)
    Koji H.: 33-33-33-33-33-lbs., 16, 9, 7 (sub: overhead squat)
    Amy S.: 33-38x-38x-33-33-lbs., 13, 13, 8 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, green)
    Hassan D.: 75-75-75-75-75-lbs., 11, 6, 5
    Samir M.: 65-65-65-75-75-lbs., 4, 4, 4 (sub: jump-stretch pull-up, green)

  4. Mrs. Finkenstadt | January 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This is AWESOME! I think the undie run should be event 4 of the Valentine’s Day Massacre. FWIW, this is a hard 2 miles. Capital hill is no joke.

    My main problem is that since this is a long weekend, I’m not sure I’m in town. I’ll sign up for both when I know what’s what.

  5. Need A Bionic Back | January 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

    can you please add stict pull-up as a sub for me. Consistent with my status as a charter member of the tender hands club, I tore yesterday. I now invite (although he doesn’t need an invitation) Coach Main to suggest that if I showed up more often, did more pullups, etc. I wouldn’t tear my hands.

    John S.

  6. coach | January 27, 2010 at 11:59 am


    Before I forget, we originally planned the Valentine’s Day Massacre by Ricky’s idea the night of the Riot: a competition between AM athletes and PM athletes.

    That is, until Meg “The Maneater” / “The Black Widow” / “B-Wid” / “Wheelhouse” suggested Guys v. Gals. Great idea, Meggers. Boys, we have work to do…


    • Rob | January 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      I don’t like our chances.

      • coach | January 27, 2010 at 4:23 pm

        Come on, Rob. What’s with all the negativity? Have you been hanging out with Ricky lately? We’re never going to win with that attitude.

        What do you think the “M” in “MPH” stands for? It stands for “Man“. Actually, no it doesn’t. It doesn’t at all.

        Nevermind. I get it. You’re playing it cool. So, yeah, we don’t stand a chance. All of the guys will probably forget it’s Valentine’s Day anyway. We’re dead.


        • mchofia | January 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

          Need I remind you of the kick ass Lilith Fair that took place less then 24 hours ago? I’m just sayin…

        • swimdra | January 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

          hmm…that second paragraph sounds suspiciously like fightin’ words pretending to be something other than fightin words.

        • Rob | January 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

          I’m more of a realist. And I think the amount of pinkness coming from Jen will blind all the guys. You can’t discount something like that.

          • mikeheartspullups | January 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

            I’m with Rob. We’re dead.

        • train2live | January 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm

          Oh Shit, we have two of our strongest men saying we’re dead…that can’t be good! Although, Kris was out jumping me on the jumping burpees we did the other day so maybe I need to rethink this.

          Dave O

  7. Jessica | January 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Sweet suggestion, Meghan — I want you on my team!

    Jeremy, before I forget, I left some paper for you in the sand box. I mean, I left some sand paper for you at the box.

  8. ralswang | January 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    6AM I missed you all this morning and it put me in bad mood the whole morning. See you all tomorrow at 6AM. I know you all enjoyed the quiet without me being part of Wed. 6AM!!!
    Ralph xoxo

    • Kimmie | January 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      LOL! We were still pretty noisy, maybe a few levels down from when you are there. See you tomorrow.

  9. Jen M. | January 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I think part of the scoring for the VDay Massacre should be the best VDay-themed workout attire. Extra points for the most pink! (red for Valentine’s day is so overated anyway) 🙂

    • swimdra | January 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Jen I think your pinkness has been an inspiration to many and you are now ushering in a new era of clothing colors at MPH. Keep it up. Especially when combined with pigtails.

    • meghanmcnally | January 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      or black depending on how you really feel about valentine’s day 🙂

  10. Mrs. Finkenstadt | January 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Hey gang,
    I heard this awesome piece on NPR tonight and thought I would share it. In light of the running goals and the cupidundiesrun, we should take note of this study about running barefoot. Seems logical and completely primal to me!


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