As previously mentioned, we had our first Challenge Run on Wednesday. These runs are every week and are in preparation for the Yellow Brick Road challenge in week 10. Each week will be a new challenge and the mileage increases.
As you can imagine, there are all types of fitness levels here but we begin together as a group and those who finish first bring the others in until the last one crosses the finish line. It's very metaphoric as it pertains to our profession. The camaraderie I've felt throughout my career is the reason I love law enforcement. I've always felt as though my brothers and sisters in blue were by my side -- that we would never leave anyone behind. I was reminded of this during our challenge.
Last night was Flag Night where we all assembled under our respective state flag or country flag (for the International Students). It is a way for the officers from each state to network with one another. Since we Illinoisans are over-achievers, we had all arranged to meet socially before departing for Quantico.
Many patches, pins and other paraphernalia were exchanged throughout the evening. It was a nice reminder that despite being geographically separated, it really is a small world. The below pic is me (left) with Paul from France (center) and Lisa from Kentucky (right).
After Flag Night, we were off to the Boardroom for Karaoke and I have to say that I was not expecting talent. Where I come from, Karaoke night brings out those unsuitable for singing anywhere but their shower (present company included). I was stunned that a lot of my comrades had actual talent. Why that shocks me I do not know!
Onward and upward.