Lord of the Rings: A VQs quest through Middle Church

Lord of the Rings: A VQs quest through Middle Church

F3 Backblast for VQ

Title: Run with endurance the race set before us…

Date: 8/21/2020

Kevlar PAX: Good numbers for Kevlar lately. 12 guys showed up for my VQ – the more the merrier

Orange Whip wrote a backblast in June and it gave me a whole new perspective on him, his faith, and F3 – so I’ll try to shed some light on my story as well.

Since I am relatively new to the F3 fam, I’ll give a little run down of how I got here. Graduated UF (Go Gators) with a Construction Management Degree in Dec 2019. Married my beautiful wife Jan 2020. Relocated to Charlotte for a new project in Feb 2020. COVID hit hard in Mar 2020.

A lot of changes happened in those few months, and it was difficult to keep my bearings as a new husband with a new wife, new job, and a new city to call home with no great way to meet new people. That’s where Spyglass comes in who I’ve known for years – he and his wife moved to Charlotte in May and he soon asked me to go with him to a group called F3 at 5:30am (fyi Spyglass previously joined F3 when he lived in Asheville). I went, and I’ll admit Skunk Works was painful but great – shoutout to Horsehead for the name that stuck.

F3 has been a great way for me run the race with men who also want to see God’s Kingdom established. In this regard, Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by a so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” I love how the author of Hebrews relates our faith journey to a race of endurance. No matter the time, weight, sin, injury, or pain – we must run the race set before us and look to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith. The grit that it takes to finish each F3 workout is an example of how much focus and effort we are to put in our daily walk with the Lord.


Now to Kevlar: 12 guys showed up this morning.

I arrived early for my first Q – I have never had to use the bathroom before a workout, but this morning hit different. No porta john in sight, so onward…

The Thang:

  • Start Time at 5:30am.
  • Jog to the backside of CD parking lot.
  • Warm up: Merkin, Imperial Walker, windmill, grapevine stretch (kudos to Metro for that one), LBCs, Heels to Heaven, and Squats.
  • Partner work at the parking lot islands
    • Alternate partners, suicide to each island and back + up the hill. One partner runs at a time while the other performs merkins, LBCs, Heels to Heaven, Squats. Hold Plank when finished. x2
  • Run on road East of CD – 5 merkins at every other light post. Mossy back to the stop sign. x2
  • Parking lot relay race 6 v. 6 – Run about 60 yards, 5 merkins, run back.
  • Mossy back for a 6:15 sharp finish.


Ye Mole:

  • Fault Line was complimented on his sleeveless tee and good tan before the start and responded with chipper that he had been to the beach recently.
  • A lot of chatter from the PAX during the warmup for an odd couple of stretches, but no complaints during the last 35 minutes of running – must’ve been too out of breath.
  • Bulldog commented on “the great genetics that us Brits have”.
  • During the island suicides, I ran through a huge cobweb at the top of the hill and frantically wiped the web off myself so fast that I flung my wedding ring off of my finger. Looked around for 5 seconds but didn’t want it to derail my first Q, so I moved on with the workout. Thankfully many offered to help, and I was able to find it after the workout.
  • One of the closest relay races witnessed at the end. BLC’s pristine merkin almost put his team behind, but Spyglass pulled out the win for them with Horsehead from the opposing team only a stride length behind. Everyone went all out in the race, so it was a slow slow mosey back for most of the Pax.
  • Orange Whip and Rhapsody really pushed each other during the light post merkin run and pushed the pace of the whole workout leaving everyone spent trying to keep up. Good work.


See you guys next Friday.


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