Author Archive Jello

The Mail Delivered

posted on behalf of Mailman

QIC: Mailman

Pax: ThunderRoad, Lazy Boy, Cottonmouth, Clover, Smash, Bugeater, Jello, Boss Hog, Damn Gina, Mr. Magoo, Swift, Tagalong, Scratch and Win, Hannibal, FNG Rosco

Extra Credit: YHC and Jello for 1.84 miles at a nice 9.23 pace

In some comfortable 40 degree weather 16 men started the week off right.

Quick disclaimer that YHC was not a professional and it was only the second time Qing which some misunderstood as second time posting…

Off we went for a quick lap around the track and a little warm-up: Side Straddle Hops, Windmill, Merkins, Plank Jack and Peter Parkers.

The Thang: No Mercy Mile: Start at the middle of the track jog to turn 1, bear crawl to turn 2, jog to midpoint and 20 squats, jog to turn 3, lunge walk and jog to mid point 20 merkins and repeat. I was reminded that this was a moderate work-out by Scratch and Win and was convinced to do count the warm-up lap as lap 1.

Did some plank and other Mary while waited for the 6 to come in and then a 10 count by Jello.

Mosey up to the rock pile and grab a rock that you will be lifting and carrying. Partner-up and line-up in the parking lot. Partner 1 run to second hoop while partner 2 completes called exercises – Overhead Press, Tri Curls, Rows, Curls, LBC Return Rock and Grab some wall. 30 count Airpress.

Circle up for some Mary with a little help from PAX and continued reminders that this is a moderate workout…Flutter, Protractor, SnowAngel, Dolly and Rosalita

Moleskin: Had a few more show up with the moderate weather Monday morning. Great to see Boss Hog recent FNG bring out another FNG Rosco, welcome! All in all about 1.5 miles which YHC calls a moderate workout despite all the protests.

Grateful for all the help and support for YHCs second Q. Sign up for the Joe Davis Run and YHC took us out.

Not Disney, just a Tripled Triple Nickle

PAX: Mr Magoo (respect), Damn Gina, Bug Eater, Mailman, Clover, Jello

No pre-run today it was a cold morning in the low 20s. I wasn’t expecting a big turn-out between the holiday and the weather. But, 6:30 rolled around and there were 6 faithful standing and ready to go. Disclaimer given and off we headed towards the entrance. Circle up …

Warm up:


15-IC IW

15-IC Windmills

Main Thang… I gave everyone the heads up that we were going to head down Strawberry lane. We took a right on Rosecliff and headed down the hill. Instructions and explanation was given about the Triple Nickel.

Triple Nickle – 1: Merkins / Low Slow Squats

While waiting on the 6, I encouraged the Pax to keep moving when finished and not plank. Truthfully, wasn’t much of a gap.

We head back to SCMS, but take a Stop at the “Horshoe”. I think it was BugEater that renamed it a SPUR. And another one…

Triple Nickle – 2: CDD / Jump Squats A demonstration was needed for Mr. Magoo (he was back!) of a Carolina Dry Dock and glad to comply. After we finished, I said we were headed to the benches

Triple Nickel – 3: Bench 5 steps ups (each leg) / 5 Single Leg Calf Raises off curb (each leg) . Initially called Calf raises, but the guys were smart enough to modify.

Initially, I had hoped to get in a few more triple nickels, but we were running out of time. Time to improvise.

We headed on the hill by the track for 5 Planks, 5 Jump Squats, and 5 burpees.

Head up the hill and grab a rock. 50 Overhead presses, take a break as needed. Put the rock back.

Finally, grab some wall. The famed Toe Taps, from daughter’s ballet stretch class. 50 of these. I must say that when I did these in a previous Q, they went over better. Might try these on a bench next time.


Joe Davis Run on March 9th.

Christina Latini Memorial 8K on March 30th.

Chelms, Tolkein, and GOP (Rudy) were collecting clothes and shoes for the Peru mission trip.

Basecamp is looking for Qs. See Thunder Road for sign-ups. Mailman on Q next week.

Moleskin: My Co-Site Q, Thunder Road, asked me to take his Q. The M scheduled a last minute trip to Disney World. I had thought about trying to come up with a Disney theme, but I just didn’t have the magic. I went to something, which I had been thinking about… the Triple Nickel. Originally, I was hoping to get in 5 triple nickels. I had consulted with Mermaid about combinations and had some good ideas. But, we ran out of time.

Realistically, we might have been able to squeeze in 1 more. Another day. It was good to see Mr. Magoo back who seems to be getting used to this F3 and posted elsewhere. I think he will fit right in. Props to Clover who was often out in front. Very solid work from Bug Eater and Mailman.

But, the one that I want to recognize is Damn Gina. I saw him at Mountain Goat a few times last summer. He seemed to disappear a little in the fall. Now he is back and on his way to be better than ever! He recently had his first Q at Gumby and I’ll be hitting him up to Q at basecamp.

If you are reading this, know that I’ve been there. Yeah, you are struggling a bit and might be in the back with the 6. Keep with it! You are already better than you were 6 months ago and give another 6 months and you will be rocking it. I don’t know who said this initially but they were spot on, “It won’t get easier, but you’ll get better”.

Go out there and get better and help others to get better!

Thirteenth Day After Christmas

Pre-Run: Thankful that HIPAA joined me for an easy 1.8 mile pre-run. Right on Woodfox, Right on Rounding Run, Left on Raintree, left on 51, Left on Strawberry Lane, and back to start. He shared that he went to High School with Drano at Charlotte Catholic and played baseball.

5:30 am rolled around and attendance looked good. I was told to get going; I think my new fancy watch is 2 minutes slow. #usererror. After a disclaimer, off we go. Do a lap in the parking lot, then a lap where we started with high knees and transitioned into butt kickers. Circle up for the…

Warm up:


13-IC Imperial Walkers

13-IC Windmill

13-IC Mountain Climbers – Slow

And we mosey down to the benches by the baseball fields for the…

Main Thang: This was stealing the 12 days of Christmas workout, but making it 13 days and count down. I wanted to use what we had in the AO, hence by the benches and rails.

13th Day-SSH

12th Day- Carolina Dry Docks

11th Day- Supine Pull-ups

10th Day- Flutter Kicks

9th Day- Dolly

8th Day- Heels to Heaven

7th Day-LBCs

6th Day- Dips

5th Day- Merkins

4th Day- Step Ups (each leg)

3rd Day- Jump Squats – a little noise from Goonie around here saying how I was a Runner (working on it) and why aren’t we running? Good question that was about to be answered.

2nd Day – 2 laps up the steps down the side and back. Most thought this was going to be burpees. Nope, finally some running. Somewhere on the 1st lap, I think we finally hit 1 mile.

1st Day-Burpee

On the way out, I had hoped to do an Indian Run up to 13, but it just didn’t work out. Okay, so we can still line up like we are in pre-school.


Joe Davis Run on March 9th.

Basecamp is looking for Qs. See Thunder Road for sign-ups.

After two and a half years, Goonie is stepping down as co-site Q and I’m stepping up. More on that below.

I didn’t get the name of who did the takeout, but it was appreciated.


I believe that one year ago, I also had BaseCamp Q. We did some other variation of the 13 days after Christmas. I remember it being super cold and Adobe, Costanza, and a few others posting.

This year, I tried to keep things straight forward and put together a nice circuit. I can say that we enjoyed Benny’s 12 Days of Christmas at Peak 51 in December, so that was my inspiration. That said, last night I had the idea of visiting 13 sites and doing reps at each site, but I stuck with my original plan. Maybe, next year!

It was nice to see a good turn out today. I would love to say that it was to attend my Q, but the reality is that the weather was in the mid-40s in January. Further, the rest of the week is looking cold. Bundle up!

Everyone pushed hard and no real stragglers. I saw Damn Gina at Mountain Goat a few times last year and good to see him back. Adobe kicked off the year right by showing up. Drano (a former site Q), was back after a year away from BaseCamp. I reminded him that his M didn’t want to be married to someone out-of-shape. I ran with Beefeater last week at Donut Run and he was there. Good to meet some folks in person instead of just Slack/Twitter like Hopper, Leprechaun, etc. And always good to see some of the Peak 51 regulars like Smash and Mall Cop out there.

As far as the Co-Site Q change… In mid-November, I started to think about some of my goals for 2019:

• Take about 3 minutes off my 10k time for the Joe Davis run in March.

• Run BRR and hit my estimated time. I’m okay, with being 3 minutes slow on a leg as long as I make it up on another leg.

• Run a Half Marathon – either Rocktober Fest in October or Charlotte Half in November

• Run 750 miles on the year.

• Be disciplined in my training, but flexible enough not to get hurt.

• Help Others

The last one was important to me, but I didn’t exactly know what to do. About a week after that, I got a direct message from Goonie that after two and a half years he was looking to step down and that I might be a good fit. The wheels started spinning. Sure, I knew I had some upcoming Physical Therapy for some Hip Pain that I’ve experience and a nagging Hamstring. Thankfully, Goonie recommended someone and I went in. Turns out it is nothing serious, just some rehab is needed.

I saw Goonie at a donut run in December and he asked again. I was really thinking about it at this point, but did want to make sure that I could hit McHorsey some in the Summer Months. Thunder Road was good with this.

The final approval was the M. She did have initial questions about why I would do it considering that lately I’ve been hitting Blakeovery, so I tried to explain that I wanted to be there to help out the six. The other big puzzle piece was that there were Co-Site Qs. Hence, we can still go on vacation!

Approval Granted! So I said yes! And we decided that the transition would happen at my Q in January.

In August 2016, Mermaid had recommending starting at Basecamp; not Centurian around the corner. Goonie was the one to greet me at Basecamp. We had previously known each other from playing basketball at the Y and me hacking him as he threw up 3 point shots. I also want to give a big shout-out to Booyah who was co-site Q at the time. I can’t thank him enough for the number of times he hung back with me.

BaseCamp was where I started F3. I’m truly honored to be a co-site Q with Thunder Road. While I don’t know all the ways that I can help. I know that I want to help. You may not know the answer, but I hope that you ask the question.

Bushwood wrapped up; Benny bounces back

On Monday (12/17), I get a DM from Benny asking if I was doing the Donut Run on Wednesday. He was hoping for someone to help him pace around 9:30 / Mile. My initial workout plan for the week had been to do a LSD on Sunday (thanks Fleetwood and Paper Jam), Swift on Tuesday, rest on Wednesday, Peak 51 on Thursday, and hit Centurian on Friday. After some thought, looking at the weather forecast (rain on Friday), and Vodoo deciding that I was headcount, I was in for Donuts!

I got there early around 5:05 and waited in my car. Benny pulled in, followed by Goonie. It was good to see him, thought he might be running with us. Around 5:10, got out of my warm car and said hello to the guys and we saw Turkey Leg. High Tide approached and was waiting for Vodoo. But, no Bushwood….

I saw Bushwood the morning before at his virgin Swift post. He was with the fast guys and I think they wrapped him up and put a bow on him. He must have ripped the wrapping off, when I saw him later on Tuesday night at Ballet pickup for the 2.0s. I remember questioning if Laetner was a real person; indeed, he is not the ghost of Christmas past, but someone from Metro and a friend from Church. All good.

Anyways, time to run. I started fast (around 9 min/ mile pace) and was ahead of Goonie and Benny. So they scolded me and I dialed it down. Along the way, Goonie and I had a not so top secret meeting (probably more to come on that). Benny commented about how I’ve gotten faster. More like, I was so slow that there wasn’t a lower speed!

We continue running, stopping at 51 to cross the road. Usually, about here is when everyone catches me. But, where were they???? Finally, around Raintree, someone passed (Swiper) and then Turkey Leg. When crossing 51 at Rea, we see Vodoo and High Tide on their way.

I commented about how we had a mile and a quarter left. And that’s when Benny Bounced! Yeah, he was complaining earlier (like a good Millennial), but, at the end he took the lead and finished strong! Another great donut run.

Glad to be back and glad I could help Benny out.


This was the first donut run that I didn’t plant water beforehand. It was something that I wanted to try and worked out fine.

Talked with Turkey Leg after. He ran the 6.3 and said it took a while for his legs to warm-up. Checking Strava it was still his crazy fast pace.

When the 3 of us were running, we passed a woman running alone in the other direction. Sure, there are all times when we go out for a quick jog by ourselves. But, on this day, I was really thankful that I get to run with you guys! Merry Christmas!


Benny on Q at Peak 51 on Thursday.

Meathead (Kettle bells) is also happening on Thursday morning.

Joe Davis Run is in MARCH this year on the 9th – sign-ups open at

Craft Beer half Marathon/5 miler –Voodoo is doing this and pointing out that it is halfway point to BRR.

The Four Realms of Peak 51

Upon arrival, I took a trip to the back of Matthews Elementary to scout the area. Just looking for any changes, which there weren’t. I come back to the front of the school and was greeted by Slim Fast (Drosselmeyer), who said, “Setting up Barre’s back there?”. Slim Fast (who oldest daughter had danced) knew the ballet that was coming!

A thorough disclaimer was given (it would do Mermaid proud). I also explained to everyone that since my daughter did Ballet and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” was opening this weekend, that there would be ballet references. Drosselmeyer piped up again, “I’ll be sure to go see it” (Sarcasm).

Before we enter the realms, we needed to warm up. Run to the back of the school…


SSH x 15

IW x 15

Windmill x15

Time to enter the first realm….

Land of Snowflakes – just as the snow falls, so we must.

Plank sequence – hold plank for 20 secs, rest 10 secs. Repeat 4x. Side Plank (right arm down) for 20 secs, rest for 10 secs. Side Plank (left arm down) for 20 secs, rest for 10 secs.  Elbow Plank for 20 secs, rest 10 secs, repeat.

Plank Jacks x 15

Freddy Mercury x 15

Rosalitas x 15

Flutter Kicks x 15

And we head off to the second realm…

Land of Flowers – just as flowers go, so should are muscles. Grab some wall against the side of the school. Get in the people chair

Air Presses x50

Toe Taps x 50. You can try this at home. Do a wall sit, and then tap your toes for 50 counts. Around 30 you really start to feel it.

Air Presses x 50

Toe Taps x 50

Then we hit the wall.

Derkins x 15

Step Ups x 10 each leg.

And we are off to our Third Realm (the track)…

Land of Sweets – In the land of sweets, there would be no treats!

Lunge Walk – 8 counts drop and do 1 civil count Merkin, T Push Up, another civilian count merkin, and T Push UP. Then 16 lunge walks, and 2 Merkin/T Push Up. Finally 32 lunge walks, and 3 merkin/T PushUP.

Run back to start

Duck Walk and Jump Squat – 8 duck walks and 1 Jump Squat, 16 duck walks and 2 jump squats, 32, duck walks and 3 jump squats, 64 duck walks and 4 jump squats.

Run Back to start

Bear Crawls and Burpees – 8 bear crawls and 1 burpee, 16 bear crawls and 2 burpees, 32 bear crawls and 3 burpees.

Run back to start.

Time for our final realm. I explained that “Mother Ginger” had planted 7 keys around the track, with an exercise on each key. We had 2 laps to find all 7 keys or burpees.

Mother Ginger

The following exercises were on the 7 keys:

  • Carolina Dry Docks
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Peter Parker
  • Dead Bugs
  • LSS
  • LBC
  • Monkey Humpers

I think they found 4 keys on the first lap. The 2nd lap they found 2 more. But, we couldn’t find the elusive key 7 (Mountain Climbers).  So yes, they paid with burpees at the end.

Back to the front to meet Sparta.


Nice take out by Slim Fast


During the Warm Up, the guys were teasing me about the inflection in my voice. I sounded like I was going through Puberty.

Toe Taps- This exercise I stole from my daughter’s stretch/conditioning class. They get to sit on the edge of a bench, but they do 100 – 3 times! Good for your calf muscles.

Land of Sweets – this whole run for 8 counts then do an exercise was another one that I stole from my Daughter’s Ballet Camp this summer.

Facing Mother Ginger – I must say that Swiss Miss had an excellent idea during this that I will use next year (because my fall is consumed with taking the 2.0 to Nutcracker rehearsal). I should have had everyone partner up. Person 1 does some exercise (say SSH) and person 2 (with Headlamp) Runs around the Track looking for keys. This would have actually fit nicely with theme. There are some ginger children in Green dresses (my daughter) and some are in Red Dresses (Bushwood’s daughter). Shout-out to Team CK!

I always like coming out to Peak 51. Sensei and Lois (Clara) do a great job keeping it organized. I like the guys and we get a good sweat going! Unfortunately, Thursday is often my rest day and take the 2.0 to school. That all said, whenever there isn’t school, I’ll be out.

The guys were a good sport with the work-out today and appreciated (tolerated) the creativity.

Always thankful to lead this group!




Charlotte Marathon this weekend

Let them Soar 5k – next weekend. They have enough track commanders, but someone usually gets sick/has a last minute conflict – so come on out!

And let me know if you want to come see Nutcracker in early December! Shameless Plug.

Dunkin’, no Bushwood

This morning, there was no Bushwood at the Donut Run. Was he hurt? Did he have to work? Was he watching the kiddos? I suspect it was none of these! Because yesterday news broke that Dunkin’ Donuts will be dropping the Donuts and known as “Dunkin’”.

The reason Bushwood was not present was because he was MAD! And I quote (from Slack), “Stupid. Almost as bad as when IHOP went to IHOB”. And that doesn’t even include the obscenities he was mumbling under his breathe.

While he was washing his mouth out with soap, the rest of us ran…

Tolkien and Flipper continued their bromance and ran the Long John route. Don’t kid yourself – I’m just jealous.

Wild Turkey and Insomniac got in 6. Turkey Leg, Uncle Phil, Enron, Polly and Baracus ran all the way to Providence (no turn on Candlewyck) and got in about 6.5. Fleetwood got in 7.

I resurrected the 4.5 mile Jello route and was joined by Adobe (whom I hope we see out more). I wanted to get in a decent run, without overdoing before my first 10k at Isabella Santos. I remember a year ago, when I ran this route and was happy to hit 50 minutes. Today, I did it in 42:10!

As for the donut run, it will remain the same. Heck, I’m actually kind of glad that Dunkin dropped the Donuts – this is what you get for not letting paying customers park in front of your store! #kharma



Isabella Santos 5k/10k – This Saturday

Let Them Soar 5k – Nov 10th.

Crane Relay – It’s coming

Apologies to the missed names, let me know and I’ll edit the BackBlast.

Catch me if you can

A few weeks ago, Bushwood posted about needing Qs for Donut Run and I was glad to send over my credentials, “Slowest guy there”. But, I still show up!

On Wednesday afternoon, I posted on Slack and Twitter that we would be doing the Reverse South route. This is 6 miles, but I also posted on Slack about how to get a little more. I also put out the Challenge, can you catch me by Rea Road?

On Wednesday July 25th, we had run the South Route. On that day, I had averaged a 10:08/mile. I started that day at 5:05 am and remember Bushwood and 1 other passing me at Olde Providence Elementary School.

Today, I started a touch later at 5:10 am. I figured that I would be caught about 3-4 miles in. I know that most guys at the Donut Run average 8/mile or less.

So the run… my first 2 miles still aren’t right. Sure, I’m fresh, but just haven’t gotten into a good pace. Somewhere on Providence, I was passed by a muscular guy (with a beard) wearing a baseball cap backwards. Did Purple Haze come out to Donut Run? Or maybe, this was Polly?

I had planted a water Bottle at Raintree Lane. Right about then, 2 guys passed. Somewhere after Strawberry Lane, I hear “Jello is that you”. 4 guys approached, they weren’t muggers! Fleetwood, Turkey Leg, 1 other, and Rachel passed me by.

Somewhere along this, some dude was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Thankfully, he called out. That could have been bad!

I’m approaching Rea thinking, “Is that it?” and don’t you know it… it is “Mr. Consistency” Retread. Talk about a guy with a consistent pace – that’s him! I know at Mountain Goat on Friday, I always try to be able to see him. If I see him, then I know I’m going fine. And indeed, for that last mile and a quarter I was able to keep him in site.

I finished the day averaging a 9:51/mile. Less than 10 minutes! Whoo-hooa! I think the difference was mile 4, which I did in 10:29 and that was with my Water bottle plant. A month ago, my mile 4 was 11:40. I’m pleased with the progress.

A lot of this backblast has been about “Me”. Heck, I thought about writing it in 3rd person, “The Jello finished the day averaging a 9:51/mile”. I think “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson was the best at talking in 3rd person, so I won’t try.

Okay, so somewhere in South Charlotte there are some PAX who can run a slow 5k and are looking to improve. Do yourself a favor – come out to Donut Run! Sure, these guys are “real runners” and all of them “caught me”.  I’m breaking a 10 minute mile on longer distances because of them – THANK YOU!

These are good guys. Be willing to ask questions and learn. They will help you – I’ve asked about heart rate monitoring, turnover, watches, and how to lace your shoes! They are super encouraging, not making it about times but just getting out and running. I remember talking about Bushwood about planning to do my first 10k at end of September (Isabella Santos) and he said something like, “Don’t worry about time, just go out and do it”. I guess Nike had it right, “Just Do It”. Hope to see you at Donut Run in the future!


Boston Marathon 2019 Hotel reservations – Turkey Leg is asking if anyone is planning to run it as Hotel Reservations fill up quickly in Boston.

Crane Relay – You can still register. I’m continuing to spread the rumor that the slow guys are Team Captains. That might not be true, but it’s a rumor that I’m spreading.

Paint Ball – Sept 15th Area 51 vs SOB. Check Slack for a sign-up sheet.

Great Wolf Lodge – On Nov 9th. Group reservation code is #1811F3BA. See Slack or Ask Madame Tussauds for more info.

Thanks for the takeout by Fleetwood.

Apologies to the missed names, let me know and I’ll edit the BackBlast.


What a way to celebrate my 2 years of F3, but at where it started – BASE CAMP! Being BRR season, I started the morning off with a pre-run of 1.8 miles.

5:30 rolls around and time to get going. Proper disclaimer was given (Benny still isn’t responsible if you get hurt). Let’s circle the parking lot while some cars pull in. Head down to the track…


Warm up:


2-IC burpees – I offered to do a demonstration, but nobody was interested. Sad.

15-IC Imperial Walkers

2-IC burpees

15-IC Windmill

2-IC burpees

15-IC Mountain Climbers

2-IC burpees


Main Thang…

Partner up. We had 11 today, so I flew solo.

Each partner runs in opposite direction to the other side of the track, where they would do 10 Hand slap Merkins. Run back and do 10 hand slap Carolina Dry Docks.

But, we’re not done yet. Partners run in opposite direction to the other side of the track, where you would do 10 Flutter Kicks (4 count) together. Run back and do 10 Heels to Heaven together.

We moseyed to just outside the fence at the bottom of the hill. In my 2 years of F3 and often posting at Base Camp, I don’t think we’ve ever used this hill. I could change that!

Triple Nickel –

5 Hand release merkins at the top

5 Low Slow Squats at the bottom

5 times

After all were complete, we started up the hill doing some Lunge Walks. About a 1/3rd of the way up, we did some Sumo Walk. Finish off the last 3rd with a nice jog.

Grab some wall and get in the People’s Chair…

50 Air presses

We were about to go into some 1 leg squats, when Marvel asked if we could move to the side of the school – good call. So we moved.

5 left single leg squats

5 right single leg squats

40 air presses


Time for some rocks…

P1 – Curls with Rock

P2 – run down to the bleachers and 15 dips


P1 – Press with Rock

P2 – run down to the bleachers and 15 supine pull-ups



1 lap around the parking lot and let’s finish with some Mary.


15 American Hammers



Rough estimate is that we got in 1.7 miles today.


Crane Relay – Coming up on Oct 26th. The rumor is that the slow guys are Team Captains. That might not be true, but it’s a rumor that I’m spreading.

BRR – Sept 7th and 8th. Be safe in your training!

COTS – Good turnout at last Church on the Streets. Next one is Sunday, Sept 2nd – Labor Day weekend. A lot of good details provided by Strawberry. #HIM. I’ll be adding the sign-up genius.

Thanks for the takeout by Marvel.


The basic idea of this workout, I stole from my first post at F3 lead by Goonie,

I remember being paired up with Knight Rider (who I recognized from my neighborhood), what a running beast!

I’ll never forget that first workout. After the warm-up and during the hand-slap merkins, I was like “What have I gotten myself into?” Now I can answer, “Something pretty special!”

Dredd had some recent comment about doing Burpees “In cadence”, so that you can avoid doing the “Aussie Burpee”. Good thought. If you haven’t checked out the “43 Feet – leadership podcast” with Dredd and Dark Helmet, then you should.

The Triple Nickel and hand release Merkins are a favorite of Mermaid. He was the guy that kept talking about F3 while our daughters swam, so this was a good way to honor him.

The single leg squats were something that I had seen some ballerina do on Instagram. Except they held weights in the air – far tougher than me! I know you guys like when I work in some ballet. Besides, classes start up again in less than 3 weeks – have you registered?

I always like the Protractor during Mary. And nobody called “69” – finally, some grown up maturity.

Veteran group of PAX today working it out. Marvel is a young stud. Costanza celebrates his 2 years in about 2 weeks. Once upon a time, we were deep 6 together. Now we can definitely hang! Thunder Road is like the energizer bunny. He just keeps going and getting it done.

Finally, let me say “Thank you” (yes, the emotional sappy part)… I think back to the movies “Singles” and the Pearl Jam song, “State of Love and Trust” and the lyrics, “I’ll do this one myself”. Maybe, I could train for something like the BRR or a half marathon by myself. Frankly, I don’t want to! I want you guys in my life and hope to be part of yours. The fun is doing this together.

John 15:13 (NIV) Greater Love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Some might say that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. In F3, I say it is BRR training season. I was a driver last year and I can say that going out and running with the guys (just in case I was needed), was the highlight of my year.

Proper disclaimer was given. Sensi is not responsible if you get hurt, Lois is not responsible if you get hurt, and Benny is not responsible if you get hurt (still on IR, but a nice shout-out)!

We started a little run from the parking lot, to the front of the church, take a right, to the back of the church parking lot.

Warm up:


5 merkins

15-IC Imperial Walker

5 merkins

15-IC Windmill

5 merkins


Plank. Right leg up, right leg down. Left leg up, left leg down. Left Arm Up, Left Arm down. Right Arm Up, Right Arm Down.

I didn’t feel like more merkins, so throw in the Plank at the end. I mean, if you’re going to do this BRR thing, do you really need bulging biceps?

Main Thang…

The basic idea for this workout came from a F3 workout that I had done last summer at North Myrtle Beach. Instead of it being BRRS, it was BOMBS. At one point, Lois led a workout doing BLIMPS, which jogged my memory. I knew that a lot of guys at Peak 51 were on the Mountain Goat BRR teams, hence, BRRS.

At the bottom of the parking lot, I had setup 4 cones that were approximately 10 feet apart. Partner up.

Give me a B for 50 Burpees as a team.

P1 – runs to cone 1, backpedals to start, runs to cone 2, backpedals to start, runs to cone 3, backpedals to start, runs to cone 4, and backpedals to start.

P2 – while partner 1 is running/backpedalling, P2 start on burpees. When P1 is done, then P2 starts running and P1 is doing burpees.

When the team is done with 50 burpees, then together they run a lap around to the front of the church and back.

Give me an R for 100 Rosalitas as a team

P1 – runs to cone 1, backpedals to start, runs to cone 2, backpedals to start, runs to cone 3, backpedals to start, runs to cone 4, and backpedals to start.

P2 – while partner 1 is running/backpedalling, P2 starts on Rosalitas. When P1 is done, then P2 starts running and P1 is doing Rosalitas.

When the team is done with 100 Rosalitas, then together they run a lap around to the front of the church and back.

Give me another R for 150 Rocky Balboas as a team.

I needed another R, so I checked out the Lexicon. Essentially, throw a left jab with your right leg out, then right jab with your left leg out. This was a 4 count move to count as 1. This move took entirely longer then what I had thought.

P1 – runs/backpedals

P2 – starts on 150 Rocky Balboas.

When the team is done with 150 Rocky Balboas, then together they run a lap around to the front of the church and back.

Give me an S for 100 Squats as a team.

P1 – runs/backpedals

P2 – starts on 100 Squats.

No partner run, as we were short on time. When all teams were done, we took off as group and ran up past the church, took a left, and back to starting point.

Time Up!


Keep Dumpster Fire and family in your prayers with the loss of his brother. I don’t have the right words. Just know that we are here for you.

Firecracker 4 miler – one year anniversary of Speed for Need over the 4th of July.

Also, Speed for Need will be at The Park Church 5k for Domestic Violence.

A new stretch workout “Pokey” will be starting soon at Elevation-Blakeney on Wednesday mornings. See Paper Jam or Madison for more info.


I had so much planned for this workout. Unfortunately, the reality of time set in. I had thought that after BRRS, we would run in a square in the other parking lot by the trailers doing squat jumps/squats/monkey humpers in each corner. Or maybe run down to the Methodist church (.3), then we would do some Katie Boren’s (30 second plank, 30 second mountain Climber, 30 second rest for 3 sets) and don’t forget the Mary. I wanted to conclude with some stretching. I mean with all this running for the BRR, it is so important to stretch. Needless to say, none of it happened! #QFail

The BRRS concept was good. I’ll probably use it again next year at Basecamp. However, I would keep it to 50 of each exercise. Hence, we could get to other things.

The good news is that I am Q in a few weeks at No Myrtle Beach. So everything that we didn’t do today, we will probably do with the Grand Strand boys.

A few notes…

  • Thumper was downright fast. I’m not sure if he’s on a BRR team, but he should be. Smooth talking Slim Fast, will probably be calling him soon.
  • These guys need to stop asking if it was a 4 count exercise. Just go with it.
  • Glad to have Furly out there. He’s Kotter, having returned after 2 years. Really seems to have the right attitude and wants to get back to. Keep with it.

Thanks for the takeout by Madison. Glad to have the Sparta guys join us at the end.

When I talked with my wife about running the BRR this year, she said “Go ahead and do it, you are just getting older”. Now that’s encouragement! In all seriousness, she’s right. I am getting older and tomorrow is not guaranteed. But, I’m getting better. I’m getting better because of you guys – so thank you!

Now, let’s pile in a van together for 36 hours and run over 200 miles! It’s gonna be great!


12 (or 14) Days After Christmas

When Udder posted on Slack about wanting to head to the Muthership for some CSAUP, I knew this was a great time to step-up and get my butt moving in the cold.


While most PAX were a bunch of F3 Veterans, I still gave a thorough disclaimer and off we went.

1 lap around parking lot.

½ lap of butt kickers

½ lap of high knees

Circle up:

12 IW IC

3 burpees on your own

Head to the bleachers

12 (or 14) days after Christmas :
Listed on a white dry-erase board were 12 exercises. However, we were not doing the typical “12 days of Christmas” which is a great ladder workout. Instead, we were doing 12 exercises one after another. On your own, we did 14 reps of each exercise as it was the 14th day after Christmas.

  1. SSH
  2. LBC’s
  3. Air Squats
  4. Supline Pull Ups
  5. Lunges
  6. Dollies
  7. Merkins
  8. Monkey Humpers
  9. Freddy Mercuries

10.  Flutters

11. Dips

12.  Burpees

Upon completion, I encouraged the PAX to jog to the steps and back to keep warm (instead of planking).


The No Ballet Series

There was no ballet this time! Benny was sad. That said, the following idea I stole after reading that a dancer (Katie Boren) with ABT (American Ballet Theatre) did this every morning upon waking up. The big difference is she said she planked against the Wall. But, if you can’t do it – don’t Q it!


Plank 30 sec

Mountain Climber 30 sec

30 Air presses

Rest 30 secs

Repeat 3x

My arms were really feeling it the 3rd set. But, this is the power of F3 and struggling together.



Grab a rock for walking down the steps and back up.

1 lap squat – take 2 steps and then squat

1 lap curls

1 lap Air presses

My legs are a bit sore after this.


Wiseman Relay

This idea I stole from previously volunteering at a Children’s Ministry “Epiphany Party”. For the kids, it was running from 1 side of the room to another and fill a bag with items that the Wiseman might have needed along the way (Fish, Water, Gold, Frankencise, Myrrh ,etc.) we had them link arms as they picked up a partner. The trick was not to run, but to work as a team – always a good skill!

Divide into 3 teams

P1 starts runs to basketball hoops as does 3 Jump Squats

P1 runs back and get P2 runs to goal post, then do 6 Jump Squats together

P2 is doing IW while waiting

We repeated to 2nd and 3rd goal basketball hoops.



12 Good Morning Nashville

12 Heels to Heaven

15 LBCs


12 Standing Sit-ups


2 easy laps to finish (we had 2 mins)



Veteran crew this morning. The only one that I didn’t recognize was Olaf, who started with F3 about 2 weeks ago – welcome!

Major props to Costanza. During the 12 (or 14) Days After Christmas, he did a lap to the stairs and back after each exercise. #pushingit

Benny who is training for his 1st marathon, was out in front during the Wiseman relay – I thought he was taking an easy to train. Guess not!

I hadn’t seen Adobe or Thunder Road in a while. Good guys in the F3 Nation!

No real announcements.

Appreciate the take out by Adobe and prayers for my daughter, Kathryn aka Flexie, as she goes through Allergy testing on Tuesday morning. She had a reaction on New Year’s Day after eating some Cashews and smoked sausage. We suspect potential allergy to tree nuts. A trip to Urgent Care is no way to bring in the New Year!


A few final comments, while I advertised this workout as “Following the star” and an “Epiphany Party”, F3 is not a Christian organization. Sure, you’ll find Christian men here. I think the way I described it to my Dad was, “A church, without being a Church”. I thank you for that. Whatever you do or don’t believe – come on out! You’ll get a good work out and meet a bunch of great guys that just do the right thing.

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