On a steamy Saturday morning following an evening down pour, a white Range Rover pulled into the parking lot which signaled Escobar was up to the running challenge YHC posted on Slack. Apparently Escobar does not troll Slack as much as the rest of us and he he questioned the Q’s commitment to a run heavy workout. That idea drew some chuckles from Mighty Mite, a look of disbelief from Arsenal, and despair from Twinkle Toes who has been missing out on all the fun lately. After a quick disclaimer, 7 PAX were off.
I broke from F3 tradition and skipped the COP and opted for a Bratwurst style warmup for the ensuing running. Just as we found a spot in between Bank of America and Best Buy to start some warm ups, here comes Fredo, a late arrival to the party, joining us for: toy soldier, hop the fence, and some quad stretches to warm up the legs.
Once done with the warm up, we began our adventure up Rae Rd towards Stone Crest Shopping Center. We took a quick detour into a little grassy area for a delayed COP: SSH x 10, IW x 10, Merkins x 10. Conveniently located next to the grassy area were some flimsy park benches which led to questioning by Bucky and Might Mite if they would hold. 2 Rounds of 15 dips, 15 derkins and 15 step ups (or squats).
From there instead of going back out to Rae, we took a quick detour towards my hood for our run. The rule: at every street corner stop and perform 25 toe tap crunches and another set of Mary waiting on the six. There were stops at Alexander Martin Ave., Eudora Ln, Alma Blount Blvd., Darcy Hopkins Drive, Treat Woods Dr., Beaver Brook Way, Bay Tree Way, Totterridge Rd, Parkchester, before stopping in my driveway to do a set of merkins.
YHC ignored requests for food, water, and use of the bathroom and we went over to Parks Farm Lane via the cut through to arrive at the neighborhood park for field of plank. Line up on the near side of the field, five lunge walks towards the far side of the field and perform the called plank. Regular plank, elbow plank ,Makhtar N’Diaye, right arm high, left arm high and that was enough.
Mosey to the parking lot for some squats and to watch Mighty Mite attempt to dunk a basketball, miss a jump shot and layup (he looked like a true NC State player) and back to running. Stops on Parks Farm Lane and Fieldgate Drive for some more mary were in order before we went back to Rae Rd. to head back towards Blakeney.
We paused at Bellegarde Drive, Southbrook Drive and Alexander Martin Dr. for more core work before we crossed over to run towards the playground at the shopping center.
Upon arriving at the playground the promise of pull ups and stretching was fulfilled. First, 10 pull ups and 15 dips. Then loosen up the hamstrings, hip flexors, IT band and calves with some broga moves (come to Gumby on Wednsday for the extended version) and back to the AO and the appearance of Paper Clip running out of the Chick-Fil-A to give his daddy a big hug.
Since I am not a runner I cannot tell you exactly how many miles we covered, my guess was about 3. But we did close to 400 ab exercises, so I know we should be feeling that tomorrow. It was fun to take the daVinci faithful of a tour thru my hood. We did not have any announcements, so YHC led the takeout and we were done. I am always grateful to have the opportunity to lead a great group of men.
On a relatively cool July morning, 14 PAX (including a FNG) joined YHC to see if he actually had running shoes. After the approved Area 51 disclaimer, a short mosey, and then a lap around the track and it was time for:
SSH x 15, 5 Merkins OYO, IW x 15, 5 Diamond Merkins OYO, LSS x 15, 5 Merkins OYO, Flutter x20, 5 Diamond Merkins OYO, LBC x 20
Mosey to the main playground and partner up, size doesn’t matter, speed may: Each partner perform 7 pull ups, run around school in opposite directions and when you meet do 10 hand slap merkins, return to the playground. Two rounds,perform mary waiting on 6.
While at the playground grab some bench space or a playground bar for derkins x 15, Dips x 15, split leg squats x 10 each leg all on Q count.
Mosey to other side of the school by stumps. Partner up, each perform 15 dips, run around the school in opposite directions and when you meet up, 5 burpees. Two rounds, perform mary waiting on 6.
At the stumps, step ups 10 each leg OYO, split leg squats x 10 each leg on Q count, 15 x derkins OYO.
Mosey to the playground and combine the two, with 1 round each of pull ups/hand slap merkins and dips and burpees. Finish at the playground perform mary waiting on the 6.
While at the playground, 10 pull ups and run around the far traffic island in the parking lot. 2 rounds.
Then back to launch point for mary led by Lobsta Roll, Madison and Drive By.
BRR in September.
Anvil and DMZ converging Wednsday at Calvary. Hops is speaking after the workout. You don’t want to miss it even if you attend another site, take the short drive over to Calvary it will be worth it.
Union County 2nd F 7:30pm on Thursday at Hickory Tavern in Wesley Chapel. Here is the address: 6400 Monroe-Weddington Rd, Wesley Chapel, NC 28104
Welcome to FNG Litter Box who did a great job at his first work. He has lost 40 lbs recently (awesome!) and his brother-in-law, Orange Whip, was lobbying hard for a kindler, gentler, name but none of the PAX would have it. Pop Tart seemed confused at the beginning of the work out when YHC had his gloves, prompting a question about running shoes. I think he had the answers by the end of the workout. Thank you Madison for the take out and as always appreciate the opportunity to lead.
With our fearless leader playing with hills at Horsey, it left Bunker at the reigns of Blakeovery to lead 6 PAX on a 5 mile adventure. At a little before launch time, Bunker provided the route and at 5:15 we were off.
Blakeney Shopping Center up Ardrey Kell, past the high school, making a right at Marvin Rd (State Employees Credit Union), then a quick right to West Providence to Community House Rd. Make a right on Community House towards Ardrey Kell than back to the starting point.
We ended the morning with a good 15 minutes of stretching led by Paper Jam and Strange Brew.
It was good to see some new faces at Blakeovery. Madison and Strange Brew drove across town to see what all the hype was about and Stump Hugger set an early alarm that included a barking Pit Bull mix puppy and joined the fun.
Bunker, Wingman and Madison we in front with Paper Jam not far behind. Strange Brew, fresh off his bout with malaria, and Stump Hugger put in a solid effort. At one point Bunker went back to check on the 6 and then easily passed Paper Jam to join the others in front. I thought Rachel was the only one who lapped me, now I can add Bunker to that list.
We can include flexibility on Wingman’s proficiency list, next time he will lead the stretching. Looks like all that YMCA hot yoga is paying off.
Thanks Bunker for letting me test out the new F3 site by writing the back blast. -Paper Jam