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.