On quite a frigid morning, Five brave souls came out to Peak 51 to shake off the ice. Here’s how it went:
Leave launch, and head to the FBC office parking lot
Mountain Climbers X20
Mosey to the backside of the Hardware store
Mosey to Pizza Peel- 10 Merkins
Mosey to the Matthews Library and partner up
Travel different directions around the circle and when you meet up- 10 hand slap Merkins
Round 1- Run
Round 2- Run
Round 3-Backwards Run
Round 4- Lunges
Leave the Library, and make a beeline for Stumptown Park
Switch (kindof?) partners for Dora- Partner 1 run the path in stumptown, 2 does the exercise:
Mosey back to launch, and hit the wall for some people’s chair, plus arm raises
Glass Joe’s Father in Law Passed- be in prayer for the Family
Continued recovery for Hoffa
Lobsta Roll- hip replacement
F3 guys on F3 mission- safe trip/travels
Man.. it was cold!
The type of cold that makes you unsure if anyone is going to show up. I should’ve known better, as we had a solid group of regulars show up.
Swiss Miss and Slim immediately began competing in the “who is the most layered up.” But the real winner was Lois, sporting his new Balaclava- which I learned is different than Baklava. You can eat a Baklava while wearing a Balaclava, even though it might be difficult- but you definitely don’t want to wear a Baklava and try to eat a Balaclava. It won’t work- or it will and just be really really messy.
In addition, Lois, regaled the story of Stone Cold’s continued calling of a ninja during Skunk works earlier in the week- which was proven true when 30 seconds after rallying with Sparta for COT all of a sudden you heard SC yell “NINJA” as loud as he could at Lois.
Things went smoothly until we hit the Library and I called for Partners. Lumber Jack and I immediately partnered up and were good to go. But for some reason, Slim, Sensei, Swiss Miss and Lois could not figure it out. I mean, there was going to be a mix up in groups, but they took like five minutes just trying to figure it out.
Going to Stumptown, complaints abounded (mainly from Slim Fast)- apparently we were not doing enough reps, while at the same time doing too may reps. Typical.
Speaking of which- kudos to Slim Fast and Sensei for pre running. It was the first times I’ve done an “angry pre run”- we ended up talking about the state of politics in America, and we shaved off all kinds of time off our mile pace #angryrun
Consensus of the group was not any crazy superbowl plans- though I did learn that Beantown Tavern is owned by a Patriots fan so it’s gonna be LIT. In case you need a spot to watch the big game.
Thanks to Sensei and Lois for the opportunity to lead in the winter Tundra- SYITG!
On a nippy morning in the southernmost tip of Mecklenburg County, 7 men decided to go run around town. Here’s what we did:
Left out of Matthews Elemntary
Right onto Main Street- Stop at every Stop Sign to get some pain stations in. (SSH, IW, Merkins)
Right onto John Street, then cross over onto Ames Street- SQUATS pain station
Right onto E Matthews, Left onto Independence Parkway
Run downhill until you hit Target, take a right into the Parking Lot
Sevens- Jump Squats and Merkins
Once we were all done, gathered and left onto 51.
Left onto N Trade Street
Right onto Charles.
Left onto Ames.
Left on Main Street
Back to Matthews Elementary and finish!
Total around 5.5 Miles
Let’s get it out of the way- it was cold. But perfect running weather- cold enough you want to get moving, warm enough that you’re not frozen once you do get moving.
In my mind, Sparta is one of the underrated workouts out there- A good mix of running with just enough bootcamp to make it interesting, right in the heart of the beautiful downtown Matthews.
Gypsy apparently had been promoting that I would provide a local, scenic tour of Matthews, however, I had already decided on the cold, coporate approach- heading to TARGET, by way of passing the Harris Teeter Coporate office, and the (I think) gears or sprockets office.
Great group out there- all cold (figuratively and literally) blooded veterans who know what’s up.
Christmas was out in the lead- but he’s so nice he didn’t open up the throttle on a couple of occasions because he in fact several times you could tell he was waitin on me. He got tired of that and disappeared from view once he opened it up on 51.
Gypsy wasn’t far behind but it took him a bit to get warmed up- he was still feeling the pain that is Skunkworks (only the biggest and the baddest show out there on Tuesday’s morning).
Full House was cranking it out today- fun story, while I was running one Monday with the legendary Slim Fast and Peak Q- guru, Sensei when all of a sudden he materialized in his car. So I learned he lives right down the road from Sensei, and is close to a couple of the other guys! Truly a small world.
Arena and Retread were coming on strong- both veteran runners who were knocking it out.
And of course, Joker who rated this Q highly- I was on his podium for one of the top 2 workouts he had been too in January! (he had only been to two, but we won’t talk about that).
All types of good mumble chatter, but can’t remember it all.
But on a serious note, right before I Q’d this morning, I listened to the Nations Podcast on runners’ safety, and tried to modify the workout as much as I could with the suggestions. Good news- it works. Keeping an eye on the 6, adding an additional bit to the disclaimer- it’s not hard to do. But even the little things can make an impact- especially as Q, where what you do sets the tone for the entire workout. Whether running, or bootcamp, or stretch, the key is we are all out there getting better- safely.
Thankful for these guys- thanks Madison and Gypsy for letting me lead!
On an cold, rainy Friday morning, three pax decided to show up and give Mountain Goat a go. Here’s what we did:
We stretched. We ran to the Starbucks at the end of Bevington and back. We stretched. We then left.
Super grateful for these guys coming out to push me. It really was a horrible, gross day to do anything other than sleep. In fact, that’s what a bunch of the normal guys seemed to do (yeah I went there. I’m talking to you, person reading the BBlast who didn’t show up.) But I digress…
Woke up this morning with no idea that the weather was going to be as bad as it was, so I decided to do the pre run. Headed into the parking lot right on time, and the iron machine known as Slim Fast wasn’t there. Puzzled, I decided to wait for a moment- and he rolled up a couple of minutes late…. looking like he got run over by a truck.
He let me know that he was really under the weather, and wasn’t going to run in this mess, and three wheeled it out of the parking lot. With that, my first unofficial Q of Mountain Goat was under way. A quick solo mile pre run led me to hope and pray everyone else decided to just take the day, so I could get out of this mess. That prayer was not answered, as Insomniac and Adobe had rolled up. So… we’re committed.
We did an nice an easy warm up down Strawberry to the Rosecliff intersection. We then set out. Discussion was had about pace- Insomniac initially wanted to start out around a 4 and a half minute mile, but Adobe had come out for the first time in a while so we settled on an easy 5 minute mile pace.
We struck out, and things were alright for about a half a mile- until we reached the hump in the road- not the bump. There’s a huge difference between the two if you didn’t know. We were up on that plateau for like 5 minutes… and finally came down right by the house at the bottom of Coburn that I merloted at that one time. Just hanging there was a pack of rabid turkeys blocking our path- so Insomniac fought them off with a trident. It was crazy. He killed like 45 of them, so he’ll probably have to lay low for a little bit.
Once we got onto Bevington, we appropriated a small wooden ship that apparently some child had been building, and used it to sail down to the fabled land of overpriced sugary coffee.
Once there, we traded the ship in for several Decaf, no foam soy Carmel Macchiatos, and struck out back towards South Charlotte Middle. Adobe disappeared for half a mile, only to jump out of an unmarked SUV at the top of Bevington. He wouldn’t talk about what happened- something about “Family Business.”
From there, it was pretty uneventful- we had to dodge turkey carcasses , I almost threw up the bannna I had earlier heading up the hill on Coburn and we had a beard growing contest from Brown’s Pond to Rosecliff (Insomniac won…. with Adobe in a close second). Total mileage ended up being around 4.20 (Go Boone!).
Seriously- I’m so grateful for these guys. Insomniac keeps on getting stronger and stronger, while I’m so glad to see Adobe made it back out. Adobe and I actually talked about how he hadn’t been out in a while last Friday at work, and he Hard Committed to coming back out. T Claps to holding to it even with the weather.
Insomniac said something insightful as we were walking back to the cars. Essentially, if we can come out and run in this weather, we can do it anytime- and I totally agree with that. At the end of it all, we were all wet, cold, tired- and better off for it. It’s the magic of F3- no matter the weather, no matter how many show up, we all sharpen one another. I’m so grateful these guys showed up- I know I was better for it.
Thanks Slim and Retread for letting me lead- hope both of yall feel better!
It was another Tuesday in paradise, and 16 PAX decided to partake in the beat down that is Skunkworks:
To the rock and back
20 X SSH
20 KB Swings
15 Imperial Walkers
20 Good Mornings
Partner up for Catch me if you can (Church Loop)- 10 Jump Squats
Meet at the front doors
Ring around the church- except OPPOSITE our normal direction
Round 1: Partner 1 runs church lap, Partner 2 Overhead Press
• Round 2: Partner 1 runs church lap, Partner 2 High Rows
• Round 3: Partner 1 runs church lap, Partner 2 Goblin Squats
• Round 4: Partner 1 runs church lap, Partner 2 KB Merkins
• Round 5: Partner 1 runs church lap, Partner 2 Partners Choice
Mosey to the square
Called Exercises, then run up and down steps
Round 1: 20 One Arm swings 10 each arm
Round 2 (Alternate staircase): 20 Cleans 10 each arm
20 snatch, 10 each arm
20 Lawnmowers 20 each arm
Mosey on back to the school for Mary
Paintball with your 2.0 down at Palmetto Springs over Christmas Break. See Bulldog if interested- 2.0 has to be able to take a paintball AND LIKE IT.
Prayers for Huggy Bear- Having surgery on 12/11 for tumor.
This was a hardened, veteran group of PAX who came out to Skunk. The Mumble chatter was so loud, I we actually had issues getting started at 5:30, it didn’t seem that anyone was really interested in listening to anything I had to say (or just another Tuesday- it’s ok, I only cry on the inside).
Luckily- I know just the trick for a group with the combined maturity level this one has- the good ole grade school “If you can hear my voice- clap once.” And it actually worked- two different times during the workout!*
One thing that sets this AO apart from others is the combination of weight and movement, hence ring around the church and climb the stairs. Strava says we got in 2.2, and #Stravadontlie
T-Claps to the pre runners- I don’t know who all of you were, but someone does. Good job- doing a 5k before this workout is no joke.
Additional T-Claps to Geraldo- didn’t have his KB on hand, so Rucked the whole thing. Didn’t even seen to phase him.
A solid amount of mumble chatter going on- some highlights that I heard involved Header celebrating Christmas with 16 Christmas Trees in his house, Smokey is preaching the Sunday before Christmas, and I think Geraldo and others were checking out my burpee form and muttering about my youth?? Not sure on that one…..
Great to see Fletch out at Skunk- and when I mean see, I mean watch as he zooms by me running around the church. He’s back and as bad (in a good way) as ever.
Sound off if I missed anything-thanks to Tulip and Funky Cold for the opportunity to lead!
*Everyone seemed to get what to do when I stated “If you hear my voice clap ____”, with the exception of Fireman Ed and Lois. They wouldn’t stop clapping- something may be off y’all.
On a beautiful day in the neighborhood, eight Pax decided to be Neighbors, and head on down to Gumbytown.
Here’s what we did:
Devotion- Romans 8:28-29
Move From Corpse into Child’s Pose
TableTop for Cat Cow (5 Breaths)
Left Side Right Side
Left Arm High
Right Arm High
Six Inches- 10 Seconds
One Sun Salutation together
Then- Do Sun Salutation non stop for three minutes
Lizard- 45 Seconds Right
Hamstrings(Straighten out Leg) 45 Seconds
Lizard Quad- 45 Seconds
Back to Mountain
Sun Salutation- Meet in Downward Dog
Right leg to the sky and Hold Three legged dog
Warrior 2 Side Bend- Lower Body stays static, upper body goes for the floor
Back up to Warrior 2
Back to Warrior 2
One Sun Salutation- OYO
Repeat flow on other side
Sun Salutation Meet in downward Dog
Pigeon- Left Side then Right side 1 minute at least on each side
Then on your Six
Reach for Toes- right leg then left leg then both
Pray for Gypsy’s wife- heading to Haiti to help women impacted by trafficking. Prayers of protection for Karen and the group going.
Let them Soar 5k- this Saturday! Race is at 8am: https://letthemsoar5k.racesonline.com/
Purrel Leading Sparta
Arena’s got the Q next week, so he’ll probably ask Stone Cold to cover last minute.
‘Twas a good group of veterans who came on down to the scout hut- quite a few pre runners as well. There was quite a protest regarding the Warrior II Bend- for some reason the group thought I was making it up… which was of course false . IT’S ON THE INTERNET Y’ALL.
Music today was the spotify playlist created by Panthers Beat writer Jordan Rodrigue which is all the songs she has heard the Panthers (specifically QB Cam Newton) play during practice. Only bummer was that we might have heard three songs because… so… many… ads. And Publix- we get that you are an awesome place to shop, but stop beating it over our heads! We want to listen to music! Even with said ads, this is a great playlist to listen to-if interested you can do so here .
Speaking of Cam, as you might be aware, he’s got swag in the pre game/post game outfit department. Which lead me to this weird thought experiment- if F3 Area 51 had their own pre workout/post workout outfits, who would show up and show their swag? This led to what I’m proud to say is the first Area 51 #DripChroniclesVOL1 POWER RANKING (I shall abstain since I am doing said ranking):
Grateful for the opportunity to lead- see yall back in the gloom soon.
On a Thursday morning with a Hurricane Looming, 15 PAX thumbed their nose at Jim Cantore at showed up at Peak 51 for a beatdown. I couldn’t help but to Oblige:
-Mosey to Church Parking Lot
– SSH X 20
-IW X 20
-Mountain Climbers X10
Mosey to bus lot
4 stations one center
Center (5 Burpees)
Arm 1 1:- 15 Merkins
Arm 2: 15 Hand Release Merkins
Arm 3: 15 Carolina Dry Docks
Arm 4: 15 Diamond Merkins
Arm 1: 20 Jump Squats
Arm 2: 20 Squats
Station 3: 10 Donkey Kicks
Station 4: 10 Monkey Humpers
Station 1: 25 Flutter
Station 2: 25 American Hammer
Station 3 25 Freddie Mercury
Station 4: 25 LBC
After Stations 1-3 back to center for Burpees
After Station 4- Run one lap around the starfish (Clockwise), connecting All stations. Plank up in Center when done
Mosey to the wall
Wall sits- Arm presses (2 rounds)
Mosey back to launch for Mary
BRR 2019- Sign ups are already happening.
Hurricane Party at Joker’s!
Pleasantly surprised by the group that showed up. With Florence looming, and the concern regarding itw would’ve scared of a majority of PAX from attending- but not so.
I’ll be honest- this was rough. Being a last minute Q request (hope you’re feeling better Coctkail), I pulled an old Weinke out of the closed. Being a Post BRR workout made it high rep/low running- but the pains was still there. There were a few moments where I thought we had lost Sensei, but he gamely held onto the end.
Bernie and Sardine were out front most of the day- I’ve been impressed recently with Sardine’s straight line speed- that dude can motor.
Welcome back Early Bird! Good to see you after an extended absence.
Slim Fast is 180-0 keeping the rain away from Peak. Not even a hurricane could break this impressive all time streak.
Thanks Lois and Sensei for the opportunity to lead!
On a muggy September Wednesday, Nine Pax rolled into Gumby to do some recovery stretching- here’s how it went:
I’m beyond grateful for Gumby. I don’t say just say this due to the Site Q responsibilities that I have, but also because of how much of an impact it has on my recovery weekly- and especially this one. Being the first workout attended after the BRR, it was nice to take some time and slowly stretch out the legs, and get everyone.
Pretty quiet day today as we went through all of the stretches- Either everyone was focusing on the stretches, or taking time to enjoy the sweet playlist that was playing.
Fireman Ed did find a random chair he was using to stretch- seemed to really enjoy it (no judging over here).
Thank you all for showing up!
On a beautiful Thursday morning, seven PAX rolled out of Matthews Elementary to run around Matthews. Here’s what we did:
Take a right out of Matthews Elementary, to the Corner of E Charles and S Trade
Head E on Charles Street
Pit stop at Crestale Road intersection for 20 Hand Release Merkins
Continue on E Charles until the 4 Mile Creek entrance (Across from Rainbow Ridge Road)
Dynamic Stretching, and jog up to Stadium A (where the Eagles play)
Around the Stadium twice, stopping halfway for pain station
Round 1, 20 Jump Squats
Round 2 20 CDD
Head back down the Greenway, and back the way we came- stop one more time at Crestdale for some OYO work
Continue on Charles to Freemont to Main, back to launch in time to meet up with the Peak guys- total of 5 miles on the nose
Being my first experience at Sparta, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I came to find out that the name Sparta is fitting- these guys are lean, mean running machines!
The group stayed close together the entire time- Madison and Gypsy were of course out front the entire day, followed closely by Christmas.
Somewhere in the woods of Matthews Sportsplex heading towards Charlotte Eagles stadium, we seemed to lose Horsehead for a few minutes. He then emerged from the woods muttering something about the creepy old man in the woods- no one really wanted to press him further. We may never know what truly happened.
Arena was running strong, as well as Arsenal. When arriving at launch, Arsenal gave me all this hullabaloo about him being the anchor so to make sure and be careful and consider him with whatever we were doing.
Being the kind, considerate Q that I am, I changed absolutely nothing and he rocked it.
Honestly I was somewhat nervous of going this far out on my first Q on a route I had never run before- but these guys were more than up to the challenge and then some. I came away seriously impressed- you can tell they have been forged through the fires of running probably every hill that Matthews has to offer.
Much discussion was made about the fact that the 4 Mile Creek at the Sportsplex doesn’t connect to the 4 Mile Creek in downtown (I know right??) Neat to see the stadium in the morning as well- Horse Head gave us some F3 history in the fact that various PAX have tried to get a workout launched from the Sportsplex, but it never worked due to the gates being closed before hours. It would be an awesome location- lots great real estate.
Also- I kicked a toad on the run back. Super random, but it happened.
We actually got back to Renfrow Hardware a lot faster than I estimated (this crew beasted it)- so audibled to the Gumby Loop down Charles to add in some mileage which worked out perfectly.
The goal all along was to try and hit five miles- as we arrived back at the school we hit fix miles on the nose #stravadontlie
Not sure what happeend after that- I had to leave before COT to get to work. If there were any significant announcements, I’m sure Geraldo had them in his Peak Bblast, or post them below.
Thanks for letting me lead- it was an honor to run with you guys. This may have been my first visit to SPARTAAAA- but it won’t be my last.
On another beautiful, quite humid (duh it’s summer) morning in the heart of Matthews, NC, 14 men came on down to Peak 51 for another foray into the gloom. I of course obliged:
Disclaimer then take off running
Depart Matthews Elementary and head Southwest on Trade St. to Matthews United Methodist Front Parking lot
SSH IC x20
IW X 20
Mountain Climbers X 15
Depart Matthews UMC and head north (via Main and S. Freemont) to Matthews Presbyterian parking lot.
Plank O’ Rama
Dora- three rounds
Partner 1- Suicides up the parking lot hill
Partner 2- Called Exercise (partners then flapjack- keep switching until the amount of called exercise is complete)
Round 1 100 Merkins
Round 2 150 Squats
Round 3 200 LBCs
Depart Matthews Presbyterian- but first run up the church entrance ramp and down the stairs because we can and roll Southeast to First Baptist of Matthews
In the pack parking lot:
Sprint AYG to the bottom of the hill, recovery mosey to the top (X2)
Mosey for wall sits/Air Presses
Mosey back to launch and meet up with SPARTA!!!!! for some core work
RosalitaX 20 IC
American Hammer X 20 IC
Freddie Mercury IC X 10
Protractor- one round around the circle
Praise- Madoff’s sister’s biopsy came back- no cancer!!
Come on out Wednesday for the July 4th 4miler- you can sign up here https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/17757/Groups/479225
Confession time- I really, enjoy this workout. It was introduced to me a couple of years ago from the twisted genius of Booyah! who last year gave me permission to use his work…. so I took some liberties with the Fair Use act (I’m not sure that’s an actual act but sounds right) and used it again (ask forgiveness instead of permission right). I really enjoy the blend of mileage plus workout plus boot camp plus getting to get offsite and see some of the beauty of Matthews. The other Booyah staple of the workout was the working out of our minds…. and again this group did not disappoint with their theological trivia knowledge (as it ensured we did not have to pay a penalty in burpees, which was even better!).
Thanks as always Booyah- hope life is well in the Mint Hill, but make it back to Peak 51 soon ok? We miss you (well Sensei and I do at least- I can’t speak for everyone….)
Awesome to see some of the new guys have consistently kept coming back, and really are now a part of the Peak 51 family. Thanks Bernie, Madoff- and thanks Madoff for letting us know the praise regarding your sister’s biopsy! When we can celebrate moments like this as a community it makes us bettter- thanks for sharing with us.
Thumper was up front most of the day looking strong- I don’t think that kid is is on a BRR team just yet, but it’s gonna happen. The past two weeks he’s been cranking it out. Furly was aback again a 2nd week in a row, proving his return last week wasn’t aberration… and speaking of return, kind of sorta welcome back to Peak Early Bird! Well.. he showed up to launch expecting to do the Peak workout without realizing that Sparta launches from the same area a little early…. and didn’t realize he was doing Sparta until he was too tightly in Nomad’s grasp and halfway up a hill and that he had made a TERRIBLE mistake. I mean who wants to do a running workout???? (side note, I’m Qing Sparta this upcoming Thursday- you should come out!).
And welcome back Robin!! Good to have you back for the summer man- hope you can continue making it out.
This was a pretty strong group today- the only complaint I think I heard was Sardine complaining that he KNEW that Martin Luther started the Reformation. Which is technically true- however, he needed men like John Calvin and John Knox to spread Reformation into other nations after Luther was gone.
And that is one of the main points I hope you take away from this workout- we need each other. While not expressed on Thursday, I think the other big reason I like Denomination Stations is that it highlights the differences in thought and belief that there are even in a small town like Matthews. However, when we let those things keep us in conflict and prevent us from (you’re welcome Lois) ” Keeping the main thing the main thing” well then we will fall. That is the awesome thing about F3- in the COT we had guys ranging in age from 9-55, coming from all different walks of life- coming together with the one purpose of making each other better. That’s what has made F3 stick- and has had it grow from Mothership to multiple other states, and is why F3 Expansion has more and more cities asking for F3 to be planted. We need each other, and we are better as men in every capacity when we seek to better each other, when we reside in community with one another. Men from all different walks of life coming together in unity for the betterment of each other can truly change a community, and I’m grateful for the continued opportunity to come together with you guys each Thursday morning.
As always thanks Lois and Sensei for giving me the reins- Peak 51 is a staple of F3 South Charlotte, and it’s in good hands.
On a muggy morning in South Charlotte, Six Pax moseyed on down to the scout hut to stretch it out. Here’s what we did:
Devotion- God will provide- do not worry (Luke 12:22-31)
The main thing
Gumby will be closed for the 4th- head to the 4 miler to support SFN instead: https://runsignup.com/RaceGroups/17757/Groups/479225
Everything was going great. Lois and I showed up early, we got in the scout hut, I was able to deactivate the alarm (scariest part about being a Site-Q for Gumby) and we dropped our stuff to do our standard couple of miles before Gumby began. It wasn’t until I walked back outside and the door had closed behind me that I realized I hadn’t left the door unlocked, and had left the keys inside.
The lights were on, the alarm was disarmed… but there was going to be no way to get inside to stretch it out at 5:30. The stakes couldn’t have been higher.
Immediately, Lois and I jumped into action. Recognizing that breaking down the door was not the best way to maintain civil relations with church, we immediately circled the building, looking for a new way in. All doors were locked (And it is impressive how many doors a scout hut can have). It was about this time that I began contemplating how Gumby would work outside in the parking lot, on the hill when we began trying windows…. to discover one was unlocked and open!
Upon examination- those windows are a lot narrower and more precarious to climb in then you think. But thanks in major part to the flexibility that Gumby itself has allowed me to develop and maintain over the past two years I was able to shimmy in and unlock the door. Thus concludes the story of how Gumby was saved one Wednesday morn.
Lighting for this session was just Antler lighting- and playlist was breezy summer classics. It was a good mix of regulars who showed up today- T-Claps to Arena, Beaver and Lois for pre-running.
Appreciate you guys! Always enjoy the opportunity to lead.