On a Foggy Monday morning, 9 PAX gathered to start their week off right.
At 5:31, 2 additional PAX (including the Q) screamed in on three wheels, and we got going. Here’s how it went:
Mosey to Gateway
– SSH (15)
– Imperial Walkers (15)
– Mountain Climbers (15)
– LSS (15)
THA MAIN THING
– Mosey to 51/Strawberry
– At the intersection
– Head left towards Davie Park stop at each light post to do alternating exercises:
– First light 10 Merkins
– 2nd light 15 LBCs
– Meet up at the park entrance
– Mosey towards the soccer field and get in groups of three/four
– Two Stations
– Station 1: Burpees
– Station 2: LSS
Partner at each station, while the other one runs suicides on the field
Halfway through we audibled from the regular soccer field to the fancy one because well…. Turf
Mosey to the bottom of the hill
AYG back up to 51
Return to Gateway Academy by way of Route 66:
Start at the first light post with one BombJack
At each light post add a rep (two Bombjacks, three, four, etc.)
Bennie has Q next week
The Eagles won!
So we had a great crowd that showed up the day after the Super bowl (Fly Eagles Fly)- everyone must have heard my call to put down the Bacon wrapped Jalapenos the night before (true confession- it was me guys. I was talking to myself).
We struggled to get off the ground however, seeing as the Q almost didn’t make it- let me explain:
So Lois and I clown car, and being a much better friend than I am, he agreed to attend my Basecamp Q. So he shows up at my doorstep, I jump in and we are off…… for .20 of a mile where we have to pull over and check his back tire. Yep…. Flat.
After a brief conference, it was agreed upon that we would try to get his car back to my house and take mine, but just in case Lois didn’t make it, I would run back and get my car. So I’m running pell mell back to my house in the middle of the road being followed by Lois on three wheels.
Long Story Short, we made it to my house, got my car, and broke a land speed record getting us to Basecamp only one minute late.
This was a strong showing for a hard workout- at the end of the day we had over 2 miles running but no complaints (Minus Fireman Ed… but being an experienced Q that’s more like white noise now).
Special T-claps go to Mad- he didn’t bat an eye at the prospect of a moving workout with a ruck on. Dude’s stone cold mean.
Little bit of grumbling as we headed towards the soccer field- the prospect of dampness will do that to any group of PAX. Thankfully some friends pointed out that the turf field is right there, so we got our professional on for a few minutes.
Also apologies on the numbering off- definitely a Q-fail on my part.
T-claps to anyone who pre-ran with Bennie- that guy has turned into a machine heading into half marathon/marathon season. Seriously, if I need to pick a person who has to run non stop over a certain amount of speed for a certain amount of time (think the movie SPEED with the venerable Keanu Reeves)- Bennie is on my short list.
I’m sure I missed something- let me know in the comments.
Thanks Goonie, Thunder Road, and Bennie for letting me Q- while Mondays are usually my day off, I couldn’t think of a better way to start out the week than in the gloom with this crew.
Days after the arctic cold left, 7 PAX came on down to the scout hut to participate in Gumby. Here’s how it went:
Luke 12:22-29 “Do not worry”
We talked about how we are called not to worry by Christ- and how if he is taking care of the sparrows, how much more will he care for us and our families even during the hard times.
I so enjoy this group of guys who show up ready to recover from the crazy beatdowns we inflict upon ourselves. It was a good mix of regulars with one PAX making a rare appearance.
That said PAX, the Mouth jumped out of his car ready to workout since it wasn’t so cold- but then promptly headed into the climate controlled scout hut with us for Gumby. Hmmm…
Kudos to all the Pre-Runners- Arena, Madison, Paper Jam, Lois and myself all took advantage of the milder weather to get a warm up in.
Thanks guys for your patience as my verbal commands were not very crisp, and kept coming out in a discombobulated manner- but they somehow were able to manage. When you mix up arms and legs as you are calling out stretches, you know it’s a day on the struggle bus.
Workout music today was an Amazon Music playlist called “Breezy Summer classics.” Fittingly, it began with Bob Marley, and “Three Birds,” really driving home the point from our devotion today to not worry (and not even intentional).
Thanks Gents for showing up to the most unique AO in Area 51. Gumby has become an essential in my workout regiment, and I was honored to lead this time.
On a cold, blustery morning, 7 PAX entered the warm and toasty scout hut to recover from the week’s beatdown. Here’s how it went down:
The main thing
A good solid group this morning. Not a lot of mumble chatter initially, but upon beginning our Warrior poses, in order to ensure the PAX had their hips in check for Warrior 1 I referenced’ that your hips don’t lie… and being one of Paper Jam’s favorite songs, he proceeded to sing the whole song (not really) and that became the consistent theme of the workout. Thankfully the music selection was themed more around “relaxing Yoga instrumental” as listening to Shakira can be stressful.
Kudos to the pre runners this morning- it was a bit too cold for my taste.
New Moderate Running workout on Thursday Morning at Socrates Academy. See Madison for details.
Paper Jam leading a workout Thanksgiving day 6:30 at the fountains at Blakney Shopping Center
Joe Davis run, coming up, check the Preblast for a coupon code.
Thanks Paper Jam for the Take Out.
On a gloomy Thursday morning, 7 PAX stumbled through the cold and the rain to make their way to Peak 51.
After fruitless attempts to sway the Q to calling an audible to Brakeman’s we got under way:
On another textbook muggy Wednesday morning, 8 Pax ventured out to Conviction. Here’s what we got into:
15X Mountain Climbers
15 X LSS
Running stretches to the Sidewalk
Dora- Partner 1 Run! Partner 2 run to baseball field and back
100 X Merkins
200 X Squats
300 X LBCs
Once done, mosey on over to the hill for some:
Bottom of the hill: Burpees
Top of the hill: Jump Squats
Peoples chair- Ear Flappers
Snake Run to bus parking lot
Stretch it out
There was some trepidation on my part- In my year of F3 Experience, I have never Q’d outside of the comfy confines of area 51- heading into Union County felt like a whole other world (even though Conviction is closer to my house than most Area 51 workouts).
However, my fears were soon put to rest as upon arriving I saw a few familiar faces- mixed in with some new ones.
Another muggy day- it was especially hard for me because Wednesday’s are normally devoted to Gumby, which comes with Air Conditioning.
The Mumble chatter was STRONG- everybody made sure I knew how they felt about Dora and her explorin ways. Shake and Bake was especially not happy about having to run between “hatchet row”
Finally, a Snake Run where the PAX listen and go at the speed asked of them. First time it’s happened in my time Q’in
F3 Golf coming up
Horsehead is on at Outland, and Bernakey is on in Monroe. E harmoney SHOULD’VE done overdrive, but Woody took it
Nomad has Q at Conviction next week
Thanks Bullwinkle and Site Qs for having me out- I’ll be heading back your way soon.
On a muggy Tuesday morning, 17 PAX made their way to Skunk Works for a beat down. Of course, I had to oblige:
To the rock and back
20 KB Swings
15 Imperial Walker Squat
20 Good Mornings
15 Mountain Climbers
Partner up for Catch me if you can (Church Loop)- but 10 Jump Squats instead of merkins
Meet at the front doors
Partner 1 runs the church lap, and Partner 2 starts with the below exercise, and flapjack:
Round 1:Overhead Press
• Round 2: High Rows
• Round 3: Goblin Squats
• Round 4: KB Merkins
• Round 5: Your Choice
Mosey to the square
Called Exercises, then run up and down steps
Exercise 1: 20 One Arm swings Ten each
Exercise 2: 20 Lawnmowers ten each arm
Exercise 3: 30 LBCS
Mosey back to Launch for some Mary:
15 X LBC
15 X Flutter
15 X American Twist
What. The. Heck.
After having a beautiful week of weather last week, and perfect weather for Fletch’s triumphant return last week, I walked out of my house this morning into fourth of July weather in October. At that point the weinke wasn’t changing so I rolled with what I had.
The Imperial Walker Squat was a failed experiment- for some reason I absolutely love this little random modification, but it is never well received in the COP- feels like the PAX are just not up for a cadence count that goes up to four
Had a little mumble chatter prior to our Catch me if you Can run, but once we arrived at the church it died down significantly.
Not coincidentally around the same time the Swamp things emerged- you know that moment in the workout when everyone is soaked in sweat- yes because of the workout, but mostly due to the humidity. Happens all the time in the summer, so it felt like welcoming back an old, somewhat unwelcome friend.
Smokey was out in front per normal in group one of the church run- Sanka was frantically trying to keep up while discovering that Smokey’s way to skinny to draft off. Not sure who was leading the pack in group 2 for the church laps, but Dollywood was looking strong hitting the stairs.
T-claps to Chin Music and Baracus for the pre run- as well as anyone else I may have missed.
Friday night Poker Night at Lex’s house 9:00PM- he lives in Providence Plantation, hit him up on Slack or Twitter.
Let them Soar 5k- November 4th Benefiting the Exceptional Foundation details are on Twitter- Speed for Need will be there pushing Chariots. Sign up here: https://letthemsoar5k.racesonline.com/register
Thank you Site-Q’s for allowing me the opportunity to lead. Skunkworks has played a huge part in my growth over the past year in F3, and it’s an honor to Q one of the hardest workouts in Area 51.
Another Monday morning in the gloom- another opportunity to start the week off right at Base Camp.
After a little bit of scouting around the neighborhood to make sure what I had planned would work, 16 pax circled up, and after a detailed disclaimer, and Admiration of how the sweat glistens on YHC by the PAX, we got it going:
Mosey to the front Parking lot
15 Imperial walkers
15 Mountain Climbers
Head out of the parking lot down Wood Fox
Left onto Rounding Run
Dynamic stretching- Heels, Toes, Butt Kickers, High Knees
Park it at the top of the hill after Rising Run
Triple 5s on the halfpipe:
At the top of the hill, 5 LBCs
Bottom of the hill, start with one Merkin (add a Merkin each time you reach the bottom of the hill)
Top of the next hill, 5 LBCs-
Repeat until you end with 5-5-5
Repeato, but with LSS, CDD, LSS
Snake Run back to launch (or because of Q-Mutiny, to the Middle of Woodfox, and mosey the rest of the way)
To the wall for the people’s chair plus air presses
20 LBCs, 20 Flutter kicks, 20 Rosalita
When asked to Q, I asked Drano what the breakdown for Base Camp looked like, and he mentioned somedays look more like a bootcamp, some days morel like a running workout. Seeing that I was born out of Mountain Goat, I leaned towards more running- Strava had us at 2.8 miles.
Goonie seemed to think this workout would’ve been a better off on a Tuesday at Fast Twitch- even as he led the pack for most of the morning. I personally am of the mindset that the “moderate workout” phrasing is more like a… suggestion.
The Mumble Chatter was loud and rowdy today- aFireman Ed and Simba were admiring how I was glistening from my pre-run sweat-I admit it’s a problem. However the further we ran, the less mumble chatter I heard. Interesting how that works.
The triple 5s was a combination of sevens and a triple nickel on a half pipe (if some name has been coined for this already, let me know) and it was a smoker.
The idea was for the snake run to be at mosey pace back to launch, but as Insomniac pointed out it seems once the run starts, mosey turns into AYG. Thus, with a quarter of a mile or so left, the Snake Run fell apart, and turned into a slow mosey back.
F3 Golf October 27th
Isabella Santos- this Saturday with the Speed for need Chairs (sign up here: http://5kforkidscancer.com/register)
Gumby its one year Gumbyversary tomorrow!
Come enjoy the most unique workout in Area 51-included tomorrow will be:
Thanks so much Goonie and Drano (even if you had to leave for a “meeting”) for the opportunity to Q-always a pleasure. I can’t think of a better way to hit the week running than Base Camp
On a beautiful August morning, 13 PAX came to get all the kinks out. Here’s what happened:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
We talked about how Christ has called us to run our race- we have the example of those who have gone before us. What that race looks like is different for each and every one of us- but the call is the same to run our race well.
There will be times when we are exhausted- times when the race becomes incredibly difficult. It is during these times that we look to Jesus, and HIS example.
The MAIN Thang
Sorry about the lateness of this Back Blast- I was planning on sending it the Thursday after, then time got away from me, then I went and got lost running around in the mountains with a bunch of men (otherwise known as the BRR)
We had a little bit of a larger crowd this morning- guess the message was heard that Gumby is a great BRR-prep as we had a lot of hard core runners joining us.
So Cocktail comes sauntering in and causes everyone to give a double take- as it seems that he had come rolling up in Toughskins (aka jeans). While we were debating a name change, he let us know that it was his comfy pants disguised as jeans- (known in some circles known as jeggings) that are available at Walmart
After some extensive research, I can confirm this is such a thing (can be purchased here: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Collections-Etc-Mens-Faux-Denim-Drawstring-Lounge-Pant-Medium-Machine-Washable-100-Cotton/275168344 – you’re welcome) and they seem to be incredibly comfy. Kudos Cocktail- stand strong.
Tunes was a Hans Zimmer playlist- with hindsight being 20/20 it’s a a little too intense for a Broga workout- I’ll adjust next time.
Thanks again for coming out- I always appreciate the opportunity to lead this great group of guys.
On another muggy morning deep in the heart of Matthews, 15 PAX gathered for another beatdown.
Disclaimer was given and and then we took off runnin:
Depart Matthews Elementary and head Southwest on Trade St. to Matthews United Methodist Front Parking lot
SSH IC x20
Mountain Climbers X 15
IW IC x15
Hillbilly IC X15
Depart Matthews UMC and head north (via Main and S. Freemont) to Matthews Presbyterian parking lot.
Plank O’ Rama
Partner 1- Suicides up the parking lot hill
Partner 2- Called Exercise (partners then flapjack)
Round 1 Merkins
Round 2 Jump Squats
Round 3 Carolina Dry docks
Depart Matthews Presbyterian and roll Southeast to First Baptist of Matthews for core work
RosalitaX 20 IC
American Hammer X 20 IC
LBC X 20 IC
Freddie Mercury IC X 10
Mosey for wall sits/Air Presses
Stretch it out-Gumby style
Strong Take Out by Snoopy
This is hands down one of my favorite workouts of F3- you get a good bootcamp style sweat going, and then run in between- I had us clocked at 1.9 miles for the workout.
This little baby was the brainchild of the one and only Booyah, and he gave me express written permission to break it out. The only condition he had for me for using his workout was that i had to give a unique fact for each denomination we visited.
I decided to raise the stakes and make it a trivia time game- a PAX gets the question right, we move onto the next station, if no one does another harder, gut busting exercise. But, the PAX were up to the challenge- Lorenzo, and Lumberjack especially were dropping knowledge to help out the group achieve a score of 100%
You never know how a running focused workout is going to go, but everyone stepped out to the challenge.
There was an early Q fail- I called for Mountain Climbers when in my head I was thinking Imperial Walkers. Winger gave me the weirdest look as I stay standing while the rest of the circle gets in the correct ready position. Thankfully we got it sorted out, and we moved right along. #thanksforgrace #alwaysgettingbetter #riseandgrind
Didn’t hear a lot of mumble chatter though, with the exception of Snoopy and Cocktail talking about the fact that they go sleeveless (but honestly- this happens most Thursday mornings).
T-claps to Bennie, Nomad and Early Bird for hitting up the Pre-run.. and then Early Bird turns right around after the workout ends and bikes two miles home… I mean the guy is a beast.
Thanks Lois and Sensei for letting me lead (unfortunately, no face timing of the Q Sensei). It is always a privilege to Q for these great men.
On a hot and humid August morning, Six weary PAX moseyed on down to the scout hut to stretch out the kinks. Here’s how it went:
Devotion- John 15:12-14
” My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.”
One of Jesus’ last commands before he goes to trial and crucifixion is to love one another. Not only that, he said you are not a follower of mine unless you love. He then set the ultimate example by giving his life for those who despised him the most. We talked about how much of a difference men could make in this world if we truly love all those around us: our Family, our Friends, our Fellow PAX, even that annoying guy at work. Love will bring true change in the world.
I Just Want to Do Dead Pigeon Flow
Came in this morning and had my first Site-Q experience wrestling with the alarm. After entering the code it didn’t accept it, so I had to enter it two or three more times , thinking that the Police were going to show at any moment, forcing me to relive being pulled over by the boys in blue Tuesday morning on my way to Fast Twitch (another story, another time). Thankfully, none did, because i’m not sure I really want to explain why six men are up in the gloom doing Stretch/Yoga moves at a scout hut #awkward
Today’s music was a solid playlist I refer to often of Epic movie scores, and I must say we had some movie buffs slinging out correct movie names this morning.
Welcome Chopper – hope to see at Gumby very soon.
T-claps to Paper Jam and Drive by with the Pre run(s)- this morning was a miserable jungle like humidity. Makes the air conditioning that much sweeter.
As always gents, an honor and privilege to lead.