BB for 11/16 Planetarium @ Boondocks; Cochran Q

What a morning! Fourteen braved sub-freezing temps to get better. It was cold and dark, but the company was great:

Single Source
Meter Maid
Bulletin (R)
Flex Seal
Buckshot
Devitto
Dauber
Le Pew
Yankovic (R)
Virginia Slims
Tammy Faye Baker
Lambeau
Focker
Cochran (Q)

Warm-up mosey to the concession stand area, where we commenced COP with SSH, Abe Vigodas, toy soldiers, downward dog stretches, and Michael Phelps.

Partner work for Dora:

Act 1:
Dips x 100
Monkey Humpers x 200
LBCs x 300

Act II:
Calf Raises x 100
Merkins x 200
Jump Squats x 300

Emphasis on squeezing the reps so you get that deep burn afterward. Also emphasis on Taylor Swift’s Red, because I do what I can to keep Dauber’s spirits high. We moseyed back, knocked out some Mary, and hit COT.

I love seeing the high turnout even as we move closer to winter. It really speaks volumes concerning how much you guys appreciate my playlists. Til next time! Cochran out.

11.17.2021 Back Blast – The Foundry @ The County

Weather: 62 degrees, damp, little to no wind. Perfect!

PAX: Brown Water, Air Raid (R), Trebek, Single Source, Backflop, Dauber, Meter Maid, Tidwell

Q: Stick Up

YHC had never participated or Q’d a Heavy style workout in the 2+ years of posting. Props to Meter Maid for reaching out and pushing me to get on the calendar. Here is how it went.

At 0530, Disclaimer and cliff noted version of what to expect over the next 45 min was supplied.

COP: We began with a small mosey around the main parking lot, just to get blood flowing. It was pointed out about .0025 meters into the mosey that this was already looking like a run heavy style workout. Point taken. Grab your coupons and circle up in the main lot. SSH x10, Grass Grabers x 10, Toy Soldiers x10, Hillbillies x 10, Downward Dog, L/R Calf Stretch, L/L, R/R, Cobra, Kendra Newmans.

THANG 1: Prior to the start of the workout, there was another disclaimer supplied to the Pax. The music choice of YHC is not for everybody. I wanted to make sure all, especially Tidwell, was ok with some colorful language. It was quickly pointed out that Pelican and Snoop have already ruined this HIM. Great, lets get started.

40-30-20-10 of the following. Merkins, Bent over rows, wheezy jeffersons, weighted lunges. If a Him finished before everyone else, he was to suitcase carry the coupon around the lot waiting on the 6.

THANG 2: at each corner of the lot a specific exersize was given. Corner 1: Merkins, Corner 2: Bent over rows, Corner 3: Wheezy Jeffersons, Corner 4: Weighted Lunges. (weird how that worked out). In the center of the square was weighted squats. Starting at a corner of the PAX choosing, begin with 5 reps. Bring your coupon to the center for 6 squats. Coupon carry to the next corner (counter clockwise) for 7 reps of that movement. Back to the center for 8 squats. See the pattern here? With 4 minutes remaining we called time and circled for Mary.

COT: countOrama, nameOrama, announcements, intentions, words of thanks.

Thank you HIMs for joining me this morning and Meter Maid for getting me on the calendar! Look forward to the next time.

-Stick Up

BB – 11/16/21 – The Cliffs @ The Garden – Diane Dukes Q

Great turnout, it was great seeing everyone come out. PAX Jewel, Jitterbug (R), Ted Striker, Catfish, Subprime, Glow Sticks, Husky (R), Corningstone, Natty Lite, Bacon, Wide Right, Nice and Slow, Nino, Huggies, Wet Bandit, Stick Up, Edward Scissorhands, Wabbits, and Jimmy Neutron. Total of 20 HIM’s counting me.

I gave the disclaimer and moseyed to the parking lot to warmup. SSH, Grass Grabbers, Runner Stretch, then Michael Phelps into Kendra Newmans.

Thang 1 – we moseyed to the bottom of the Hill of Stolen Souls and started with 10 merkins, run to the top of 3 different locations (set of stairs to the left, set of stairs in the middle, and/or run up the hill to the trash bins) and do 10 Burpees. Rinse Repeat

Thang 2 – Indian run up to the parking lot to Talledega loop. Here we split up and did 4 different exercises, after each set, run the loop. 20 Jump Squats, 20 Bonnie Blairs, 20 Mountain Climbers, then 20 Flutter Kicks.

To finish it off we moseyed to the bottom of the Baptizer and did 2 rounds of sprints up the hill. Closed with about 5 minutes of core work.

Announcements, Intentions, closed with Our Father Prayer

Honor to Lead – Dukes

Pre-Blast – Jolly Rancher Q – Loco at The County – 11/16/2021

Man. I sure am glad I checked Slack and that the Site Q is promoting and selling his site tomorrow – otherwise I would have pulled a Kilo on my scheduled Q tomorrow morning and fart sacked it.

We’ll keep things pretty simple tomorrow in the gloom – some running mixed with some normal fanfare.

Bring your coupons and let’s get busy.

SYITG!

Jolly Rancher out!

BB – 11.13.21 – The Nest @ The County

About 2 months back, Timeshare had approached me to Q the Nest, at the time Saturdays were long run days so I said put me on the calendar for the Saturday after the big Race. Being the HIM that he is, he obliged. PAX: Timeshare, Yankovic (R), Lambeau, Cratchit, Buckshot, DeVitto, Hush Puppy, Honey DO (Q).

After crossing the tracks and making the left heading down Mount Mercy there was DeVitto putting the finishing touches on a 5 Mile run. I quickly jumped out of the car a ran a few laps around to the parking lot with him. As the remaining PAX circled, we joined in and time was called, disclaimer provided and, mosey to top lot commenced. COP: Grass grabbers, DD, Mounting Climbers, mosey back to cars.

Thang: Partner up(having an even pax worked out nicely). You and partner are to complete 250 reps total (125 per person) of 10 exercises, doing sets of 25 at a time (ie partner “A” does 25 flutter kicks, partner “B” does 25 Merkins, switch). So, it went something like this…

  • 250 – Flutterkicks | Merkins
  • 250 – Calf Raises | Overhead Press
  • 250 – LBC | Benchpress
  • 250 – Block Steps ups | Curls
  • 250 – Bobby Hurley | Squats    

Between each 250: Partners run together lap around chapel, stop at playground and complete 5 burpees, 10 pullups, 15 dips.

Strong work by all the pax in attendance. Time was called and we finished in normal fashion COR, NOR, Announcements (monthly ruck on Friday night  – Vikings Voyage at 7:15pm at the O), intentions for Holly Roller family and celebration of his mother’s life.   

SYITG – Honey Do

11.15.21 Back Blast: The Motivator @ The Abyss

About a month ago as were training for the marathon/half, we were having some good mumble chatter as only long runs with friends can produce. One of the topics was stepping up to Q. I mentioned to Dauber (among other things) that I had one scheduled at The Abyss that I just couldn’t recall signing up for. I have the bad habit of being forgetful from time to time so I told Dauber that I searched back on Slack trying to find that conversation where Flip Flop had asked and I had accepted, filling the Q slot. Dauber set my mind at ease when he informed me that it was Flip Flop’s new tactic to schedule dudes and later inform them on a mumble chatter post that they had the nod. At least I had about 6 weeks to prepare for mine. His was up and coming in that next week. I came to appreciate the tactic and felt a sense of honor that I was one of the guys that he felt would follow through without question or discussion. I mean…what else would I be doing at 0530…uh, scratch that…0500.

Today was that day and here’s who would show up before the rooster’s crow at 0500…well for Flip Flop it was the normal “coming in hot” at 5:01: F-Stop, Kitty Litter, Flip Flop, BigBird (Q)

Disclaimer was given and we would head out for a mosey to get warm. We circled up at a non normal spot (you know…to change it up a bit) thinking “surely we wouldn’t have to worry about traffic.” I was wrong here as there was an unusual, questionable amount of activity splitting up our COP. We carried on however and did some SSHs, Michel Phelps & Kendra Newmans. Following that we would do some BLIMPS (burpees, lunges, imperial walkers, merkins, plank jacks & squats). Recover and dodging a potential skunk and our favorite ankle biter, saunter over to the picnic area for…

Thang 1: Jack Webb of 1 dip to 4 Monkey Humpers until we got to 10 and 40 (Don’t worry Viking, I’m still going to make good on the additional for the monthly challenge). Recover and feeling the jelly legs, F-Stop shared his displeasure on your QIC setting us out to run towards…

Thang 2: In telling you that I came early to set up cones for an 11’s sequence you would likely not believe me. See, I did not have Nino or Backflop’s lighting expertise with me to light the way and when it’s dark as pitch out in Sky Q country, we couldn’t even find the fluorescent orange cones that I had set up. All good though. We had some smart dudes out this morning and we all figured it out. Start at almost the boat ramp with a burpee and mosey about 200 yards for 10 jump squats (2 and 9, 3 and 8, etc.) We had some fantastic mumble chatter to include: hitting a wall during a marathon, how any cut of elk meat is far superior to deer and knowing that it all works out and the Lord takes care of you in the toughest of circumstances even when the answers to your prayers seem to go unanswered.

We had a couple of minutes to spare to return to the flag and even though when we got there it was 0545, we got down on our “6” for one BBSU…you know…just to say we incorporated some Mary.

Circled up for COR, NOR and COT. Made some announcements on Viking’s pillaging and plundering ruck this Friday and the fantastic charity to support (Kitty Litter used to be on the board). Also mentioned the Q mashup taking place in December. Said a word about answering the call (even if you’re volun-told) and when you do, put your best foot forward, be a HIM and work to make others around you better. Asked The Sky Q to answer the intentions in our hearts and thanked Him for the prospect of another day.

Until next time…

BigBird

BB – 11/15/21 – The Patriot – Meter Maid Q

I knew it was going to be a cold one so I designed a weinke to keep the PAX moving. When I set off from Pewee Valley, it was 32 degrees and as I approached the Colonel William Oldham (CWO) statute, it was 30 degrees. When I arrived early to setup, Ruby was already there. He was in shorts and said it wasn’t cold. The only other in shorts was Backflop.

Here are the 10 PAX who participated: Yankovich (R), Swag, Ruby (R), Single Source, Backflop, Viking, Skull, Holy Roller (R), Boss Hogg (R) and Meter Maid (Q).

I started off with a quick COP of 15 4-count mountain climbers, strict downward dog and Michael Phelps OYO. Then, I explained our first exercise -CWOs. It would be two laps around the square with stopping at each corner with 5 of each – C for Carolina Dry Docks, W for Weezy Jefferson and O for one legged burpees.

Then we headed to the main thang which was running heart break hill. To add to the challenge we also brought over three sandbags (20,40 and 60 pounds). These were in constant motion. Not even a sandbag could slowdown Backflop. After each round, we did another CWO- 5 Copperhead squats, 10 Walkers (4 count), and 15 Os. Holy Roller cranked out lots of one legged burpees. At one point Viking went over and did a few sets of exercises with him.

With a few minutes left we circled up for Mary. We did 20 4-count flutter kicks IC, 20 right leg only flutter kicks IC and concluded with elevators.

This shows the ground that we covered today.

We did COR and NOR. We did announcements that included the the upcoming monthly ruck on Friday night- Vikings Voyage. It will start at 7:15pm at the O (Seneca Park basketball court). It will be miles with some limited PT. We prayed for Holy Roller whose mom passed away. The celebration of her life is later today.

Always humbled to lead,

-Meter Maid

11.15.21 Pre Blast-The Motivator @ The Abyss: BigBird Q

I wanted to post a cool picture of Colonel Longrun similar to Meter Maid’s PreBlast picture at The Patriot. Unfortunately, the only thing you may be able to see at The Abyss at 0500 aside from your hand just in front of your face, may be the stars in the sky…if we’re lucky.

Be one of the cool kids who can say we got our workout in before anyone else in the region! Come out to the darkest of AOs at 0500 and get your week started off right!

It’s going to be chilly so dress appropriately with layers to shred, bring shoes to run in and go ahead and travel 30lbs lighter leaving your coupon at home. Let’s go to work boys!!

SYITG!!

Back-Blast: The Agony at the County – 11.11.2021 – Little Jerry Veteran’s Day Q



Wherever you were for this morning’s post on this Veterans Day, you were not the timid, you were a man in the arena.  We ended with this favorite quote of mine from Teddy Roosevelt…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


Back to the beginning.

12 men joined me at the County for my first Q in quite a while.  Bob Ross, Mud Bug, Double Down (R), Abacus, Viking, Giselle, Trebek, DeVito, Air Raid (R), Methane (R), Bulletin (R), Wild Flower, Little Jerry at the Q (not queue).

The Thang…

50 SSH IC – Mosey a lap

90 sec Merkins – Run a lap

90 sec Big Boys – Mosey

90 sec Curls – Run

90 sec LBC – Mosey

90 sec Carolina Dry Docks – Run

90 sec Squats – Mosey

90 sec Row – Run

90 sec Lunge – Mosey

90 sec Shoulder Press – Run

90 sec Plank – Run a lap, Mosey a lap

60 sec Curls

10 Merkins IC

COT

Counterama, Namerama, Annoucements and Intentions. We ended the day with the the “Man in the Arena” Quote and a salute to our Veterans. Thank you all for your service and sacrifice!

Thanks for coming out!

PB – The Nest @ The County 11.13.21 – Honey Do

Saturday marks just less than a week after completing a Marathon, which kicked my butt(still sore in some places)! Per Marathon my Saturday’s were dedicated to long runs. Soooo, I’m excited to not wake up and run 16ish miles tomorrow. However tomorrow won’t be easy an there will still be some moderate distance. Bring a coupon, gloves, running shoes. Expect Temps in low to mid 30’s. SYITG!

Back Blast – The Defender @ The Patriot – 11/12/2021

Man, that felt good. It’s been a hot minute since I was able to Q – fearing that the run training would increase the probability of a Q fartsack. So, I put the Qs in low gear for a while.

But…in the great words of Randy Quaid on Independence Day: HELLO BOYS…I’M BAAAAAACK!

Time was called and disclaimers provided right at 0530am. The following men joined me:

  • Virginia Slims
  • Ruby (R)
  • Holy Roller (R)
  • Boss Hog (R)
  • Yankovic (R)
  • Refi
  • Swag
  • Jolly Rancher (Q)

COP:

We circled up around the statue right next to the remnants of the court house. We did the standard warm-up for my Qs, which was:

  • SSHs
  • Downward Dog + Runners Stretches
  • Grass Grabbers
  • Toy Soldiers

The Thang – Four Corners-ish:

We took our coupons to the corner near the old skate park to kick off the thing. We would start with a set exercise of 20 reps, then rifle carry our coupons to the next corner [going clockwise] and then do another set of 20 of the same exercise. Then, we’d mosey all the way around the court house block back to our coupons. Early finishers would knock our some big boy sit-ups until the six arrived. We would do this for 7 rounds. The exercises included:

  • Weighted Squats
  • Coupon Merkins
  • Curls
  • Skull Crushers / Tricep Extensions
  • Upright Rows
  • Overhead Presses
  • Groiners

Time was getting short so we ended up with some quick Mary back at the statue which included some flutter kicks, merkins and more big boy sit-ups.

Time was then called.

COT:

Countarama, namearama, announcements and intentions. November 19 is the monthly ruck – start time I believe is 7pm at The O, but I think the basketball courts. Just check Slack. Also, November 20 is the monthly opportunity to lead at Dare to Care – 9am to 12pm.

Intentions said for Holy Roller’s family and his continued recovery from knee replacement.

Always humbled to lead.

Jolly Rancher out!

11.12.21 – a morning with Old Bay @ Pleasantville

PAX (12): Handbook, Sump Pump (R), Y Not, Fertle Myrtle, Valdez, Flex Seal, Viking, Airplane, Buzz saw, Stick Up, Big Bird, Old Bay (Q)

5:31 – Mutts like to start around now. Mosey around, circle up under ampitheater for COP. SSH, IW, Dog, Toy Soldier, other stuff.

Coupon mosey over to the big soccer field

4 corners: Leave coupons, mosey to first corner, 20 Merks/20 Flutters, same at corner 2 and 3, then 20 coupon thrusters back at start. Repeat. On 3rd round we changed to 20 prisoner squat jumps/20 LBCs, and still 20 coupon thrusters back at start. Valdez was having full conversations, reviewed his holiday plans, did some end of year investment planning, did some laundry, and still smoked everyone.

Aside: I asked Valdez if he is training for any upcoming events, and he said no. “I’m maybe looking for a new challenge. Like maybe I’ll go climb a mountain or something.” These were his actual words.

COVID 19: 19 each of curls, OH press, V-ups, Incline Merks, dips, then a short mosey.

Grab coupons, OH carry back to the flag. Finish.

COR, NOR, Announcements (need pleasantville SiteQ, Viking November ruck), Intentions.

Love getting out to Wisteria. It’s been forever for me, thanks to Airplane for keeping it rolling. This spot is great, tons to do out here. Keep perspective, don’t be a dick, and go make someone smile today!

Kisses,

Old Bay

Pre-Blast – The Defender @ The Patriot – 11/12/2021

Words don’t express how excited I am that the half marathon is over. Am I glad I did it? You better believe it. But, I’m also glad that I get to get back to regularly scheduled programming which is posting around the region and Qing!

Tomorrow, you’ll need a coupon and some gloves for groundwork if that’s your thing. We’ll also be doing some running, but nothing too crazy or long distanced.

SYITG!

Jolly Rancher out!

Backblast – Moonshiner @ Boondocks – Captain Crunchberry Q – 11.11.2021

Weather: Clear, clam, and comfortable. Hovering at about 50 degrees.

PAX: Honey Do, Virginia Slims, Cratchit, Tidwell, Buckshot, Single Source, Chochran, Timeshare, Brown Water, Yankovic, and Smokie (FNG).

COP: Toy Soldiers, Kendra Newmans, Michael Phelps, and a runners stretch.

One and only THANG:

A ladder. We moseyed with coupons to the first crosswalk. The ladder consisted of 10 Burpees, 20 Overhead Press, 30 Skull Crushers, 40 Squats, 50 Curls.

Complete 10 Burpees, then mosey to the concession stand. At the concession stand, complete 10 (each leg) step-ups. Mosey back.

Complete 10 Burpees, 20 Overhead Press, mosey back to the concession stand. Complete 10 (each leg) step-ups. Mosey back.

Etc.

Etc.

After completing the first round of Skull Crushers, I gave the PAX the option to modify to include a combination of overhead claps along with the Skull Crushers.

When time got close, we moseyed back to the starting point.

MARY consisted of Gas Pumps, American Hammers, Big Boy Sit Ups, Flutter Kicks, and LBC’s.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Monthly ruck, new BO at The Patriot.

No specific intentions mentioned, and I closed us out with a little prayer of thankfulness for the group surrounding me. You push me to be better, and for that I’m thankful.

-Captain Crunchberry.

Backblast – 10K / Half / Full Marathon

What started as a way to reengage a PAX that hadn’t made it out in a while, turned into a whole lot of running.

The weather was anywhere from 85-90 degrees to as low as 30. We trained from the middle of July until the run on November 7. A few of us did “conditioning” runs starting in May, just to get a minimum level of running we felt the training would require.

The photo above is missing a few that had already left, or might have been still on the course. Not to mention a few that had to drop out along the way due to medical or relocation. But that photo brings out all the feel goods. It reminds me to surround yourself with great people, and great things will happen. Prior to this endeavor I had never completed a 5K without walking. On this day, I ran 13.1 miles without a single stride at walking pace. That is due to the fellowship, accountability, and encouragement of these men surrounding me.

Our training was typically 3 days a week, with day one being a short, easy run. Day two was tempo, hill, or interval style runs. Day 3 was long distance runs. We tried to move around, so the scenery was constantly changing.

The night before the run, I did all the right things. Laid out the clothes, filled a water bottle, set out the snacks, all the fun stuff.

The day of the run started early. Like why in the hell couldn’t I stay asleep? I woke up multiple times that night. We had planned to meet at the typical Posh meeting location. We were going to stretch and warmup there, and then head over to the start/finish line. Parking was pretty full already, but a few of us made it there, and waited until about 0715. Then we proceeded to the starting line.

There we were greeted by a couple of HIMs. Focker and Holy Roller made it out to support us as we started the race. We stood around together stretching, while “watching” Backflop on the app. Backflop, DeVitto, and Honey Do (later to learn Frosty) were already on the course. They were out to conquer a full marathon.

We made our way over to get in line for the actual start of the run. Here is where it gets difficult. There were pacers there. They held a little sign that allowed you to put yourself in a group of similar paced runners. We (the slower guys) had to say goodbye to Big Bird, Virginia Slims, and Dauber. Air Raid tried to hang back with the slow guys, but we kicked him out. He is too darn fast for our pace. Slowly the group started to inch out, and we were off. Starting the watch, and the RaceJoy app.

MILE 1:

I slid my phone in my fancy fanny pack, and all was good. Except the zipper broke. But that was a far cry from having to put my phone in a small pocket on my tights, and it pulling my pants down, right Jolly?

I looked up after sliding my phone in, trying to see where my group was, and Gisele was out in front by about 20 feet. He was looking over his shoulder trying to find us too, I think. But the pack was still too tight to maneuver my way up to run along side him. Unfortunately that was the last I saw of Gisele until about mile 11. Well, except at the turn around. I have no clue where Meter Maid went. But he was in front of me too.

When we all settled in, I was side by side with my normal running partner, Cratchit. We trained at similar pace the entire time. I didn’t listen to my watch for the first few miles. I just let the the pace be, what the pace was.

MILE 2:

The first “Holy Crap” moment. On our training runs we had ran on the trails that included a switch back to make the hill gradual, but long. For the race, we went straight up a mountain.

It is hard to grasp the elevation of this hill. By the numbers, it is 200 feet of elevation over about a 1/4 mile. On this hill we interacted with a couple of guys that I will simply refer to as The Music Man. His music was playing and I teased that I would just run along side him to be able to listen to his music. We ran past him on our way to the top.

MILE 3:

Nestled into the trees and a gradual downhill back toward the trestle bridge. This was possibly the first time going down the hill in the daylight. There was nothing real exciting, although the path is slightly smaller in areas, which made it hard to pace slower runners. At this point we had 10K participants returning up the hill. This is where we saw Harry Caray. I’m pretty sure

MILE 4:

Once you enter Pope Lick Park it is perfectly flat for a while. A perfect recovery from the hills. Cratchit and I had settle into a decent pace, conquered the big hill, and now it was time to just log some miles. I don’t really even remember the mummblechatter. I’m sure it was epic. It is about this point that I remember a few consistent runners that I either followed pace, or were constantly passing or being passed by them. The Music Man ran past us here I think.

MILE 5:

This was starting into new terrain for me. When we had done the training runs, we would circle The Egg Lawn first, so we always had “extra” distance from the actual starting line. Not to mention the most we did in training was 12 miles. Here we ran along Floyd’s Fork for a while, and I can remember Cratchit and I talking about the perfect scenery, the perfect weather, and how bad it could have been. This is also when I first remember listening to my watch for pace times. We had just completed mile 4 with a pace of 8:51, and subsequently finished mile 5 at a 8:44 pace. Training runs we averaged a 9:30-9:45 pace. It was a comfortable run pace. I told Cratchit we were either going to pay for the fast pace later, or we were totally going to crush our previous times. This is also when a fellow runner burped, and basically apologized for this. We tried to explain that it wasn’t necessary, but I feel like she took offense that we even acknowledged that it happened.

MILE 6:

During mile 6 my mind was blown. The lead marathoner was on his way back. Granted he had an hour head start, but he had ran 20ish miles in approximately an hour and forty minutes. I’m not sure the exact timing. But I had trouble wrapping my head around the pace he was setting. It was also here that the half marathon turn around approached. I got to see some of the faster guys, and gauge how far back we were to their pace. As we hit the turn around Cratchit made some comment about is was just as simple as getting back to where we started. And homeward bound we started.

MILE 7:

The sun was up, the temperature was climbing. Gear started to get hot. I don’t regret wearing long sleeves, but I had to pull them up at this point. Most everyone ran with ear buds in. There were a handful of runner that just had music playing on their phone, but most used barely noticeable ear buds. After we noticed the pace on miles 4 and 5, we followed a guy for a couple miles. I think we used him to keep us in check basically. But then it was time to mosey past him. I thanked him for letting us follow him, and he didn’t flinch. Clearly his concentration was on running, and not talking. Which was the opposite of what I was trying to do.

MILE 8:

This was probably the most boring part. We had ran this section before. Physically the the distance was fine, but mentally it is starting to creep in that there is still 5 miles to go. Then, BOOM. We enter Pope Lick Park again, and my M and 2.0’s have made it out to cheer me on. That little endorphin rush was perfect timing. I felt like I could pick up the pace again. The kids ran along side for moment, and in a flash, we were leaving the park again.

MILE 9:

SECOND BOOM. More PAX made it out to encourage us. WILDflower and Lambeau. Now I’m just pumped. While the photo doesn’t do it justice, I was doing a little Frank the Tank impression here.

This rush also is what caused me problems. The return trip up that hill is looming.

MILE 10:

The hill. I knew it was coming. I knew it would be a grind. But I’m riding the high of seeing family and friends. This is also where I become a bad running buddy. I left Cratchit. We were about 85 minutes into the run. I glanced at the watch, I had just over under 4 miles left, and about 35 minutes to accomplish it. I did my best. I put my head down, and I ran that hill. Leaving Cratchit. I thought if I could get to the top, and not splash Merlot at the top, I had an chance at the 2 hour mark. I made the final turn on the hill and I hollered back for Cratchit. During training runs, this is where I would holler back for Jolly Rancher. I never asked if he could hear me, but I like to think that me calling his name gave him a little extra push up that hill. I heard Cratchit respond. He was still back there, pushing along too. Coming out of the woods there was a race organizer riding a bike. I think he was just riding the course to ensure there weren’t injuries, or stranded runners. I asked if he was offering rides. He asked if I was OK. He clearly didn’t get the joke. I followed that up with that I was simply showing the hill who the boss was. This is also where I found Meter Maid. The hill was doing it’s best to beat him down. I hope seeing a friend gave him the encouragement he needed to push a little further.

MILE 11:

The Summit. I had won. The hill didn’t beat me. Now, the second HOLY CRAP moment. I have to go down that mountain of a hill from mile 2. The mountain looked daunting going up. But coming down, one missed step and it was Heartbreak Hill. I decided to let gravity do the work. I simply threw my legs out as far as I could, and tried to hold on for the ride. Meter Maid gave a shout out from behind me. At this moment I don’t know what it was, but it again gave me a little push to thinking I could complete the run in under 2 hours. Somewhere along Mile 11, I came upon Gisele. He said he was struggling with cramping. Then I spotted The Music Man too. He was at a dead stop, stretching. This is the proverbial wall people talk about I think. I was there too.

MILE 12:

My legs are heavy. Feels like coupons are strapped to my shoes. My hip flexors are tight. My stride is reduced to what feels like baby steps. But at this point, the eye is on the prize. Keep moving. Just another 10 minutes or so. You can do anything for a few minutes, right? BOOM. PAX spotting. Cochran is at the bridge running along side, giving encouragement like candy. There is also a little girl here. She is about 3 or 4 years old. She was bouncing, she was happy. She was likely there to cheer on her mom, as she was with whom I presume was her dad. I told her I needed her energy for just a few minutes. I asked for her to give me that energy. A fist bump ensued, and I was sprinting over the bridge, passing the runner who moments ago ran past me.

MILE 13:

The Egg Lawn. As I made the turn for finish line, there was a lady who had ran up along side me. She looked over at me, and simply said “Let’s Go.” It was the equivalent to Le Pew leading the charge yelling “Giddy Up.” I ran as hard as I could, for as long as I could. Passing my family who was cheering me along. Within steps of the finish line, I had to let “Let’s Go” girl, go.

MILE 13.1:

I finished. I crossed the finish line. Pelican was there too. Never once taking a walking step. Finish time was 2 hours 3 minutes and 45 seconds. (I guess I should be able to remember that… 2, 3, 4, 5.) It was a great feeling.

THE REST OF THE STORY:

Everyone was congregated at the finish line. It almost made it hard. You kind of felt obligate to stop there. I should have walked further away. I should have given a few moments just to cool down. But there were others coming in right behind me. We congratulated each other on the accomplishment.

The goal in the beginning was to run the entire course. During the training I felt that I could accomplish that goal easily. I debated on changing the goal to be finishing in under 2 hours. But I felt like that was leaving me with too much room for disappointment. I hadn’t trained at a pace capable of achieving that goal. But while on the course, we ran at a pace that gave me a shot at it. I’m glad I tried it, even though I wasn’t able to achieve that timing goal, I did accomplish the main goal I set.

We circled up for a photo or two. Beers were consumed. Pie was eaten. It was great. This has opened the door for me, and others I think. We are already in talks about who is interested in doing it again, and when.

PB Cloverfield @ The Garden 11.11.21 – Wide Right Q

You will not hurt my feelings if you decide to go to Chad 1000 at The Vet, which I encourage you to do.

If you decide to come to the Cloverfield, I will be glad to see you and will do my best to get a good workout and make your trip worth it.

Coupons on site will be used, just get there and bring a friend.

SYITG – Wide Right

PB-11/10/2021 Escalator @ The Abyss – Flexseal Q

I will be making my inaugural appearance and stepping into the gloom of The Abyss. Sticking with the theme so far this week, we will limit the leg work and let those participating in the Chad 1,000 preserve them for that awesome feat. Coupons will be needed. I also hear that additional lighting may be necessary at The Abyss! 5:00 comes early tomorrow morning, so get some rest. SYITG

Pre-Blast 11.10.21 – 5:30a Foundry @ The County – Kitty Litter Q

The good news is that many of us are doing the Chad 1000 @ Vets on Thursday, so this “Heavy” workout will not involve much lower-body stuff (a “recovery day” for legs). Which, of course, means that those abs, pecs, lats, delts, biceps, and whatever else sits north of the belt-line will need to feel a bit of gravity. Come grab some toys…but also bring a coupon for good measure. Sturdy shoes please, though we may do short jogs between sets to keep the heart-rate honest.