F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Date: April 18, 2016

Derecho Runs – 14, 17, 19, 23, 31….what?

6 PAX gathered in the gloom, overcame the fartsack urge and emerged victorious on this first day of the week, April 18th. YHC admitted early that this would be my first Q where I really did not put anything on paper and did not really think about the workout specifics until I realized I would not be alone (so the specifics and rep counts may not be entirely accurate). 4 PAX were in attendance when the warm up started with Anthrax coming in hot at about the 3rd warm up exercise.

We dispensed with protocol and performed The Pledge before the warm up.

The Warm Up – In Cadence

SSH X 14 (Why 14?)
Imperial Walkers X 14
Merkins X 14
LBC’s X 19 (I think)

The Thang

We started with a run/mosey around the back of the school and made the loop up to the traffic circle and down to the bottom of the hill at the lower entrance to the school. At this point we stopped for a couple quick exercises in cadence:

Merkins X 14
LBC’s X 21 (?)

As we finished up, someone spotted a hazy figure sprinting toward us and for a moment I considered telling someone else to rush him but low and behold it was Radar joining us, I’m sure he was already on mile 4 of his morning run.

The next section was retracing the route we had just come from with an average mosey pace all the way back around the school to the concrete ‘knobs’ near the main side entrance. On the way, Whoopee struck up a conversation with someone in a parked car. After a quick run recovery moment we continued with some in cadence work:

Merkins X 14
LBC’s X 23 (?)
Derkins X 14
Flutter Kicks X 19 (?)

The third run section led us from the exercise station toward the football field, down the sidewalk and then toward the lower entrance. As we arrived at the lower entrance, I may have heard some SV moaning about not stopping there but I could be mistaken. The run continued up our ‘favorite Derecho hill’ to the traffic circle and the glorious artwork there for another exercise station in cadence:

Merkins X 14
LBC’s X 19 (?)

The final running leg (well almost) took us back toward the school where we avoided a moving school bus, worked our way around the back of the school again and back to the ‘concrete knobs’ for our last exercise station with the following in cadence work:

Merkins X 14
LBC’s X 23 (?)
Derkins X 14
Flutter Kicks X 31

There was no more time for any recovery and we made the final sprint back to the vehicle assembly area.

In all, we covered close to 3 miles with each section in the 3/4 mile range. Sorry for the lack of consistency with the reps but that’s what you get from a contractor with no plans.

We finished off with some announcements and prayer requests:

Burpee-a-thon is coming up soon – check in with The Mayor on that one.
YHC attempted an announcement for Flinstone concerning an education opportunity he has coming up but I totally botched the explanation. My sincere apologies to Flinstone.

Finished with the name-o-rama and prayer.

Again, it was my honor to lead another workout and you guys pushed me as always to be better today than I was yesterday.

Until the next one.

Aye!

Community Foundation Run…..Whoopee Saves a Life

As this was not an official F3 Gastonia event, I was not sure how to proceed with a full Back Blast but here goes. Thanks to the work of Freight and Rudolph, there had been much discussion and planning for F3 Gastonia to participate in the Community Foundation Run. Turns out there was more to this day than just a 5k Run.

We started with a little pre-race get together just in front of the Rotary Pavilion. There was the typical mumble chatter, a little stretching, etc. I am not sure of the exact time but there was a group of YMCA line dancers (?) doing some work when Hot For Teacher spotted one of the dancers had collapsed and seemed to be in distress. Luckily for him, there were a large number of law enforcement and EMS personnel very close. However, his best luck was probably the fact that Whoopee was so close. Whoopee (#HIM) immediately responded to the situation and directed and participated in the care of this man and frankly, his revival. I am sure there are details that I missed as my adrenaline was pumping and I was in awe at what I was witnessing. One of our own F3 Leaders was using his skill, training and humanity to take care of this gentlemen’s needs, which at that moment were life-threatening. No joke. When he left in the ambulance, I do not think his prognosis was really known. We found out later that he was at the hospital, alert and talking. There were several events that had to take place to put the PAX right at that spot at that moment. I do not believe it was a coincidence that Whoopee was placed there when needed. At Sunday School yesterday, my class was asked if anyone had experienced what they would describe as a “God Moment” recently. I could not keep from describing the scene from Saturday morning. It was quite a site.

We still had a race to run. It felt strange trying to transition to the starting line.

The Thang

After we all regained our composure (as much as we could), we started to make our way to the start line. Pizza Man stopped at the sign that read “6 Minute Mile”. The remaining PAX moved on farther from the start line. We spent several minutes waiting, shared some good mumble chatter and YHC shared a moment from the very first Run for the Money 5k that I ran 8 – 9 years ago. As I made the last turn and started up South St I felt like I was maintaining a nice pace. A few hundred yards up the hill, a woman pushing a TWO-KID stroller blew past me and kept it up until the finish. Needless to say that did not do much for my self-esteem and made me question my training regiment.

The gun sounded and we were off. Not far after the start, YHC made a comment that I just wasn’t ready mentally for the start and Whoopee chastised me (deservedly so) and asked if I needed a hug. I said no (got over my SV moment) and we forged ahead. For some reason, I paced myself with Whoopee for almost the entire 5k. Normally I would not be able to keep up with him but for some reason, I pushed myself to. Maybe it was because I wanted to have him beside me if I collapsed during the race or maybe I just wanted to be close to someone who had just saved a life or maybe I felt he was shook up a little from the event, not sure. It was not planned but that’s how it happened.

We set out at a relatively good pace for me along with Rudolph, Roscoe (until he pushed ahead) and JK2. The other PAX were spread out, some in front of us and some behind. It was a great representation for the group. We shared some good mumble chatter and even had to laugh as 10 year olds (or younger) were passing us. About the time we hit the first significant hill, I heard someone say (I think it was Whoopee), “We need to run more.” I couldn’t respond as I was unable to catch my breath.

All the PAX plus some 2.0’s finished the race in proud fashion. It was a great event and I was proud to be in a crowd of thousands sporting my F3 Gear. We shared some congrats before some of us headed for part 2 at the Community Garden.

From downtown, we made our way to the Community Garden to push some gravel as opposed to pushing the rock. It seemed harmless enough but it did not take long to come to terms with my age after shoveling gravel into wheel barrels and then moving the gravel to the appropriate dump area. I must admit that I was impressed to see Spiderman doing sprints with his full load of gravel. I was definitely more sore from the Garden work than from the Run.

I was able to reflect later on the day and realized how these events had allowed us to experience all three F’s in a grand manner. The Community Foundation is an organization that supports our Community in big ways and their Run is the biggest one day event in the County in terms of raising money for local non-profits. We were able to add to that. We witnessed what I called a “God Moment” (3rd F?) as Whoopee and others jumped in to save a life. We then served the Community in fellowship at the Garden (2nd F). The fact is the entire event was all 2nd F and it was great. And of course, the 5K Run and moving gravel were both great 1st F workouts.

During the morning, I had several persons ask me about my shirt and what F3 was. I found myself talking very proudly about my association and how the group has helped me personally over the last year. I also must say that I have ran that 5k 4 – 5 times over the last 9 – 10 years and this was my best time yet. This is also not a coincidence as I look back at what I have done over the past year with all of you guys.

Thanks for making a difference and working to “reinvigorate male community leadership” in Gaston County as F3’s Mission States.

Until the next workout or event. Aye!

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