YHC thought that many guys may be traveling or have other activities the morning of Thanksgiving so the idea came about for an F3-style Turkey Trot at The Pub to peak interest in coming out at 5:30 on a cold, holiday morning.
YHC arrived to find the parking lot full of cars and excited about the turnout. However, most were frost covered and had been in the parking lot all night. Apparently, the Thanksgiving Eve bash at Hickory Tavern was rocking the night before so some folks may have had to abandon their cars for the evening. The PAX arrived to find one SUV running with the lights off. Officer Roscoe did a quick inspection to find no one inside. Oh well, that’s someone else’s story to tell. On to the thang…
YHC covered the route and the rules of the race with a brief disclaimer. This race is led and ran by idiots. The course has no officials, no markers, no chip timers, and no liability if anything happens. It also had no lights at the start line as the lights in the Publix parking lot were all out. The Hickory Tavern Turkey Bash must have really gotten out of hand. The race would have one division for the award presentation, Male – Birth and Up.
The PAX lined up at the chalk-drawn start line, and we were off through The Pub Route.
Out of the Publix parking lot and right on Hoffman
Left onto Pamela (Yes, I know. I’m aware there’s a funny way to state that to make everyone snicker.)
Left onto Gardner Park Dr
Left onto Armstrong Park Rd
Back to The Pub
First of all, Moses is a sneaky competitor. He was poor-mouthing his speed to YHC and Leppard at the beginning of the run. By the time we hit Armstrong Park Rd, Leppard and YHC were reminiscing about the old days of going with our dads or grandfathers to the local convenience store for a Co-Colar when we look up to find Moses setting a strong pace in front of us. It took all we had to keep up with him for the remainder of the race. Way to push the rock Moses!
The three of us returned to find Roscoe, Whoopee, and Defib starting short of the chalk-drawn Finish line. It appears the plan was to run over the line as a team, but Moses had different thoughts as he sped over the line for the victory. It was a well-earned victory as he set a strong pace.
Moses was presented with the 1st Annual The Pub Turkey Trot trophy.
No significant workout announcements to share, none, nada, zilch, zippo, move along, nothing to see here.
Praise – Whoopee’s 10 year anniversary, AYE!
Thankful for our blessings
Remembering those who lost a loved one during this time
YHC prayed us out
After the run, YHC saw that 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 was the daily verse on my Bible app.
15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
To YHC, there are so many F3 principles wrapped up in these verses. Through our EH’ing, encouragement, and accountability, we’ll accomplish the goal of the reinvigoration of male community leadership. For that we will give thanks and give all glory to God. As we work to make ourselves stronger on the outside, His Spirit will make us stronger on the inside and allow us to be better husbands, fathers, and friends on a daily basis.
I am thankful for F3 and for each one of my brothers that are a part of it. I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Until next week…