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Table for 2

2 Men braved the morning 5 mile run.

The Thang:

We ran 5 miles

The Moleskin:

We met at 6:30am at the Harris Teeter Parking lot for a 5 mile run.

Other’s showed but I could not tell you with all the activity who actually did something and the amount of people that participated. So I am counting the number of people that showed to run the Coconut Horse Sunday morning run.

Extra runner’s out some place. I just know the only other person I had seen actually run was Linus.

Rucker’s are counted below. With the gains in Gastonia lately I believe we will grow in the area of Rucking.

Good work to all,

Gastone Out.



All who wander aren’t lost

Gastone asked YHC to Q the Coconut Horse and since my Sunday routine always starts with the horse so of course I agreed.

Whoopee was looking to start early with some EC Rucking so I accepted that and showed up at 0515, ready to go.  The rain/sleet was falling pretty good so when Whoopee showed up and parked beside me I greeted him with a grin and a gesture.

At 0530 we headed out on the normal route and got as far as we could before turning around for my official Q at 0630.  As we approached the HT we passed HushPuppy on a solo run.  Then Breaker Breaker passed by coming out of the HT.  At 0629 Linus showed up and we tried to coax him into the Ruck option as we had an extra Ruck between us.  He wanted to run so Whoopee and I headed off in the other direction.

We returned at 0715 or so and there were more cars than people in the parking lot.  COT only had four but when we entered Starbucks there were a total of 8 as ToolTime, Stroganoff, and Defib were now showing for the Q-Source discussions being led by Stroganoff.  Short Sale returned from a run and then our new PAX Compass showed up after a ten miler.  No one dared run under the tunnels of the greenway as the water was flowing fast this morning.  The discussions were excellent regarding language.  We discussed accountability, candor, love, and self-discipline.

F3 is a great thing.  Give it away.

This is F3, where did you come from?

8 posted at the Coconut Horse this morning including FNG Compass.

I believe everyone that posted put in some EC.

Compass had seen us leaving from Harris Teeter on Sundays in the past and saw Roscoe and Myself running back toward the start this morning after some EC around Martha Rivers so he followed us to join in.  That’s what I’m talking about.

5 for Coffeeteria at Starbucks.  It was a Grande ole time (see what I did there?)

Until the next one.  Aye!


Backblast Complete

some ran extra and the rest made 5.

Good wok by all, Gastone Out

Pickup trucks and flags

It was a cold but beautiful morning.  There were many options on the menu today but most involved running various distances.  Stroganoff took advantage of the Ruck option and left out at a good pace at 0600.  Gastone did some extra running early as did Defib.  Hipaa did his own thing that involved getting in some miles.  No one knows for sure what route he took.  The rest did the normal Coconut Horse loop for five miles.

YHC arrived at 0625 to see a sweaty Gastone and a cold Dr. Seuss waiting for the clock.  Boudin emerged from his truck and then Defib showed up, finishing his first eleven miles.  He asked who the Q was.  “I am”, I replied.

Defib responded, “which route are we taking?”

“The normal route”, I replied.

“Let’s go”, said Defib.

“Yes sir”, I replied, and off we went.

The pace was quick with a sub 8 first mile.  Then Sargento passed us, then Gastone and Boudin took off.

We saw Breaker Breaker getting in 9 miles.  Madoff was getting after it too.  Eventually we all ended up at the same place with at least 5 miles completed.  Stroganoff had rucked a really good pace.  He was already done.

Before we could hit coffeerama we were awaiting Hipaa.  YHC called him on the phone.  “Where are you?”

Hipaa, “a quarter mile out”.

Ten minutes later we see “Hipaa” running back to the group.  He was too late for the team photo but we made up for that with a solo glamour shot later.  Sargento remarked that Hipaa has a funny running stride.

We recited the Pledge of Allegiance in unison with the flag hung from the back of Gastone’s pickup truck with duct tape.  (“Redneck”, declared an unnamed PAX)

Prayer requests for Nicki Bailey who is fighting cancer.  Prayers for safe travels during the holiday and for those who have lost family members during the holidays.

It is true that the holiday’s can be a sad time for people.  Isolation, depression, and shorter days can be tough on people.  This should be the season of the emotional headlock.  Get those isolated guys out to the Gloom.  Invite them to join and post with them.  Gastone was putting a solid EH on a school teacher after coffeerama.  This should be a season of joy and gratitude.  Make it happen and bring others along.  Reach out to friends and family and check on them.  They will remember.

Speaking of coffeerama.  There was some gallows humor but the highlight was listening to Sargento and Boudin talk about their M’s fitness contest the day before.  Apparently these two took their shirts off in the parking lot of the fitness competition and were posing down with each other. (Not sure if they oiled each other up first).  However, Boudin was challenging the jacked male bodybuilders to a burpee contest.  No starved, dehydrated, and weak bodybuilder took him up on the offer.  Good work!  #HIM.

It was a great day to be a part of F3 Gastonia and run the #horse.  Until next time.


Ran we did…

11 met for a run at 6:30.

3 met at 5 for an extra 10.

2 met for an extra 5.

Couple guys left a little early.

Everyone finished.

Honor to Q,



Horse Plus Extra

11 Ran the Horse.

Some ran early and ran lots.

Gastone Out!


Groundhog Webb Kitchen

11 Showed for the Coconut Horse.

5 Rucked

1 came early for and extra credit.

Pockets took off early.

5 miles completed by all.

DDC made the entire run with not stops.

Great work by all.



Then we headed in to Starbucks for some Fellowship.

Gastone Out!

Sunday fun run

6 Men came out for a run. All accomplished.

The Thang:
5:30am Gastone and RPO ran extra 5.

Roscoe showed most likely around 5:45 or 6 and we passed him getting extra credit. Extra 4.75 I think.

Passed Pockets getting it early as well around 6:12am. He was over 5 miles.

Moses and Madoff were ready to go at 6:30.

The Moleskin:

Make sure that all men runners of Gaston County know of our running days. It is time for growth going into the fall. RPO is going to be the future champion of his track team, Great first 10 mile run.

Pocket’s way to push that rock, keep it up.

Going into this morning I was in need of a mental reset. The last week was hard with my Mother-in-law having a stroke the Sunday before. Both parents moved in with us a couple weeks before. She passed Friday morning after a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s. She was an amazing woman.


Gastone Out!


What storm?

I got up and heard the wind whipping on my house and it was poring. I thought no way this is happening so I will get ready and go down to see if anybody is thinking the same way. My wife awakened and tried to stop me but I shook her off my leg and got out the front door. I arrived, Roscoe in parking lot waiting but I could barely see him with his tinted windows. Looked like Pockets truck was at the location but never had seen him. Tooltime and another car in place so I decided while I am making up my mind to drive and look for the guys and look at conditions.  I drive down towards the armory and Roscoe calls me. Asked me what I am doing and I told him I am not running in this mess. He asked why not. I drove back to the start and passed DDC and then Tooltime running back to the start.

DDC came out for a ruck but ended up running with Tooltime. He did not stay for the regular but get’s lots of credit for running.

Roscoe, Gastone, and Tooltime proceeded to get the regular 5 mile coarse in. It really was not bad, even the greenway we did go through waste deep water but the floating debris helped us get to the other side and back on the trail. Roscoe is a good swimmer so that helped. Once back on the greenway we had to dodge falling trees and electrical lines but did not bug us as we were in conversation. We turned to run up Robinwood but the mudslides made it more difficult, but we made it.

Good run, with great guys. I probably would have tapped out if it was not for the leadership of the other 2 guys on this run.

Still really don’t know if Pockets was around but I am giving him credit because it looked like his truck in the lot.

Kudos guys,


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