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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,


The few

On the day after our BRR team finished up a strong performance in the mountains, just a few guys made it out to the Teeter this morning.

The Thang:

We ran. A couple rucked.

Roscoe, Short Sale and YHC casually EH’ed a couple guys after our run. Then I had to leave. We’ll see if they come out with us sometime.


Fun Run

6 Showed for Coconut Horse.

The Thang:

We ran 5 miles

The Moleskin:

I started at 5:30am for the first 5. Returned before start of the next 5. Found Whoopee who was missing anybody that would Ruck with him (Boudan). His windows were down and he was just going to say hello to everyone and leave. He said no more running. But, when Roscoe showed and Monk all of the sudden he was going to go a little and then turn back. Long story short he ran the entire run, what a monster a few of the guys are after such a run the day before.

Prayers go out to those in need.

We did the pledge

We went in for coffee

Gastone Out

What am I forgetting…?

Oh, yeah, the backblast…well over the Folsom 60 minute rule for posting and even some of the unwritten 24 to 48 hour “rule” to submit a backblast. Now it’s time to once again take the bull by the horns. It’s possible the Q has become delirious. Seriously, he’s running 100 miles per week, maybe logging more miles than sleep. So I suppose we’ll give the mighty Gastone a pass this time.

It all began over a week ago, early on a Sunday morning in the gloom. Gastone headed out from the parking lot at the Harris Teeter, affectionately known among F3 lore as The Coconut Horse. Maybe his mission was to run to CrossRoads and check with the other running AO. He ran and ran for miles with the soaked shirt to prove it. Others did some extra credit too, Stroganoff and Short Sale passed in the darkened morning. A few others would soon arrive into the parking lot at the standard start time of 0630. Short Sale was hustling into the lot to meet the pack that just started off on their journey. Roscoe had already ripped his shirt off and declared him to be late. Monk was now alongside and the quintet was set.

The standard loop was completed without any highlights or bloopers to speak of. The pledge was recited, announcements shared, and prayers lifted. Stroganoff had soccer dad duty and hustled home for his 2.0. The remaining four enjoyed Starbucks and conversation. What a great Q – I mean maybe one of the best ever. So glad it could finally be documented.

We trotted in that general direction

10 showed for the Coconut Run.

2 started at 5:30 for 5 extra and 1 overslept for that venture.

3 Started early for and extra 3 miles.

10 then ran 5 miles together.

Hushpuppy collected supplies for least of these. Honorable Mention

Tooltime went Full Starsky this morning. (Definition in Lexicon)

Made some announcements.


Nice, the guys sang Happy Birthday to me. All of you get extra points in my book for this. Thanks.

We broke in prayer.

Then went off to have some coffee,

Gastone Out!



Gut Check hill…

6 pushed the rock at Coconut Horse.

The Thang:

We ran 5 miles.

The Moleskin:

Tooltime is pushing some speed up the Gut Check, we should see a record break soon.

Key-eesh might get on Strava. Who knows?

Great run everyone, thanks for the push!


Respect the run

8 gathered at Coconut for many guys with respect and Stroganoff’s approach to respect.

The Thing:
We ran 5 miles

The Moleskin:


Circle of trust and prayer

Strabucks for Fellowship

Gastone Out!

Jaunt around the Coconut

11 Him’s showed for the Coconut Run.

Some did extra credit.

Monk has found the speed and drove the bus.

5 Miles was complete.

Great morning with the group with a little coffee afterwards.

Thanks for the opportunity,


It’s raining sweat

Gastone was out for extra credit and almost made it back to the start before the group left. But, I was in front of Heatherloch when I noticed the pax which I tried to catch but just to far to reach.

But, everyone ran 5 miles some ran more.

Then some stayed for coffee and Whoopee bought Popsicle but only 6 and left one person out.

Gastone Out!



We Ran… plus more

17 showed for The Coconut Horse to start off the day.

Some rucked and left early, Some left early and ran extra, Some left early and returned for the start. But, everyone completed the 5 mile loop.

Kudos to Keash and Stroganoff for putting in some major mileage beforehand. Not like it was humid.

Prayer Request: Breaker Breaker for him and his wife and a family member, Oompa’s Father in Law, Nikki Baily cancer, Sly and soldiers.

I took us out in prayer.

We went and had coffee.

Gastone Out!

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