Preamble: It’s that time of the month again. The time when YHC goes to Q his friends at Tremor.
There were no FNG’s.
Disclaimer: Dangit! I forgot to disclaim. For those who were there, please remember that F3 is a peer led organization. I don’t lead runs for a living. I’m doing this out of the kindness of my heart. You wouldn’t sue a guy who’s trying to help you would you? I’m like a Good Samaritan. I see you languishing and I help you by telling you which way to run and for how long. Please if you get hurt, know that I would’ve cared as a human being, but from a liability standpoint I feel nothing for you. Please don’t sue F3 either.
The Run: Intervals! YHC, along with Pretzel, Cannoli, and Muscadine had just left a run heavy bootcamp with lots of sprinting. We felt invigorated. I felt the need to share my vigor with Bundy, Myrtle and whoever else might show up, like Cheetah!
Let me change the subject for a moment. I also needed to take a minute to duct tape the shovel flag together. In my haste this morning I grabbed the flagpole for the Creek and the Shovel for the Tremor. When I tried to mate them together I learned that they were incompatible. No matter how much I tried to jam the Tremor pole into the Creek hole, it wouldn’t fit. IT….WOULD….. NOT….. FIT! Fortunately, brother Defib was carrying duct tape and a pair of vice grips, and a belt sander in his ruck. I quickly fashioned a makeshift attachment with help from Cannoli. At last we were official!
I announced the route. I let the PAX know that we’d be running fast on Bryan and Laurel and recovering on 4th and Luke. This would give us around 2 miles of fast running and some good recovery if we ran the full route. Pick a battle buddy with similar speed and leave no man behind. Unless they’re late. (In which case they will have their questionable time management skills and loneliness to keep them company).
Bundy and Pretzel and I formed a loose coalition. Muscadine, Myrtle and Cannoli stayed together for a while with Myrtle pulling ahead on his own towards the end. In our group Bundy was fastest (no surprise) he pulled ahead on the fast sections, but hung with us during recovery and we talked about racing. My plan was to push my pal Pretzel to about a 7:10 pace on the fast sections. Roughly 5K race pace. I don’t know what it is about intervals. Something mental. 7:10 pace is hard, but I can run a mile at 7:10 pace and feel pretty okay at the end, perhaps even jazzed, but for some reason doing it for 0.35 miles at a time is horrible. Today proved this yet again.
Cheetah arrived a little late and ran around the route by himself. T-Claps to the fellow for getting the miles in. Sorry you had to run alone brother.
11/23 Thanksgiving Convergence.
11/25 The Oak
12/7 F3 Christmas Party
Devo: How to identify the things you need to be doing to make big improvements in your life. One simple test. They’re the things you don’t WANT to do. Looking around at the group I see men at many stages of their life. All are what I would consider fine upstanding men who have achieved success in life. Congratulations to them. But to address those areas they know they need to improve on, they need to be willing to take the steps that sound absolutely unappealing and uninteresting. How do I know, because if you liked doing them, you’d already be doing it!
Prayers for family, friends and coworkers of one of Cannoli’s coworkers, a young man who lost his life recently in a seemingly random act of violence.