10 Faithful and one FRNG, Dave Kibiloski, posted for a morning of running in the RVA. Weather was 40 degrees and clear, perfect running weather.
From shovel flag, proceed to Grove avenue, everyone take a right. Today, there were 4 different routes ranging in mileage from 4.0 – 5.5 miles, run to a turnaround point going east on Grove, then turnaround.. The stronger the runner you are the longer you get to run. Then everyone ran to intersection of 3 Chopt and Grove, turned around, ran back around the school to the shovel flag.
Lugnut finished out front of the pack today, probably by a good 20 minutes before any other runner got back to the shovel flag. He did do the shorter route (I think), but still smoked the pack back to the shovel flag. He also got impatient waiting for everyone to return at the end and took off before the PAX finished. Great job Lugnut…speed is definately increasing. Oh….I forgot to mention that Lugnut started the run by himself 20 minutes before the appointed starting time and had to leave early to catch a morning meeting!
Johnsonville gets a Kotter from the running PAX. He was also a LIFO, but on the other side. Undaunted by being a couple minutes later starting than anyone else, he still set a good pace out on the course. YHC was quite proud of himself because Jville never caught him (jville did a half mile longer run) until he found out that Jville stopped to use the facilities at the local starbucks #outhouse. Also because of his LIFO status, he did not hear the directions to run back around the school at the end, so he took a little jog at the end to make up the distance.
Welcome Sunshine to the group. He is quite an accomplished runner, but due to injury has not been on the road in over 3 months. He acquitted himself well, pacing Bleeder back to the shovel flag at a pretty good clip. We look forward to seeing Sunshine back to his sub 5 minute mile pace in no time.
Conspiracy may have finally met his match. He and Sippy Cup (who did have two water bottles with him) set the pace at the front of the group, Leaving Toga and Johnsonville looking like Bleeder at the back of the pack. YHC was impressed with the ease at which they completed the five and a half miles. Then, after the COT, when everyone else was ambling back to their cars, Sipply cup quietly started running back to his house over near dogwood dell (about a 2 1/2 mile cooldown).
See you next week in the Gloom