Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Redemption run with nobody to redeem


10 strong young souls posted this morning for a Friday morning shakedown run.  Here’s what’s up:

-Carillon Route:

  • 6 Milers:  Grove to Boulevard to….run whatever you want, you know what’s up.
  • 5 Milers:  Grove to Boulevard up the steps of the Carillon and return via Douglasdale over 195, then skirt Windsor Farms on Portland, finally making your way back to Grove and home to MMES.  GPS should have you at 5.25 miles, give or take.
  • 4 Milers follow same out route to the tennis courts, make a loop around courts and bring Shepard back to Cary, then choose your own route back to Grove and MMES.  4.25 miles CONFIRMED.


YHC was hoping that his two lost souls from last attempt (Copernicus and Back Bay) would be in the mix this morning so that YHC could guide them thru what has become Lab Rat’s favorite Friday morning route, but alas, the siren that is the fartsack sings a sweet song…especially when the temperature starts to dip.  Lab Rat was still determined to be the last man in on the 5 mile option today, picking up any wayward sheep along the way.  But what good is a shepard  when the flock is a bunch of Sheepdogs?  All present were a bunch of grizzled veterans that know the city and route better than the Q, so YHC ran with Upchuck and we battled to get in the highest word count.  In the end, Upchuck once again out-paced the Rat in the motor mouth category, an impressive feat to say the least.

Word has it that the 4 milers had a great run, and the 6 milers did their own thing….which is perfectly cool with the Q, as long as all pax arrive back at the VSF in time for circles, which they did.  Well done!


  • January 21st is the F3RVA CSAUP event, mark your calenders….preblast to come.
  • Long distance mountain run in early planning stages by Lab Rat and TYA for the week between Christmas and New Year.  If you are interested, please speak up to one of the above and we will try our best to accomodate travel and work plans.  This will be weather dependent on when we go.
  • Note to self:  Announements should be kept shorter to prevent pax from “drifting”.

A great energy by the pax this morning, and great to see Aisle 5 and Lug Nut punching out some miles!  Also, thanks to Saab for the shock this morning!  I will remember that quote for a long time.


Miley Lab Rat out.



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  1. Swirly (F3 Corporate) on

    Miley/LabRat good Q buddy..
    Great run this morning guys – well done!
    See y’all in the gloom..

  2. Nice crisp run this AM. I never would have believed a few weeks ago I’d be out running in the dark, in Decrmber, in sub freezing temps, at 5:30 in the morning. F3 is crazy! Love it.

  3. THE Yankee Aggressor on

    Saab gave lab rat the “shocker” this am???? Glad I decided to run with aisle 5 and Lugnut. No such insanity in our group!

    Great run guys

  4. I purposefully avoided that term, TYA. Thanks for confirming my suspicions on the over 50 club, though. Dirty. Old. Men.

    My apologies to Aisle 5 for being lumped into the “respect” group.

  5. Lola, you fit in so well, I forget you have only been doing this a month. I would say you are grabbing the bull by the horns, but I am afraid of what Saab or TYA would spin that into….so I wont.

  6. THE Yankee Aggressor on

    You make it too easy lab rat. Look forward to you joining the group in a few years

  7. From this point forward I commit to behave in a more mature manner and refrain from course language and innuendo.

    Thanks for the run LOLA, I appreciate you slowing up for me. Enjoyed the chat. In reference to the above, I hope I did not bore you with my discourse regarding my favorite “Donnie and Marie” episodes. (The time those two switched places between Country and Rock and Roll had me on the edge of my seat…)

  8. THE Yankee Aggressor on

    I join with my colleague Saab in the commitment to eliminate this juvenile humor and crass language!! Enough is enough! #letsmakef3politicallycorrect #beingmatureisawesome

    When I Q the runs in the future I will be sure to include suggested intellectual topics to discuss along the way. Next Wednesday’s hill run will be “Socrates or Aristotle, who had the better first name”

  9. No apologies necessary Lab Rat. I waited almost as long as Rodney Dangerfield to get some respect and now that I got it, I’m honored to be catagorized with the likes of TYA and Saab.

  10. Scintillating repartee, as always! Thanks for the run. I think that’s a good pace for 30 degrees, after a week of beatdowns.