Fifteen strong runners (no takers on Gears this morning) set out on our third attempt at The Serpentine route. Weather was RVA winter.
The Serpentine: Down Grove, Left on Hamilton, left on Hanover. Hanover to the end, do a 180 to Stuart. Stuart to Hamilton, do a 180 to Kensington. Kensington to end, do a 180 (thru the gate) to Leonard. 5 milers hang a right on Woodlawn to school. 6 milers go to Hamilton, 180 to Patterson, return to school on Commonwealth.
NMS: Several attempts have been made to nail this route, and we are still not quite there. Looks like round 4 is in order….at least nobody bitches when Lab Rat pulls the map out. Upchuck asked me if I had laminated copies….great idea. I personally love this route, btw. Running thru the neighborhoods appeals to me. Seems as though the 6 mile guys took the gravel griding route part way, ending up on a couple allies. I wonder if I should have left them out of the backblast? Sorry, Lockjaw, that was a cheap shot.
At least two packs of runners came across the resident raccoon that lives in the sewer grate on Hamilton and Kensington….which barks! No shit. At first sight, I thought it was a big cat until it looked up. Upchuck was taking the turn tight and didnt see it, and it started barking like a Chihuahua at him. Crazy. The six miler guys had a similar experience.
Also noteworthy: Offshore wore an orange plastic bag with arm holes cut into it for some reason today.
Apology of the Week goes out to Rocky (Raccoon). First off, for naming him after a song…but that’s just a slam dunk. Secondly for ruining his morning walk with our antics. Cant a fat raccoon just be left alone for 10 minutes?
Lab Rat apologizes…