Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Two Year Dogpile Party


26 warriors shook off the Saturday morning fart sack and decided to engage in a sunrise fight that went something like this…

Mosey to the circle beyond the carillon for COP

COP all IC – 50 SSHs, 10 merkins, 50 LBCs, 10 merkins, 20 copperhead squats, 10 merkins, 10 DQs, 10 merkins, arm circles, 10 merkins

Mosey to the carillon field


Partner up – Partner #1 on the field, Partner #2 on the surrounding paths

  • Run to the first corner, do four 4x4s, return to the start, 10 LBCs
  • Run to the first corner, do four 4x4s, run to the second corner, do four 4x4s, return to the start, 10 LBCs
  • Run to the first corner, do four 4x4s, run to the second corner, do four 4x4s, run to the third corner, do four 4x4s, return to the start, 10 LBCs
  • Run to the first corner, do four 4x4s, run to the second corner, do four 4x4s, run to the third corner, do four 4x4s, run to the fourth corner, do four 4x4s, return to the start, 10 LBCs
  • Plank until the PAX finishes

Mosey to reservoir

Reservoir Dogs

One partner runs around the reservoir while the other works on accumulating exercises, switch until completed:

  • 300 squats
  • 400 LBCs
  • 500 SSHs

The PAX finished the SSHs together with a final 30 SSHs IC.

Mosey back to the flag

Numerama, Namerama, Announcements, YHC took us out

Announcements: Some runners needed for CSAUP. Contact HoneyDo about the specific need.


YHC completed his two year F3 “birthday” Q week with the what he considers the Super Bowl of F3RVA – Dogpile!

YHC arrived to see Swirly staked out and ready to engage. There has been some talk about camping out over night in the parking lot to beat Swirly to the spot but we are not sure if that is legal or wise… (CSAUP campout?)

The cars piled in, the SF was planted and conversations fired up. There was some talk about SSHs but YHC alerted the PAX that the predictable 100 SSHs would not be part of the picture this morning. Flashdance spoke highly of the SSHs and tried to bait YHC to up the numbers. YHC shared that there was a surprise later in the workout along those lines…

The COP included some mumble chatter but the merkins seemed to keep everyone honest. There is something positively fantastic about lighting up 50 merkins IC (100 total) right out of the gate. Swirly affirmed that mid-way through the workout during one of the moseys.

Spit introduced YHC to the 4×4 a few months ago and it has become one of YHC’s “favorites” in that it packs a punch in a short amount of time. The PAX went to work on the 4x4x4x4s (four 4x4s at four corners with adding a corner each time). The choice of breaking up the PAX between the field and the outside path may not have been wise. Sippy Cup provided some much-needed light as we ran the paths and tried to avoid debris and random branches that seemed to aim for our eyeballs. Phonics, Rosie, Hardywood and Sippy Cup seemed to be pacing the PAX at the front while all fought hard to get it done.

YHC learned that the reservoir run was no joke. Many commented how Hardywood flew around the 1/2 mile run. YHC wondered if he climbed the fence, swam the reservoir and found his way back. The time was limited but the PAX knocked out the 300/400/500 along with some power running.

As always, the encouragement and support flowed between the PAX as we all pushed through another glorious morning together in the gloom. There is nothing like it!

I am truly grateful for the 2 years of engaging in these kinds of morning adventures. F3 has been a gift in more ways than I can count and each member of the PAX (whether 3 weeks in or 2+ years in) bring something to the table that adds to the shared experience.

At ET’s afterward, Hardywood asked, “What else do we stay committed to consistently for 2 straight years?” We then reflected on why F3 elicits that kind of commitment – the challenges, the friendships, the pain, the thrill of insane workouts…

We are seeking to kill off the Sad Clown Syndrome every time we choose to engage. Let’s continue the push and see how we grow as stronger, better, faithful men in the process!

The Carpenter


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  1. Great Q today Carpenter and it was great to partner up with you! Your evil in your own right. Those damn SSH’s! Congrats on the 2 year mark. Look forward to seeing you in the gloom for many years to come.

    After COT some of the PAX mentioned that we have a responsibility to keep this going for the next generation. I cannot agree more. While I have two girls, I am proud to be a part of this group that wants more for others than our selves. You guys rock!

    Oh yeah……………..Running Sucks!

  2. Amazing leadership Carpenter and a smoke fest of a Q! Congrats on your 2 years and your commitment! Thanks Hardywood for partnering and pushing me. Have a great weekend boys!

  3. Great to see so many PAX and all the new(er) faces back out at Dogpile. Phonics made the 4x4s looks so easy I considered tackling him when he was running back past me for the LBCs.

  4. Excellent Q Carpenter and congrats on your 2 year anniversary. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning than a smoke fest of a Dogpile workout, followed by a breakfast burrito at ET’s, and a nap later on. I’ve checked the box on all 3 of those today and it all started with that punishing workout you threw down. Well done sir!

  5. Great Q man. Congrats – 2 years and just getting started. F3 has been a gift to me as well. We have to keep it going for the next guy. Well done gentlemen, Dogpile is one of the highlights of my week. Wish I could have gone to ETs but I did enjoy running with Swiper and the HP guys. See y’all in the gloom.

  6. To Carpenter and PAX,
    Sorry to miss Dogpile and my thoughts were with as I drove to VCUHS this am. Nice work out and see you gents in the gloom.
    Loud and Proud

  7. Carpenter, this one really hurt – in a good way! Congratulations on your bienniel.

    I had this pipe dream of keeping up with Sippy Cup and Hardywood during the 4 x 4 x 4 x 4…not a chance! You guys were on fire.

    Thanks for stretching with me afterwards, Sippy. I needed it.

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