Always 70 and Sunny
Always 70 and Sunny

Mexican Style Gumbo for Breakfast…Sure to give you the Runs


28 strong, including 2 FNGs, ignored the no parking signs and other obstacles set up around Dogwood Dell for Arts in the Park and posted in the gloom to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and start their weekend off right.  It went a little something like this:

Mosey to the circle in front of the amphitheater for COP, including:

  • DQs – nice and slow
  • Helicopters
  • SSHs
  • Hilbillies
  • Copperhead Squates
  • LBCs
  • Flutter Kicks


Golden Sombrero

Mosey into the amphitheater and down to the base.  The distinction of earning a Golden Sombrero, or striking out 4 times in a game, was one that YHC earned a handful of times, so the PAX got to feel that pain today.  Each “strikeout” consisted of:

  • 10 Knee (Box) Jumps
  • 10 Donkey Kicks
  • 10 Deep Knee Bends
  • Plus the “walk of shame” back to the dugout — or, for today, a run up the side steps and around the perimeter of the amphitheater.
  • Repeato x4

Margarita Alley

The classic recipe for a margarita is Tequila, Lime Juice and Triple Sec in a 2-1-1 ratio, so we used the valley of death behind the amphitheater to make 10 margaritas — 1 WWII at the top, 2 Jump Squats in the valley, then 1 WWII at the top of the other side = 1 margarita.  Repeato x10.  Had a few stumbling like they actually drank 10 margaritas.

Mosey down Love Hill – stop at bottom for LBCs OYO to collect the six – then continue on to the Pipeline Loop.

Pipeline Dora

Team up and complete 155 2-ct Flutter Kicks, 255 1-ct (unless you are Upchuck, then it was 2-ct) Mountain Climbers and 355 squats as a team.  The other partner runs the pipe loop.

Plank-o-rama and some pickle-pounders while we the six finishes up.

Mosey to the bridge

Guacamole Dippers

Run the bridge stopping at each lamp post to complete a set of ball-dippers (1 each leg).  Work your way across the bridge, but when the rabbits pass you on their way back, turn with them and run straight back to the Flag (no ball dippers on the way back).

OVERTIME (my bad)…COT, Number-rama, Name-a-rama and YHC took us out.


  • Wilson’s Golf Tourney May 18 — www.forethecause.org
  • HDHH May 16 – Independence golf club.  Get there before 6:30 to hit some golf balls.  Hang around after 6:30 for drinks/food at Tavern 19.
  • Support Shakedown in his fundraising effort for childhood cancer – St. Baldrics – and look forward to him shaving his sweet locks.
  • Puppy Pile – May 19 at 0700 at Dogpile.  Bring your 2.0s
  • Ghost Flag will be at Hoedown on Monday…come and get it!


Lots of running and lower body today.  YHC is nursing a sore wing – even broke out some one-armed SSHs, a real thing of beauty.  The temp was great but the pollen was brutal.  Way to push through the miles (close to 4 miles total) and the reps today guys.  Wilson can’t get enough Gumbo right now!

Lots of great mumblechatter today.  Spirits were high.  It was a great morning in the gloom!  The second F was great, including about 15-20 minutes before 0600.  Gotta love not sitting in your car until the bell rings because it is freezing out.

Welcome to Deuce (strong start using the porta-potty before your very first COP) and Wood Chipper.  Great job guys.  Hope to see you back out.

I hope everyone has a great Cinco de Mayo and enjoys some margaritas and guacamole guilt free. You earned it boys!

A true pleasure to be a part of this group and to get the chance to lead such fine men.

No More Gumbo For You!



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  1. My legs hurt so much now, I can’t feel the pain in my shoulder! Good Q, Gumbo! Enjoyed securing the AO with you this morning. Welcome Deuce and Woodchipper. Have a great weekend fellas!

  2. Great Q Gumbo. Welcome Deuce and Woodchipper. Have a great weekend fellas!

  3. Sugar Sock on

    Gumbo! What a beat down. Loved the theme. I definitely stumbled after the last rep of margarita alley. Think somewhere during the Dora also. Whew boy, that pipeline hill.
    Way to work, gents!

  4. Great job Gumbo… nice beatdown and theme! Welcome to the new guys also, enjoy the weekend!

  5. No merkins and no burpees! Swirly would have been beside himself! But he wasnt there, so great beatdown! Good to meet Deuce and Woodchipper.

  6. Gomer Pyle on

    Great beatdown Gumbo. Welcome Woodchipper and Duece.

    See you all at Hoedown.

  7. Flashdance on

    I am feeling hung over from the Mexican party!!! legs are sore and I don’t remember I how I made it home?

    Thanks for the laughs and the fun run Gumbo!!!

  8. Feeling the legs today, Gumbo. Nice theme. Pulling out the Golden Sombrero reference was a nice touch. Definitely inside baseball.

    Welcome to the Deuce and Woodchipper.

  9. Loose Goose on

    I didn’t realize until we got back to the shovel flag that we did exactly zero arms/upper body exercises, and my legs have been feeling it the past two days. Well done, Gumbo, good tour of a lot of the AO also. Rest up and get that shoulder healed!