all my secret trails

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  A group of intrepid adventurers assembled in a dark, gloomy parking lot at 06:00 this morning. For mid-February, the weather was actually reasonably pleasant and we warmed up quickly. I look forward to these Saturday morning rucks to varying degrees, depending upon my level of sleep debt, but am always happy afterwards and thankful […]

Ruck in the muck

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My thinking in signing up to Q Basecamp was that I like rucking and hanging with the Briar Chapel guys, so I should Q. The catch: I am not at all familiar with the local trail system. Other than the first time I Q-ed Basecamp back in January, I haven’t been on the trails. That […]

New Boots, New Ruckers!

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YHC was super nervous about the Ruck today. After a 20 mile Ruck last week indicated my new boots were, in fact, too small, I was left with 2 pinky toes that resembled cherry tomatoes and felt like they were on fire. I overnighted some Salomon Speed Assaults as I have a Goruck Heavy in […]

Looking for a mountain

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I arrived at 5:55 to an empty parking lot. But in true F3 fashion, cars started rolling in (seemingly in unison) with 1 or 2 minutes to spare. All in all, 8 PAX and 2 “PAX best friends” gathered, exchanged pleasantries and headed out torches ablaze. “Are you looking for a Mountain?” As we rucked […]

Slip sliding away

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Warm up: Nope The thang: Put weight in pack on back, walk ruck. A lot of white stuff was left on the ground after the latest version of snowpocalypse 3 days ago. Yesterday saw a bit of a thaw that refroze overnight, making for patches of black ice. Early into the ruck, Eddie the Eagle […]

6 for 6

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YHC was up and ready to roll way too early. Knowing that Class 014 of Advanced Pathfinder is winding down and with 7 more Ruck PT workouts to go, I knocked out an EC Ruck PT workout in the garage then headed to the clubhouse. The Thang: 6 PAX took to the trails for an […]

Lost a PAX!

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Yet another below-freezing morning greeted YHC this AM. After a week of these temps, I thought that the fartsack might overpower most of the PAX. Much to my pleasant surprise, a total of 9 PAX and 2 canine companions were ready to trounce through Briar Chapel. The Thang: Knowing that the roads would still be […]

Two for the (off)road

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Compared to the previous few days, YHC stepped outside to a balmy 30 degree morning. I assumed that this would mean a huge congregation would be waiting at the AO for a grand ol’ ruck. Instead, Chum was holding court in the parking lot, solo. We waited a bit and concluded that we would be […]

Two men, a dog, and a (small) mountain

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Pregame I anticipated a healthy turnout at Basecamp today given the glorious temps (54 degrees at go-time!) and a desire to get a pre-holiday workout in. However, YHC arrived to an eerily empty parking lot, that is, of course, until the ever reliable @Rambler came rolling up with his newly minted plates. See:  https://f3churham.slack.com/files/U5MRTE953/F8J6S5KB3/img_20171222_180301.jpg. I […]

The Slow Burn

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An early-morning-anything is daunting after a night of fellowship and libations. Will anyone show? Will the PAX be running on empty? Will YHC fartsack? Fortunately, YHC arrived just as DOI and his 4-legged companion drove in. RG3 appeared out of thin air, and Beanbag rolled up in just-in-time fashion. Warmup: We were all eager to […]