HBD Caroline!

Monday was the final installment of the 2018 Sump Family Birthday Celebration Tour.  This time, the celebration was for my first-born Caroline who turned 14.  To recap, YHC previously Q’d for my birthday as well as my sons’ Ninja Duck & Colonel Murphy. For the record, the M no longer acknowledges her birthday so YHC has a hall pass on that one.

One of the great things about Copperhead is the 6AM start, especially because it’s a Monday workout.  Since it’s the first day of the work week, Monday’s are the most challenging day to get going.  Well, Day-Z decided we shouldn’t waste the Gloom and started a 2-3 mile pre-run at 5:30.  Kids today…

So Day-Z and YHC met up for a quick 5K run leaving the Mint at 5:27 AM.

Arrive back at the Mint in time to greet 5 more Pax before hitting the road @ 6AM

The Thang

COP 3-Stop Tour
1. Large canopy tent on the back patio of the Mint:   SSH & Mtn Climbers

2. Brick patio in front of original Mint entrance:  IW & Flutter

3. Intersection of Eastover & Hempstead: Copperhead Squats and Copperhead Merkins

Karaoke up Hempstead to Colville

Down Colville to Westminster Pres parking lot, stop at each driveway for Merkins or Knee-ups

Sump Stomping Grounds Circuit

YHC grew up on Fenton Place and went to pre-school AND kindergarten @ Westminster Pres (CMS didn’t offer kindergarten in its schools until the year YHC was in first grade).

Starting from the back of the Westminster parking lot, run a circuit with 7 stops:

  1. Front of Westminster parking lot
  2. Base of Fenton
  3. Up Fenton to first speed bump
  4. Back to base of Fenton
  5. Up Colville to Yanny
  6. Back to base of Fenton
  7. Back to starting point at Westminster

Perform exercises x 10 at each stop: Rd 1: Merkins/ Rd 2: Squats/ Rd 3: Knee-ups

Sneak out the back of Westminster parking lot – take Randolph back to Mint

At lower wall behind Mint: Dips and Derkins

AYGBC (All You Got Bear Crawl) across back lawn (Raider crushes it)

Circle up at fountain
Mary:  LBC/ Rosalita/ Dolly



AGMS Field Renovation Fund-Raiser: We are raising $ in order to make one large donation in F3’s name to AGMS.  F3 Foundation is matching up to $2500.  Use this link for the full details including how to donate via PayPal https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=NCD3PRH3WW7T4

Next Monday, May 28th is our Memorial Day Convergence at Symphony Park followed by the Patriot Festival 5K.  SPEED FOR NEED is a sponsor of the 5K and will have the chariots on the course to push Korean War Vets.  Details here including how to register for the 5K http://f3southcharlotte.com/2018/04/25/pb-5-28-f3-memorial-day-convergence-patriot-5k-w-speed-for-need/


Pre-run from the Mint to Randolph and back via Meadowbrook will push you.  Good training option for GOMR or BRR – especially if you run up Meadowbrook to Wendover.

Have to assume the tent on the Mint’s back patio was left over from a weekend event.  It was not a large tent – when the 7 of us did our mini COP under it, there wasn’t a huge amount of extra space.  Then again, it is unlikely the event guests were all on the ground at the same time knocking out mountain climbers in cadence.

Props to Raider for catching YHC’s Yanny joke during the Stomping Grounds Circuit.  After Fenton Place, Pax were to run up Colville to Laurel Ave. Thought the Hates would be all over the Yanny/ Laurel joke but maybe it’s already yesterday’s news.

First time posting with Dry Rub who is a Hate Hate but has stache beyond anything YHC can grow.  Kid was out front all morning.  Close behind was Stat who dropped a strong take-out on us to end our morning.

The Dynamic Davidson Duo of Swap & Fitty Shades kept up with the young guns.  Have to say the Davidson duo were better at following instructions.

Raider showed up wearing a Wake Forest black and gold workout shirt and black shorts with red gloves.  Next time don’t get dressed in the dark. It is always great when the founder of Copperhead returns – YHC makes sure to include IWs, Copperhead Squats and at least one Bear Crawl for the OG.

Appreciate Day-Z allowing YHC the opportunity to Q today.  Thankful for everyone’s support. Couldn’t ask for a better way to kick start the week!

Full Monty Sidebar

Ok – turning 50 in February didn’t make me feel old.  But having a daughter about to graduate middle school and begin high school in the fall definitely makes me feel old!

When Caroline started elementary school, it seemed like each year was an adventure in itself.  However, the last three years of middle school have gone by at hyper speed.  Now, I am wondering what the high school years will be like.  More importantly, I want to know what happened to my little girl!

Caroline is at the age where her independence and social world are front and center.  I am sure she will cringe in embarrassment if she ever finds out I am writing about her.  Three years ago, Caroline got her F3 name at one of the summer F3 Dads workouts but imagine she has outgrown it by now which is why I am referring to her by her hospital name.

Since Day 1, I have been very fortunate to have a strong relationship with Caroline.  When she was born, my wife travelled a lot so I got to spend a lot of 1-on-1 time with Caroline.  Because of our existing bond, she handled the disruption to her world brought on by the arrival of her brothers fairly well.

Granted we don’t have as much face-to-face time as we once did, Caroline and I still make time to watch Modern Family together and talk about trending topics like the Yanny/ Laurel debate.  Caroline is becoming her own person which is how it should be.  I am very proud of her and all that she has accomplished so far.  I know Caroline has so much potential and will do great things.  Still, it’s hard to let go.  I am constantly biting my tongue knowing I have to give her space and let her grow on her own.  While I know its the right thing to do as her father, it doesn’t mean it’s an easy thing to do.

To all of you who have already experienced the challenges I am now facing with a soon-to-be-rising high schooler, you have my admiration.  For all you younger chaps yet to go through this, enjoy this time now as much as you can.  It should only benefit you in the long run.


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