Days 4-7.

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Top of the parking garage. Nice view before the shit I’m about to write.

Day 4 (Jan 22): Today sucked. Bad. On top of super-stressful and upsetting news in the morning, I took my dogs to the dog park in the afternoon to relax, and to walk. Well, my little guy, Ory, got ATTACKED by a big dog. Trying to kill him. I’ve never seen anything like it. I don’t recall a time in my life I’ve actually FREAKED out, yelling, crying, and I couldn’t do anything to stop it….so upsetting and I’ve never felt so helpless. As I cried in my car-before driving home and after the asshole LEFT the park after yelling at me for not ‘helping’ getting his vicious dog off mine (which, btw, he put his hands INTO his dogs mouth to try to release his jaw…and got punctured)…anyway, he left without checking on my dog, me, or giving me his info to pay for the vet bill…I kept thinking to myself, “what is wrong with you, you held guys who had been blown up in Iraq and were strong as a rock, yet you completely LOSE YOUR SHIT in the dog park?” It was one of the most horrific experiences ever.
Absolutely shitty day and I made the decision to (safely) drive home and have some hard cider.
Walk: 20 min.

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One of his punctures. 😦

Day 5 (Jan 23): Gosh. I am writing this 2 days later and I cannot remember what I did. I spent the day trying to recover from the day before…UGH. I need to blog every day. Maybe it’ll come back to me…
Treadmill: 40minutes! YES! I blogged and walked on the treadmill. Whew.

Day 6 (Jan 24): 40 min ‘hill’ training. 2 rounds of the stairs, and 2 rounds of the parking garages at the tallest building in the city (not that tall). It’s the only way to get this kind of cross-training since we live at sea level with no hills.
Felt it in my calves!

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Concrete stairwell sucks.

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Time for the parking garage…

Day 7 (Jan 25): Treadmill walk: 20min.
Kettlebell swings: 50
My calves are sore from the stairs!

End of week 1 thoughts: I didn’t do enough “real” workouts. Day 6 kicked my butt, and there is nothing wrong with walking most days, but I can step it up this coming week. I’m ok with it, I need to ease back into the routine.

After my hard stair run, I treated myself to a strawberry cortado. It was delicious.

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Why did I wait so long? What I’m LOVING!!

I’ve had my eye on an InstantPot since the beginning of 2014. At that time they were $200+ on Amazon and my CrockPot was being unreliable. For someone that makes bone broth almost every week, this was not acceptable. I couldn’t justify the InstantPot at that price and I needed a new slow cooker as well (and the one I wanted was very expensive…I do love my kitchen toys).
(No one reads my blog, I am not paid, I do not get any money from talking about things I like or products, and get no credit for linking things to Amazon. I’m just making it easier for you to look at them.)

Fast forward to November and my CrockPot lid handle broke. InstantPot went on Cyber Monday Lightning Deal! I WAS SO EXCITED. Here’s my chance. I still felt like I didn’t “need” it since the CrockPot lid handle is only $6 to replace… but I could get it then and hold off on a new slow cooker since it’s having other issues too. This version of the IP has been out a while now, and the price has consistently been closer to $100, which is much more reasonable!

MIND. BLOWING.

I was so excited for it that I took it with me on my holiday travels. I hauled it in the car all over the country (it’s very sturdy, I didn’t worry about it breaking) and made so much pho and bone broth over the holidays.

You guys (like 4 of you reading this). It makes amazing broth so fast. FAST. With less than half the amount of bones than I used in the slow cooker. I usually follow NomNom Paleo’s recipe, or some version of.
Broth:
InstantPot: 1.5lbs bones: 30min-2hrs (depending on type and how much of a hurry you’re in)
Slow Cooker: 3-6lbs of bones: 24-36 hours.
The 1.5lbs (up to 2ish, I just throw them in) makes THREE batches of bone both that gels. THREE. And those 3 batches are all done in less than 6 hours (3 if you only do it for 30-60min at a time). The slow cooker takes over 24hrs to get it to extract all the nutrients and gel, and if I try to run it a second time, there’s a good chance it won’t gel.

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Delicious meat jello! ALL THE NUTRIENTS!

Soups: 10 minutes! I use the broth as a base and throw in raw veggies and meat, and it’s done in 10 minutes or less! I made an amazing chicken soup and it took 8 minutes.

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Broth: 30min. Soup: 10min. Perfect for a sick day/week.

I wanted the pressure cooker to learn to make pho (sweet potato noodles for the paleo version) since the traditional stove-top is very unreasonable (18+ hours!) and for bone broths. Hard to justify an appliance just for broth, yes? Well, I’ve made pho 4 times in the past month and I lost count how many batches of broth.

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Just the pho made the pot worth it.

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Last night I made a hatch chile stew and K said, “I really think you’ve already gotten your money’s worth out of that thing.” Pretty sure he’s right. I don’t know how, and why, I lived without it.
These don’t look great, but 1. it’s good and 2. these are going in the freezer.image

I didn’t feel like firing up the oven to roast some sweet potatoes, so I thought “I’ll try them in the IP while I chop veggies for my salad.” Well, 8 minutes later, perfectly soft sweet potatoes and no mess! Since 1/2c water goes in the bottom and the potatoes sit on the provided steam rack, there was no mess!
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Sounds insane and unbelievable, but it works and it’s safe.

Oh. And since it’s a 7-in-1 appliance, I don’t even need a slow cooker anymore. I’m throwing mine out and have no plans to replace it. Don’t be intimidated by all the buttons! If you can work a slow cooker, you can work this. Use the setting you need (I usually use “manual” and set the time) and that’s it! I can’t wait to try coconut milk yogurt!

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Hello, lover.

It really is everything people say it is. There are tons of recipes online and many bloggers post creative things they’re making (even canning vegetables!).

Workout! I wrote this while walking on the treadmill! Double-win.
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2015. 365. Goals and shit.

Last year I didn’t have my heart into the 365 days of ‘purposeful’ workouts. I don’t think I even made it 2 months? And many aspects of my life suffered. My health, mental health, motivation…it’s all related. Since I’m a fan of the positive snowball, I’m doing it again this year. And will finish. It seems manageable since I had a VERY successful 2013 (19 marathons/ultras +100miler, fast, strong, healthy!), took ’14 ‘off’ and was sick and unhappy way too often. Just looking back on the end of 2014, I was sick in Sept, again in Oct. and most of Dec. and at least 10 days in Jan already! Definitely related. Now it’s time to hit it hard again this year: take care of myself, get healthy, get strong.

Now, it’s not going to be easy. I’m already very unsettled right now with a major life change(s), but it’s nothing I haven’t been through before. It’s the uncertainty that I’m not thrilled about. Hopefully things will be figured out in Feb, then finalized, by the end of March, so the end is (again, hopefully) near! But, any routine and taking care of oneself only helps these stressful times, so that’s what I’m going to do. Try to maintain some semblance of health and stress reduction during this time. (oh, and these are all good changes, btw!)

For many years, I’ve had the goal/resolution/life rule to learn or do something new every year. I don’t have anything specific this year -yet- but with the changes happening, I’m not worried about it. I know that life will settle down and I’ll find a new hobby or trip to throw my money and time at (Hello, Skeleton School in Lake Placid or Park City…I’m looking at you). Things in the past have been: learning a new sport, run farther (50 & 100 miles), a certain trip/experience, learning to knit, etc. SOMETHING new to grow as a person. I visited at least 2 new places and did new things at those places last year (Zion NP & Lake Placid), and learned some new knitting techniques (how to make a hat, knit with 2 colors, new stitches). So, the “learn something new” thing will work itself out.

Other goals:
knit at least 5 projects (making my way through my neglected project box)
read 10 books
3-5 new marathon states (Booked: South Dakota, the rest…up in the air)
These ‘goals’ feel pretty random and I don’t feel commited. So, many I shouldn’t even write them. I really am more worried about, and concentrating on, getting healthy physically and mentally. Overall, I’d like to get through this big change with some sanity, grace, and not lose my mind. Which is probably where those 3 items come in: they are balance. They balance the mental, the physical, and the feeling that I am accomplishing things. I am aware that I can’t control a lot of this right now, and I’m choosing to take a lot of this on myself as it helps my partner and our finances, so when/if it gets hard and stressful, I need to remember those things. I think I can do all this, as I’ve done it before. Just keep telling myself that…

HERE WE GO!

Since I was traveling, then sick (again!), I’m starting my 2015 on Jan 19. Who says the 365 days have to start on Jan. 1? Not me.
For a while, I’m going to log some food. I don’t know how much I’ll keep this up, but I need to get back in the habit.

So. Let’s go 2015!

Day 1, Jan 19: 40min walk with my cousin. Easing into this.
If it’s in the 60’s and I can wear sandals, it’s time to walk! (I wore real shoes for my walk)
imageDay 2, Jan 20: CrossFit! 1hr. Tried the new location of the old gym we used to belong to (2012-13). I enjoyed it.
Squat Snatch: 2x35lbs, 2x45lbs (way too easy), 3x65lbs, 2x75lbs.
WOD: 3rds for time RX
400m run
15 push press (65lbs)
15 toes-to-bar
15 box jumps (20in)
Food: 3 boiled eggs, 1/2 grapefruit
1/2 apple pre-wod, 1/2 after
2 burger patties, big salad, 1 sweet potato
another burger, salad
imageOooof. My hands are not in CrossFit shape! Not acceptable!

imageDay 3, Jan. 21:
AM: 40min walk
2 pieces bacon, 1/2 grapefruit, handful of nuts….uhhh…it’s 2:30p and apparently I need to eat!…big salad w/tuna.
CrossFit workout didn’t look fun, so I decided not to go.

UPDATE: Jan 22. (I will workout today, but not yet. That entry will be the next blog post. I just wanted to get this published.)
Life has thrown another curveball, and my knee-jerk reaction is to protect myself, our little family, and our finances. So. I don’t know what CF gym I’ll be joining again (I wanted to go back to our old, good, place). I don’t even want to go back to the place where I was going in Nov or Dec (that’s half the price), because I feel like I’m in survival mode. I can workout at home. I’ve got weights, tires, a pullup bar and plenty of places to run. We’ll see. I’m sure my husband will completely disagree and tell me to go back to the gym, but I just don’t know if I’m comfortable with that right now. I can get by on my own through March just fine.

This year…oof. I hope it gets a lot better.

I wanted to end my blogs with something light and funny, and I’m lacking pictures in this wordy post, so I’m leaving you with my attempt at a food pic. The dogs were waaaaay too interested in my lunch.

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I can haz tuna?

 

Oh, hello there.

I’m late to blogging, late for the “new year resolution” entry, blah blah. It’s been a crazy month, month and a half. No way I can even catch up, but I’ll recap a little bit here.

Went to Lake Placid at the beginning of December and it was so much fun. I learned so much about skeleton, bobsled, luge, how the USOC works, and meeting some neat people. I had so much fun, I extended my trip another week because I didn’t want to go home. I ended up with a nasty sinus infection & cold while I was there, but not unexpected.

A couple days after I got home from LP, I packed up the kids (dogs) and hit the road to Ohio to spend the holidays with K’s family and see friends. What was supposed to be 2, relaxing, weeks (we hardly made any plans!), turned into 2 stressful, busy, weeks. UGH. Not restorative, not relaxing, not enough sleep, still trying to get over my sickness.

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Zombie Nativity in Cincinnati!

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So funny.

Left there and drove straight to Knoxville for the Pistol ultra, to pace a friend doing the 100. The weather was cold, miserable, and I got about 2 hours of sleep -in the drivers seat of my car- in 40hrs.

Left Knoxville and drove to DFW to dog/housesit for my good friends who were going to run the Dopey & Goofy Challenges at Disney. They were going for almost a week and needed someone. Good reason to see them, and another opportunity to -hopefully- relax and do fun stuff.
Nope.
Arrived on a Sunday evening and was exhausted. Monday, felt more human after a great night of sleep.
Normal day Monday.
Woke up in the middle of the night with food poisoning.
Not a functional human on Tuesday.
Recovered from that for about 2 days.
Then wake up with a cold on Friday.  Spend the weekend hydrating, bone broth-ing, NyQuiling.

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Watch all the squirrels.

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All the puppies!

And now…today…I get to take my computer into Apple where they will send it off, wipe it clean, replace some important hardware, and send it back to me. I will probably be without my computer for a week.

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Nope, not so good.

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Don’t think this is supposed to keep happening.

One of my friends said after the food poisoning, “well, you’ve got nowhere to go but up!” Well, apparently not and while I’m upset about my computer, they’re fixing it pretty quickly, and free, and I caught the issue in time to backup all my photos and important files. Small victories!

While I feel like I’ve been run down, sick, and not home, I’m generally ‘ok’ with it all. I’m handling it well. I’ll get home, be able to rest, get into my routine, and eat well. I’ll get better, my computer will be fixed, and this crap is just temporary. I think big, good, changes are on the horizon too…which could be stressful, but hopefully worth it in the end.

When I return, I’ll have my “goals” for the new year written. I’m starting my “new year” later this week when I’m at home. Who says it has to start on Jan. 1?

Until then, I leave you with a needy pup.

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Your pillow is mine, peasant.

Where I try to catch up.

That’s probably worthless and boring, but I’ll add hit some high and low points in the last couple of weeks.

Non workout related: the maps people are making on FB of the states they’ve visited make me laugh. Many people are counting states they’ve driven through, on their way to visit another place. The people who are NOT doing those maps? My runner friends who are chasing 50-States status. Like my friend who has done a marathon in all 50 states, 3 times. I’ve been keeping a map of the states I’ve done marathons in for 5-7 years now. So, I will not be participating, but you can check my map that I keep here! (I’ve visited far more states than I’ve run in, btw)

Good stuff: great workouts until about a week ago, Thurs?.  I even was FIRST female in the gym ranking on 11/6! So cool! Of course it was a moderate weight, long workout, with running. Right up my alley. Or, trailer park. (The term du jour is “wheelhouse.” I loathe the term. So, when someone uses it, I reply with, “Oh your trailer park?” Yes. Yes, I do.)
Anyway…
10 rounds (for 10 years), of 11 air squats, 6 hang cleans, then 2004 m run.

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image(10/27) We did Helen too. I love Helen. I am at least 2+ min slower than my PR. 😦 My pullups need some work, and my engine could be a little stronger, but I’ll get there.

imageSpeaking of working on pullups, a week later we did this killer WOD. It was a LOT of push jerks and pullups. It was a miracle my hands didn’t rip and I’m so glad I did it Rx.
For the 2 of you that care, that’s 10, 9, 8…1 of push jerks, and 2, 4, 6…20 pullups.

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knot in my back hurt, stopped at 6rds instead of 7.

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Veterans Day: 3 Wise Men. Named after the 3 Wise brothers, 2 of whom died in combat. 3 WODS.

THE WISE BROTHERS.

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What I wore on Veterans Day. Tights are black camo.

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Painful 3-6-9 workout of hang cleans, burpees, and squats. 18 solid rounds though!

That’s enough “catching up”. The last time I blogged workouts was the end of Oct. That’s too many days. Moving on.

The not-so-good: I slept wrong on Wednesday night. Or had poor posture. Or both. I don’t know. I felt a knot in my shoulder and it was uncomfortable. It got worse as the day went on. Friday, I was pretty miserable. I went to the gym thinking I could roll it out on the lacrosse ball, heavy duty foam roller, and other Mobility WOD torture toys. I couldn’t lift my arm, I had shooting pain up my neck. I was nauseated.
Unsuccessful (multiple) calls to my massage therapist, and no ART practitioners were open on the weekend.
Let’s just say I spent the weekend doing a recovery WOD:
hot pad on the floor.
Lax ball.
Epsom bath.
Stretching.
Sleep.
Repeat.
Repeat.

Tuesday (yesterday) and I went to the gym as I was feeling more functional. Spent many minutes on the Mobility ball. Did a scaled workout. Felt ok. The knot is still there, but it’s tolerable. I have the number of a masseuse the women at the gym recommended.
Scaled workout: 3 rounds of 50 double unders, 10 power snatch (45lbs). Time: 16:15.

I leave you with this funny. I was thinking about providing a fun little snapshot at the end of the blog, sort of like Anderson Cooper’s Ridiculist.

Would have been wrong to hit this car? I think this is even worse than taking up two spaces. Let’s just park right in the driving lane, shall we?
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Eat all the things!

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Has anyone else seen Hungry Games? No, not the movie. It’s a new Richard Blais show on Food Network. The show explores the games our brain plays on us when we are craving and eating food. It’s light and accessible, but still really interesting.

After watching the latest episode: Burgers, I wanted a burger. Because: tv.
(I did not fall for the pizza and ice cream episodes! I was strong!)

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Lazy jalapeno roasting

I’ve eaten stuff in these mini romaines all week. Tacos, shrimp, burgers, tuna. They’re brilliant. Way to go, Costco. Way. To. Go.
imageimageThe best thing I made this week! It was so good!
Spiralized Teriyaki Zoodles and Shrimp.
While I did really enjoy it and will make it again, next time I will reduce the amount of sesame oil. I also sauteed my veggies in bacon grease, as I needed more calories. I don’t use “cooking spray” for anything. Many of her recipes are classified as “light”, which is great as they are veggie heavy, but I need more calories if I’m going to be lifting heavy things. OH..hahaha…I used 1/2 pound of shrimp. Not “3-4” . I’m from the coast, we don’t eat just “3-4” shrimp.

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Chopsticks make anything better!

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Chopsticks like a boss.

Chicken sausage from Costco, horseradish mustard and jalapeno kraut. Love it when one of my pics will be “ok” and then the shit rolls around and mustard falls off and gets all over the broccoli. Yay. I don’t even care if the pic looks like crap.

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Thanks, wiener.

They’re pretty good.
imageExcellent soft boiled eggs, 1/4 sweet potato with coconut cream & cinnamon.

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Very lazy dinner.

I went to get sushi with my cousin. The waiter recommended this tuna salad and it was excellent! Tuna, squid, crab, avocado, cucumber, more veggies, seaweed…spicy chili.

(sorry for the dark pic. Restaurant was dark and I wasn’t about to use a flash.)
(Oh, and I totally brought coconut aminos so I wouldnt have to use soy…)
(pps: the waiter was excited about the coconut and said, “I love that stuff!”)

image Obviously this isn’t everything I’ve eaten. Just the highlights. My staples are salads, sides of bacon with a plate of veggies, and avocado dip.

I think that’s it! I’d say it was a pretty good food week.

 

Figuring it out

I ended up taking 3 days off from the gym. It was hard, I desperately wanted to go. I was a “good” sore on Tuesday, but still feeling it. I decided to just do some KB stuff at home instead of driving to the gym for about 6 min of a modified workout. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but in the end, I’m glad I did.

10/21: KB: lots of one arm snatches, SDHP, some swings

10/22: BACK AT THE GYM! WHOO! I made sure to eat enough calories on Tuesday and got 8hrs of sleep. I woke up and my legs felt…normal! I was mentally and physically ready.
I saw the posted WOD and while I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, I was so glad it wasn’t heavy lifting. I could have done it, but my legs appreciated the chipper. Still leg work with the rower, box jumps and burpees…but I can go a speed that is reasonable for my abilities. I think I paced this well and didn’t feel destroyed after.

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imageWOD: Time: 18:45. 2nd in my class. Overall, I came in middle-of-the-pack of all the women in the gym. Not bad. I’d like to rank higher since I know I’m capable of more, but I need to accept that this is where my body is at right now. My ranking DOES NOT MATTER at all; it means nothing. But, it’s great for me as I’m really enjoying the motivation it provides. Performance: my T2B were my limiter. Felt great on every other item. My arms and abs are weak…

10/23: Still feeling good! This means that I went the appropriate pace and intensity yesterday. I’d felt like I’d worked out, but I wasn’t incapacitated or overly sore.

Back squat reps, Amber borrowing my shoes.

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WOD:
imageAs K says, I’m good at scaling, knowing my limits, and what pace to go in most events or WODs. But this one, I didn’t know what to do. I *can* do handstand push ups (HSPU) against the wall, but to do 44 of them in a WOD that is supposed to be ‘fast and hard’ (says coach), it would take me foooreeevvveeeerrr. However, he agreed that scaling them on a box was waaaay too easy for me, it feels like I’m doing nothing. So, we set up bands to do them hanging from the bars. It was perfect for the WOD!

Now, my new gym friend (that is leaving this weekend,boo) is stronger than me. Not significantly, but in some areas, a good amount. In some areas, I’m better. She’s a good workout partner for me, I’m going to miss her. Anyway…I knew she was too strong to use a box for HSPU (I mean, this girl knocked out an almost 200lb back squat in warmup with no problem…), but she didn’t have the coordination to do a HSPU on the wall. She has never really practiced it. So, with my “encouragement” (shaming her that she was going to let fear dictate her workout…those are fighting words for military women…), I taught her how to get comfortable kicking up on the wall, then helped her get onto the bands for assisted. She was SO EXCITED! “Can you take pictures of me?! My friends won’t believe I finally did this!!” It was awesome. Here is this girl that has pushed me for the past 2 weeks to “lift more,” and she was so excited she could do something new. (I knew she could do it, she just needed the right pressure push and someone to tell her she could). We went about the same pace in the WOD, so I helped her kick up into the bands, then went back to my reps.

I share one of her very excited poses:

imageLike I said, she’s leaving the gym after this weekend. She’s Active Duty and was just here temporarily. Such is the military life: meeting awesome people, only to have them leave too soon. (and sometimes it’s better that way, before you learn too much.) As a parting gift, I sold her my lifting shoes she was raving over every day. I do love my Reebok Oly Lifter Plus shoes, but she needs them & can’t order her own. I hope the good Karma comes back to me in the form of finding some shoes on the same level on sale. If not, that’s ok as I can get another brand that is just as good for my abilities (which is “suck”, btw) that are cheaper.

After the WOD, the runner dog and I hit the trail for a short jog/walk in the swamp.
image10/24: AWESOME DAY!
My arms were a little sore when I woke up, but not overly. A definite “good” sore. Tired as I woke up at 0430 for no reason, but other than that, no reason to take the day off. I think I’ll take off from CF Sat & Sun, then be ready to attack next week fresh! After overdoing it last week, recovering well, and going to the gym 3 days in a row…I’m glad of how this week went.
WOD:
imageTime: 15:53, 95lbs. (second female in the class. 1st girl did 45lbs). I beat my friend by a couple minutes! I was so excited. She’s just edged me out of all the WODs these 2 weeks. Sometimes, by just a couple seconds. Hang cleans were not her strength and she was tired. She went 1 extra day than I did this week. We had a great chat about it. My strength is coming back…quick. And the importance of her taking rest days.
Last week, I did just a COUPLE of 95lb hang cleans after the awesome strength WOD. This week, I did 45 of them in a WOD, with sore arms?! Oh, body, I love you.

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Hurts so good.

Coach forgot to do pullup skill work before the WOD, so they did it after. I decided to use that time to torture myself on the Mobility balls.

 

10/25: rode bikes with my mom, 1hr. She decided to take her beach cruiser off road to let runner dog run safely in the grass away from the path.
image10/26: I woke up and wanted to spring out of bed! I thought to myself, “Is it Monday?! How much time do I have before I have to leave for the gym?!” I was EXCITED. Then, sadly realized it was Sunday. Sigh. That has never happened.
So, I mowed the lawn! It’s work. Thus, part of a workout.

Stole this from Instagram. Love it.
imageNeed to rest up for another big week! I can’t wait!