I’ve GOT to be a better blogger.

Days 45-58.

I’ve got no excuses. I just haven’t felt like blogging. School is in full swing and it feels like a luxury to ‘waste time’ and blog. I don’t believe it’s a time waster, it’s a creative outlet I need to continue.

It took me forever to write this post, because I’m so far behind. Putting the pictures into Layout, formatting and using the right ones, sending them to Flickr, then uploading here…takes a long time! ANYWAY, tons of catching up to do! So, read if you like, or just look at the goofy pictures. I’m caught up and will NOT be letting myself get this far behind. New rule: 1-2 posts per week!

Day 45 (feb 14): CrossFit, home workout. Felt good! Finally starting to feel ‘recovered’ from the race.
4 rounds:
25kb swings (25lbs)
565m run (around the big block, mapped it out!)
Time: 14:40. The run totaled 1.4mi.

Some Valentines CrossFit love:


Day 46 (feb 15): CrossFit, home again. Walk.
Walked the dogs 2miles at the dog park.
Warmup: 400m jog, bodyweight stuff (squats, pushups, etc)
3 rounds
1130m run (.7mi)
5 burpees
10 thrusters (45lb bar)
Time: 16:57. Run total: 2.1miles.

8514729478_20cbe59727_nLets ignore the tissue on the ground, shall we? My dog likes to pull them out of the trash.

Day 47 (feb 16): Benchmark WOD. Stretching/Foam roller (10min).
9min AMRAP
7 KB swing
7 burpees
50m run.
Again, the burpees are always my limiter. Ugh
TOTAL: 7 rounds, +7 KB swing +2 burpees.
In Sept. I did 6 rounds + 7 swings. Decent improvement.

Day 48: (feb 17) Kettlebell. Handstands. Stretching. 
KB: 50 sumo deadlift high pull, 50 swings
Handstands: Practice. MAJOR breakthrough. All of a sudden, I was “getting” it and able to hold them, without a wall, for much longer than before! WHOOO HOO!
Stretching: splits practice & foam roller.
Now I want to get my splits since my handstands are getting better. I have a long way to go though.


Day 49 (feb 18): CrossFit x2! (at the Box & at home). Stretching.
Warmup: 400m run, 20 push press w/25lb plate, 20 air squats, 20 burpees, stretching…
13min AMRAP
100m run
5 ground-to-overhead
5 front squat
5 push press
5 back squat
Total: 8 2/3 rounds. AWESOME WOD. Finally feel 100% again.

(SOMEONE forgot their workout clothes and had to wear my short shorts! Ha! Lets point and laugh!!)
WOD #2 (home): 
as much in 11min as possible:
800m run
50 situps
75 air squats
100 pushups
I did:
800m run
50 situps
75 squats
70 pushups.
I bet in a couple months I can get through all of it, doing the 100 pushups. They were all “real”, no modified, no knees, etc.
Stretching: Foam roller.

Day 50 (feb 19): Run. Stretching.
Run: 2.01 miles, 18:25, pace: 9:10. Easy little jog to move my legs in a running-type motion.
Mile 1: 9:13
Mile 2: 8:57
Felt like I could have easily kept a faster pace or sustained what I was doing.
Stretching: Foam roller. My legs needed it! Owwwie!

Day 51 (feb 20): Swim! Stretching.
: 750m, 15min, 2:00/100m.
100, 100 breast, 550 pull.
Shoulder wasn’t feeling great. So sore from sandbags Monday.
Stretching: light stretching.

Day 52 (feb 21): CrossFit x2 (Box & home). Stretching. Treadmill walking.
Walk: treadmill while watching The Americans. Love my treadmill desk!
Warmup: run 400m, samson stretch, duck walk, 50 jumping jacks, 10 burpees
STRENGTH: 4×4 front squat (did some bar & 65lb warmup)
85, 95, 105, 110! Whoop. Haven’t done that in a long time. Felt pretty easy. Should try my 1RM soon.
100m run
15 burpees
30 wall ball (12lb)
Time: 13:09. Second fastest female, RX, as of 5p. Whoo. Couldn’t have caught #1 girl, she did 11:19.
CF @ home:
3 rounds
15 kb swings (44lbs)
10 double unders
0.3mi run
Time: 12:49
Was going to do 5 rounds but this was taking longer than I liked. Wasn’t feeling “fresh”.
+2min for warmup (DU’s, some swings, & K taking pics for blog)
Stretching: light stretching & foam roller.

Annnnnnd, as proof I don’t just use the “best” pictures, here’s some…notsogood ones:

Day 53 (feb 22): Treadmill walking. Kettlebell. Travel day to my brothers. Will be a “minimum” day.
Treadmill: 30minutes. Walked while doing some computer work in case I couldn’t get a real workout in.
Kettlebell: 35lbs
5 Sets of 10’s:
Deadlift high pull
R & L arm snatch

Day 54 (feb 23): CrossFit 318, Monroe. Drop in at the Box by my brothers house.
Warmup: run 400m, bunch of sprints: high knees, butt kicks, side shuffles, duck walk, skips, etc etc. Don’t remember what else. Some other stuff.
Saturdays at this gym are “Partner WOD’s”. Pretty fun. K was my partner, his weight was 135lbs, so he had to walk with his 40lb weights and put them on the bar after I did my 100m walk. (it was out-and-back)
3 rounds:
42 wall balls (12lb for female)
36 box jump
24 burpees
100m front rack walk (95lbs)
Time: 20:56
One person working at a time. It was BRUTAL! Love it. My quads are FRIED. We did these same exercises on Thursday at my Box and I was already a little tired. Now…they hurt. Oh Rhabdo!

None of the pictures from the workout came out (blame the photog), so, you get ones of me playing on the rope swing! Let me just say again, that WOD was BRUTAL! Also, it’s not my fault that races give out neon shirts. I do have other colors, promise. I guess I just don’t wear them.

Day 55  (feb 24): Yoga. Stretching. Two different ‘stretching’ times. Drove back home from my brothers, then had a family party for my late grandmothers birthday.
Yoga: 20min. practice poses, splits work, handstands.
Stretching: focused on hamstring stuff w/foam roller.

Day 56 (feb 25): Swim. Run. Stretching.
850m. 15min. 1:46/100m.
Fast swim! My 50’s were 40-45sec, my 100’s were around 1:40! I don’t think I’ve been this fast…ever.
100 warmup. Mostly setting up lane ropes for the lifeguard, she didn’t want to get in the pool.
2 sets of:
50, 100, 200. Rest same amount of time each set took.
1.47miles. Sprints.
30 sec sprint, 2-3min rest (walking back to the start). Usually around 3. I think I did 8 sets.
Felt great!
Made or exceeded my distance on every set.
Stretching: nothing special. Just stretching.

Day 57 (feb 26): Walk: 1.5hrs. 30min sets throughout the day.
Not feeling well. I’ve been having “major” digestive issues. Felt exhausted and never confident to do a hard workout without having bad side effects!


Day 58 (feb 27): Walk. CrossFit.
Walk: 1hr 40min on the treadmill.
CrossFit: Warmup: 20 lunges, 50 jumping jacks, 20 GHD situps, 10 air squats, 10 squat jumps
WOD: 175 box jumps. Oh dear. This was horrible! Well, it was fine really, but mentally very hard to get excited about just doing box jumps. Probably how many people feel about just doing a 5k for time and such.
Time: 11:29

ALL CAUGHT UP!!!! YAY! I still need to write some food posts and a race report. Eeek! I should do that before my next race…


Day 34-44. Procrastination & race recovery.

Feb. 3-13
I knew I wouldn’t blog for a while after my 50miler, as the week would be focused on rest & recovery. Very light workouts, thus, a boring blog entry. Well, then I just never felt like writing it up since it was so boring.

Now, I *have* to write this or I’ll be too far behind. So, sludge through it if you like, or don’t. It’s pretty boring! I purposely skipped writing day 33, as I’ll be following this up with my Rocky Raccoon race report (Feb 2) and another food entry.

Day 34: (feb 3) home CrossFit & foam roller
Day 1 post race! My body is TIRED.
Tabata KB swings, went light, 25lbs
Tried a couple pushups, could only do about 3! My body wouldn’t let me do them.
10min of foam roller. OW!

Day 35: Swim. 8470608271_3c6591c626_n
600yds, 13min, 2:10/100. Kept my 100’s under 2:00. 450 pull, 150 kick board.

(driveway recovery-proven method, post-swim hair. walking the dog)

Day 36: slow jog & walk.
1/2mi jog in my Luna sandals! They feel good. Then, walked the dogs for 20min. Legs felt good after I loosened them up with the jog.

Day 37: Swim & massage* (I am not counting “massage” was a workout, 8470733103_d193aa3d22_nFYI, just logging here as part of recovery)
700yd, 16min, 2:17/100.
Post massage swim. Felt pretty good.
100wu, 450pull, 150kickboard.

*massage with feet. She walked on me. Stood one me, while holding those bars. Ouch! Felt fabulous.

Day 38: CrossFit @ home, Walk & “dancing” at the parade!
CF: tabata snatch, alternating arms each set, 25lbs (4min)
Walk: 30min walk with the dogs. Jogged about 1/4mi in there too.
Dancing: danced my butt off at the Muses parade. Carried kids on my shoulders for a couple hours too. Definitely a fun ‘workout’!

Day 39: Walk & foam roller (stretching)
1hr walk at the park w/the dogs. Lovely day!
Stretching & foam roller in the evening.

Day 40: Run
1mi, 9:26. In my Luna sandals!

Day 41: CrossFit @ home
4 rounds:
15 kb swings
300m run
20 air squats
Time: 9:38
+ 20 more squats to make it an even 100
end time: 10:06


Here we have my lovely outfit: bright green shoes, black & hot pink calf socks, bright orange compression shorts under purple shorts, a maroon race shirt, AND a gold sequin headband. Classy, people. Classy.

Day 42: CrossFit @ home
Didn’t feel like driving to the Box since we don’t have school this week.
Warmup: bar & low weight squat cleans
6min AMRAP, 1 min rest, 6min AMRAP (13min total)
6 squat cleans (75lbs first round, 65lb second round)
6 pushups
7 situps
Never, ever think “Oh, those are low numbers, that’s not very long, this will be quick and easy.” NOT. No. No.

8470621041_f4f6683067_nDay 43: Walk & stretching
Didn’t feel good today, I slept SO much! Made myself walk the dogs.
30min, usual 1.5-2mile loop.
Foam roller.

Day 44: (feb 13) RUN. I ran to get my moms car from the repair shop. I *LOVE* running to run errands. It feels so free and with purpose. One of my favorite things rather than just get in the car!
5.52mi, 55:43, pace: 10:05
1: 11:00
2: 10:26
3: 9:58
4: 9:48
5: 9:34
.52: 8:55
I didn’t feel great, but I am pleased with my negative splits. Started to feel better after mile 2.

Ran to the levee, the Mississippi River levee, 4 miles to the next town to the repair shop. Here we have one of the several plantations in our Parish (the only state to call counties, parishes) and the river. It was a nice afternoon.


Meh. Days 21-27

It’s been too long since posts. I guess I felt that nothing was spectacular this week as I’ve been trying recover from the 2 marathons in 2 weeks. Thankfully I did rest and fuel myself enough in recovery to keep from getting sick. Success! Since my workouts felt lackluster, I didn’t take many worokout pics this week. If you hang with me, there are puppy pictures! PUPPIEEES!!! Puppies are always fun. Oh, anyway…the only thing new this week was that I started yoga class again, and I’m not taking pictures in there! I finally got to use my hot, new yoga mat though! Schaawiiinng!8423212131_3c98126ebd_n

Oh yeah, I hate that gyms give out free junk food! As you can see above, mine was giving out chocolate “smoothies”. WTF. We’ve all seen the Krispy Kreme donut gym pic, right? images

That said, I’m also tapering for an ultra this coming weekend. I’ll post about it later in the week, but I don’t have high expectations and am actually *almost* terrified. I am NOT prepared. I have not put in the mileage. So, I’m doing what I can to go into it as fresh as possible.

Day 21: Walk & Stretch (foam roller)
30min walk with the dogs + 10 min of stretching and/or foam roller. Really worked my hips & ITB.

Day 22: Run. Legs felt like LEAD. I felt so spastic, like a puppy who can’t find his paws. I’m sure I looked terrible. After 1/2mile I felt normal and got an actual stride going. Whew. Still need several days to recover.
1.66 miles, time 14:35, pace 8:47.

Day 23: Swim, CrossFit, & Yoga! Like I said in day 22, I still need recovery time and I felt it today. However, I took each of these 3 pretty easy. For me anyway.
Swim: 500yds, 10min, 2:00/100yd’s. Quick swim before class. Pool is only open for a short time at lunch.
Ummm, do NOT post pics of yourself in your swimsuit on the interwebs? Should be a rule, no?8424348026_fa92bdaf9f_m
CrossFit: 15min.
Modified/shortened the workout (and warmup) to keep recovering/resting/tapering.
Warmup: 200m fast walk, stretching
Strength 4×4 ‘heavy’ dumbbell push press. 25lbs each hand.
WOD: 50 push press with just the bar (45lbs) Plus some other stuff I didn’t do.
Mini WOD: 3 rounds of 10 slamball (20lbs), 10 abmat situps
Yoga: Back to classes since the semester has started. The class was PACKED and she made it super hard to “punish” us for being gone so long. I did a lot of down dog to recover! My legs just couldn’t hold some of the poses. Fried!

Day 24: CrossFit & Swim.
1min run in place, high knees
20 slamballs
20 monkey F*ckers
10 burpees
50 sun gods

Strength: practice Zercher squats (I only did the bar, probably could have done 90-95lbs)
WOD buy in: 10 Zercher squats
4 rounds
4 Zercher squats
10 burpees
10 kb swings (25lbs)
Time: 7:50
This was not the real WOD, but the modified for me so I wouldn’t trash my legs. Still worked up a sweat!

Swim: Crappy swim, had to hurry because there were only 2 lap lanes, aerobics in the main part of the pool, and swim lessons were kicking us out of the 2 lanes. I really hate this–very small–pool, the hours & the policies.
500yds, 9min, 1:48/100m

Day 25: Walk & random play at the park
Walked over a mile at the dog park on the walking path. 4 loops on the path that’s over 1/4mi long. Not a stroll, a purposeful walk. Then walked a little over 1/4mi to the “exercise area” at the park: they have outdoor pullup bars, balance stands, stair stepper(!?)squat machine…and an elliptical! Right next to the walking path! WTF!?! ImageImage

(not criticizing people who use ellipticals, however, I’m a big believer in walking, or fast walking for healthy people are able to use their own feet to propel them…Hey you, 20year old college student. Get off the elliptical that has a tv and get outside! Or lift weights!)

Annnnnnnd here’s the money shot. The elliptical is so hard:8423163257_22305c2c9d

Day 26: CrossFit at home. (saturday)
3 rounds:
20kb swings (44lbs)
10 burpees
200m run with 25lb plate (ooof)
Time 12:09

Day 27: short Run. I was so tired today. I’ve been busy all weekend, moving furniture & deep freezers & refrigerators. Also, I’ve been up since 0345 with no downtime! I felt terrible & had some pain the first .3mi, but after that I felt a lot better, and even good after the first .75.
1.3mi, Time 12:17, pace 9:27

Here’s the puppy picture I promised! Rascal found his doggie-twin at the dog park! They were so cute.