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Bike Ride (Totally leisure. Nothing hardcore about it.. besides some  hills.)

10mi

CrossFit WOD:

Skill WOD-
Max Reps- Rope Climbs (10)
3 Rounds-1 min on, 1 min off

Max Reps- Dubs (112)
3 Rounds-1 min on, 1 min off

WOD- For time. (75lbs)
10-8-6-4-2

Power Cleans
Shoulder to Overhead
Back Squats
Lateral OTB Burpees

Today’s WOD was SO HARD. My arms were dead after the first 18 reps. I debated between going lighter than 75, or sticking with it. Finally I decided to suck it up and just do it.

I had to take a lot of breaks and set the bar down a lot. You know it sucks when the BURPEES are a relief. And I hate burpees.

So with my awfully hard time at CrossFit today (my first day back since wisdom teeth day), I give you the Advantages/ Disadvantages of not working out for a really long time. Or so it felt like.

ADVANTAGES:

1. Um… You get a lot of rest?

 

……. Yup.

 

DISADVANTAGES:

1. You feel like poopey the next time you work out.

2. You get tired easily throughout the day / you have ZERO energy.

3. You eat more. Like, lots more. Ice cream daily.

4. You become weak. Lifting your dog is hard.

5. You have trouble sleeping at night.

6. You are bored because you don’t have CrossFit/Running in your life.

7. You watch channels in Spanish because there’s nothing on the English ones.

8. You spend way too much time on the internet. Doing absolutely nothing.

9. You play too much Candy Crush – but still get nowhere.

10. You see other people that you work out with in public and you feel guilty.

11. You have nothing to blog about, so you feel like a failure.

12. You have dreams about running/ CrossFit because THAT’S HOW MUCH YOU MISS IT.

 

So there you go, folks. I know it wasn’t necessarily my fault that I couldn’t go to CrossFit or go run, but these are still things I experience when I don’t workout/ exercise for a while.

My conclusion is to stay active every day. Doesn’t matter how you do it, just as long as you do something!

Run on.

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Traveling ALL DAY. I’m still not home, I’m sitting in my sister’s basement in Manhattan… KS that is. The Little Apple, not the Big Apple.

So as most of you know, I have this crazy cyber-stalkish thing going on with my favorite blogger, SkinnyRunner.

Yep, no denying it. I think she’s smart and quirky and I love to read her posts. It’s like an addiction or something.

A few days ago, I got mentioned! YAY! Okay, well I sent in a few pics of me and Mirda from San Diego. She posted it. I felt special.

So HELLO to my new viewers, y’all are at home here.

In honor of SR and my sis, who I’ve spent the past week with & who is running her first half in the fall, I am going to reblog part of her advice from Feb of 2012 about running your first race. I love it, it’s GREAT stuff. It helped me get through my first marathon! Enjoy!

“So let’s dive in first with running tips; you’ve probably heard of these before, but I steal all my information from others so get used to it.

*Don’t try anything new on race day.  Nothing new: no new shoes, new food, new outfit, new pace, nothing new.

There will inevitably be someone who’s all “I did everything new on race day and still PR’ed.”  Great, good for you.  You want a cookie?

If you’re a new runner, there’s no upside in risking a blister, an upset stomach, or some nice chafing.  Why risk it?

Use a (training) long run as a dress rehearsal and treat it like the race: run your race pace, eat your pre-race breakfast, take in your race fuel, etc so you have a feel for how race day will be.

A gear tip: set out all your gear the night before, from shoes all the way up to headgear.  Plug in your electronics nearby your pile of stuff so in the early morning head fog, you won’t forget anything because it’s all together.

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(There’s a good checklist on that site too of all marathon gear you might need)

*Start the race at the pace you trained at, not your I’m geeked up and superstoked pace

Everyone does this – we get excited, nervous, full of energy and rip off the line running way too fast, but for first time racers, the faster you start, the slower you’re gonna finish.  Take it easy the first couple miles and then put the hammer down and finish strong.

*Take in fuel whether that’s energy drinks, gels, bites, etc

If you’re running 13 miles, I think you should be taking in calories somehow.  This goes back to doing your dress rehearsal run – figure out in training what type of fuel works best for you.  Some people have iron stomachs and could eat a traffic cone while others can only do one specific brand of energy drink.  Know what works for you.

Now, onto racing etiquette and courtesy:

*Start in the right corral according to the time you are going to run: not your wishful thinking time but a realistic time.

A huge complaint of pretty much all racers is when people don’t start in the correct corral because it makes everyone’s start more chaotic and less efficient.

For example, if this is your first race and you’ve been training to run a 2:00 half, then get in the 2 hr. corral even if you see some 1:50 people that you could beat or you feel really good that day.  Get in the corral that correlates with the pace you’ve trained at.

Whatever you do, don’t hop in the front corrals because you think it’s advantageous to start earlier.  not at all.  Almost all races have chip timing so your time doesn’t start until you cross the start line.

All that happens when you start too fast is that you get passed by a bunch of people (demoralizing) or you start off way too fast and then blow up at the finish.

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So pick a corral that’s realistic for you.  You don’t win a race in the first mile; it’s the last ones that are important.  And you can always speed up after the first few miles.

*If you need to stop, walk, stretch, whatever, move over to the side of the course, preferably the right side. 

Don’t ever just stop in the middle of the road -you could get hurt, someone could hit you from behind, etc.  Think of cars driving: if the one in front of you stops suddenly, there’s gonna be a wreck.  So gently move over to the side when you need to stop.  And it’s ok to stop and walk!

*When going through aid stations, you don’t have to grab the first cup.

In big races, there are tons of volunteers handing out cups every 2ish miles so don’t swerve over to grab the first cup you see; go on a little bit where it’s less crowded.  It’s less energy you’re having to expend and lessens the risk of colliding with someone.

*After you drink, look around before tossing the cup. 

It’s usually best to toss it to the side of the road and not just drop it at your feet.  If you see trash cans, try to aim for those. A drinking tip:pinch the cup together to make a little spout which makes it easier to gulp down.

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*If you have to hawk a loogie, look behind you before you do.  Move over to the side if need be.

*Thank the volunteers.

They’re out there just as long as you are but not getting any glory or endorphin high so try to smile or say thank you when can.

*At the finish, move on through it.

There’s going to be hundreds of people sprinting in hard behind you so grab your medal, water and space blanket and keep on walking a little further until you’re out of the crowd.  Then stretch out, sit down, get something in your system without being run over by other runners.

To sum it up, it’s important to start in the correct corral and then while racing, think of what you’d want the runner in front of you to do.  Would you want them to suddenly swerve right in front of you, toss their gel wrapper right over their shoulder, stop right in the middle and tie their shoe?”

Now back to me.

I love y’all, you’re fantastic. I plan on a 5:30am run, I have some errands to do (like applying for a job in the fall.. yay college!) in the morning and getting some awesome stuff ready for fundraising for TNT! Then when I get home it’s CrossFit time. No days off! … Well.. Today doesn’t count.

Run on.

HAPPY ‘MERICA DAY!

(Pretend ‘Merica is white…)

You know where my happy place is?

The beach… Or the mountains. Really dependent on the weather.

But guess where I ran this morning… and yes, you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right or wrong.

… Guess yet?

You’re wrong.

Wow… you’re really bad at this guessing game.

I ran along the beach, silly.

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Sam and I geared up in our PRO Compression and Brooks PureCadence before we set off. Just walking through the sand sucked. And my knee was killin’ me. Joy, right?

When we started off running it was super hard. We ended up running right along the water, where the more compact sand was. Sam and I ended up splitting up because I kept stopping to look at rocks/ pick up glass (… oohhhh shiny things…).

Sam did her workout, while I took my shoes off to go look for more rocks play in the water.

It took me almost half and hour before I caught up to my mom who was looking for glass as well. We slowly walked back to where our towels and chairs were set up, while we stared at the ground… still lookin’.

When we got home, I went downstairs to start my own CrossFit workout.

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By the end of the WOD, I was DRENCHED in sweat. Don’t believe me? Fine. I took a yucky selfieeee (sorry, I have to exaggerate the e in a Valley Girl accent) for all of you none-believers.

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We helped Shane and Brittany set up the reception area.. it looks stunning!

Now we are about to party until the break of day to celebrate ‘Merica. Me and like 30 some of my closest friends whom I’ve never met. WHOO!

We also went to the beach yesterday. Here’s a slideshow!

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HAPPY ‘MERICA DAY AGAIN!

Run on.

Another Triple Workout. Details are below!

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Oh! And I was in today’s newspaper back home!

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I’m finally famous!:)

Okay, actually I had to submit that… guilty.

I mentioned yesterday that I am in the search for a new Garmin Forerunner 610. I’ve always wanted a Garmin, or fancy device of some sort, but I have just never felt the need to spend the money. But with the amount of work I’m doing every day, I came to the conclusion that having a Garmin w/ a HR Monitor could really help me out. After we get my knee prob sorted out, it will also be awesome when I get back into my running!

I debated between something called a “Fitbit” and the Garmin. I asked my fellow DailyMilers what they thought.

Here are some of their replies that I found most useful:

“Garmin all the way…..nothing comes close. And Terri is right you can program workouts (interval training) into it and it’s like having your own coach with you tell you what to do when to do it…..and then record your results with perfect accuracy…or at least near perfect”

“The 610 is a killer running watch. It’s got all the bells and whistles- but you do pay for it. In looking at your recent activity, you are an all-around fitness person, cross-fit, running /cycling. If you’re not really into GPS tracking and the numbers, then you might have more fun with the fit bit. But- I’m a garmin guy. If you’re going to do serious run training, then the 610 is the bee’s knees.”

“I have a Garmin F10 I use for running. I also have a fitbit one that I wear all the time. I have the 2 synced via runkeeper and myfitnesspal. Garmin all the way for running but love my fitbit one for general daily activity/calorie burn monitoring.”

“You might want to check out the tips from DC Rainmaker,http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2012/11/my-2012-sports-gadget-recommendations.html. Good stuff … I may purchase a Garmin Edge 500 based on his recommendations — hopefully like new but used from Ebay/Craigslist.”

“Garmin… nuff said!”

… I don’t think my DM friends are biased at all! 😉

But they seriously helped out a ton!

The Garmin Forerunner 610 is a pretty tech-saavy watch.

It is touch screen, but very durable.

It has a virtual partner so you can see how you compare to a static pace you set.

Works as a personal trainer.

Tracks how many calories you burn/ HR.

Uploads to your computer wirelessly.

Has auto pause – based on the speed you are going.

GPS – it can help you navigate back your start – just in case you get lost 😉

Compatible with cycling.

Water resistant.

You can Customize your workouts.

It costs 400 smackaroonies. — downfall.

Also, the battery life only lasts 8 hours, but I won’t be wearing it as a wrist watch. Promise.

Would ya look at it? Just look at it.

Would ya look at it? Just look at it.

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I’ll look like her when I wear it. That is THE future me. Pretty hott, I know.

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Look. The watch is wet and HE DON’T CARE.

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Run on.

 

CrossFIT WOD:

Strength WOD- 6 UB Rounds Every 2min

1 Push Press
1 Push Jerk
1 Split Jerk

WOD- 8min AMRAP (3rds)

12 Shoulder to Overhead (135, 95)
12 Alternating DB Snatches (70, 50)
12 Calorie Row

Rest 2min, then…

4min AMRAP- Max L-Sit Hold (155 Sec)

 

As you may have read from yesterday’s post, today I am going to share the “secrets” of learning how to live a healthier life, and how to become a healthier you.

The media is all jumbled up these days with all of this crap that celebrities do to lose weight or stay in shape, or some doctor from who knows where created this dietary supplement that makes you shed 10 pounds within one week. (No lie, I was listening to the radio last night and an AD came on stating that if you took this pill for a week, you automatically dropped 10… Lies.)

Here is my very basic list of how to get in shape and become HEALTHY. 

1. Don’t trust everything you read. Heck, if you don’t want to, don’t trust this.

2. Eat WELL.

– Start packing your lunch every day instead of going to eat fast food. There, I just saved you about 300 calories. You’re welcome.

EAT BREAKFAST. You should get about 50% of your caloric intake JUST from breakfast alone. So to all of you people saying, “I’m not a breakfast eater,” find something you like. Do it now.

– Stay more towards the natural side of things. I’m not saying everything you eat needs to be organic, but cut out how often you eat from a package.

– Carbs aren’t all bad. You need complex carbohydrates in your diet. Whole grains, fruits, legumes, & veggies are all complex carbs. Stay away from simple carbs like sweets, products containing white flour, dairy (try Greek yogurt, it cuts the sugar in half and doubles the protein) & sugary drinks.

– Just eat. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like food. The trick is to eat things that are good for you. It’s okay to break the cycle every once in a while with something sugary and sweet. Heck, I do it all the time. But I find it best when I eat something every 2 hours. That way I don’t feel bloated, but stay full all day.

3. Exercise.

– Now, while diet is a HUGE factor in being healthy, so is being active. If you notice, I usually only take one day off out of the week to rest. Other than that, I’m pretty active. I’m not saying you have to go out and run 10 miles or do insane workouts at CrossFIT, but get ACTIVE. How many healthy people do you know that seem to be the healthiest people alive just from sitting around all day? NONE. Get out there! Or… Stay at home.

– Join a gym. this might motivate you to go because hey, you’re spending the money on it, might as well use it.

– Ask for help in training. For instance: if I were to just waltz into a gym, I wouldn’t know where to go or what to work out. But when you have a training schedule set up by a trainer, you know exactly where to go and how many reps to do or how many miles to run.

– Don’t be scared of weight lifting. Seriously. It reevs up your metabolism and creates the after-burn effect (the burning of calories up to 14 hours post-workout.)

– Don’t be scared of cardio, fellas. Yes, I’m talking to you weight-lifting-only guys.

– Do SOMETHING. Swim. Ride a bike. Walk. Dance. Something. Forreal.

4. Drink water. And LOTS of it.

– Keeps your metabolism going.

– Flushes out toxins.

– Keeps your organs running effectively.

– Helps you get super beautiful skin.

– Need I go on? So just DRINK IT.

5. Baby steps.

– Don’t worry if you don’t look like a super model in one week. Seriously.

– Like momma said, “All great things take time.”

 

So here is my short list of how to become a HEALTHIER you. So stop worrying about the gimmicks multi-media portrays to you. Do it right, and you’ll look like the bomb.com in no time at all.

Run on.

PS- Make sure you check out my TNT tab at the top of the page! I am training for my second season with Team in Training, and I need your help! I’m in the making of planning some awesome fundraisers. Stay posted!

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