I love training as much as the next girl, but this week was especially fun! Despite taking an extra day off due to being crazy busy this week, I still managed to get in some quality strength training and running time. I even managed to get in a short run outside…as in the actual out of doors. Yup, Spring is just around the corner.
I put in some w o r k during my weekend vacation in Concord, MA, so Monday was all about travel and getting set up for my week once I arrived back home.
My 6th and final personal training class was tough, and I loved every minute of it. Cody led me to the wall where my workout was posted, and as soon as I saw the name of it, I knew it was going to be a challenge: “Fight Gone Bad.” Normally this workout would break me, but I was doing a scaled down version so as not to completely set myself up for failure. Here’s how the WOD broke down: 3 x 1 min. of each of wall balls (8# medicine ball); SDHP (Sumo Deadlift High Pull) at 35#; box jumps at 18 in.; push press at 35#; and cal (calorie) rows. I had a minute of rest after each set. After I was done, Cody said he felt very confident that I could graduate to regular classes, and then I skipped to my car singing a made up song about how awesomely I did.
I did not get enough sleep, and with being out of work for two days, I had a lot of catching up to do. At first I was frustrated that I wasn’t feeling up for a workout and that I didn’t have the time, but after I got all of my work done, I felt like was in a much better place to tackle the rest of my week. Sometimes you just have to do what feels right!
I ran 3 miles on the treadmill working in some fartleks (literally cannot say that work without giggling). I also bumped up my speed to 6.0. Cue Rocky theme song here. “Getting strongerrrrrrrr.”
My first official CrossFit class at CTOWN! It was SO hard, but I had so much fun. This was my first time interacting with other members of the gym, and it was a terrific experience. Everyone was very friendly and supportive. Even though I had to do another scaled down version of the WOD, the rest of people in my class were encouraging me and high-fiving me when it was over. With every grunt and heaving breath I gave, I fell in love with CrossFit just a little bit more. My WOD was a 15-minute AMRAP consisting of 2 rounds of front squats and ring rows starting at 6 and building by 2 each time. Though I didn’t bust out the insane WOD that everyone else completed, I still felt like a BAMF.
I did an easy three miles on the treadmill then worked on some of my hip mobility exercises and core work that I have been neglecting. I completed 3×10 of each of the following: vacuums, left-lifts, clams, and prone glue squeezes. I followed that up with some static stretching and foam rolling.
It was so nice outside that I decided to forgo my scheduled swim and do a run in the sun. Hey, when it’s 40 degrees in Ohio in March, a runner needs to take advantage of that. I was so ecstatic to be pounding the pavement, I found myself running a lot faster than I had intended. Oh well. I did 2 miles in 16:30, and it was GLORIOUS!