Juniper’s Training Log 07.05.2015

It's official! I'm a member of USATF! Going for my Level I cert. in December.
It’s official! I’m a member of USATF! Going for my Level I cert. in December.

Well, after last week’s frustratingly pointless taper since I did not compete in the MiltonMan Triathlon due to frigid, rainy weather and a soggy, dangerous course, I feel like I’m back on track. Since I was coming off of my taper, I didn’t do any bricks or two-a-days this week, but I maintained consistency in both my schedule and workouts, and I even managed another PR in CrossFit. I also signed up for a fun 5K in August, which I am looking forward to in order to test out my speed. The goal this season is still to run a sub 22:00 in the 5K, which I hope to accomplish by the end of October.

Monday: Run

I did 3.2 fast and gloriously muddy miles in the Rocky River Reservation, including some super slick hill repeats (5 in all). I forgot to switch my Garmin back to miles, so I rolled with the kilometers and ran a 5K. When I was about to begin my warm-down, and older gentleman and his dog passed me. “I take it you run the steeplechase.” I was so flattered by his comment, even if it wasn’t meant to be a compliment. I corrected him and told him no, I just love running through the puddles and the mud and jumping over logs.

Tuesday: CrossFit

I hadn’t been to a regular class in so long, so it felt great to be back in the box. We worked on Cleans and Jerks, which I thoroughly enjoy doing, and I set an official starting weight for myself at 95 lbs. The WOD also included running, which always makes me a happy camper.

Wednesday: Olympic Lifting PT

I scheduled a PT session with my coach, Cody, to work on my overhead squats and snatches. I’ve really come to love the OLY lifting, and I want to do better at it. Not only is it helping to make me stronger in both my arms and legs, but the mobility aspect has been huge in my run and swim game. I’ve had to work really hard on my shoulder mobility, and I have made great strides. I’m now working on my hips and ankles, which made a big and instant difference in my lifting and in my run later in the week.

Thursday: Rest

I caught up with some former students, then my husband and I took a nice long walk around the neighborhood. I’m actually hate taking rest days, but I’ve since changed things up and now rest once every 5 days. I used to go once every 7, but I was falling apart. My body needed more recovery. I may not like it, but it was a great decision. I feel so much better.

Friday: CrossFit

Bench press was part of the day’s workout, and though it’s not my favorite, I did manage a PR by 10lbs putting me at 85 lbs. total. Afterwards we did “Diane,” which consists of…a crap tone of deadlifts and handstand push-ups. I can’t do HSPUs, so I had to do a modification, which is still pretty damn difficult after doing deadlifts and bench presses. Needless to say, Diane was a doozy! Bonus points: when I got home from my workout, my USATF membership card had arrived! It was like Christmas in July.

I lift the heavy things, and then I put them down. 'Merica!
I lift the heavy things, and then I put them down. ‘Merica!

Saturday: Special 4th of July CrossFit WOD!

Happy birthday, America! For the holiday, CTOWN allowed members to bring guests for a special workout. We did the Hero WOD “Jack,” which consists of a 20-minute AMRAP of 10 Push Presses, 10 Kettle bell swings, and 10 box jumps. It was a very tough workout, much harder than it sounds, but it was still a lot of fun. We had a huge turnout, which was also great. Later in the afternoon everyone came back to the gym for a cookout, because my CF family is the coolest.

Sunday: Run

I did a mod-paced 4-miler down my street, hitting Lakewood Park along the way for a little reprieve from the hot, early afternoon sun. It was a sweaty out-and back, but I had yet to run that far down my street, so it was cool to take in all of the beautiful brick homes from the sidewalk rather than from my car.

I’m a runner, CrossFitter, and coach. I write about 5ks, strength training and nutrition. My current goals are to PR in my 5k and continue to grow in my strength conditioning.

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