Juniper’s Training Log – 05.24.2015

I’m baaaaack! Wow, it has been a crazy 6 weeks for this Salty, but things are finally starting to slow down. Though I’ve been lax in the log department, I’ve still kept up my training. Between grad work, moving, work, and track, I’ve needed to maintain my workout schedule as much as possible in order to retain my sanity. This was the last of my “crazy” weeks, and though my schedule got thrown off a bit at the top of the week, I recovered nicely by the end. Here’s how it all went down.

Monday: Active recovery

Mondays have become infamous with my track team as our “crazy” workout days in which I toss at them a mix of drills, running, and strength exercises. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been doing the workouts with them. Though not a true “recovery” day, the movements I put the team through are great for stretching out and getting the heart rate going. For them, it’s just pure misery…and I sort of love that.

Tuesday: Reluctantly off

I advised the school newspaper this year, and Tuesday was deadline for the last issue. Naturally the last issue ran late, and I missed all of the CrossFit classes scheduled that day. By the time I got home, it was 8:00, so I decided to just call it.

Wednesday: Another (frustrating) day off

Though I didn’t get in a morning run due to going to bed late, my girls qualified for District finals that evening, so I still counted it as a successful day.

Thursday: CrossFit

FINALLY I was back on track, and just in time for a killer arms workout. Push-presses – which I love – followed by chin-ups and rear delt flyes, followed by a 9-minute METCON of scaled handstand pushups and scaled muscle-ups, which for me are knees on the box push-ups and ring rows, respectively. After the workout, my arms detached themselves from my body and scurried away not be seen again the rest of that day.

Friday: Run!

I took advantage of the late bus headed to our track meet and busted out a fast 4-miler as soon as the last bell rang. I then had about 20 minutes to de-stinkify myself in the staff bathroom so as not to gross out the other coaches sitting near me on the bus. In short: it was fantastic!

Saturday: CrossFit

Partner workout! It was a tough one, but I made it through with the help of my CTOWN buddy Sarah. We usually partner up for these types of workouts, and I think we make a damn fine team. The “Miagi” WOD included this laundry list of craziness – 50 each (split in half): deadlifts, double Russian kettle-bell swings (that’s one in each hand), push-ups, clean and jerk, pull-ups, KB taters (you flip the kettle-bell at the top of the swing, catch it, squat, repeat), box jumps, wall climbs, and knees to elbows. We had to scale several of the moves, but that didn’t make it any less challenging. It was a super sweaty, super fun WOD.

Sunday: CrossFit

I was so psyched for Sunday’s workout when I saw it online. The “Michael” is one of the many Hero WODs that CF features. Each of the Hero workouts is named after a fallen soldier in the US armed services. It’s an honor to do them, but they are t-o-u-g-h. This one consisted of 3 rounds for time doing an 800m run, 50 back extensions (Supermans), and 50 sit-ups. It took me 21 minutes on the dot, but I know I can do it even faster next time. Boom.

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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