Get Your Motor Running

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Wednesday was a running/walking day. I turned the TV on “The Sing Off” and watched while I got my miles in. I ran for a few 3 minute spells, then walked the rest. All in all, I got in about 5.5 miles. I was tired afterward, but felt alright. My official 1/2 marathon training starts on Monday!! I’m both nervous and excited about the race. My brain was telling me, if I can put up with the pain of CrossFit then I can walk 13 miles. While I still think I can walk 13 miles without any trouble, part of my brain is telling me I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. So, I’m trying to push that thought down to the basement and get going! I’ve also decided I’m going to do a walk/run schedule instead of just walking all of it. I may not be able to do the entire 13 miles as a walk/run, but I’m going to try.

Yesterday was another CrossFit day. We had several new people there (all of whom did great!). Since there were so many of us our WOD changed from front squats and ring rows to Tabatas. In case you’re not sure what a Tabata is, it’s where you go all out for 20 seconds giving everything you have, then you rest for 10 seconds and repeat. Our WOD consisted of 8 Tabata rounds of Ring Rows (pull ups for those who can do them), Wall Balls, Ball Slams, Burpees, and Squats. My arms were quite tired by the time we finished the Ring Rows that my throwing was a bit sad on the wall balls. I rather enjoyed the ball slams, but in retrospect I don’t know that I was getting my arms up high enough. I was concentrating on getting my squat in as I slammed down and didn’t pay much attention to where my arms were. Then came the dreaded burpees. OMG….they killed me. I can’t just fall down and bounce back up like a lot of them can, so I was rather slow to get down and up. In fact, after 4 rounds I think I only got 2 in for the last 4 rounds. There were a couple of times I was thinking “I’m just going to lay here”, but I had to make myself get back up and get ready to go again. I couldn’t jump my feet back up under me so I got on my knees and got up…probably should have tried to walk my feet in instead because I bruised my knees up pretty good. And…it was a good thing I was wearing long pants or I think I’d have skinned them as well.

Needless to say, I need to work on my core so I can jump my legs back and forth without having to get on my knees. Shane didn’t say one word to me on how horribly I was doing them. More than likely he was just glad I was still moving. Then we moved on to the squats. There was no weight, just as many as you could do. I felt pretty good but I was tired so I know my form was a bit off. This was the last round of tabatas so I was trying my best to make sure I wasn’t “bowing” (bending my torso too far forward). The burpees really zapped me and made me somewhat nauseous so I took a spot close to the door hoping for a breeze to come through. At one point I heard Shane say my name, but I was too far into my own world that I didn’t hear what he said. Hopefully it wasn’t anything that needed correcting because otherwise I just ignored him (not intentionally).

Once we were completely finished, I grabbed my water and had to get outside where it was cooler. Mike was waiting in the car, so I walked over and stood with the door open for a bit. He started chuckling because I looked like I’d just been run over…which I felt like at the time! We got home and had Lemon Thyme Chicken. I only had the 1 chicken breast and I was full. I find that I get full very quickly after my CrossFit days. Maybe it’s just from being tired? Not sure. But, I’m normally hungry in the morning!

Today I’m a little sore on my arms. When I first started going to CrossFit I would get extremely sore. In fact, I stayed sore for at least a week solid! I had to hold on to the wall to help myself sit down. It was quite sad. Now, I get sore but it’s the kind of sore where when you move that muscle you know it’s been worked out but you’re not groaning! So, I will take that as a sign that I’m improving!

PS…I really want to weigh myself to see if I’ve lost anything. I think the flab next to my knees is getting smaller and I’ve changed my diet so surely I’ve lost something. But I made a deal with myself that I would not weigh myself but once a month for now.

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