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Making Adjustments


It’s Tuesday….you know what that means! Yep, CrossFit time. I wasn’t sure if I should go today since my feet were still hurting (heel blisters) from the half marathon on Sunday. My fear was I would have to run and I know I wouldn’t be able to.

Today’s strength was the Clean. We paired up and did 4 rounds of 3 reps. Michelle and I paired up and started with just the 45# bar. The next round was 55#s, then 65#, then 75#s, and since everyone else was still going we did 85#s. 85 was the magic number for both Michelle and I. We both got 2 good cleans in but struggled for the third.

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The WOD was supposed to be 4 rounds of 25 Competition Style Push Ups, 10 Dumbbell Snatches and a 400 Meter Run. However, since I wasn’t able to do the run, Shane let me ride the bike for 2 minutes each round instead. The competition style push ups are where you go all the way to the ground and lift your hands off the mat to show you’re all the way down, then push back up. Since I’ve been doing the 100 Push Up Challenge, I’ve been able to do 10-12 push ups without stopping so I was making pretty good time on my first couple of rounds. My last two rounds were a little different story. I was having a hard time keeping my back straight when coming up (instead of “snaking”, as Shane calls it). I also was having to stop after 7 or 8 and rest a little bit.

The dumbbell snatches were great. In fact, I don’t think I had enough weight. Shane told us to use a 25# dumbbell last time I used a 25# dumbbell too. I should have gone up to 30# or 35#s. Next time I will make sure I go up in weight. I have to say I think the dumbbell snatches are one of my favorite weight exercises.

The bike went well. I tried to peddle fast for the whole 2 minutes. The seat was highly uncomfortable! However, I’ll gladly take a sore tush over throbbing feet any day. I think Thursday I’ll be back to being able to run. At least I’m hoping I am. I’ve also decided to get some new shoes with the hope that it will help. I finished the WOD in 17:53.

I was happy with how today’s workout went. That usually means I’ll get knocked on my ass next time!


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Have I mentioned how much I hate trying to come up with blog post titles? I think that’s the hardest part of this whole process some times! Tonight’s workout was GREAT!! I Had so much fun and felt stronger than I have in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I was tired and sweaty but it was a good workout.

The warm up started with 10 Box Jumps, 20 Jump Rope, and a 200 Meter Run (2 rounds). My 200 meter runs went quite well. I wasn’t huffing and puffing as much as I normally am. Then we did Deadlifts for strength, which I’ve only ever done one time before. We had a WOD that included deadlifts, but we didn’t have a ton of weight on it. Tonight I got up to 155#s!! I think I may have been able to go up one more time if I only had to lift it once. We were doing 3 reps of each weight and 155 got quite tough on the last rep. I’ll try it again one day when I go in early.

For our WOD, we were in teams of 2. We spent 1 minute on Back Squats (85#s) and 1 minute on Dumbbell Snatches (25#s) which we repeated 7 times (7 minutes on each workout). Only one person could be working out at a time. So, the first person did 5 squats then the next person did 5. This repeated until the minute was up then we switched to the dumbbell snatches. I think I could have done more on the snatches, but I wasn’t sure if I could do 30-35 that many times. That’s part of my problem…I over think things and talk myself out of doing a heavier weight. I should just start with a heavy weight and move down if need be. I was partnered up with Courtni, who can kick some serious ass. We had a great time! I believe Courtni PR’d with 195lbs on the deadlift.



The weather was 73 degrees today during my workout and I was burning up. I can’t even fathom how hot it’s going to be when it’s 95-100 degrees out there!

Today’s warm up was 10 push ups, 10 squats, 10 box jumps and a 200 meter run (done twice). The WOD also consisted of push ups, squats, and a run. Not fair!! hahaha…the WOD was tough. It was 4 rounds for time of: 10 Push Ups, 20 Squats (squatting to a med ball), 20 Dumbbell Snatches (25#), 10 Ring Dips, and a 200 Meter Run. I wasn’t looking forward to the push ups just because I’m not that good at them yet. This was the first time I’ve done the dumbbell snatches and I enjoyed them. I was a little nervous with the 25# weight, but once I learned how to do them properly while using the momentum it was a bit easier than I thought it would be. That doesn’t mean it was easy though! They were quite tough. I had to rest the most doing those (10 per arm). There were a couple of times I almost lost the dumbbell but thankfully I didn’t drop it on my head!

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The run went ok the first round but my last 3 rounds were slow. On my last round Neil came out to finish it with me and push me to finish strong. He made the comment “Remember, if it sucks you’re doing it right!” I laughed at that…I’ll also have to remember it when I start feeling a bit down for being slow. My finish time was 26:13.