Weekly workout recap – no boot, week 1

Hello!

Monday was my first official day without the boot – both at work AND at CrossFit!

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It felt really nice to wear a PAIR of shoes rather than one shoe and that stupid, but good for me, boot. I can’t wait until I can get back out and run but right now, I’m following doctor’s orders – no running, no jumping, no impact activities.

Which, of course, means I will probably have to modify MOST of my CrossFit workouts but it’s okay. At least I don’t have to stand on a 5lb plate to balance my hips when I’m doing squats! #thestruggle

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Monday’s workout was a good one:

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I am not yet up to 135# power cleans yet so I modified it down to 75#. In retrospect, I should have bumped it up to 85# but I wasn’t sure how much I could handle. Less is best sometimes, especially when you’re healing an injury.

As for the deficit handstand push-ups, well, I can’t even do regular handstand push-ups so of course I had to modify those. I was very wary of how I would come down from the handstand position so I opted for the bands.

I knew I could control my “dismount” with the bands since my right foot would be wrapped around it forcing me to lead with my left foot. I went with 2 purple bands this time, instead of a green and a purple, (which means less help) and I worked my BUTT off for every single one of those push-ups. I wish I could remember my time. Probably would be good for me to record such things…..

Tuesday

Garage workout

We had the Chief’s pinning – Navy Chief, Navy Pride! – today so I knew I wasn’t going to make CrossFit. I took the whole day off work so I could go to the pinning and the reception afterwards. I also really needed to hit the grocery store since I didn’t have the chance this past weekend. So, I headed out to the garage for an early morning elliptical workout!

It’s my first time on the elliptical since the stress fracture and it felt pretty good! I had no issues with feeling any pressure on my foot. I adjusted the elliptical so I could look out the doors and watch the sun come up while I was working out. It was nice!

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Wednesday

6pm CrossFit

We had a 20 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) on the schedule today.

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(TTB = toes to bar and DB snatch = dumbbell snatch)

Of course, I couldn’t do the double unders so I modified with rowing. Coach wanted me to do a 30 calorie row but…..after a minute of rowing, and pulling really hard, I was only at 15 calories. So…..I dropped it to a 15 calorie row.

Before you think I was slacking, if I had done the airdyne bike, he only wanted me to bike for 30-45 seconds and he based that on the time it would take people to get their double unders done. So, I figured a minute of fast rowing was a pretty good substitute. He agreed afterwards once he gave it some thought and realized how long a 30 calorie row would actually take.

Anyway, I used a 25# dumbbell for the snatches and propped my right foot on my left ankle for the push-ups until I couldn’t do that anymore and I dropped to my knees. (Doc doesn’t want me planking or doing anything, like regular push-ups, that will put pressure on the joints in my foot.)

I squeaked out 5 complete rounds and 10 TTB. And yes, I made sure to drop onto my left foot when I came off the bar.  :)

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Thursday

6pm CrossFit

Holy cow, the warm-up was a workout in itself!

Coach had us partner up and grab a wall ball. I partnered with Claire who is nursing a torn ACL. Gimps for the win! :)

We were supposed to do 3 rounds of: 200 meter run carrying the wall ball, 10 partner wall ball shots, and 10 partner wall ball situps.

Obviously, Claire and I couldn’t run so we airdyned for 15 calories, then did the wall ball shots and the situps. We used a 14 pound wall ball.

The actual WOD was a killer:

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The idea was heavy front squats but not so heavy that you couldn’t string some together.

I opted for 85#.

Probably not my brightest idea ever. That sh*t was HEAVY!

We had to power clean it up and then go into the squats – no friendly racks for us! 60. Squats.

I did box step ups because, obviously, I can’t do box jump overs.

Took me 11:42.

Yes, I felt that on Friday. Oof. #legday

Friday

Rest Day

Molly had her comprehensive exam and teeth cleaning scheduled so I dropped her off early and picked her up after work.

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She was still a little loopy. :)

My legs needed the rest after Thursday’s front squats so I wasn’t sad about the rest.

Saturday

Garage workout

Man, when I woke up this morning, I really did NOT want to get out of the bed.

But, I did. :)

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Set my elliptical on 20% incline and did an nice 30 minute workout.

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It felt good to stretch my legs out and, of course, I’m glad I got up and got outside.

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Talk to me: What did your workouts look like this week? Did you have any motivation issues?

- jennifer

Five on Friday – Five Things I Love About CrossFit

Hello, hello!

Happy Friday!!

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I know I’ve said probably a hundred times that I love CrossFit.

If you haven’t tried it yet or have only talked to people who are in the “I hate CrossFit” camp, you probably don’t understand why.

Some of those “CrossFit haters” probably don’t understand why they hate it either.

On the flip side, there are quite a few CrossFitters who hate running – or anything that’s not CrossFit. But, that’s not what I’m here to talk about. Back to the story….

Anyway, here are 5 reasons why I love CrossFit.

1. All the tall socks!

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photo credit: Spikes Consulting, LLC

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Who says you can’t make a fashion statement while lifting heavy things or jumping onto tall boxes? :)

2. Making new friends (read: family)!

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the 5am class from my Florida CrossFit box. I miss them!!

3. Muscles!

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Strong is sexy!

And, my newfound strength actually benefits my running! I’ve gained both speed and stability, as well as endurance. #winning

4. Gaining self confidence!

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I never, ever would have even CONSIDERED running outside in public in just a sports bra and some short shorts before CrossFit.

Never.

I didn’t even like wearing a bathing suit out in public.

and finally…

5. I’m learning to let go of fears and do new things!

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You have no idea how long it took for me to even be able to go upside down!

Talk to me: Do you love CrossFit? Have you tried it? What do you love about your workout routine?

- jennifer

Thursday Thoughts – I am what I am

Hello, hello!

So, I totally dreamed about running last week.

I’ve never done that before.

Not even once.

I mean, I’ve had those nightmares where I’m trying to run but it’s like I’m slogging through the thickest mud ever and I can barely move but that’s not the same thing.

This was joyous and free and FUN!

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I guess I’ve solved my potential identity crisis – I am DEFINITELY a runner!

(seriously, like I didn’t REALLY know that down deep inside. sheesh.) ;)

In fact, the desire for me to get out the door is pretty overwhelming these days.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to.  The doc says I need to wait and I’m going to wait.

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I might even add a couple of extra weeks to the wait just to be safe.

That’s how important it is to me.

I don’t want to run on my foot until it’s ready to be run on.

But, boy oh boy, do I want to run!

I’ve even, and don’t everyone start yelling at me at once, started thinking about what 50k I might want to train for.

*ducks head*

Stop throwing things!  I’m not going to run until I can and then I’ll take it slow! I’m not talking about running a 50k in a couple of months from now.

Maybe Springtime – are there any 50ks (boy, that word looks weird but I refuse to make it ‘s because it’s most definitely not possessive!) in the Spring or are those mostly Fall races?  I’ll have to research! I definitely want to run the one that I can’t next month.

I just can’t imagine my life without running.

It’s been such a big part!

It’s given me so much and I love being outside and seeing the world (or my cute little town, even though there are bears). :)

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And, I’m definitely going to be doing a CrossFit Endurance training plan once I start back up.

I really enjoy the blend of the two sports.

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My running definitely benefits from CrossFit and my CrossFit workouts benefit from my running – hello, endurance! :)

I feel a little bit like I have a new lease on life, as silly as that may seem, and I cannot wait (but, I will. patiently, even.) to get back out the door with my running shoes on.

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Talk to me: Do you dream about the sport you love? Are you a good patient? Are you patient?

- jennifer