Sorry for the fruit porn, but not really. Cherries were on sale for $1.99/lb at Whole Foods of all places, and I couldn’t pass that up! (Right, Melissa?) I went to Whole Foods because it was right next to Lululemon, which I stopped at after CF tonight. (Yes, I was in *that* part of town). The only reason I stepped foot into Lulu was because I had a gift card and needed to use it. I tried on a top I was lusting after and let me just say, stepping into the dressing room full of mirrors on every wall should have been terrifying, but I didn’t know all those back muscles existed! I just had to stare for a minute. (The tummy is another story…) but holy lats!
I skipped the WOD tonight and just opted to do the strength portion and rowing, and some stretching/mobility:
Strength - Find 2 rep max Front Squat = #145
Conditioning - 2k row = 8:59
My everything is so sore from yesterday. I can’t believe I hit that front squat after yesterday’s deadlifts. I bet I could’ve even hit #150, but we’ll save that for next time.
I’ve got to start putting together some programming for running into my workouts. I have a nasty little workout planned for open gym on Sunday with a friend, so stay tuned for that mess.
I don’t have much to say other than I couldn’t be happier it’s Friday. It was a rough work week, despite getting some good news. Sleep is still on the crapper, no news back from the doc yet. Less than a month left of classes, but it’s kicking me while I’m down right now. With that said, I still have lots to be thankful for.
Keep on keeping on…
I love Costco, and I love instagram (come follow me!). I swear I buy enough for a family of four but this will last me a week! Nomnomnom.
Anywho, today was finally a good day. I got good news about the part-time job I interviewed for, and start in two weeks. This means I can cut back on hours at my current, more stressful job, and focus my energies stronger on other things. And be less stressed. That’s always a plus, no? With that being said, it’s my goal to be debt free by December and start racking up the $$ in my savings for travel.
Also, it’s an HR position at a gym, so I have access to machines and weights galore. I’m really trying to talk myself into getting into the pool, but that’s gonna be a struggle. It was so incredibly good for recovery when I ran though, so I know it would definitely be beneficial for the ol’ sore CrossFit muscles.
Speaking of sore CF muscles, tonight was brutal. Brutal and awesome.
Strength - 2 Deadlifts EMOM for 10 minutes @ 80% = #155
Conditioning - “DT” - 5 rounds for time of:
- 12 Deadlifts (#85)
- 9 Hang power cleans (#85)
- 6 Push Jerks (#85)
Extra credit - 40 GHD sit-ups, 200 DU’s
The deadlifts felt great. I was already feeling them in my butt my the second minute. Can’t wait to max out on those soon!
The WOD was goooood sweatin’. The RX weight for this sucker was #105 - a big fat NOPE on that one. Normally I probably would’ve settled for #75 but I’m glad I push myself to do #85 today. I really need to start weighing the benefits of using lighter weight to push through a workout faster, or use a heavier weight to challenge myself more, even if it means extra minutes on my time.
Either way, I’m gonna be feeling it tomorrow. Happy almost Friday!
HOOAH! First WOD with RX pull-ups. It’s about damn time! This will be quick because I’m tired and hungry and need to sprint through some school work before bed. Living the life.
Strength - Shoulder Press 5x3 @ 82% of 1RM = #65
Conditioning - Two sets of the following:
- 90 seconds of max calories on the rower
- 30 seconds rest
- 90 seconds of wall balls (#14)
- 30 seconds rest
- 90 seconds of pull-ups
- 30 seconds rest
- 90 seconds of box jumps (20”)
- 30 seconds rest
- 90 seconds of max calories on the airdyne
*5 minute rest in between sets*
= 244 reps, RX
I can’t express how ecstatic I am about those stupid pull-ups. Everyone has their rabbit that they chase - those have been mine for a long time. It’s like you know you’re capable of doing them, but couldn’t quite execute it. Now those suckers are mine.
I really liked the WOD - 90 seconds is a good amount of time for a sprint without burning out too much. 30 seconds of rest is practically nothing - just enough time to move to the next station. I also realized there’s a reason I avoid the airdyne. That machine sucks the life out of my legs. Nope.
Olympic Lifting Class - (guess who actually stayed this time…)
- 3x3 Hang Snatch @ 75% = #65
- Snatch Balance - work up to a heavy weight = #80
- Split Jerk - work up to a heavy weight = #115
I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable in the bottom of the snatch squat. Snatch balance really helps eliminate the fear of holding skull-crushing weight over your head, in my opinion. The split jerks were taken behind the neck - SO much easier than front racked, in my opinion.
Trying to decide if I want to WOD or run tomorrow - picking and choosing my rest days more wisely and I can sort of tell a small difference. I really don’t want to do tomorrow. I have a really vague meeting at work and it’s stressing me out. In any case, Friday is close enough!
One day I’ll be all caught up with everything on here and perfect at updating and blogging like the old days. Dreaming big here, okay?
- I am now tracking my food, calories and macro intake, because I have gained unexplained weight.
- I am also keeping an exercise journal other than just on here, to keep track of my workout load and rest days.
- If you’re not new here, you’re probably aware I’ve been having sleep issues for about 6 months. A couple weeks ago, I went to the doctor and had labs tested for vitamin and hormone levels that could be off.
- I haven’t gotten the results back yet, but after doing some research and having many of the symptoms, it is my speculation that I’m suffering from adrenal fatigue and high cortisol (i.e. - overtraining).
- If this is true, it would explain the weight gain and poor sleep.
- I’ve started being more aware of my habits and dropping caffeine, eating more quality carbohydrates, and taking more rest days (sadness).
- TAKE REST DAYS, PEOPLE. It’s important. It’s the hardest thing for me to give up because it’s such a stress relief. I want to be in that gym everyday, getting better. But, sometimes, you really get better when you just let your body rest. Hard lesson to learn. I suppose the working and schooling full time doesn’t help.
- If my tests come back normal, I’ll be just as baffled as you are. Before you try to tell me this is CrossFit’s fault, it’s not - it’s my own. I’m stubborn and like to succeed and be the best at everything. So I put my own but in that gym every single day. Going to fix this mindset.
- Yet another job interview today (actually a second one) for a part-time HR gig at a gym. I’m not thrilled about the aspect of two jobs, but it will allow me to pay off debt and save for travel. Which I desperately am missing!
- One month left of school. Hanging on by a thread.
- I have some running plans in the works with long lost running buddy Betsy!
- I’ve been sending letters by mail and it’s my favorite thing. I put up a bulletin board in my kitchen for postcards and letters and it makes me feel connected to people when I can visibly see their words. Love.
- I cooked the shit out of all the food I bought at Costco last weekend. It makes things so much easier when I’m hangry and each is already cooked.
I am actually out of anything remotely interesting to say, so here is my workout tonight:
Strength - 5x3 Back Squat at 82% of 1RM = #140
Conditioning - 14 min AMRAP of:
- 40 KB Swings (#35)
- 30 Goblet Squats (#35)
- 20 Hand-release push-ups
= 2 rounds + 72 reps, RX
Holy hell the squat cycle is getting heavy! They weren’t too bad but BAM! Squatting body weight is not easy (especially when your shoulder are a wee bit sunburned…oops). And those goblet squats can just GTFO because leggggs. We were only allowed to hold the KB by the horns today rather than the bell. Game-changer.
Shoot I forgot how hard it is to run in this heat. No room for whining here, because this was a pretty solid return to running! Short and sweet. Now tell me what races to sign up for this fall.
(Edit: reminder to myself to get new running shoes. I’m running in the same ones I ran the 2012 Chicago Marathon in. Oops).