Handstands Holds, KB Holds and Running

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Before I get into the details of my workout let me just say: The workout was great! So much fun. I loved it. All you CrossFit Boom Box-mates will be so happy you went! You can stop reading now if you attend CrossFit Boom. (that’s for you Briggs :D)

For the rest of the world. I will say if I had known what the workout was when I woke up, I probably would have set a new alarm and would have gone back to bed. But maybe not.

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It’s not ground breaking news that I despise running. I find no joy, peace, comfort, etc. in running. I’ve tried to find an ounce of happiness in taking a jog or what have you and I find nothing. I know there are days that a RUN will be part of the scheduled workout and most days I still show up even though I don’t like it. And today’s WOD had running. And it’s cold outside. Bleh. Coach made it a “team” WOD. Maybe to motivate some of us but for me, well, I feel bad for my partner. That’s sad, isn’t it?

Midline: 30 evil wheels
These may be the longest reps ever. It takes way too long to complete 30 and I felt I was staying at a consistent pace.

Strength: Handstand hold 5 max effort times rest 2 min
I know, you are tired of hearing about the “wrist” but it is what it is and the wrist is feeling better. The pain migrated to my palm for the most part and although I do feel tightness and sometimes pain, overall still feeling better. So much better that I wanted to get into that handstand that I have been forced to avoid for so long. It was a little scary, not knowing if I could bare my weight on it but after a few moments of being SCARED, I finally did it. Whew! My holds were only about 2 to 5 seconds because it is weaksauce but it’s progress! Woohooo! Now if I could just clean some heavy weight.

3/5/14 WOD

3/5/14 WOD

Metcon: Team WOD 4 rounds as a team
Athlete 1 runs 400m and Athlete 2 holds a KB over head 2/1.5 Pood. Every time you drop the kb before your partner tags you in your team runs 200m together at the end.

And here is where I feel sorry for my partner. We were odd numbered so Coach T jumped in to be my partner. 2 POOD is a lot to hold over head for long periods of time. And yes I know 400m shouldn’t be a long period of time. But there are some factors to think about. 1. I suck at running. 2. I’m slow 3. I get worse as time goes on. So ya, a fast person might run 400 in a minute or less. An average person will fall under 2 minutes. Me? I’m over 2 minutes and then slower as more laps are added.

I started with the run to let Coach T be fresh for the first KB hold. It was smart. I was slow. 2:22 I think for my first 400m. I didn’t dare go 1.5 pood. That was crazy heavy to HOLD overhead. I went weaksauce again and just held the 25lb KB. Fortunately I did not drop the KB. Unfortunately, Coach T did so we had to run an EXTRA 800m. How’s that for fun? All cause I’m so freakin slow. Time: 8:09 with 4 drops. Doh!

In other news
PRETTY MUDDY RACE GIVEAWAY WINNER

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Sadly, I only had one entry. And so by default, she is a WINNER which makes me happy because she is a Mud Run, 5K, trail running JUNKIE! The total opposite of yours truly. So Marbella, CONGRATS. I will be emailing you a coupon code specific to the Family Wave for the Dallas event on April 26th! Yayayaya! Thank you for entering.

If for some reason you’ve been living under a rock and missed the giveaway you can still utilize the coupon code GIRLSGONESPORTY for $5 off your race entry. Thank you GIRLS GONE SPORTY and PRETTY MUDDY!

That’s a wrap!
So where are you all in your health and fitness goals? Are you floundering like I am right now? Are you on point? Are you telling yourself next week? Next month? Are you justifying that you have time because your vacation is in AUGUST (like me). Well stop thinking about it and just DO IT. Get on track. Get moving. Get to eating clean. You (and I) will feel so much better! Happy Wednesday!

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Wall Balls …. We Meet Again

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We’ve had a few WODs with Wall Balls in them lately but nothing too terrible. And although I dread them, I dread KAREN even more! That’s 150 Wall Balls AFAP! As. Fast. As. Possible!

So it’s a given that I’m gonna whine, cry and B!†©h about this freaking workout. Like more than ever. But damn it, I showed up at 5 a.m. KNOWING what was in store. So I feel, although I’m probably pretty annoying, that I’m allowed such moaning and groaning. Hehehe. Right?

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2/21/14
Test Day

Strength: Push press 3,3,3 1,1,1
Yup Coach wants us to KILL our shoulders before we throw a medicine ball up 150 times. Yay fun! I went with Handy Dandy Multi-grip bar to alleviate wrist pain. This bar is a little awkward and even though I use it often, I never load it with weight as it’s already 65lbs on it’s own. But today we were going for HEAVY but I had to test the waters slowly. 65lbs isn’t putting any strain on my wrist but I wasn’t sure what more weight would do. Eventually I worked up to 105lbs and I was good there. I was a little less stable and didn’t want to push my good fortune at getting that weight.

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MetCon: Karen – 150 WB 20/14
I don’t wanna but I gotta! At this point I didn’t care if I met the 15 minute time cap we had, only because we had 15 minutes left in class. My mind was prepared for a DNF. 3-2-1 GO. Hmmm the first 10, not so bad, 3 second break, next 10 not too bad either. Then 5’s from there on out. I felt good for the first 80 then slowly started falling apart. A lot of my MIND came into control vs. fatigue. But it’s no JOKE either way. Time: 13:23

2/21/14 WOD

2/21/14 WOD

This was a personal best for me. The last time I did an official Karen was a little over 2 years ago and finished in 14:37. And with all the ups and downs I’ve had on my journey… I was plenty excited to have a better time! But then I started thinking about some of the OPEN WODS where you had 12 minutes to do 150 wall balls, double unders and whatever else. I got 133 wall balls in 12 minutes last year! I was in a better place though. I tried beating myself up over it, but then shook it off and went back to being happy at a new PR!

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PRETTY MUDDY GIVEAWAY!
Don’t forget to enter for a free entry into the PRETTY MUDDY GIVEAWAY! Invited your friends to enter as well. Or just tell them to use the discount code: GIRLSGONESPORTY for their $5 coupon code and cross your fingers that you win! For real though, I’m giving away:

2 standard race entries (up to a $69.50 value) – offered to two separate winners

2 family edition entries (up to a $45 value) – offered to two separate winners

What is Pretty Muddy?
Pretty Muddy is a 5K adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends, and have fun. And believe it or not it was dreamed up by a pair of husbands that were looking to do something for their wives. Friendship, Fun and Fitness! They wanted to provide a stress-free environment where you can just let loose. It’s a 5K that you can run or walk. It’s not timed. And the obstacles are legit. Nothing to worry about. Just have fun!

HOW TO ENTER idrankthecfkoolaid.com’s giveaway

It’s simple.

1. Email me at idrankthecfkoolaid@gmail.com and tell me who you are and if you want to be entered into the standard race entry or the family edition entry. There is an EMAIL ME link on the right hand bar. The email you send me will be my way of notifying you if you are a winner.

2. And then comment on THIS POST that you emailed me! It’s that simple! I’ll be taking entries through end of day of 2/25 11:59 pm CST. I’ll pick a winner on 2/26. And should have entry codes for you by 2/28.

I will not use your email address for anything other than contacting you if you are a randomly chosen winner. I was provided my own personal race entry as incentive to host a giveaway but I would have hosted it none the less!

That’s a WRAP!
Happy Weekend y’all! Go forth, be active and eat clean! Your mind and body will thank you for it. I promise!

There is a CrossFit Boom Community WOD tomorrow at 9am as well. So if you’ve been itching to try something new, GO! It’s for all ages, fitness levels, shapes and sizes! And it’s FUN!

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Pretty Muddy – A mud run for the laadddiieees

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Not sure if y’all have heard of this muddy fun run but it sounds pretty cool and it’s a women’s only event that’s coming to Dallas, April 26th. They will also be in Sacramento, Chicago and Richmond but I’m a Texas girl so I’m promoting for my neck of the woods.

What is Pretty Muddy?
Pretty Muddy is a 5K adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends, and have fun. And believe it or not it was dreamed up by a pair of husbands that were looking to do something for their wives. Friendship, Fun and Fitness! They wanted to provide a stress-free environment where you can just let loose. It’s a 5K that you can run or walk. It’s not timed. And the obstacles are legit. Nothing to worry about.

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Sounds great, doesn’t it? To add to the awesomeness, they’ve PARTNERED with Susan G. Komen to raise money to support Breast Cancer research! You can even have your own fundraising page if you choose.

And if that’s not good enough, the folks at Pretty Muddy are giving 250 free entries to BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS in each city!

So if you’ve been intimidated by other mud runs or maybe you are a mud run junkie, you should definitely check Pretty Muddy out. Women only. Lots of Mud. Fun obstacles. All of the photos on their page look like it’s a blast. And because I am a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, I can share a $5 off discount code. Just enter GIRLSGONESPORTY at checkout. This code is applicable to all 4 cities. The earlier you REGISTER, the better discounts you can get! The first 200 participants get 50% off their race fees; the next 200 get 40% off; the next 200 get 30% off and well it just goes on and on.

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And if you’re from the DFW area and are interested in winning a race entry, I will be having a giveaway next week for 2 standard entries and 2 family entries (yes boys are actually allowed). That’s 4 potential winners! The event is scheduled for April 26th. So stay tuned and share the love.

Find more and connect with Pretty Muddy:
URL: http://prettymuddywomensrun.com/
Twitter: @Pretty_Muddy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrettyMuddy
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/prettymuddy/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/pretty_muddy#

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I’ll be back to regularly scheduled posting tomorrow. But please share this great event with your friends and family. If my schedule allows, I plan on being there too. And if you know me, I’m not one for this type of thing but it seems like FUN!

Ambassadorship

I wish it was AM-BADASS-ORSHIP but it’s not, haha. Good news to share is that I was chosen to be a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador. What does this mean and why is it cool or why should you care? Well I guess you don’t have to care at all but here is what it’s all about (from their website):

Girls Gone Sporty – Helping you “Live the Sporty Life!”What is the “sporty life”? It’s more than just fitness and nutrition; it’s an attitude that’s focused on embracing fun and adventure. The sporty woman says, “I can do anything I put my mind to, I just need the resources to do it.” That’s where Girls Gone Sporty comes in. Owned and operated by Laura Williams, a self-proclaimed “sporty girl” and her husband Lance Williams (an equally sporty guy), Girls Gone Sporty is dedicated to sharing the top products, trends and ideas for advancing the fit and adventurous lifestyle.

I applied because fellow blogger Jenn over at winetoweightlifting.com had become an Ambassador and shared what it was all about. After some research I really felt that I was in line with their ideas and thoughts so I applied. Hopefully I can meet even more ladies who blog and grow my little world of spreading health and fitness love. Thank you Girls Gone Sporty for choosing me!

Boom Box 11/6/12
Skill/Strength: 5 Negative Pull Up Hangs with 1 minute rest in between (Boooo, a necessary evil I know but I suck at all things pull up) and Front Rolls
As most of you know, I pretty much feel that I am not capable of doing pull ups. I’m sure I can but mentally I don’t feel that I will ever accomplish this goal. I know it’s in my head and I know I don’t put in the effort that I should but I’m still gonna complain! I felt that I did 3 out of the 5 attempts better than normal. So that must be a good thing RIGHT?!? After that torture we worked on Front Rolls. Believe it or not it hasn’t been since I was a little kid since I’ve done these. I used to go to a Boxing Gym and did workouts there. They’d have us roll around get up throw punches, roll more, throw more punches etc. to simulate getting worn down after a 3 minute round in the ring. It wasn’t so bad then and not so bad now. Just not used to rolling much these days.

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MetCon: 30 seconds of each: HR Push Ups, 1 Front Roll, Burpee, Rest, Jumping Air Squat, 1 Front Roll, Burpees, Rest, Med Ball Situps, 1 Front Roll, Burpees
This was short and sweet. And with that said I was pretty sluggish. I just didn’t have any ounce in my bounce. We counted total reps for our score and I came in miserable with a count of 65.

We had some time left over and worked on skills and mobility that we felt we needed work on. So I chose to work on freestanding Handstands. I am capable but my hold time isn’t that great. After that Josh was working on jump rope skills and looked like he was going to attempt backwards double unders. So I thought I’d give it a go and whaddaya know I can string at least 2 together backwards! Hahah. Not a major feat I know, but it was fun trying.

Foods: Last night I finally got my head on straight in prepping some good foods for the week. Ernie snapped a pic for me. I know, I still need more greens! I have broccoli and kale in the fridge I just have to cook it! What you see in the pic below is grass fed roast, grass fed steak, mash cauli, cubed sweet potatoes, asparagus, acorn squash and spaghetti squash. That should be enough for 2 or 3 lunches.

Happy Election Day folks! There’s free food badness out there if you voted today and have your sticker to prove it, i.e. Taco Bell, Einstein Bros. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! LOL don’t go there though. I resisted but just in case you’re up for an indulgence. Enjoy your Tuesday and remember to be AWESOME!