Running on Fumes

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Ok, not physically running, because I despise running, but I didn’t get the good sleep I was hoping for and I’m exhausted! Two nights in a row now. 4 hours of sleep each night. Not good! I didn’t have a good dinner either :/ So that’s a double whammy for me.

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Needless to say, I rolled my lardo butt out of bed and slept walked right into the BOOM Box. In the end, I’m glad I went but I really probably could have used the sleep more.

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9/5/13 WOD
WarmUp: Sled drag around building + tire flip mechanics
Whew, that sled drag only had a 35lb plate on it, probably making it 50lbs or so and it about took me out. My calves were going to burst. The tire flip I have done, but this morning it was a struggle. My whole body was still in wake up mode and not wanting to cooperate! But flipping heavy ass tires always makes me feel like I can do anything!

Strength: DL 3×5@75%
Gosh darn it for drinking PR juice two weekends ago. The downside of hitting big PRs is that your percentages go up. I mean it’s well and grand that I can now Deadlift 245lbs but 75% is 185lbs and well this morning it was freaking heavy. I struggled. My hands hated me and I was not a happy camper. Coach T was reassuring that yes it does suck but in time I will not struggle so much. Plus have I told y’all I’m really really tired?

9/5/13 WOD

9/5/13 WOD

MetCon: 12 min AMRAP of 10 Squat Snatch 95/65 and 30 DU (mod is 12 burpees)
SQUAT SNATCH! HOLY HECKOLA! The weight I can do. But stringing them together was not something I was looking forward to. Snatch is already awkward. Then adding the squat and trying to hold onto the bar for multiple reps. Didn’t work out so well for me. And my first round was horrible. I was in my head swimming lazily. Started, got the bar up, put the bar down and starred at the bar. I didn’t want to do rep 2. After taking forever, or what seemed like forever. Maybe over 2 minutes, I finally finished 10 reps. Onto DUs. My lifesaver. But not for round 1. Crap. I lost my double unders. I was so out of it, I couldn’t do more than 3 or 4 in a row. What is wrong with me? Sleep deprivation. I looked at the clock and it was just over 4 minutes and I thought wow I’m not doing very well. I willed my resistant brain and body to try harder. And it worked a little bit. I strung 3 reps in a row for 6 reps, then 2s then 1s. UGH. Got back to DUs and low and behold they came back. My wrists and feet were communicating again and 30 went by unbroken. I know the time was close to 8 minutes. Round 2 was a smidge better than round 1. I was tired for round 3 but I had to finish it! Had a hard time stringing the Squat Snatch again, but instead of dropping the bar and walking in circles, I’d drop the bar. Stop the bounce. Regrip. Go. Overall Coach T said my form was good the whole way through. Thank goodness! This lift is a weakness! Got to DUs. Was on a roll up to 22 reps. Finished it out with time to spare. I only pushed out 2 Squat Snatches into the 4th round. I was beat! Finished! Broken! Final: 3 rounds 2 reps RX

BARBELLS FOR BOOBS FUNDRAISING
It’s that time of year again for the Pink Bra Tour and the big fundraising push put on by Barbells for Boobs. Barbells for Boobs is a non-profit organization that provides funding to pay for breast cancer detection services as a last resort for thousands of people who don’t qualify for assistance elsewhere.

For all you new folks, let me give you a brief breakdown of my B4B experience. I was completely new to CrossFit. Only a month in and CrossFit Boom owner/coach’s former box, CrossFit Centex, was hosting this Barbells For Boobs event. Of course the name made me giggle, but with Coach’s encouragement, it sounded like fun. We took a little road trip to Belton, TX about 3 hours south of us in the DFW area. We showed up to a pinkalooza fest, including ourselves decked out in all pink. I was excited and nervous. I knew we would be working out but I didn’t know how it was going to go down. There were so many people, and all of them soooo nice and so encouraging. We did a big group warm-up and then went over the workout – GRACE. 30 reps of Ground to Overhead as fast as possible. I knew how to clean and jerk BARELY and thank goodness I wasn’t the first heat so I got to spectate for a minute. What I witnessed in regards to community, dedication and spirit was beyond belief. There were all walks of life present – young, old, fit, newbies like me and SURVIVORS. Their stories were tremendous. The support was overwhelming. Never in my life would I have pictured WORKING OUT as a community outreach. Sure people do 5ks and walks, so it’s not inconceivable but this was so much more to me.

Even the pets got their pink on! 2011 B4B

Even the pets got their pink on! 2011 B4B

When it came time for my heat, I was piss my pants scared. Then I was calm, like I got this, then scared again. My overachiever self debated with Coach on weight and we picked 75lbs. That was a doable weight but I only got a few reps in. I had the best judge though. She was super encouraging and a great cheerleader, but I had to drop to 65lbs. Once I did that I felt a lot better even though I still struggled so much. My form went south and I was melting. In the end I finished around 5:30 and was proud I even participated. I don’t think I left the workout area after I finished except to get some food and water. I stayed there and cheered on and cheered on my fellow boxmates and complete strangers. I’ll never forget that event. That day, well over $10,000 was donated to B4B. It was awesomeness!

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2011 Boom Box Crew B4B

The next year the BOOM Box held it’s own event and I bugged everyone on here and everywhere to donate monies to the cause. And was happy to raise $100 towards our Boom Box team. This year I’m at it again. We plan on having our own B4B event October 12, 2013 at the Boom Box. My goal again is $100 but I’d be over the moon to raise more. If you can help, are able to help or know of people or businesses that would like to help then please click/share my fundraising page: HELP SAVE BOOBIES. There is also a link in the right side column that will take you there. Just click the B4B image.

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I’d also like to invite you out to spectate OR even participate. Even if you don’t CrossFit you can still do the workout. It will be scaled to your level of fitness. It’s a great cause and it will be a lot of fun!

Thanks in advance for any and all support!

And that wraps up my Thursday for this week. Besides lack of sleep, I’m chugging along just fine. I need to prepare mentally for the weekend. At least try for an 80/20 in the eating department. We’ll see. And that’s all for now. Not sure I’ll be waking up for the 5a.m. tomorrow but I’m gonna try! Have a beautiful day and as always BE FREAKIN AWESOME.

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Breaking Point

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I finally gained enough weight to have a breakdown and stop stuffing my face hole. I’ve been in a funk as of late and I’m been eating like crap. It’s amazing how much weigh I can gain in 2 months. I haven’t been on top of my BOOM Box attendance and overall I’ve been a slacker. Instead of diving into the deep end of the pool, I’m just making small changes right now. I figure in the past I’ve been SUPER great about jumping in, going 100%, balls to the wall and being successful. But it doesn’t take me long to jump into the JUNK FOOD JUNKY pool either. So I’m making the changes back to being good and Paleo in small increments. Hopefully I can work myself back into my better Paleo days and drop some of this extra fluff I’ve acquired. Once I can get that dialed back in, I’ll go back to looking into Eating to Perform. Enough about my poor poor petri moment and onto my Boom Box recaps.

5/1/13 WOD
Last week was the week for some longer workouts and they were a beating. Wednesday was no different. We didn’t even have a Skill/Strength. We went straight to the WOD after warming up.

300 REPS
1 min @ each
Burpees, Step Ups, Axel Thrusters (70lbs/50lbs), Push Ups, Wall Balls

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5/1/13 WOD

Yikes. That’s a lot of reps. Go through each movement for a minute and keep going through until you’ve reached 300 reps! Whew! Prior to the clock starting I had guessed I could at least get 75 reps in the first round. And I actually made it through 83 reps. And round and round we went. Wall Balls were the worst for me and Step Ups were the easiest. My upper body has been dead from Mon and Tues workouts. So Thrusters and Push Ups weren’t a lovely sight. Although I love using the AXEL, I struggled. I was on my fourth round and so close to 300. The goal for me was to finish before wall balls! And I did. I got to 300 reps during the Push Ups, thank goodness! Time 18:41

5/2 and 5/3. Pretty much 5/2 was freezing cold and the workout was RUNNING. So basically I punked out. Friday presented a much more fun opportunity that involved baseball so that was lame-o act number 2. And I probably stuffed my face too with a bunch of junk! Oh wait there was no probably I DID stuff my face. UGH.

5/4 Community WOD
The BOOM Box has moved and we had our first WOD at the new place. It’s so much more spacious than our old box and nicer. So it was exciting. We did some fun things, like flip tires, wall balls, 3 legged runs, TABATA and just some post WOD hanging out.

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There was a 300lb tire already living in the vicinity outside the box so we took the opportunity to work on proper technique to lift the tire. Low and behold we even got pics and video. Thank you Annette!

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It was a fun time and I’m looking forward to calling this new spot home.

5/6/13 WOD

My initial goal was to make Mondays at 5 a.m. and mix it up during the rest of the week with 7 p.m. as well. Well I had some falling asleep issues Sunday night and stayed up way too late to be getting up at 4:30 a.m. What lied ahead was a doozy and I knew I wouldn’t have survived. So I went in the evening hoping I would make it through. The numbers on the board proved that I could finish within the time cap but I wasn’t sure if I actually would.

Skill/Strength: BackSquat 5, 5, 5+ @ 65%, 75% and 85% of our 1RM

It’s been a while since I squatted, or at least it feels that way so I wasn’t sure how I would hold up in the last set. Especially when 75% started feeling heavy. I get to my last set which is 140lbs and get through 3 feeling good. It was 4, 5 and beyond where I was still putting in the work but I just wasn’t sure how long I could go. I managed to get 7 reps. Went for my 8th but bottomed out. That’s the worst feeling! To just be stuck in the bottom of the squat.

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MetCon: 400m run, 30 HRPU, 50 Jumping Air Squats, 40 Toes To Bar, 50 JAS, 40 Walking Lunges, 50 JAS, 50 Sit Ups, 400m run

Welp, this was a beating in the making for sure. And all I was worried about was the run and those TTB! Before I got out of my car, I took a deep breath and I just said KILL THE TTB! As I knew it would be, the run was miserable. It’s better than the old box for sure without that hill, but I still am not friends with the running.  It took me longer than I had hoped on the Push Ups because I couldn’t catch my breath. So I went in short increments to get to the 30 although I feel I probably should have done them UNBROKEN. Went to the Jumping Air Squats and I had a goal to do 25 and 25. WRONG. I did 10s, and 5s till I got to 50. My legs were dead from the run I suppose. Now to my nemesis, TTB. Like I said before I walked into the box my mind was set to kill those things and that I did! One at a time mind you but I attacked the bar and went. Went through without having to NO REP myself.  That in itself is a small miracle. The next 100 JAS and lunges in the middle were killer on the quads. Thankfully the sit ups were a little bit of leg rest before the final run. I didn’t run the whole 400m which is not good but I just didn’t have any more run in me. I did however make it under the 25 minute cap and came in at 23:13!

And there you have it. Almost a week of recap. Tonight’s WOD doesn’t look pretty but I’ll have to go and make the most of it. Need y’all to rally behind me for some support to get back to clean eating and discipline. I know I’ve been saying it for weeks now but like I said, I had my moment. It happened in a Kohl’s dressing room to be more specific, trying on clothes. And it left me in a blah mood for the weekend, but I snapped out of it and know I have to get my shit together and focus. Other than that, I’m being my AWESOME self. Have a super duper Tuesday and go be AWESOME for you!

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OMG it’s MONDAY again? Forever, Every 7 days? Seriously?

Yup as always Monday is here for your regularly scheduled programming.
I have no food reports for y’all just a bunch of BOOM BOX fun!

This past Saturday was probably by far the most random and fun Community WOD we’ve had. After a proper warm up we had some TIRE fun. There have been two tires propped up near the door of the BOOM BOX for a few months and we have yet to use them, until Saturday. They finally got broke in and so did we! We had some relays of flipping and rolling the nasty ass tires and boy did we get DIRTY!!! It was fun though. After our relay races we did a partner WOD. One person held a handstand (wall assisted) while the other person ran sprints. I’m not sure of yardage but it was close to 100 yds. So we had to run a total of 8 100yd sprints. Once the teammate holding handstand could no longer hold, runner had to stop and wait for handstand teammate to take their position in running. The runner then had to get into a handstand before the new runner could start! I figured I could hold a handstand forever but my teammate looked like was ready to stop running so I told her we could switch. I wish I hadn’t! Running sucked! It was already getting warm for the day and wow sprinting/running/jogging was no bueno! My partner had a hard time catching her breath in a handstand hold so she had me stop. I thought to myself is it really that bad? Answer: YES it’s really that bad trying to catch your breath upside down!!! WE ended up finish 2nd or 3rd out of about 7 teams. Not too bad! Way to go Andrea!!!

And we weren’t done yet! It was time for some good ol’ RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT action but with LUNGES forward and backward. We only went 50 yds but it felt like forever! Keeping in line with elementary school playground games we moved on to SIMON SAYS. Our first SIMON was a little ridiculous with the movements and probably had NEVER played the game so he got over-ruled. We started off doing air squats, pushups, burpees, sprinting and that drew the line. So Coach took over. We moved onto more simple things like jumping jacks, coordination tests, etc. I didn’t last long cause I’m a bad student! It may not sound like we’ve done a lot but all those little movements really started adding up.

We finished off the Community WOD with some ULTIMATE MED BALL! I’ve played this once before and it was a BLAST! This second time around was still fun but stupid HOT. If you haven’t guessed ULTIMATE MED BALL is like ULTIMATE FRISBEE but with a 10lb medicine ball. Our team lost but we I still had lots of fun. I hope everyone else did too. We were a HOT GRIMEY MESS to top it off 🙂 Fun times.

Post Community WOD I had an OLY class to attend, still at the BOOM BOX just back inside. If you have the opportunity to sign up for an OLY class then do so. It really helps just to continuously going over proper mechanics, doing warm ups just for the OLY lifts, etc. Although 65lbs isn’t a HEAVY SNATCH. For me it was a PR cause I have this teeny tiny HUGE MONSTROUS fear of dropping under the weight. I know I can lift more but I freak out mentally.

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So a 10lb PR was good for me not only just for the PR but for the confidence BOOST! We also worked Clean & Jerk some and I managed a 5lb PR which was another boost. I was hoping for more but it all comes down to the DROPPING under the weight. It’s easier though to drop for a clean than it is for the SNATCH. Baby Steps indeed!

After Saturday’s fun, we vegged for the next two days which is fine. It’s super hot out, vacation is right around the corner and money needs to be saved!!! Which in fact I don’t know how to do very well… but I’m trying!

This morning was a short and mean WOD. I had already looked it up last night and knew it would/should be quick but how quick was the question. First off was MAX REP PUSH UPS in a minute times 3! We partnered up so we could have a counter which is great because even though it’s not ending up being a lot of reps it’s one less thing to think about. My first round I busted out 31 push ups. These are full blown chest touch the ground at the bottom and arms lock out at the top push ups. Not your knees on the ground, half ass drop halfway and try to pump out baby push ups. We got a rest as our partner had to do their round but it wasn’t enough rest! Sure enough my second round was 22 push ups. And my 3rd round was 19, maybe 20, I didn’t confirm and I lost count. My triceps died on me. It sucked!

But the suck wasn’t over, we had 3 rounds of 15 air squats, 12 burpees and 9 pullups for the MetCon. We all know this will be short and BRUTAL but again how short would it be. I was really disappointed in my time of 7:13 but not being able to do pull ups doesn’t help. It takes time to get your feet in the bands and by the time you’ve done that you want to rest before you even get your first pull up in. I did my first 9 in a good time (I think) but my 2nd and 3rd rounds of pull ups were horrid. We’ve already killed our upper body with approximately 70 pushups for time and now we’re killing ourselves with burpees and pull ups! It was good though. You never realize how hard those simple movements can be when you are doing them as fast as POSSIBLE!!!

All in all it was a good weekend, good day at the box this morning and I got in a good 20 minutes of post WOD mobility! You can never have too much mobility work! Check out http://www.mobilitywod.com/ for a plethora of videos in regards to mobility.

Have a less than Manic Monday. Enjoy your day. Hip Hip Hooray for a 4 day week even though my holiday falls on WEDNESDAY! SHEESH! Thanks 4th of July for falling on a Wednesday 🙂

Be AWESOME.