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Dry Lakes and Dry Feet

It has been many years since Texas has experienced a drought like the one we’ve dealt with this year. Supposedly, these types of conditions could go on for another 1-3 years. Let’s hope the “professionals” are wrong in this instance. Lake Conroe is the lowest I’ve ever seen it. The north side of the 1097 bridge is completely dry with grass growing. Water normally fills this up all the way to the treeline.

 

 

The south side of the bridge shows a lot of land/sand as well. These people had lake front homes with FEET of water….now, they could be considered beach homes!

 

 

It’s all quite sad. I do hope we get a lot of rain this fall. We need at least 20″+. Anyone have some they care to send this way?

 

Wednesday I forgot my Garmin so I didn’t have anything to tell me when my intervals were up and I didn’t plan on watching the clock on my phone that closely. So, I decided to change up my running a bit and ran the whole mile. Forget the intervals…I’m going all.the.way baby!

 

 

Ok, so it wasn’t all that pretty! Yes, my pace wavered quite a bit. I started off strong but the end was tough. About half way through I wanted to stop, but forced myself to keep going. In fact, I noticed my shoe came untied a bit before that and I refused to stop and tie it because I knew I wouldn’t start again. So, while it may not be pretty, it’s actually not terribly bad!

 

Yesterday, was another CrossFit day. We did some skill work then tried to decide how to do the WOD. The day before they had done a 15 minute AMRAP. Thursday was supposed to be a 20 minute AMRAP. Shane wanted us to just do 8 rounds instead of an AMRAP but I wasn’t sure if I could get 8 rounds in. So, we settled for 8 rounds with a cut off of 20 minutes.

 

Skill:

Squat Clean

 

WOD:

8 Rounds or 20 Minutes, whichever was first.

 

In case you can’t read that, it’s:

5 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65#)

10 Ring Dips (Green band)

20 Wall Balls (16#, dropped to 12#)

 

I did ok. The ring dips and wall balls were quite tough and I’m not sure why. I started with a 16# med ball, which wasn’t too bad last time, but had to drop down to a 12# after round 2. I guess 20 in a row was just too much. The dips were hard to do too. They got more pathetic as the workout went on! All in all I finished with 7 rounds and only 7 wall balls left in my 8th round. I was so close! Something that I’m noticing during my workouts is I’m not pushing past the threshold. I should be pushing harder rather than stopping to catch my breath. That’s something I’ll work on from here on out. If I’m going to do this marathon, I will need to learn how to push through the mental hurdles and pain to finish.

 

Today is a rest day but tomorrow brings on a 12 miler! Not sure how this is going to go, but we’ll see. My foot seems to be feeling better, so I’m glad of that. Oh, guess what came in today!! I finally have multiple pairs of Drymax socks! Anyone who has been following this blog for a bit knows how much trouble I’ve had with blisters. It’s not been pretty. I thought it may have been the way I was walking, but come to find out it was just because my feet sweat so much (I know…ew).

 

 

I had tried Thorlo’s before but I still got blisters in them. These are the only pair of socks I’ve used that have helped me stave off those little buggers. From now on, I’m only using Drymax socks for running/walking.

 

This whole time I’ve been worried that I couldn’t do the marathon because my feet would be covered in blisters, but now I only have to worry about whether I can go that far or not! On that note…I leave you with this:

I hate making up titles…

Thursday was a good workout. I was extremely happy with my results and finally felt like I’d accomplished something!

Strength:
Weighted Push Ups
3(25#) x 3(35#) x 3(50#)

WOD:
4 Rounds of as many reps as possible
1 Min Burpees
1 Min GHD Sit Ups
1 Min SDHP (45#, RX)
1 Min Ring Dips (Green band)
1 Min Rest

Rd 1: 67, Rd 2: 60, Rd 3: 60, Rd 4: 60

Well, I’m nothing if not consistent! The ring dips are by far the most difficult for me right now since I have weak triceps. The burpees sucked but they weren’t too bad! I slammed down pretty hard a couple of times on the first round. On rounds 2-4 I did the step back instead of the jump. I averaged about 10 burpees per round but was able to make up the numbers on the SDHP. That was my strongest round.

Saturday we didn’t have our run because Clara and Kelly had previous engagements. We moved it to Sunday instead. Clara was shooting her box’s teams a CrossFit competition called Fall Brewses. Since it was in the same area as a party I had to go to later that same day (just about a mile or 2 away) I decided to stop by and check it out. They were ahead of schedule, so I got there just as they started the last WOD:

50 cumulative rep “Bear Complex” 95/65

Cash in – 30 double-unders (before athlete touches bar) Cash out – 10 burpees (as soon as the athlete leaves the bar) Caveat – before the relieving athlete begins double-unders the team must complete inter- locked (arms) team sit-ups equivalent to the total number of reps completed of Bear Complex.

Yeah…it was brutal! Needless to say, I was glad not to be one of them. Especially since the burpees and sit ups were done on cement. Clara and Kelly’s box, CrossFit Point Break, came in first! Way to go everyone. Don’t ask me about the pink because I just don’t know!

 

 

 

Sunday was our big run. We met up at 6:30 and got in almost 6 miles.

It was cloudy, which made the temp quite nice! As soon as I made it back to my car it started raining pretty good. So, we had perfect timing! I started the first mile with 1/1 run/walk intervals but ended up doing 2/1 intervals for miles 2-6. My hips started hurting about 3 miles into the run. I’m pretty sure it’s because I hopped into a 6 mile run after being off for 3 weeks instead of working up to that distance. I felt like I could probably keep going, as I wasn’t tired. That’s good news because my 10 mile race will be coming up before too long! Next week I’m going to do 3/2 intervals and hope that I can work up my endurance. Clara and Kelly’s CrossFit box is having a running clinic on Oct. 1st where they’ll be training us on the Pose run method and going through drills and whatnot. I went ahead and signed up for that today. I’ve read a lot about Pose but just can’t seem to get it right on my own. So…we’ll see what they can teach me. OHHH…I also had a non-blister run yesterday! For those of you that know me, that is almost unheard of at this distance. I think I may have found the “magic socks” as Clara puts it. This also has me thinking I should go ahead and try to do the marathon instead of the 1/2. My real concern was blisters (well, that and being afraid I wouldn’t finish!). I didn’t want to have blisters all over my feet because of the marathon so I was going to drop down to a 1/2. We’ll see how training goes from here on out. I’ll keep you up to date!

How was your weekend?

Oooff…What a week

This was a short week, with Monday being a holiday, so I only had 2 CrossFit workouts. However, those two kicked my ass.

Tuesday July 5, 2011

Box Jumps (mod step ups)
25, 20, 15, 10, 5
Clean & Jerk (85#)
5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Practiced ring dips (using green band) 30 reps

My breathing has been pretty rough these past couple of weeks so I decided to modify the box jumps to step ups using a taller box. Even then, this workout was hard. I felt pretty strong with the Clean & Jerks though. I think I could have done a little more weight with that few number of reps.

Thursday July 7, 2011

15 Min AMRAP
10 Deadlifts (95#)
10 Bar Facing Burpees

5 Rounds

Freakin’ fracken burpees. This was one workout I would have liked to just stop 1/2 way through and go home. It tore me up. Afterward we practiced cleans because our form isn’t that good. I don’t think I have it down. It will take a bit. The hardest part is squating under the bar instead of trying to fling the bar up. Tomorrow is another Marathon training day followed by a free foam roller workshop at Clara and Kelly’s CrossFit gym…looking forward to the rolling!

Feelin’ Stronger

Today was a good day! It was the last CrossFit workout for the week and this Saturday I’ll put in some mileage on a walk, so right now I’m feeling pretty good!

WOD:
21-15-9
Ground to Overhead (65#)
Ring Dips

Finished in 11:00

Prescribed was 75# and I think I could have done that weight, but it would have added quite a bit more time. The 65# got a little heavy at the end, but I wasn’t struggling to get the last few up like I would have been in the past. I’m extremely pleased with how much stronger it appears my upper body is getting. Now…if I could just get the pull ups down! I’m ready to get rid of the black band and graduate to the green, but I have yet to be able to pull my chin above the bar with the green one. However, I think it’ll be coming before too long!

My ring dips leave little to be desired! I’m all over the place. I need to work on keeping the rings close to the body and extending all the way up.

Have a great Friday!!

Nice Day For a Workout

What a gorgeous day it was today! It was a little on the warmer side but that’s alright. So far I’ve done better on my diet than I have been doing. No more sneaking in cheese or rice here or there. Friday is weigh in day…so that’s a big motivating factor!

We started today practicing Kipping Pull Ups as our skill. I think I’m getting the swing down pretty good. The biggest problem I have is my grip. It gives out quite quickly. I still can’t do a pull up, but that’s ok. It’ll come eventually. Michelle and I also practiced kipping after the WOD. With the band I felt like I have a better chance of actually doing the pull up, but I also felt like my feet were flinging way in front of me. Again…my grip gave out quickly.

The WOD was 21-15-9 of Hang Cleans (45#) and Ring Dips. I hadn’t done the hang cleans before so I wasn’t sure what to think about weight. I think I may have been able to do a little more, even though I was struggling a little toward the end. I wasn’t struggling as much as I normally do though. I can honestly say no one was smiling like the guy in the picture below…come on now!

Source: mensfitness.co.uk

On my last round of ring dips, I went to my rings and someone had put a huge red box over my smaller box I was using which made me eat extra time up while putting everything back…I think someone is trying to sabotage me! Last time Courtni took my bar away before I was done, this time someone covered my box…seams suspicious to me! lol I ended up finishing the WOD in 5:43. I was pretty stoked by that time. Especially considering I’ve been coming in last the past few times.

After we finished our workout I asked Shane if it was better to do a push up by going down as far as you can then pushing back up or by lowering yourself all the way to the floor and pushing yourself back up. He said it’s definitely better to go all the way to the ground because you get a full range of motion instead of stopping half way down. So, from now on that’s how I’ll do my push ups. He also showed us a way to strengthen our triceps…it was a bit painful after a bit and I got all shaky but if it helps, I’m all for it!

****Edit**** As I’m sitting here thinking through my workout, I don’t think I did the ring dips right. Shane kept saying to make sure the rings were under your armpits, which mine where, but I think he meant more make sure the rings are in your armpits, which mine were not. Dang it. I told my husband that I didn’t think I did my ring dips right to which he said “probably not.” wth? Where’s the love! He was joking of course but now I feel like I cheated. It wasn’t intentional…honest. Now I want to do it again the right way.