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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?

Fight Gone Bad Redeux

Yep yep!! It was Fight Gone Bad again. My score last time was 182. This time around my score was 164…so….that went down. However, I went up on weight on all of lifts.

Wallball 16#, up from 8#
Sumo Deadlift High Pull 45# up from 35#
Push Press 45# up from 35#
Box Jumps 20″ step ups up from 14″ step ups

Plus, add in the fact that it was boiling and I’m at my lowest breathing point (150 on the peak flow meter, lowest before last dilation too). So, I’m going to take it as an even move. We also have a rowing machine now!! Stoked about that.  Thankfully, I wasn’t as tired/drained today as I was Thursday.

Here’s the breakdown:

This weekend I bought some Vibram Five Fingers. It takes me about 30 minutes to put them on because my little toes never want to cooperate! I bought these because they supposedly help keep blisters from forming, if they fit correctly. I’ll give them a trial run on Saturday to see how they feel. Once I get them on they are actually pretty comfortable, yet odd looking! Yep…I went with pink…why not?

My eating has been very good this past week. Today was day 8 of no artificial sweeteners, sugar, grains or “white” foods. Mike is doing it with me this time, which seems to help me stick to it more. I don’t think he’s that big of a fan but he’s still hanging in there!

I’ve been happy with my food options available at the local HEB lately. So glad they’re starting to carry more nitrate free/free range/grass fed/organic foods!

Mmmmm….green beans, sausage and kraut!

Sunday was also weigh in day. When I weighed in after my vacation I was up to 206#. Eeek!! I weighed in yesterday at 201.4! Down 4.6#…in one week. Granted a lot of that was probably water weight from cutting out some of the foods, but I’m quite excited about it! We’ll see what this Sunday brings. I bought myself the Wow: Worship CD as a reward. This week if I reach my weight loss goal (1.5#) I get to buy a book!

How are you doing in your fitness journey?

Week in Review

Monday 6/27/11

Strength
Split Jerk (85# 3x3x3)

WOD:
As many reps as possible of Overhead Weighted Lunges (10#). Every minute, on the minute, 10 push ups.
Total: 231

I tried to keep count as best as possible, but I may have goofed up. My lunges aren’t very deep thanks to my lovely knees. Next time I may try to do all of them touching the ground but I’ll have to go slow to make sure I don’t tweak anything.

Tuesday 6/28/11
21-15-9
Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65# rx)
Pull Ups (Green Band)
Finished in 10:23

Great workout. Got tough at the end.

I skipped my workout on Thursday. My legs and arms were quite sore, but that wasn’t why I skipped. Mike and I went to a friend’s.

Running out of Gas

AMRAP 15 Mins:
6 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65#)
9 Kettlebell Swings (35#)
12 Box Jumps (small box)

Finished 5 rounds and up to 1 kettlebell swing into the 6th round.

I crashed today. Yep…I was gassed…wiped out…whipped…fizzled…plum tuckered out!

The Sumo Deadlifts went pretty good. My bar would get a little wobbly so when I touched down sometimes one side would hit before the other, but they went alright. The most weight I’ve used for SDHP in the past was 45#. I used 65# today.

The Kettlebell Swings were tough for me today. I think that’s because I hadn’t done them in a while. Right now my lower back is tired, which means my form was probably off as I got into the workout. Gotta try to pay closer attention to that.

After 3 rounds I started doing step ups instead of box jumps just so I’d keep moving. I was wasting too much time trying to catch my breath to do the box jumps. It was pathetic! But, this is my first week into changing my diet again and it was hot, hot, hot. I’m hoping next week will show an improvement, if in fact it is my diet change that was the factor.

Our skill work came after the WOD since Doyle had his baby there and was trying to get a quick workout in. We worked on our Muscle Ups. It had been a while since I’ve done those, but it went pretty well. It took a little bit to get back into the grove of them, but I think I have it down pretty well. Now, the problem is doing the press up after you get into position! I’ve got a long way to go to even dream of doing an actual muscle up!

Today was day 9 of my 30 day Paleo challenge. 21 days to go! I weighed myself today and was back in the 190’s. So, we’ll see if I can get down to the low 90’s at the end of this challenge!