Steamy Mug of Fluid Time and the 2nd Half of Labor Day Weekend

We all have our rituals… Some need coffee before spoken to. Some need a shower and a sweat. Some need to take off their shoes immediately after work to relieve stress. So on and so forth. I personally need coffee … Continue reading

Productivity and Fundraising

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14.5 and My Open Review

I cannot put into words how badly I do not wish to relive those minutes that never seemed to end while I endured 14.5…. 14.5….. I was seriously sick thinking about it ever since I saw it announced and watched … Continue reading

CrossFit and Chick Flicks

Little bit of time travel back to Wednesday, because like we all know… I am a terrible blogger…

It was my off day for running with a long run in the cross hairs Thursday, it was the perfect opportunity to drag myself down to CrossFit and see what I could do, right? We looked for a one rep max of hang cleans. For some reason hang cleans are awkward for me… anywho! I FINALLY GOT TRIPLE DIGITS! On the nose. 100. I psyched myself out when trying to accomplish 105… and I did 95# 3x which was my previous record so while I felt defeated, I felt like a champ. Odd feeling. ha. Next up was “Grace” 30 clean & jerks for time. I did 75#…. I was in heat two and was just going to start on an even minute on the clock. I got 6 reps in when I was stopped.  Apparently, they were going to restart the clock. Hurray for a “warmup” It took me almost five and a half minutes, but I don’t care. I was the last one done and think my coach was just as excited if not more so than I was. It was neat to have the people in my gym cheering for me the way that they were. It was an awesome little CrossFit moment for me. The odd thing was when I finished, my feet cramped… where the “arches” are. I say it with quotations because I don’t have arches. I feel like that part of my foot is so flat it’s actually convex. It was terrible…

So, I took my husband onto base bright and early Sunday morning… so that he could leave for two weeks to try and obtain the Expert Field Medic Badge (a pretty big deal for a soldier in the medical field)…

Now I’m obsessed with chick flicks. I had this HUGE to get done list of tasks around the house. I’ve managed to run and not kill the dog. ha. I think I’m watching “chick flick” number 5 or 6 or so right now. NOT IN A ROW! Come on folks, I have standards!

I’m currently watching Love Actually (reeeeally enjoy this one). I have pwatched The Other Woman, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, The Rebound, One For the Money, Lovestruck: The Musical, and Intolerable Cruelty. I also have watched the Prince of Egypt, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Lorax! I still have more on the to view list… like Safe Haven, Treasure Island, Atlantis, Mirror Mirror, and Upside Down (because I adore Jim Sturgess)… Chick Flick and children’s films kick. Don’t judge. I’m gonna chalk it up to the fact that these are the films Paul, the hubby, would rather not see them. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

I shall share the story of my long run from yesterday later. Now it is time to get cleaned up and turn in a job application to Big Dog Running (for a part time position at a running store… YES PLEEEEEEASE) and then take the pooch for a walk. My legs are locked up and pissed off so I’m hoping to make them feel better by going for a stroll followed by some yoga and a nap when I return home. I am contemplating CrossFit this evening but the WOD includes walking weighted lunges and 400m runs, I am not sure how much of a “run” I am capable of, but it’s the new hero WOD “White”…… and I work 12hr overnight tonight… busy busy busy!

What’s your favorite “chick flick” or Disney movie? or favorite movie for that matter?
What do you do the day after a long run?

An Incredible 4day Weekend (ALMOST) Staycation

After long run Wednesday, Thursday was a rest day and that evening began my husband’s 4 day weekend

ImageFriday was a suuuuuuuuuper lazy day watching episode after episode of Supernatural until about 5pm when it was time to visit Imagethe box with a WOD I designed and then hit the pavement with Paul (the hubby).  We did “Bring Sally Up” as a squat challenge warm-up. He used 45# and I used 35#. That was fun and no joke. You warm up fast. I promise.  We did 5 minutes of other variations of stretching. Then it was time to work on some strength. We were searching for the one rep max (1RM) bench press. I completed the ugliest 95# possibly ever, but by golly, I got it. Triple digits seem to elude me though. I have 95 pound 1RM for bench, push press, and power clean (push press and power clean haven’t been tested in a few weeks). Anyway! Then we moved onto the mini-WOD. 15-12-9 Box Jumps, 53# Kettlebell Swings, DB Push Press (18#), and butterfly situps. It took both of us just over 6 min (I won, not that that matters. haha). Then we headed out for a 5mi trot with the pooch. 45 minutes later we were finished and headed up the road (on foot) to grab a burger for cheat meal! 🙂 We earned it! I had a DELICIOUS burger with egg, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and some veggies. Words cannot describe how heavenly it truly was. Paul had a surf & turf burger which consisted of a deliciously seasoned burger (perfect for a seafood buddy) with crab meat and grilled onions. His was good, but mine won that battle. 🙂

Saturday I worked a ballgame at Auburn University and then went for a 3mi run with the dog that evening.  She was acting strange so it was not a fun run.  My dog seems to think that sewer drain lids are toxic or unstable or something. There were many on the route that I ran. No bueno.

Sunday was another lazy type day. Breakfast was delicious. Eggs with bison italian hot sausage, grilled peppers, grilled onions, and eggs… There were some household chores completed, grocery shopping did happen (and it was almost 100% clean. somehow M&Ms snuck in there. weird), and then we prepped a meal for the days I may not be able to and made dinner together. There were lots of Supernatural episodes again and I also finished a book. 🙂 It was a good day.

Ah. This brings us to today. Monday. Long run day thanks to work. Only 5 days after the other long run. I got up at 530… I had prepped all snacks and fluids the night before. I slept in my sports bra and shorts… less room for excuses.  I had forgotten to get GU or something similar… so my run fuel had to be creative. I took some plain dry roasted almonds, sprinkled some water and then salt on them to allow them to soak and soften overnight.  I also grabbed a piece of homemade protein bar.  Drank my cup of coffee and was out the door at 0700 without having to drag myself out.
ImageIt felt good to be “ready” to go.
ImageIt was a cool and gorgeous morning.Image  I spent the first 6 miles running towards the sun. Watching the fog lift up off of the river. It was incredible. I chugged along at a happy little pace. Came across 3 Alligator warning signs… that’s always nice. 🙂 I walked while I consumed the salt-water almonds (DELISH!) at mi 6. Off I went again. The best part of the run truly was around mile 9-10 when the air smelled like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. I SWEAR IT DID.

ImageImageI have to give this area some credit. They are working wonders on the riverwalks and things. This is a new pedestrian bridge that opened last Wednesday.   It’s lovely. I ran across it Friday for the first time while running with Paul and Roxanne (the pup). I saved my favorite little loop for the end of my run because it rejuvenates me a little and I did some exploring. The goal was 16 mi in 2:45…. I got it done in 2:44. WIN. 🙂

Yes, yes I did wear my lucky neon green compression socks. I get compliments on them every time I go out in them. I have officially completed 4 runs in them (10, 13.1, 14, and 16mi). I will invest in more as soon as I have 50 dollars to spend on socks. I need new running shoes first. This Muzinos have been supporting this body for 3 years. ImageImage

I did run out of water right at the end. You can see the distress on my face. Haha. All in all… it was a good run.

Then when I got home, the hubby made me a delicious breakfast while I showered.  Dinner was my favorite… buffalo chicken meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes, and california veggies with simply salt and pepper. 🙂

I enjoyed Paul’s staycation. I had to work so we can’t call it that for me… But I had an incredible (almost) stay-cation. 🙂

2 WODs (screaming quads) + 19mi = Runner Validation (Mental Victory!)

Okay, So I’m not doing so well with the staying on top of things and “jotting” down my thoughts and adventures… So allow me to tell you about my adventures for the week… Bare with me through Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is the real gem 🙂

Monday– CrossFit WOD
8 Min to Complete the Following Task
30-20-10
KB Swings  RX70/55
Burpees
2 Min. Rest
8 Min to Complete the Following Task
“Annie”

50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders
Sit-Ups
2 Min. Rest
8 Min to Complete the Following Task
4 Rounds for Time

10 Push Press/Jerk RX 135/95 
15 broad jumps

OH THAT WAS FUN RIGHT?! We inhaled some leftovers and watched Supernatural. 🙂

Tuesday I ran 5 miles and then went back to my box for some more…

6Min AMRAP
10 Box Jumps M24″ W20″

10 Clapping Pushups
1 Min Rest
6Min AMRAP
10 Thrusters 95/65

10 Pull-Ups
1Min Rest
6Min AMRAP
20 Overhead Walking Lunges M25 W15

20 Hollow Rocks

HOLY MOTHER OF PICKLES. I practically CRAWLED out of there. I had prepared Firecracker Chicken (recipe to come. trust me, you want it), some mashed garlic cauliflower, and a veggie.

Which brings me to Wednesday……

I rolled out of bed at 0515 and got ready to run. Poured myself some coffee and sat down at the table… Pondered running with screaming legs… my mind was weak. So hours passed as I read the blogs of others and poured over recipes… I reworked my entire week of running to avoid the long run for the day… FINALLY at 8am, I stood up with determination and made the preparations for my 14mi run. I grabbed a piece of homemade protein bar, a GU, filled my Nathan water bottle, prepared a Gatorade for when I finished…. and I plopped into my car heading down to run a completely unplanned long run up down and around Columbus GA. I text my brother en route reassuring myself that long runs are not “hard” runs, they are endurance runs… they are there to help break your body in and keep you enduring. Not break you…….

Allow me to recap…Image
0900 Start.
Mile 1– hoooooooooly em effer this is going to suck. Why didn’t I run earlier when it wasn’t hot?!
Mile 2– I feel like I’m creeping.
Mile 3– HOLY HECK! When I finish this, this will be my 3rd longest consecutive run ever!
Mile 4– I need a mantra. How have I run this long without one? Ohhh man, I need to weave up and down these roads. I’m not going to be able to hit 14 at this rate.
Mile 5– Thank God this breeze is here. What the heck did that lady say to me??! (.25mi later I realized she said nice socks. oops)
Miles 6-7– Testing new mantras……. eventually came upon “You can do this” to the tune(?) of “lets go defense” used in sports… haha.  I even did the “doot doot doo-doo-doot” part. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER.
Mile 8– Uhhh. I feel really good? This can’t be good.
Mile 9– I’m running out of places to run and I don’t want to run somewhere I have run already today!
Mile 10– Haha. That place is called lookin’ good, but I am going to take that as a compliment. 🙂
Mile 11– GIMME GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU (It was actually a Clif Shot of the Chocolate type)
Miles 12-13– Mantra changed to “You will do this”
Mile 14 was literally joyous.
ImageI was not fast… but 2 hours 24 minutes and 48 seconds after I began… I was finished. I did not walk except for while consuming GU at Mi11 and got pissy when I got stuck at crosswalk lights. I have become that person that jogs in place. It was less painful than stopping!

I walked a mile to my car feeling accomplished and proud.

ImageI HAVE A MANTRA!
I RAN 14 MILES!
I  MAINTAINED A CONSISTENT PACE! Image
I am A RUNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t know what made this so different than the races I’ve completed or any other run. But somehow I feel like mentally I have finally validated myself as a runner.  We’ll see how well that goes when I approach next week’s 16-miler.

Everyone celebrates victories with Dark Chocolate M&Ms and an ice bath (my first) right? 😉