Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Motivation-Pinterest style

I love me some pinterest.  And I thought I'd share some of my fave inspiration I've been liking/pinning over the last few months.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New PR's

I'm loving my new schedule.  Not only am I going to crossfit consistently 2x a week, I'm spinning 2-3x a week.  Getting the cardio in.

Adding in bootcamp, where I'm squatting or doing core every day I'd say that I'm in a good place.

A couple weeks ago, my crossfit box tested our 1 rep maxes again.

I managed to get a 1rm snatch of 75#.  And 1rm floor press of 115#.  All in the same day.

The next workout I got a 1rm jerk of 120#.  And 1rm deadlift of 205#.  I went up 20# in my deadlift.

I haven't tested my front squat in forever.  And since I don't go on Monday or Tuesday, I'm missing out on back squats.

I administered a fit test in bootcamp today and this got me thinking about benchmark tests.  And I wanted to post my newest benchmarks.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Weekend workouts

For my friend's birthday, we headed to a hotel in San Jose and hung out by the pool and walked around downtown for drinks and noms.

In between drinking both days, we managed to fit in a great workout.  Saturday was her birthday so among everything else we did 33 burpees.  And the deck of death.  Have you heard of this?  Each suit represents an exercise, you shuffle and draw one card at a time and the number corresponds with the rep number.

We did plank tucks, sit ups, squat jacks and cross countries.  We use ankle bands for all exercises.

After that, I did Roxanne with them.  Love holding plank and doing push ups for over 3 minutes.  What a burner.

We did some lateral squat walks and wall sits with one leg up.  It was a great workout.

On Sunday, we were up early again and headed out for a run. No one had a mile tracker but we ran about 2.5 miles for about 35 minutes.

Weekend workouts make you feel good.  Though my body is feeling it as I usually have Sunday as a rest day.  Tonight I have spinning and I'm hoping to run tomorrow too.

Friday, May 10, 2013


I woke up on Thursday feeling good.  I knew what was ahead for the day and I was looking forward to it.  When I brought dinner over to a friend's house, I said why not champagne. 

Champagne isn't for special events.  So we popped the bottle of champagne and I beat him in gin rummy.  Our series is 3 - 0 with me in the lead. 

It's been quite warm her in the Bay Area in the afternoons and sometimes a beer won't do.  I'd had a cold red and white blend of wine from Tess for dinner the night before. 

I'm loving the warmer weather and can't wait for my allergies to stop acting up so I can continue getting out there and running.

Monday, May 6, 2013

5k and allergies

I went to crossfit on Wednesday expecting a great crosstraining workout to get me ready for a training run on Thursday.  I walk in and read the board-push press for strength and the WOD is 5k.

Now throughout my journey I've run many of 5ks since I've ran a marathon and several half marathons.  And sometimes I quit running for one reason or another but a 5k is still a great distance.  Never had I imagined I'd do a 5k as a workout and not something I trained for.

I'm not a fast runner.  I'm consistent and want to be faster.  I need to train to get faster.  I started out feeling great-I hadn't had much breakfast (my own fault) and it was warm out even by 9am.  The first mile was around 8:45 I believe.  Good pace for me.  I would have loved to keep that pace.  For the 5k, we had to run the same block 6 times.  Yes 6 times.  I hate lap running.  I'd rather have an out and back anytime over lap running.  Around the 3rd or 4th lap I started to feel a cold sweat come on and feel clamy.  I told my coach as I went by for the 5th lap and she said keep up your pace.  I don't remember what the time she called out for that was.

As I came back around for my 6th and final lap, I was determined to finish no matter the time.  I walked a little during those last two laps-hoping to feel a little better.  The cold sweats never stopped. I finished though.  With a time of 28:07.  I'm happy with that time.  I didn't train.  I didn't eat well.  I felt awful.  I did it though.  I'm strong and completed a 5k without warning on a Wednesday. 

As I was driving home to quickly shower to meet friends for an afternoon out in the sun, I started to sneeze. Not 5 times, or 10 times.  I quit counting after 15.  I think it was near 25 times.  Allergies got me.  I think it was the run.  We were running at 9:30a in the heat where pollen has been bad.  I was stuffy and congested all day.  You know, spending the day outdoors while already sneezing is a grand idea. (insert sarcasm here).

After I got home for dinner, I took another allergy decongestant and felt better instantly.  Now I'm ensuring I never leave home without the allergy medicine and I won't hesitate to take a 2nd one if I'm feeling particularly miserable.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fun plank idea

I got this idea from a co-worker a few months ago and finally tried it out in my bootcamp class this AM.

Play the song "Roxanne" and do a plank the entire length of the song.  3:14 is the length I had.  Then when you hear "Roxanne" do a push up and right back into plank.  I believe there are 26 Roxannes in the song. 

Try it some time and enjoy!!

I did this with the bootcampers this morning and it was tough.

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May fitness challenge

Sometimes you just need an extra push. 

I googled for May Fitness challenge and found an Ab one that I'm going to do.  It involves lots of planks and push ups.  I do tricep push ups so hopefully my arms will look that much better when summer arrives.

Check out the calendar (the site I got it from is on the calendar) I'll be following this month-ready to plank!?