My first Crossfit competition

So last Saturday I competed in my first Crossfit competition and let me start by saying I did not do well. We placed 43 out 69. Like I said, we did not do well. That being said, we had a ton of fun.

I dragged my butt out of bed at 6:15am on Saturday morning. I had my bag packed already and my boyfriend was volunteering so we packed some blankets and chairs and headed out. We got down to the event at about 7:20am, set up our area, and I met up with my partner. I would like to point out, it was about the dead in winter in south Florida, a very windy 60 degrees. That may seem warm to some of you, but I can promise you it was freezing and my Floridian blood is thin. Our team name was “Where’s The Wine” and the events were in alphabetical order so we were in the last heat every time. Our first workout was at 10:30am so we waited around till then. Our first workout was:

50 hurdle hop buy-in each
20 pull-ups (from a box)
30 meter shuttle run
20 pull-ups
20 kettlebell swings (35lbs)
30 meter shuttle run
20 pull-ups
20 kettle bell swings
20 knees over hips
30 meter shuttle run
20 pull-ups
20 kettle bell swings
20 knees over hips
20 kettle bell goblet lunges
50 deadlifts (85lbs)

We finished in 8:43. I thought that was a good time but not great. Our second event was at 12:15 and was max distance broad jump and max 1 arm snatch. Your score was your max in each thing combined with your partners. This was the most ridiculous event. I can’t even tell you how far we got and I only remember my snatch was 50lbs. We never do one arm snatches in the gym and I think this was an extremely dangerous event to have at a competition. My partner and I agree to not push ourselves too hard before we even got there. Better to be uninjured and lose, than injure ourselves and probably still lose. Again, I want to make this clear, this was the stupidest exercise they could have had.

Our third event was a thruster relay at 1:30. We were the only heat going and everyone was watching our group of 6 teams. It was set up that partner one goes in each section then partner two:

4 facing the bar burpees
30 meter dumbbell farmers carry  (15lbs)
15 dumbbell thrusters
30 meter dumbbell farmers carry

4 facing the bar burpees
30 meter kettle bell farmers carry  (18lbs)
12 kettle bell thrusters
30 meter kettle bell farmers carry

4 facing the bar burpees
30 meter over the head bar carry (45lbs)
9 thrusters
30 meter over the head bar carry

We finished in 6:15. It may not have been the fastest, but I was extremely happy with this time. I am no longer sore from this event and I am really happy I did it. We obviously didn’t make the finals. I wish the one arm snatch wasn’t there, but oh well, it was fun.

Has anyone else competed in a Crossfit event?

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The New Year

Ringing in the new year always seems to promise hope of a new tomorrow, and a new way of life. The simple fact of it is though, that the same concerns/issues/setbacks will still be present in the morning. Resolutions are great, as long as you put them into practice.

Today marks exactly two weeks since New Year’s Eve. Last night, I went out for girl’s night where we discussed a couple of our resolutions. 13 days into the new year and they were already falling apart. I refuse to let mine fall apart. 2016 is a new and exciting year for me and my resolutions are part of it. I am doing great at work, started school pursuing something I actually enjoy learning about, and my running has never been better. I don’t have too many resolutions, but they are:

  1. Pay off debt (isn’t this everyone’s resolution?)
  2. Run the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis, MN on October 9, 2016
  3. Run the Space Coast Half Marathon in under 2:10:00
  4. Save $7,000 in addition to retirement savings

I wasn’t lying, I only have four. But they will be four that I complete (unless I tragically break my ankle and can’t run, I’ll be running that dang marathon).

So I ask you, what will you do with your “fresh start”?

Eating Well on a Budget

I am an anomaly amongst most people my age. My boyfriend and I stay in (almost) every night and I cook dinner (almost) every night which leads to us having leftovers for lunch (almost) every day. At (almost, ha) 26, the fact that I even know how to cook is so strange among most young people I know. Eating out can be expensive, and terrible for you. We live on a $300 a month food budget. Yes, I said $300 a month. For two extremely active people who enjoy steak quite often and have meat with every meal.

I have seen countless blog posts about families of 4 living on $200 a month for food. While this is entirely possible, I have noticed a lot of those meal plans consist of pasta and lots of couponing. I’ve tried couponing, I have no time or patience for it. Florida doesn’t allow you to double coupons either, which makes real savings difficult. All of these things let me to make this post: How to eat well on a budget. I have listed the tricks I use to keep us in shape and under budget

1. Trader Joe’s: Trader Joe’s just opened in South Florida last year and I am obsessed. I have been a Publix girl all my life, but I have saved so much money shopping at Trader Joe’s. Not only is Trader Joe’s less expensive for so many things, but they have less items in their stores, which means not as many random purchases when I see something I want. Trader Joe’s, you are my savior and I am forever loyal to you.

2. Costco: If you do not have a membership to a bulk store, get yourself one immediately. I do not have personal experience with Sam’s Club or BJ’s, but Costco has great prices on everything from car tires to chicken breast. They sell plenty of organic food there as well and their fruit and vegetable selection is amazing. If you eat meat frequently, Costco is the place to go.

3. Fruit stands: Florida is full of fruit stands. I can go and get bags of fruits and vegetables for $15 They go bad quicker than ones from say, Publix, but they’re ripe, delicious and inexpensive.

4. Meal plan: This seems like common sense, but meal planning is extremely helpful to keep your budget down. Again, it reduces the amount of unnecessary purchases.

5. Stay away from Whole Foods!: This may stir up some controversy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love going into Whole Foods. It makes me feel like I have this healthy lifestyle thing on lock and I feel fancy. But let’s face it, Whole Foods is in no way price conscious. Just stay away.

Those are my main four ways I keep our budget low. Let me know what you think and if you have any ways you keep your healthy food budget low!

Positive Thinking and Summer Goal Setting

I’m a slacker when it comes to running. I’ll get very passionate and goal-oriented then one day, it’s gone and I’m back to slacking. I am not really sure why I lose motivation other than I usually just end up talking myself out of the mileage or even the run in its entirety by the end of the day. I have only pulled myself from bed early on a Saturday morning once since before my half marathon when it wasn’t for a race and I only ran two miles.

What is wrong with me? What happened to all the drive I have had in the past. I got into a short relationship (about 2.5 months, barely worth counting) and my entire schedule has been thrown off. With summer quickly approaching I’m left wondering what do I do? The answer once again magically seemed to appear in Runner’s World this month. There was an article relating to positive thinking. How ironic that many of the problems the runner described in the article are things I struggle with. She listed the fears she feels while running a race, like that she can’t maintain this pace and focusing on the time and distance rather than how she feels. I am constantly doubting my body’s ability to do what I’m asking it to do. When I was being pushed by Brianne during my most recent 10-K, holding a pace well below my normal pace was easy.

It’s mental blocks most of the time that get me. I’m too tired/hungry/sore to carry on. I can’t breathe. I don’t have time to run. My bed is too comfy. The list could continue but I think you get the point. The article suggested setting goals and positive thinking. Each person will need to find their own way to motivate yourself. With the summer months approaching and the humidity already setting in (South Florida is a literal sauna from end of April through October), I needed a list to get me through the off-season for races.

My positive mantras start today. I WILL run 4 miles today. Even though it will be hot, I will run 4 miles. Even if I have to pant heavily. That’s what I keep telling myself at least. I’ve created a list of summer goals that I will accomplish this summer. It may seem pretty hefty, but as goal-oriented as I am, I need these to complete. I have a page I have added to keep track of these goals as the summer goes on.

Summer Goals: Due Date August 31, 2013

Run at least 4 times a week, every week: I will be posting a recap at the beginning of every week going over if I completed this or not

Run the Run, Sweat and Beers 5-K in under 30 minutes: This is on July 18. My fastest 5-k is just over 34 minutes, and I am confident with the training I’ve put in since then, I can accomplish this

Complete the Loggerhead Triathlon on August 3.:This should be interesting since I currently don’t have a bike and I still can’t really swim

Be able to run 6 miles without stopping: I currently top out at 3.

Be able to run 6 miles in 60 minutes: My last 10-K I averaged 11:12 minute miles. I am fairly confident that I can shave a minute off my mile average in 4 months, since I did it before, but we will see. I want to run my whole marathon at a 10:00 minute mile pace so I better start training now.

That’s all I have for now. I’m sure my crazy mind will think of some other obnoxious goal for me to complete.

What are your summer goals and how will you stick to them

Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop 10-K

A few weeks ago I ran the Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop 10-K. I was sort of nervous about this race. I had been slacking (isn’t that the theme of this blog?!?) and I was slightly dehydrated…hey I’m 23! I signed up to run with my friend Brianne who had never run anything longer than a 5-K so we were both a little wary of what lie ahead. We met at the park a little later than I would have liked and went to the packet pick up. Since we registered early, we were guaranteed the correct shirt size (hooray!) and then we trotted back to my car, dropped everything off and quickly walked back to the starting line. There was a good amount of people, about 500, which surprised me for a 10-K in Boca. I love 10-Ks but they are so dang hard to find! We started out at a pace much quicker than I’m used to maintaining, about 10:45. I was nervous about trying to maintain this pace, especially since I had been slacking so much previously. I held strong through the first mile. The first water station was at mile 1.5 and I grabbed water and kept holding strong at that quick pace (quick for me! Maybe not for everyone else). I kept chugging along right up to mile 3, where we took our very short walk break. We picked back up and at mile 4, Brianne got her “first time at this distance” energy and took off. She finished about 5 minutes ahead of me. I came up to mile 5 and realized I had almost 20 minutes to finish this last stretch and come in under my time from 4 months ago. I was ecstatic. I pushed through the last 1.2 miles and finished just under 70 minutes at 1:09:28!

The race benefitted the turtle rescue at Gumbo Limbo. There was a person dressed up at Luna the turtle and of course I had to take pictures. The top finishers received a stemless wine glass with the race logo on it and there was a raffle. I was pleased to win GU Electrolyte Brew (over $30 value!) so I made my money back for registering for the race. The course was beautiful, along the beach, and it was for a great cause. Who doesn’t like turtles?

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Finish time: 1:09:28

Splits: 11:12 per mile

Packet Pick-Up: Seamless. No issues, just walked up and got my bib and shirt and walked away.

The Medal: No medal with this race. Kind of sad thing since everyone knows how much I like medals.

The Swag: Just a plain t-shirt. It is a very soft shirt and it has turtles on it. I would again like to ask who doesn’t like turtles?

The Good: The course was great. It was flat and quick. The weather was beautiful, not too hot and no cold front rolled in. The race was big enough that I actually felt like I was running with other people but small enough that I wasn’t crowded or running into people.

The Bad: I didn’t like that the course ran through a neighborhood, I always find that a little weird. I also want a medal, since we all know I’m too slow to win a wine glass 😉

The Ugly: Nothing ugly here.

I will be running this race for as many years as I can. I loved it!

 

 

 

Road To Boston

As I write this, I find it ironic that I was going to be posting this week regarding Boston but for a much different reason.

This weekend, I decided I was going to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I may not qualify any time in the near future, but eventually I would qualify. This is a huge undertaking for someone who has never run a full marathon before and finishes a half marathon in 40 minutes less than the time required to qualify for the full. All that being said, I will qualify, one day. And I will keep this blog as much journey.

Yesterday, when I first saw the posts about the explosions at Boston, my heart sank. I am not one to be affected by many things that happen, but this has shaken me to the core. Maybe it’s because I’m a runner or maybe it’s because I am old enough now to realize what an attack like this means for the nation. This wasn’t just an attack on America, it was worldwide. 92 countries were represented at the Boston Marathon this year, and 92 countries will be affected by this event. This was a charity event, and this year it was dedicated to those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Cowardly is the word that comes to mind when I think of this attack. Although this event is tragic, the one saving grace is the amount of support I am seeing on social media. Everyone pulling together to run in solidarity, acknowledging that we will not cower in fear but unite and run together.

I am heading to Washington, D.C. a week from Thursday to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on Sunday, April 28. Nike has yet to release a statement regarding the events yesterday and I am interested to see what their stance will be. I will still go and run the race. I might be nervous, running such a large event in such a prominent city, but I will be there. I won’t give up on something I love.

Runners are a strong and passionate community. They are supportive, joyful, and always pushing towards goal. Everyone is friendly and encouraging. During runs, even though they are tired, you can hear other runners encouraging each other, pushing each other forward. I am proud to be a part of this community and I know that we will all be remembering Boston today. I will be on my four mile run, bringing along two friends as well.

An easy 5 miles

Two years ago that would’ve been a contradiction in itself. When I first started running, I couldn’t even run a mile without feeling exhausted. I slowly began dragging my butt through running workouts to run my first half marathon, the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 2011. After that run I could barely walk and was sore for a week. I took over a year off from running and after a break up, began running again this July. I have seen a steady improvement in my distance and time and this Tuesday was no different.

I ran 5 miles at a leisurely pace of about 12:30. I felt good during the whole run, minus the stiffness I usually feel in the beginning miles of my run and finished out strong. I am not hurting from it and I am still so happy to have completed a run of 5 miles at a relatively easy pace. And the best part is, that easy pace I was running is my goal pace for my half! With my half quickly approaching, I am beginning to have the anxiety I feel when I start thinking that I am not prepared for this run. I start wondering if my mileage is enough and how much the runs I skipped are going to hurt me (incidentally I have to skip my speed work this week to go get my iPhone fixed). A lot of times I feel like I am the only person in the entire world having these issues. Like its just me against the pavement, even though I know so many other running have the same issues.

I’ll be out there running on Saturday morning. I probably won’t be happy about it, but I’ll be out there. At the 4 mile point in my run Tuesday I asked myself, “could you run another four miles?” My answer was hell yes. Hopefully I feel the same way at 6am Saturday morning.