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?

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”?

Nike Women’s Half Marathon – Washington, DC

I may have fibbed a little to run this half marathon. I signed up under guaranteed entry to sign up. I graduated from UCF last May, but I used my UCF ID to sign up as a student BECAUSE, while I was a student at the time, the school I was in did not issue student IDs and you needed one to register as a student. Whoops…

They didn’t even check student IDs though, so no worries there. I gave my mother the trip to DC with me for Christmas this year. My sister signed up to go as well so it was a great surprise for my mom. I had never traveled with my sister so that was interesting as well. We all got into the city on Thursday around 5pm, hailed a cab and headed to our hotel. We had dinner then walked down to the National Mall to get a look at the monuments at night. It was beautiful.

Friday, we went through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History then headed to Georgetown for packet pick up and to visit the Nike Store. Nike had set up the wall to have everyone’s names on the wall. Of course, Ariel and I searched and found our names. It was very neat. Packet pick up was a breeze so we headed to the Expotique. I was disappointed with it, not enough vendors.

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We walked back up and went into the Nike store. Ariel bought the limited edition Tiffany blue Nikes and I bought a NWM tank and bright orange shorts with the NWM logo on them as well. Cute little outfit if you ask me! WE stopped at Georgetown Cupcakes and got a little something sweet. We were exhausted so we called it an early night and headed on back to the hotel.

Saturday we ended up back in Georgetown. It was the warmest day so my shorts made an appearance. We went on a Potomac River Cruise and grabbed dinner before turning in early for the race.

Sunday morning was race day! Ariel an d I left the hotel around 5:45am and barely made it in time for the race. I forgot my iPod so I was forced to run in silence. It ended up not being too bad. We dropped our bags off and headed to our corral. They started the warm up right when we got there and there were so many people. It was a swarm the whole time. It took about 5 minutes to get through the finish line then we could just barely do a slow jog. The first tunnel we went through had two sets of drummers and it was awesome. At the 5k mark there was a band playing their versions of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We kept running straight through till mile 5. We said we’d break after the 10k mark. We passed another band and the 10k mark and just kept going. We will run till halfway we said. The halfway point came and went, then it was 7 and finally we decided we would take a little break at 8. I ran all the way to mile 8, then stopped off at a port-o-pot, which added two minutes to my time. I took two more short breaks at mile 10, where I lost Ariel, and at mile 12 before I started my power run to the end. Mile 12 passed right in front of the capital building and it was beautiful. My mom and sister were there at the 13 mile marker cheering me on.

I blazed through the finish line a whole minute before my goal time for my last half (which I didn’t meet) on my watch (I stopped it for the potty break) and ended up only being 1:53 over the goal even having to stand in line for the bathroom. I was greeted by a very cute man in a tuxedo who gave me my beautiful Tiffany finisher necklace. I swooped some snacks and my finishers shirt and walked out of the finisher’s area to find my back (which I couldn’t find) and it ended up being all the way back before the finish line, about a half mile away. I met up with Ariel and found my mom and sister. I was disappointed by the finisher’s shop so I didn’t end up getting anything. Then we headed to brunch and had some mimosas!

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Finish: 2:46:53

Splits: 12:44 mile

  • 5K: 0:40:38
  • 10K: 1:18:57
  • 15K: 2:00:24
  • 20K: 2:39:39

Packet Pick-up: A breeze! There was a line so we just went in and got everything!

The Medal: A custom designed Tiffany necklace. What girl doesn’t want that little blue box?

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The Swag: Other than a necklace, we got a sweet shirt and a Tiffany bag to put all of our food in.

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The Good: The course was amazing. The cheer sections were full. The on-course entertainment was the best I’ve seen. The weather was the perfect temperature. I didn’t even start sweating until mile 8. It was beautiful.

The Bad: The mile markers were a little small for my taste, but it wasn’t a big deal.

The Ugly: The waves really needed to start out at different times. They were too bunched together and it was like running in a swarm until the halfway point because there were so many people in my corral. My biggest issue though was how dang far I had to walk to pick my bag up. If I had wanted to buy something, I would’ve had to walk out of the finishers area, walk to my bag, and walk all the way back to the finishers area, probably a mile in total.

Overall, it was an amazing race. I couldn’t have asked for better weather, especially being a Floridian. There were so many people cheering since we ran through the heart of DC and it made pushing myself easy. I was actually glad I forgot my iPod so I could enjoy everything. This was put on very well considering it was the first year they did a race somewhere other than San Francisco. I’d love to come back another year.

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!

 

 

 

Classics By The Sea 10K

Classics By The Sea 10K

This was my first 10k. It’s an annual 5K and 10K put on by the Palm Beach Roadrunners (one of my two running clubs). I was nervous about signing up for a 10K and ended up signing up last minute. I have decided that even though they are rough, 10Ks are my favorite distance to race. I can’t wait to run another.  I was feeling pretty stiff miles 1 and 2, which is normal for me. I usually hit a stride right around mile 4, which I did this race as well. I chugged along throughout the entire race, finished 17 seconds over my goal time (I told my mom I would cry if I finished in 65 minutes, which I knew would not happen). I was being plagued by the blister that would not leave during this race but I powered through it. Overall my time averaged out to 12:09 minute miles, which is right at my race pace target for my half in February. If I can keep this pace up, I will finish in under 2:45 for sure!

Finish time: 1:15:17.2

Splits: 12:09 per mile

Packet pick-up: I sent my dad up to Jupiter to pick up my packet. He was headed up that way anyways for a party he had to do so I begged and pleaded with him to pick up my swag early so I could get a shirt in my size. Thankfully my dad decided to be nice and went to pick up the packet. The packet pick up was at a local running store and he said it was unorganized. He said the person distributing packets seemed awfully confused as to what to do when he got up there.

The Medal: Pretty sweet medal.

The Swag: Cute shirt. It’s a long sleeve dri-fit which I love! The design is below. The design was placed on a light teal shirt. And I actually got it in my size so double win there.

The Good: Mile markers were easy to see, the course was beautiful. I liked that the start and finish were at the same place making easy for my mother to wait for me to cross the finish line. The race was also an Accuchip event, which is awesome for recording exact time.

The Bad: Where was the water? It may be December but in Florida, it is warm more often than it is cold. This run was late enough in the day that it had warmed up considerably by the time I was at mile 3 (yes, I am a slow runner but I wasn’t the last to finish).

They also started the 5K and 10K at the same time and the 5K turn around was a little hard to notice. I ran the 10K so I didn’t have to worry about it but I heard many other runners complaining about the fact that the turn around was just a small cone in the road. It was a little disheartening running the 10K when after mile one I was already seeing 5K participants on their way back to the finish line

The Ugly: Nothing ugly about this race. I am excited for next year!