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!

The Pursuit of Happiness, aka an 8:30 mile

I ran an 8:40 mile. I would like to repeat myself: I ran an 8:40 mile. Yes that is right, I am just 10 seconds off my goal for that ever elusive 8:30 mile. Monday after our workout, that is what I ran. I was so happy I could cry. I didn’t because I thought I was going to throw up/pass out because it was also 92 degrees outside.

Tuesday we did our workout and a recovery jog. Yesterday we did not get our workout in because we went out into the sticks to shoot some guns and drive around on the ATV and that was an all day affair. My arms are so sore from holding up a gun all day (I’m not a very large girl). I am currently sitting here, counting the seconds until I can leave and head to the gym. I think my obsession is at an all time high…

More to come! I’m getting a little better at this blogging thing. Maybe I’ll put up some playlists and a few of my favorites as time progresses. My computer at home is not the best so I don’t have too many playlists right now…

What songs are you listening to for your runs? Think 9 minute miles!

Weekly Recap

I suck at blogging regularly, I know. But, I have my weekly recap. Eventually I will get better with this nonsense…

Monday: Day 1 in the pool! I have officially recruited a triathlon trainer. He is currently in the process of teaching me how to swim properly. This is a hefty task, especially considering when I first got in the pool he told me that I wasn’t necessarily the worst swimmer he’s seen. By the end of the hour, he was very impressed at my improvement! 

That evening I taught kickboxing.

Tuesday: I missed my scheduled run but I did teach an endurance class for my Cycle class that day. It was a lot of climbing with a whole song at 100% at the end

Wednesday: Taught the endurance class again first thing in the morning. That afternoon I went to my track workout with my trainer. It was just over 92 degrees with high humidity and direct sunlight so the workout was easier than usual. I jogged a mile warm up; 3 laps jogging the curves and running the straights; 1/2 mile for time; 1/4 mile time; 2 100m sprints. I felt like I may die at the end

Thursday: taught the endurance spin class again in the morning. See a pattern?

Friday: Day off!

Saturday: 6 mile run at about 11 minute pace. It was a great run. Can’t wait for 7 next week!

Sunday: Rest day due to rain.

I will get better blogging! I have been extremely motivated recently (except about teaching kickboxing, I still don’t enjoy it) and I really feel like I can run my full marathon at under a 10 min per mile pace. Here’s to 4 1/2 months of working my bum off to get there!

This week will go as such:

Monday: swim in the morning, kickbox in the evening

Tuesday: 4 mile run then teaching spin

Wednesday: swim in the morning, track in the evening

Thursday: spin in the am and either a run, bike or dancing in the evening

Friday: group workout with the triathlon group and run after work

Saturday: 7 mile long run under 75 minutes and then the Zoo !!! (I know this doesn’t pertain to exercise but I am so excited)

Sunday: 18 mile bike ride (eek!)

The Color Run – Ft. Lauderdale

This was my second Color Run experience. The first one was in Miami on October 21 (day before my birthday!) and that was a totally different experience. Miami was over an hour drive from my house and Ft. Lauderdale is under 45 minutes. Parking in Miami was a disaster while Ft. Lauderdale was a breeze. Finally, the Miami course was through a park and Ft. Lauderdale was through the city in the downtown area.

I woke up at about 5:45am on Sunday morning, through my clothes on and ran out the door to meet Ariel to head down to Ft. Lauderdale. We stopped at Burger King for some fuel (of course) and grabbed a parking spot in the first garage we went in. We paid to park, which I thought was outrageous, and headed down to meet our third runner, Nicole. We named the team Running for the Border in honor of Cinco de Mayo. We took our white pre race photos and tried to track down the Runicorn (it was a guy dressed up in a unicorn costume to take pictures) but failed.

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We headed over to the starting corral as soon as possible. In Miami, parking was so difficult it took forever for us to get over to the start corral. When we finally did, it took about 40 minutes to get to a group to start. This time, we were in the very first corral! With the Runicorn! Ariel and I took an easy run since we had just run the half marathon last weekend but we still lost Nicole pretty early on. There were just so many people! I made sure to get lots of color this time because I didn’t get much in Miami. We hit orange first, then yellow, blue and pink was last. The course was quick and easy, except one part where we went down into a tunnel and had to run uphill to get out of it. As you all know, I HATE hills.

Ariel and I even snapped a photo on the course.

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We finished with a time of about 40:03. It’s not a timed run and we took it pretty easy to enjoy the color, so I think it’s not too shabby. Nicole finished right after we did and met us at the designated meet area. We grabbed our color packets and headed down to the color festival to throw our color in the air. It was then that I found the Runicorn and finally snapped a picture!

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I had a fantastic time at the Color Run in Ft. Lauderdale. We headed home after snagging a Nesquik and when I got home, I decided picking up my white cat would be a good idea. He obviously wasn’t very pleased with that.

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My very colorful hand!

Finish time: ~40:03

Splits: ~

Packet Pick-up: A breeze! I got right in to pick it up on my way to Miami for some fitness workshops. I picked up all three packets in about 5 minutes.

The Medal: No medal here, just color

The Swag: Not a very good picture but there were temporary tattoos, a shirt, a sweatband and a color packet for after the race

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The Good: Everything! The course, the organization, the runicorn, the amount of color. Couldn’t have gone any better.

The Bad: Paying for parking! It’s my biggest pet peeve. I already paid to run the race.

The Ugly: Nothing ugly here. I was very impressed in comparison to the Miami race.

Overall it was a fantastic way to spend my Cinco de Mayo!

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.