The Beauty Of Running At The Jersey Shore

So I finally got the chance to run in my new running sneaks. I was eager to run because I needed to figure out if my hip issue was due to my run down sneaks.   Although I’m having fun doing CrossFit, I still miss my running.  Sniff!  Sniff!  Today would determine if I needed an X-Ray or MRI.

You know what?  It was the sneakers!!!

Shame on me for not keeping up with my mileage! I know better.

The great thing about today’s run?  I know that I can run the Atlantic City Marathon!!!!   I am going to run the half-marathon (13.1 miles).   While I haven’t been training for the Half-Marathon; I am well conditioned and have time to prepare, so I am flying high!

Today’s weather was ideal for runners.  Seriously!  The sun was out; not too hot, but perfect enough to break out into a good sweat.

Oh– there was another reason I was eager to run…  My first time running the Ocean City bridge…. alone!

Although two weeks ago, I walked the bridge with two beautiful women, Nicole and Tara, I needed to run it the first time alone.  I still got nervous as I approached  the bridge.

But I stayed to the left of the walkway, carefully avoiding the right side railing…  It is still scary to me. Eventually I settled in to take in the beauty of the day around me.

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The bridge was steep, but breath-taking. My hamstrings and quads burned like someone lit a match to them, but was worth every step.

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After my run, I walked under the bridge to my car. This was the breath-taking view. I quietly stood, taking in the calm waters, the beautiful bridge, the clear sky, and the fact that I just ran the bridge with an abundance of gratitude in my heart.

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Boaters and jet skiers enjoyed the day as well.

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Another shot from under the bridge. So peaceful as the waters softly crashed against the rocks.


Hump Day’s WOD



Mobility/SWOD:

 25 Min Cap To Complete Both A & B 3 Rds Of

(A) Tight Single Strict Press With KB 8L/8R
 Windmills 8L/8R
 200M Row

(B) 3 Rds: Turkish Get up 3L/3R
 3 Strict Hanging Leg Raises
 (RX - Legs Straight, Adv. Windshield Wipers)
 2 Walk Walks
 200M Run

WOD: 3 Rds For Time:
 40 Wall Balls (20/14)
 30 Toes To Bar
 20 Pull Ups
 *20Min Cap

Today was my second day of work after having two months off. I figured out the only way to fit CrossFit into my fall/winter routine is to indulge in the 3:30 class.

I am a morning person. With little hesitation, my body happily responds to early morning work outs. The afternoon drive is slow to show up. Maybe once the school year kick in and the tension, anxiety, and adrenalin from an average school day, invades my body, I will be more eager to burn it all off in the afternoon class.

I got a peek of the WOD in advance and was sorry that I did. I kinda laughed when I saw it, because the number had to be wrong.

All day, I thought about my greatest challenge:  Wall balls!!!!   did the math.

Forty times three… Ummm…. that’s an astounding 120 WB’s!

Say what??

Well, it’s possible! I did them with a 10 pound ball instead of a 14 pound ball.  I’m getting closer to succeeding at Toes To Bar. I did Knees To Chest and I’m excited because my form is improving and they were pretty good. Wooohooo! Woop! Woop!

Although exhausted, I completed 2 Rounds of the WOD and did 80 Reps– 10 reps shy of completing the prescribed three rounds. Heeey!

Quick note before ending this post….

Saturday morning at 8 a.m., I’ve taken on the challenge of facing one of my biggest fears… heights!  I repeat, heights!!  I struggle walking across the little bridge boarding a cruise ship, so crossing the two-mile (one-way) Ocean City bridge will be a memorable experience.

I am taking on the fear with at least one person and possible others.

I’m afraid!  Oh yes, I’m terrified!  

While driving across this bridge, I’ve notice the pedestrian walk… it looks small.  I’m just saying.  Oh Lord!  The bridge will be on my mind until Saturday.  I may need CrossFit after crossing this bridge.   I will share Saturday with you.

TTYL!