This Is Why I Love The Summer

When I woke up this morning, it took me a bit more time than usual to get into the swing of things.  Why?

Because yesterday, I was determined to get weight training AND cardio in.  I walked on the gym floor at 9:50 a.m. and did back.  If I remember correctly, I did:

  1. Pull up assist – wide grip – 3 sets of 15
  2. Pull up assist – narrow grip – 3 sets of 15
  3. Body rows using the Smith Machine – 3 sets of 10 Ugh!
  4. Lat Pull down – wide grip – 3 sets of 12
  5. Lat Pull down – narrow grip – 3 sets of 12
  6. Barbell upright row – 3 sets of 10
  7. T-Bar row – 3 sets of 12
  8. Seated cable row – 3 sets of 12
  9. Face pulls on capable machine – 3 sets of 12
  10. Rope pull (standing) 30 sec. superset with 10 push ups x 4

My muscles were fried, but I got in my car and drove about 20 minutes to the Ocean City Bridge.  Although it was hot as heck out, the bridge stands high over the water so there was a constant breeze.

Oh yeah!  I did some ab work too!  Just three different exercises… all together about 310 reps.  All but 75 were using weights.  Lol!

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The bridge has a nice walkway and fishing pier underneath. I thought this perspective was cool!

I changed sneakers and ran the bridge! “Running the bridge” means you run the bridge, turn around and run back over it again. Lol!  Some people say I’m nuts, but I am a fitness junkie, enthusiasts or whatever else you can come up with.  I love working out, especially when time is not an issue.

This is why I love the summer!  

I can workout for as long as I want to! 🙂

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The last time I ran the bridge was last summer. Since my summer break (June 26), I have wanted to run the bridge, so you can image how excited I was yesterday.  I think this was also my first real run (outside of crossFit) this year.

I took it slow.  Didn’t want to hurt myself.  My time was actually a little better because my iPod locked and I spent a few minutes fumbling with it.

Anyways… the run was heavenly!!  I felt free and on top of the world!  A hot sunny day, running across a bridge that, less than a year ago, I was terrified to run.  Thanks to my friend Nicole, the bridge isn’t an issue anymore.  Ha!!  How about that!!

So, today I did crossFit.  Yeah, my quads, shoulders, abs and back were sore, but I knew once I got moving, I’d be fine.

SWOD: 10-15 Min to work up to 1 rm Snatch – I worked on perfecting my snatched, so I practiced at 75 pounds which was plenty.

WOD: 18 Min – EMOM (Every min on the min)

Min 1- 20 m sled push
Min 2- 10 kb clean and jerk + Lunge 5L/5R
Min 3- 20 double under/ 5 HSPU (handstand push up)

My double under’s aren’t so hot, so to keep the momentum, I did 40 singles.  Using a box, I did my hand stand push ups.

So after the WOD, the coaches decided that we needed to do a buy out. Yuck!

Buyout

3 Rounds

20 Abmats
20 Russian Twists
20 Hollow Rocks

Stick a fork in me, I was and still am done!

I’m headed to bed now.  The “plan” is to workout early tomorrow morning. How early? Umm… 5 a.m.!

Sweet dreams and keep it movin’!


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.