Struggle But Do Not Quit

 8/22/13 WOD

Warm Up/Mobility:
Snatch Complex
 10 Min AMRAP 1 (Hip) + 1 (Hang) +1 (Below The Knee)+ 1 OH Squat 
 Strict Press From Squat Position
 30 Secs of Squat Therapy (Wide Stance)
 Run 100M + 1 Min of Self Massage (Self Prescribed)
Then Do:

SWOD: OTM For 10 Min Do:
1 Hang Power Snatch + 2 Snatch Balance

WOD:

3 RDS @ 95% Effort
20 Squat Snatch @ 75/45
200M Run
20 Push Press @ 75/45
Rest 3 Min

What can I say… my greatest challenge today was the three rounds of Squat Snatches… I struggled, but I did not quit…. so at the end of the class, I walked out the door drenched in sweat, with fatigued muscles, extremely exhausted, but proudly with my head held high. That is what life is about. Giving it your all without quitting.

Next week marks the end of my summer break. Boooo! Starting week with CrossFit, for the past two months, and getting it in four to five days a week has been a real treat! Yeah, you heard right… “a treat!” Call me crazy– hubby says I’m a beast. Lol! Plain and simple, I love a good physical challenge, so CrossFit is perfect for me.

September marks the start of the school year for my son and I.  It also means a demanding and tight schedule, but I’m excited because my fitness center schedules classes based on the their clients needs, so I will be able to continue with CrossFit during football season.  My workout will move from mornings to afternoons.  My greatest challenge will be food intake before an afternoon CrossFit class, but I’ve already begun working on this and will have it figured out soon.

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A WOD And Then some!

“Wake up with DETERMINATION,

Go to bed with SATISFACTION.”  – Unknown via Pinterest

Today’s WOD

Warm up:

4 Min of Partner Assist Handstand Hold
4 Mins Practice Double Unders

2 Rounds Partner Rowing 1 Min While Partner Planks

Mobility:   6 Minutes

WOD:

2 Rounds for Time: Ring Muscle Ups* OR 20 Pull ups + 20 Ring Dips
20 Pistols (10 L/R) or 50 Air Squats

Then Do:

10 Min AMRAP of 200 M Run
15 Box Jumps (30/24)

*I don’t have the strength to do Muscle Ups….yet, so I did pull ups & ring dips (both with the assistance of a band).  Initially I was hesitant performing the box jumps on the 24 inch box because my shins are still healing from last week’s slip.  With encouragement– actually it was more like a direct order from the instructor I “man-upped” and completed my rounds on the 24″.   Whew, no slip ups!

Although I’ve completed more challenging WOD’s, I was still fatigued when I finished.  Tomorrow’s WOD might be one to contend with.

Immediately after the class, hubby and I made a few stops to get supplies to begin painting Tailor’s room.  Once we got home, I ate a quick snack (a Gala apple & some cashews) and started priming the wall.  The primer needed one hour to dry.

During the hour wait, an intense urge of wanting to run returned.  I wanted to run yesterday, but the day got away from me and I ran out of time.  Mentally I went back and forth. Should I or shouldn’t I?  Hubby said, “just go run, you know you want to!”

That’s all I needed, so I ran. My sore hip is healing and I don’t want to push it, so I planned to run 3 easy miles.  Well… it felt darn good to be out there, I ran longer. Lol!  Trying to put how I felt into words is difficult.  As I listened to my favorite play list, I laughed and enjoyed every step. My run was heavenly!!

While cooling off and walking up the driveway, I looked at my stats and fell out laughing in amazement. This is what I saw:

 

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During my run, I didn’t feel like I was running hard, I got into a nice rhythm and ran at a comfortable pace.  There is no doubt that I am seeing the wonderful benefits of CrossFit.   Even though I haven’t ran much in the past two-months, my pace and splits continue to improve.  I am over-joyed!

TTYL!


Have you exposed yourself to your deepest fear?

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes.  You are free.”        -Jim Morrrison

Yesterday’s Stats (10/13/12)

Distance:    8.35 miles
Duration:    1:15;54
Pace:          9:05 Min/Mil (Average) –  5:19 Min/Mil (Max)
Calories:     1170

Arg!!   Grr!!  Immediately after I stopped running, I checked my stats.  I was off 6 seconds from breaking the 9-minute mile pace!  Honestly, this irks the mess out of me!  I know exactly where I blew the 6 seconds.  When I realized my pace was off, I wanted to turn around, walk down my driveway, and start run the route again.  I stood on the front porch loudly grumbling.

While running last weekend, I was frightened by a neighbor’s dog.  This dog is never allowed to roam the yard.   I always hear his bark from behind a wooden fence, but thankfully, until today, I have never seen the beast.

I knew I was in trouble when I came around the corner and the dog was using his hind legs, to ferociously kick dirt on his waste.  He scared the crap out of me.  I made the quickest U-Turn possible… heart pumping double time and all.

I’ve run twice since that day.  While I like my route that runs past this house, intense fear of being bitten by the dog has prevented me twice now from passing the house.

During my run I asked myself what else is FEAR preventing me from accomplishing.  I realize that a little fear keeps me from getting my best time.  Sounds crazy?

What’s my biggest fear? Dropping dead during or after an intense run from heart failure! Simply pushing myself too hard. Yeah, I’m fit.  I get a annual physical, but still.  We’ve all read or heard  stories of how top athletes have died after completing a marathon run or some other intense workout.

So today, I asked myself.  “Okay… so what if I died during or after a run?”

It would certainly be better than dyeing hooked up to tubes and breathing equipment squeezing out my last few breaths of life.   Heck, at least I would have checked out while doing something that I love and am extremely passionate about.  The fact is when our time is up, we can’t do a darn thing about it, and so as long as I’m taking care of myself and making smart decisions, my life is in God’s hands.

I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about this fear. The tought was random. I did think about it long enough to inspire me to run harder today.  I ran harder, and it showed in my time.   Heeeey, I’m siked!