What I Wear To The Gym……..And Why

September 15th, 2014 3 comments

There’s a science behind what I wear to the gym. It’s very rarely ever random. ;)

Ha, let me explain:

Last Monday we did “Jerry”, which is a 1 mile run, 2,000m row, and 1 mile run – for time.

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Whenever we run a mile or more I lean towards pants (no chub rub!). I wore my favorite Lululemon Inspire crops.

Tuesday we tested our back squat and did “Fran”: 21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups.

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Any time we squat heavy I wear shorts because I need to wear my knee sleeves. And knee sleeves over pants just isn’t my thing. Plus, whenever I wear Lululemon speed shorts I wear a longer tank – always, always, always. These shorts are so short that a longer shirt is necessary – one or the other, not both! :)

Wednesday was the worst day of them all. We did 3 rounds, every 10 minutes, of: 250m row, 20 burpees, 25 kb swings (70/55), 20 burpees, and 250m row (omg – 120 burpees total – brutal!).

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When burpees are involved, black shorts are a must. Also, a tighter tank is a MUST for burpees so that it stays in place – no half shirts for this girl! My Reebok shorts are perfect for burpee days.

Friday we tested our front squat, 500m row, and max effort wall balls.

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I think these are the shortest shorts I own (lululemon speed shorts in the black camo print). But they are so comfortable that I LOVE them for wall balls! They were perfect when I did 102 wall balls unbroken (ugh, my quads are STILL screaming from that one!).

Saturday we tested our max clean and jerk and then completed “Nate”: 2 muscle ups, 4 handstand pushups, and 8 kb swings (70/55). Handstand pushups are tricky. I either wear pants or longer shorts – with a tank that I know won’t ride up when I’m upside down!

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My Lululemon tracker II shorts work well for hspu’s.

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We did a lot of “named” wods last week – something that’s not normal for us. But it was testing week so we were comparing our times to the last testing week (12 weeks ago).

I think I prefer to wear black and gray to the gym. It makes me feel like a badass for some reason.

What about you? Do you wear certain clothes for certain reasons when working out? Certain colors? Or do you just not care? Every day a thought process goes into what I wear – it’s most definitely a process. :)

Obsessed With Instagram

September 9th, 2014 4 comments

I admit it. I’m obsessed with Instagram.

I would say that if I’m not texting, then 80% of the time I’m on my phone I’m on Instagram. Seriously, I’m obsessed. It’s just such an easy (and fun!) way to keep up with people!!

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Btw, did you notice I changed my handle to @heathamursch? I just didn’t feel like @heatha262 was a good representation of who I am anymore.

Anyways, back to Instagram. :)

Here’s how my feed probably breaks down:

  • 70% crossfitters, olympic lifters, videos of crosssfitters, local (and non-local) crossfit gyms, and fitfluential bloggers
  • 15% fashion bloggers or fashion celebrities (such as Rachel Zoe!)
  • 10% paleo bloggers, paleo food
  • 5% miscellaneous (family, local bloggers, runners, and favorite products, such as Quest bars!)

This is a rough estimate, but accurate enough.

Do you like Instagram? What’s your handle? How would you break down your feed??

Laundry All Day Every Day

September 7th, 2014 4 comments

I’m alive! And hopefully back to regular blogging! I kind of just decided to take time off during the summer to enjoy my family and our evenings together before C went back to school. Best.Decision.Ever. :)

During my “time off” I had the pleasure of being offered two bottles of WIN laundry detergent through Fitfluential.

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With three of us in the house, and all 3 of us being very active, I do laundry ALL THE TIME. I swear, no matter how often I do the laundry there is always more to do. Constantly. I’m either hanging clothes, washing clothes, or folding clothes at least once a day. Sigh….I digress. ;)

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And I would say that 90% of the laundry I do is workout clothes.

BUT sometimes I’ll throw a regular shirt in with our workout clothes if there’s one laying around that needs washed.

Well, just yesterday Jay put on his tshirt and said “Man, I swear, our laundry has been smelling great lately” (totally not kidding or exaggerating). Go figure. I had thrown that shirt in with our workout gear. :)

Let’s be honest, workout clothes get funky after awhile. If they don’t, you’re obviously not sweaters like we are. And now our workout clothes smell brand new again – no funny business – it’s awesome!

And now I’m spoiled. I’ll never use a different laundry detergent after using WIN. It’s like how now I’m spoiled with Lululemon – I’ll never buy anything else. Ha!

Have you tried WIN? What laundry detergent do you use for your workout clothes??

WIN offered me these bottles of detergent free of charge in exchange for a blog post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

A Day In The Life: Staycation

August 15th, 2014 5 comments

Life isn’t too exciting on staycation, but it’s still plenty busy (and fun!).

So I thought I’d share a sneak peak into our lives. :)

Tuesday the three of us had no plan. We figured we’d just play it by ear!

We woke up to sunshine and knew it was supposed to rain around noon so we hopped on our bikes and headed to John’s Diner for breakfast (a first for us). I love breakfast, I love biking with the boys, and who doesn’t love dining in a train car?

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Unfortunately, that was where the love ended. The service was lackluster and the food even worse. Not a place I’d go back to. :(

BUT the day got better when my dad called and asked C to go see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie. We all decided to go and headed over to the eastside to meet up with my dad.

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Ummmmm……this movie was GREAT! Like, I want to go see it again, great. So incredibly fun and the graphics were out of this world! C and I didn’t stop laughing and we both even teared up for a minute. :)

C then went home with my dad after the movie (his Dad was picking him up from their house later) so Jay and I decided to try out the Twisted Paddy in Mentor.

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Jay and I have been on the search for the perfect paleo burger. And I had heard such great things about this place from more than one person so I had high hopes! But, once again, meh. No luck. We were not impressed. The burgers weren’t bad, but they weren’t very good either. Just average. Again, not somewhere I would go back. :(

Since we ate around 3:00 we figured we’d be good for the 6:30 Crossfit class. Ugh, worst mistake ever. A burger and then burpees? BAD IDEA JEANS. My average burger almost made a return. Yuck. Never again.

But, luckily, coming home to our newly painted front door (Monday’s staycation project) cheered me right back up.

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Many ups and downs, but aren’t most days that way?

Do you have a favorite burger place?? Please share!

Let’s Catch Up

August 12th, 2014 4 comments

Hi there. Remember me? It’s been forever and a day since I last blogged!

Life is just busy and I’m trying to spend as much time with C as possible before he goes back to school. Most nights the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer. :)

SO, instead, I’ve been enjoying being “unplugged” (well, as unplugged as I get – ha!).

And, this week Jay and I are on staycation (yay!) so I plan to spend the least amount of time on the computer as possible!

Instead, I hope to be enjoying the sunshine (or rain – ugh), wodding, hanging with my cute hubby and son, and catching up on sleep. All of my favorite things!

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What do you like to do on staycation?? We also plan on tackling a few home improvement projects but those aren’t as high on the priority list. Lol.

We Went “Camping”!

August 3rd, 2014 4 comments

Wow, it’s been forever and a day since I last blogged!

We went on a short 4 day “vacation” and it was so nice to un-plug that I just decided to keep it up for the entire week. It was nice!

The boys and I (and C’s friend) headed to Hocking Hills for a fun filled “camping” weekend. I say “camping” in quotes because we stayed in a cabin and, according to some friends (mostly boys), camping isn’t staying in a cabin. I beg to differ. ;)

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It still requires tons of planning and packing.

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Outdoor games.

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Fun adventures.

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Swimming.

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Campfires.

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And family time.

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Definitely camping. :)

What about you? What do you consider “camping”? Do you have to stay in a tent? A camper? Or is a cabin OK?

Scenes From The Weekend, 34

July 21st, 2014 6 comments

This past weekend was pretty quiet.

Saturday was full of rain so we just kind of went with it:

A morning wod:

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and then lots of relaxing (in my new shorts)!

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We spent Sunday morning getting all our errands done so we could spend the afternoon at a new brewery/winery in Mentor with friends, and then dinner and swimming at my parents.

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We definitely made up for our lazy Saturday!

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(they were making a whirlpool – ha)

How was your weekend? Was it busy, productive, lazy??

Peak and Pit

July 15th, 2014 6 comments

Every week we try to sit down and eat as a family at least 3 to 4 times a week (more, if possible).

And, in an effort to get the boy to tell us more than his day was “good”, we now have a tradition of telling each other our “peak and pit” from the day.

Here are the rules:

  1. Only one peak and one pit is allowed.
  2. It has to be from that day – not a prior day.

That’s it – pretty easy!

(and, in full disclosure, I got this idea from watching an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians a year or so ago – judge all you want but 1, I love that show! and 2, we all love this dinner time tradition!)

Today my peak was my night at the gym. I’m awful at burpees, like completely awful. But I’ve really been pushing myself with them lately and today they were actually (dare I say) good! Still not great, but good!

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Not from tonight, but this is exactly what I looked like after tonight’s wod. :)

My pit was that I spent all day working on ONE thing at work today. I know I made progress but, man, it felt like I was stuck on the same thing ALL DAY. I think I’ll be able to wrap it up tomorrow, though, so there’s that at least. Ha.

Do you have any dinner traditions? What was your peak and pit from today??

Scenes From The Weekend, 33

July 14th, 2014 5 comments

I’m so sad how fast summer is passing us by. I feel like I’m always recapping my weekends!

Once again, last Thursday we headed down to Edgewater Live.

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But this time C brought his 2 closest buddies.

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And we came prepared with blankets, chairs, and drinks – it was awesome!

The rest of the weekend was spent like usual.

Good food:

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(paleo pizza!)

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Impromptu date night!

Great workouts:

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And lots of relaxing like this guy:

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I’m pretty much in love with the weekends right now. Only 4 more days til the next one!!

What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekend? For me, it’s sleeping in. I live for it!! :)

Adidas micoach Review

July 10th, 2014 2 comments

I was lucky enough to receive the new Adidas micoach heart rate monitor (HRM) to try out and review.

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I used to be an avid HRM user. I never worked out without it! But then the battery went dead and I guess I was just too lazy to get it replaced. :)

But this HRM is different. There’s no watch, just a FREE app you download onto your phone and that’s it. From their website:

When combined with the miCoach Mobile App it turns your smartphone into your own personal trainer, with real-time voice coaching and tracking features.

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They aren’t kidding! Besides tracking your heart rate and calories, there is someone coaching you along. Like, your phone is actually talking to you! I used it once for a short run to test out this feature and it’s really really cool. And when I wore it for Crossfit (results above are from a hard Crossfit day!) it just worked like a normal heart rate monitor.

I think this is the way to go with a HRM – it works for every type of exercise!

How about you? Do you wear a heart rate monitor when you workout?

A HUGE thanks to Verizon Wireless for offering to let me try out the Adidas micoach heart rate monitor! I’m not keeping the device and all thoughts are 100% my own.