Support the Runners

April 15th, 2014 1 comment

Hey friends!

I’m alive and well! Just a bit tied up with life right now.

I had to drop in today, though, in support of the one year anniversary of last year’s Boston Marathon.

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Jay and I made sure to wear our running shirts today in support of Boston and all runners everywhere.

#Bostonstrong

I can’t wait for Monday – I have the day off work and plan on being glued to the computer watching the race!!

I’m rooting for Shalane to take it home this year!

Who are you rooting for??

Crossfit Open 14.5 – It’s OVER!

April 8th, 2014 6 comments

Totally meant to post about this last week. Whoops!

But it’s finally over!

And the last workout of the Open was NO JOKE.

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That’s 168 reps total, friends. Ooof.

And those burpees? They’re not normal burpees (of course not, that would just be silly) – they’re burpees over bar. Meaning, you do a burpee facing the bar, jump over the bar, face the bar, do a burpee, jump over the bar, etc.

Burpee:

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Jump:

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It’s horrible. Trust me.

Add thrusters to the mix, and this is what you look like:

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Ha.

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I’m not especially good at either of these movements so this workout was a struggle, to say the least. I seriously felt like I was going to throw up in the round of 12 and even thought about quitting for a few seconds (I’m not proud of it, but just keepin it real, kids).

But, like always, I didn’t die.

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Go figure.

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My cute (and gross!) sweat angel. :)

And, to make things worse, I was extremely disappointed in my time so I REDID the workout 2 days later (can you say CRAZY???!).

But, I swear to you, it was easier the second time around. Maybe I just knew what to expect? Or I went into it more confident? I’m not sure, but I improved my time by almost 2 whole minutes!

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MUCH better. Not great, but better. Which equals a much happier Heather. :)

I think this was the hardest workout I’ve ever done since Jay and I started Crossfit back in November of 2012!

Do you remember the hardest workout you’ve ever done? What was it??

5 Tips To Stay Motivated

April 1st, 2014 6 comments

These days I find it hard to stay motivated to run. And since I’m running the Rite Aid Cleveland 10k in May I should probably get a move on already!

So, here’s what I do to stay on track when I find myself lacking motivation:

  1. Keep track of my progress. I have a cork board in our “gym” (i.e. the room with the treadmill!) with my most current training schedule. It helps when I see a red “X” on the days I completed. The more red X’s the better!
  2. Give myself a break. Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed. Period. So, if I’m feeling this way, I’ll give myself 3 or 4 days or rest instead of 1 or 2. Helps me reset and, most of the time, I’m itching to get back at it after 4 days!
  3. Break it up. I have a hard time thinking in terms of time (especially with running now that I do shorter Crossfit workouts most of the time). So, instead, I break it up. I’ll do a 1 mile warmup and then break the middle up into 400m intervals and then finish with a half mile cool down. The time flies by!
  4. Make it fun. I love to play loud music and sing/dance along, run with a friend, or even race around the track with C. Whatever it takes to keep me to smiling!
  5. Make it a family affair. My most favorite runs always include the boys. We run, talk, catch up, and sweat – all in normally 30 minutes or less. When it happens, it’s my favorite 30 minutes of my day!

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What do you do to stay motivated??

I’m an official blogger for the 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. I received a free entry to run the 10k in exchange for blogging about my experiences. It’s my favorite race!

Scenes From The Weekend, 24

March 31st, 2014 5 comments

I wasn’t kidding when I said I could use 3 day weekends, you guys. So I took a half day of vacation on Friday and did some retail therapy at my happy place, Lululemon. #byebyetaxrefund :)

Then I got to enjoy lunch with both my boys since C was on spring break:

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AND I got to enjoy some time in the kitchen before heading to crossfit.

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(adapted from here – I overcooked it a little but it was still DE-lish!)

But then Open Wod 14.5 proceeded to crush my soul:

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Lol.

So Saturday we took it easy, and enjoyed the outdoors a little before the snowstorm hit.

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So crazy to me that 2 hours after I took this picture it was a blizzard out!

And after a peaceful day, and a great night out with friends, Jay and I came home to this:

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The dogs (probably Diddy) had eaten an entire box of Zone bars!!! They have NEVER done something like this before. The box was in the kitchen, but low enough were it could be knocked down (obviously) – but that’s where we’ve always kept them! Panic ensued, but long story short, both pups are just fine.

Sunday was more crossfit and relaxing. As always, Sunday is my favorite. :)

Have your pets ever gotten into your food? This was literally a first for us!

Crossfit Open 14.4

March 28th, 2014 3 comments

I can’t believe it’s taken me all week to blog about this workout!

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I was worried I wouldn’t remember the pain this workout caused but as soon as I revisited the pictures it all came flooding back. ;)

A few things about this one:

  • I can’t do a muscle-up, so getting through the cleans was the goal.
  • 50 toes-to-bar is A LOT for me. Like, “I have no idea how long it’s going to take to get them done” a lot.

BUT, I LOVE to row. So it’s pretty cool we got to do that.

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With that in mind, everything started off all fine and dandy. Three minutes and 5 seconds of rowing? Done.

But then came the hard part.

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I still remember someone saying “only 30 more – you can do this” and wanting to cry. Ha. Man, I need to work on these!

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And I think I may have actually cried tears of joy when they were over. It felt amazing.

Wall balls were next. Which are fine – you just have to get them done!

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At this point, though, my heart rate was JACKED. Holy crap.

And I was left with 3 minutes to do 30 cleans.

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No problem, right??!

Hahahahahaha. Yeah, right.

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I remember kind of zoning out and not really knowing what was going on. The picture above is my favorite because I had no idea that was happening (me dying and them yelling!). :)

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And then it was over. 177 reps later! (180 would have gotten through the 30 cleans – so I did 27 – I’ll take it!)

I never want to do this workout again. Ever. Well, maybe once I finally get the hang of those toes-to-bar. :) #neversaynever

Happy Friday, guys! What workouts are you doing this weekend?? I have the last Open wod 14.5 to complete – then it’s finally over!

Running Is Therapy

March 25th, 2014 7 comments

Ever have one of those days? Like, when you really want it to be a good day but it’s not?

That kind of happened to me this weekend. It wasn’t anything serious, but enough to change my mood.

So I did what I used to do when I wasn’t feeling my best.

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Put on my running shoes and sweat it out.

But this time was even better because Jay did it with me. There’s nothing a good husband/wife sweat session can’t solve. :)

We’re both running the Rite Aid Cleveland 10k in May so this run served a dual purpose: feel better AND train for the race!

No matter how much I crossfit, I still love to run. I can’t wait to run this race!

What race are you running next? What’s your favorite distance?

I’m an official blogger for the Cleveland Marathon and am offered a free race entry in exchange for blogging about my experience. However, this is my favorite race ever!

Scenes From The Weekend, 23

March 24th, 2014 4 comments

Man, the weekends go by too quick anymore.

Friday night was the usual.

It always starts with a smile:

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And ends with pain:

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Ha, more on that later this week!

Biggie had the right idea Saturday morning.

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But instead of snoozing I got myself up and went to the gym again so I could get it over with and enjoy the rest of the day!

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Do you see the “WOD”? Ummmm……that’s SIXTY chest to bar pull-ups. 6-0. Holy hell – no wonder my hand looks like that now.

The rest of the day was spent lounging with my boys. We ended up watched Saving Mr. Banks.

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Have you seen it?? It was really great! I had no idea it was about how Mary Poppins got made!

Later that night C went to a friends house and Jay and I went to a little birthday gathering. Can you tell the birthday boy likes chocolate chip cookies?? :)

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Jay and I spent Sunday morning relaxing before we had to pick up C. It was awesome. I miss sleeping in!

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I seriously love Sundays. There was so much to do, but we just chilled instead. ;)

What was the last movie you saw? Did you like it??

Crossfit Open 14.3

March 19th, 2014 7 comments

I got lucky this week!

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I mean, deadliest aren’t my jam or anything, but they’re also not anything horrible either.

After last week’s disaster, I planned ahead this week did the workout in the first heat of everyone. It helps when I just get it over with. My nerves aren’t as bad that way. :)

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I knew physically doing the 205# deadlifts were possible, I just didn’t know if I’d get there in time.

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Frantically adding weight to the bar!

Quick recap – I made it to 205# and somehow managed 3 reps at that weight – it literally came down to the last second! (Which you can see from the following progression of photos)

But what I really want to show you is the support we give each other.

Meh, just chillin. Still at 185 pounds here:

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Wait, she actually has time for 205! Check the clock, guys!

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Pick it up, Heather, pick it up!

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Get it up – 2 seconds left! Pull!!

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Just in time!

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YES!!

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Hugs all around!!

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I was really happy about this one. And Jay getting this all on camera is just so cool. Every time I look at these pictures they remind me why I love this sport so much.

Of course, my final score of 133(!!) made me super excited, but having the support from everyone made me even happier. I’m such a sap. :) #friendsforlife

I know the next two workouts are going to be TOUGH. So I’m reveling in last week’s success for the time being (well, until 14.4 is announced tomorrow night!).

Do you like to go first or last? Even in school when giving reports I always went first. The anxiety from waiting is too much for me!! :)

Scenes From The Weekend, 22

March 18th, 2014 3 comments

Things are so crazy right now, you guys. I can’t keep up!

It’s my busiest time of year at work so I’m just taking it day by day. I can’t wait to get back to my regular schedule!

Luckily this past weekend was full of all good things to help me decompress.

Friday night fun doing Open WOD 14.3 (full recap tomorrow!).

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OMG, our friends are the BEST.

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Saturday was spent recovering:

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Going out with my cute husband:

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Look! No spandex!! :)

And a midnight run to McDonald’s for ice cream cones:

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The best way to splurge on ice cream, imo (cheap and portion control!).

Sunday morning was spent returning the favor and supporting our friends completing 14.3.

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Ha, I don’t think either one of us bothered to brush our hair that morning. :)

And this is what happens when 5 hungry boy crossfitters go to brunch:

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And this doesn’t even include Jay’s order of bacon! Omg. All.the.bacon.

The rest of Sunday was spent catching up with my BFF and dinner at my parents. I love Sundays and hate them at the same time. Ha.

What’s your favorite day of the week?? Mine’s definitely Sunday, but I think it might be my least favorite day, too!

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Reebok’s Crossfit Apparel

March 12th, 2014 7 comments

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

I was so jazzed to be included in this campaign to review Reebok’s Crossfit apparel. Crossfit is my jam!

When I opened the box I geeked out so hard. I couldn’t believe all the stuff that came!

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Right???!

All of the items I received are defined as PlayDry: PlayDry is a moisture management system that helps keep you cooler, dryer, and more comfortable. The “base layer” moves moisture, helps accelerate evaporation, increases ventilation and reduces abrasion without trapping the body’s thermal energy. PlayDry is available in a variety of apparel and footwear offerings.

So I got right to it. :)

My favorite item – the one I have worn at least 3 times a week since I got it is the Endurance Training Jaquard Hoody.

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It’s so light and perfect for warming up and lifting – I love it SO MUCH. It has everything: thumbholes, cute/subtle pattern, zip pocket, ventilation, bungee hem, and what Reebok calls, BareMove (designed to offer Reebok’s construction, fit, and fabrication for total freedom of movement. It’s designed to help regulate your core body temperature through venting in key heat zones for increased airflow to cool the body.)

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This tshirt is also PlayDry and so darn comfortable! I wear it all.the.time. I actually do the laundry more often now so that I can wear this, the hoody, and the sports bra over and over and over again. :)

You can see the sports bra in this picture:

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The double straps give me extra support, and the camouflage pattern is amazing (and it’s PlayDry!). The fabric is so soft – I want to wear it every day – this is definitely my go-to sports bra now. In fact, I already ordered another one!

The shorts I received are ok.

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I ordered my normal Medium in the Core Training Short, but these shorts are tight. And short. I want to love them because I love the colors, but I’d need to try a size up. They are PlayDry and BareMove, which is supposed to help maximize reach and stretch. Which it obviously does because I was able to do handstand pushups in these shorts with no problem (even though they’re so tight! ha).

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I wasn’t sure about these shorts at first. They are BareMove and PlayDry like the shorts above, but they have a side dolphin hem for mobility. I did a lot of bar work in these and they were incredibly comfortable. More than I thought they would be! I do enjoy that the back of the shorts are longer than the front – I need a little more booty coverage. :)

Oh, wait! I forgot about the tank top!

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It’s so soft, just like the sports bra. And I love a good racerback – they’re always my favorite tanks. It’s in constant rotation now, too.

I can’t help but say that Reebok has definitely stepped up their game. They know what’s up. Besides the Core Training Shorts, everything fit perfectly and I wear over and over again. I think that says a lot about a brand.  Thank you, Reebok!

I know this is a lot of information, so if you have any specific questions about any of the items just let me know!

What’s your favorite Reebok item? Like I mentioned above, I’m obsessed with the hoody and sports bra. Obsessed! :)