Crossfit Open 14.2

March 10th, 2014 6 comments

So, remember how jacked I was after 14.1??

Yeah, ummm, not so much this week.

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Translation:

  • You have 3 minutes to complete:
    • 10 overhead squats
    • 10 chest to bar pullups
    • 10 overhead squats
    • 10 chest to bar pullups
  • IF you finish all 40 reps in 3 minutes or less than you have 3 minutes to do 12 reps each, and if you finish those, you have 3 minutes to do 14 reps each, etc, etc.

This workout was pure grunt work for me. Chest to bar pull-ups and overhead squats are my two LEAST FAVORITE movements in Crossfit. Go figure. Ha.

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I do not make this look easy.

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And I have to do chest to bar pull-ups one.at.a.time. Ugh, they are so annoyingly slow.

And they get uglier the more I do.

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Haha. Pull, Heather, pull!!!

It just wasn’t my workout. Which is fine I guess.

Especially since I couldn’t do ONE chest to bar pull-up last year in Open workout 13.5:

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So I’ll take my score of 33 (10 overhead squats, 10 pull-ups, 10 overhead squats, and 3 pull-ups before the clock hit 3 minutes). I’m OK with it.

At this rate I should be an expert at chest to bar pull-ups come next year at this time, right??!

How do you measure your progress?? I love the Open – shows me how far I’ve come from last year!

Crossfit Open 14.1

March 5th, 2014 6 comments

Last week was the beginning of the Crossfit Open.

In a nutshell, here’s how the Open works:

  • Anyone can register for the Open. You pay your $20 and you’re IN.
  • There are 5 workouts over the course of 5 weeks (one a week).
  • Each workout is announced on Thursday evening and you have until Monday to submit your score.
  • Each workout is named after the year that it’s in – so, since it’s 2014 and last week was the first workout, it’s named 14.1. This week will be 14.2, next week 14.3, and so on up to 14.5.
  • At the end of the Open, the top 48 men and top 48 women in each region will be invited to compete in their respective Regional competition (ours is held in Columbus!!).
  • The top 3 men and top 3 women from each region are invited to the Games (the awesome craziness you can watch on ESPN2 in the summer!!).

So I was secretly thrilled when they announced 14.1:

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Yes! Double unders! Jump rope is my JAM, you guys! :)

I had no idea how to attack this workout. So, I did what I always do – don’t think about it too much and pray I don’t suck a big one. Hehe.

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I know 10 minutes doesn’t seem like a long time, but I swear to you this was the longest 10 minutes of my life.

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I take that back. When I redid the workout on Sunday, THAT was the longest 10 minutes of my life. :)

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I ended up with 268 reps total. I was/am pretty pleased!

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Ha, we were ALL dead afterwards!

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I’m nervous that this was the first workout, though. It was aimed towards my strengths – they’re not all going to be that way. In fact, I’m sure the rest are going to hand my ass to me! Who knows what that crazy man, Dave Castro, is brewing up for us. ;)

I don’t care, though, I just love how the Open brings the community together. We all cheer each other on, whether we’re signed up or not, and it creates a sense of family at the gym. My fave. :)

Are you signed up for the Open? How did you do on 14.1? If not, what was the hardest 10 minute workout you ever did??

Scenes From The Weekend, 21

March 3rd, 2014 3 comments

My weekend was pretty much Crossfit obsessed.

It all started when the first Crossfit Open Wod (14.1) was announced Thursday night!

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The texts, phone calls, strategizing, all started rolling in Thursday night. :)

So I wore my new Reebok Crossfit shirt on Friday in excitement for the weekend.

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I’m kind of in love with the colors on this shirt.

I’ll post all about how Jay and I did on 14.1 tomorrow, but I have to say how proud I am of my 40 year old! He gave it everything he had in this workout – and, to be honest, it was pretty sexy. ;)

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#RichFroninglookalike

Saturday morning was more crossfit:

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I swear, every workout is harder than it looks. Every.single.time.

But the rest of the day was spent maxin and relaxin while Jay spent his time at a beer fest. It was my dream day: hard workout and then quality solo time on my couch with a movie, the dogs, and fuzzy blanket. :)

We did go out for a late dinner, though, when Jay finally got home.

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Sausage and pepper pizza and humble pie from Humble in Lakewood. I could eat this every weekend – SO GOOD.

Sunday was pretty much a repeat of Saturday except Jay was home. I cannot complain, friends. My weekend was pretty damn good.

How was your weekend?? Relaxing? Busy? Full of good food??

p.s. If you didn’t win my Cleveland Marathon race giveaway – my friend, Jess, is running a giveaway on her blog right now!!

Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Entry WINNER

February 28th, 2014 3 comments

Happy Friday, guys!

The winner of the FREE entry to the race of their choice of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is:

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Chelsea!!

Chelsea, email me your contact information by Sunday at 8pm so I can pass it along to the powers that be. Congratulations!

Scenes From The Weekend, 20

February 27th, 2014 5 comments

I figure I better catch up before this weekend!

Last weekend was a big one. It was one I had been planning for over a month.

Jay’s SURPRISE 40th birthday party!

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I thought I had pulled off the surprise, but he started asking questions Saturday afternoon. He told me afterwards that he knew something was up when I started cleaning the house. (ha, he knows me well – it takes a lot to get me to clean!)

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But we had friends coming in from out of town and staying with us (that he didn’t know about), so I couldn’t NOT clean. At least he told me he was only expecting a dinner, not 40+ of his friends! I’d call that a win?

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It was a “Burgers N Beer” themed party. The cake pops and cupcakes both were made with beer (and the cupcakes were actually made with Jay’s home-brew!).

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I asked that people bring Jay a craft brew as a gift, but I had no idea this would be the turnout from that request:

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Whoa. Jay has a lot of friends. A lot of generous friends. :)

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(Jer, you made the blog – hehe!!!)

Hopefully most of them will help him drink this stash. Well, if he lets them, I guess. Ha.

Sunday was spent recovering. Period.

Happy 40th, Babe. Here’s to 40 more!

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Have you ever had a surprise party? A friend threw one for me in 8th grade – I had no idea about it until I saw people peaking out from under the curtains as we were walking up to the house. Ha.

p.s. The winner of the FREE entry to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon will be announced tomorrow!!

Step Wars: Chicago vs. Cleveland

February 26th, 2014 4 comments

My Fitbit goes crazy when I visit Chicago. In September I remember texting a picture to Jay at 11am of my Fitbit reading over 11,000 steps already that day!

So, I was curious as to how it would be when we went to visit 2 weekends ago since there was a huge snow storm and we were taking public transportation everywhere (opposed to walking).

And it was still a HUGE difference.

Sunday we went for a 3 mile or so run/walk along the water, watched House of Cards, and then went out to dinner and for drinks. Nothing too active.

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Monday all we did was watch more House of Cards, go to an early dinner, and then to the JT concert (it was a very chill weekend).

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At home, my normal daily average is so much less than that!

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Ha, and that included my Crossfit workout.

It’s a struggle for me to get 10,000 steps a day in Cleveland! But, in Chicago I have no trouble, even with a brutal snow storm. It’s no surprise my sis can eat out frequently and drink and still look amazing without working out. She’s walking miles upon miles every day!

Lakewood is definitely the most walkable “suburb” of Cleveland, but what can you do in the winter. I’ll be curious if these numbers will change come summertime!

Do you live in a walkable city? I love that we can walk to the grocery store, the park, dinner, school, ice cream :) .

A HUGE thanks to Verizon Wireless for offering to let me try out the Fitbit Flex – I’m 100% a Fitbit lover and all opinions are my own.

Scenes From The Weekend, 19

February 25th, 2014 6 comments

Ahhhh, I’m a weekend behind!

So much has happened the past two weeks that I’m still trying to get caught up!

The weekend of Valentines Day Jay and I headed to Chicago to visit my sis, celebrate Jay’s birthday, and see JT in concert (again!!).

We got in Saturday evening and stayed until Tuesday (the concert was Monday night).

We filled our time with all of Jay’s favorite things.

His favorite Chicago mexican food and margaritas:

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He killed that burrito, btw. Calories don’t count when it’s your birthday, right??? ;)

The most amazing chocolate cake:

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(Fun fact: My sis called Jay a pansy the first time she ever met him and it’s been an ongoing joke ever since) #theyloveeachother

And many, many flights of beer:

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It was his dream world. :)

And my dream world came Monday night when my sis and I went to the JT concert!

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Waiting anxiously for him to come on!

For those of you keeping track, this is the third time I’ve seen JT in the past six months. Lol. #number1fan!

As always, he was amazing and his moving stage stopped RIGHT.IN.FRONT.OF.US.

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Walking up the steps, almost there, so close!!!

We almost died. It’s seriously a good thing no one was there to witness the ridiculousness of the two of us. :)

Then Tuesday morning we left to come home. It was Jay’s actual birthday and he had a 40th birthday wod to do!

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Even after he ate all the food and drank all the beer, he still pulled through as my partner. The old man’s still got it. :)

We love birthdays in our house. Can you tell???

Is your family big on birthdays? What kind of cake did you request? I always loved when it was my birthday growing up. We didn’t have to do any of our chores, my mom made our favorite dinner (mine was always lasagna), and we had ice cream cake!

Giveaway: 2014 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon!!

February 23rd, 2014 51 comments

Everyone knows that the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is my favorite race of the year. And not just the marathon, but any of the races (10k, half marathon, and full marathon)!

I’m especially excited about the marathon this year since the course has been changed.

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It’s finally on the westside of the city!! I think this opens the race up to so many more spectator locations, better views (hello, Lake Erie!), and much more shade for the runners. I’ve been hoping for this ever since I ran the marathon in 2010!

I can’t wait to cheer my face off for the marathoners after I finish the 10k!

It’s my favorite race ever, and still my most favorite race memory. And it’s my pleasure to offer one of YOU the opportunity to experience this most amazing race for yourself! It’s the perfect time to start training, so now’s the best time to win (the race distance is your choice)!

There are a few ways to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling me which race distance you’ll run if you win.
  2. Tweet about the giveaway: I want to run the most amazing @clevemarathon with @heatha262!! http://tinyurl.com/n8wlqux #CLEmarathon #runCLE – and then leave me a comment letting me know you tweeted.

You can tweet once a day from now until this Thursday, February 27th at 5:00pm! But be sure to leave a separate comment for each day you tweet.

The winner will be announced Thursday night.

Good luck!!

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 the my experiences. The wonderful people at the marathon offered this free race entry for one of you, too! It’s my most favorite race!

February 18

February 18th, 2014 5 comments

Forty years ago today, this cute little boy was born:

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And lucky for me he decided to move from Pittsburgh to Cleveland after college.

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We met playing in a co-ed recreational kickball team and have come a long way together the past 8+ years.

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Even though he’s turning 40, he’s the most young at heart, playful 40 year old I know.

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We’re pretty much made for each other. :)

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Happy 40th, Babe. Here’s to 40 more years filled with family, fun, Crossfit, friends, and beer.

I lerve yer. ;)

Progress Update: My First Failure

February 13th, 2014 12 comments

I had my first real failure this week, guys.

I had already enjoyed my cheat meal Saturday night at our friend’s house for dinner. And it was delicious!

But then Sunday I had the hardest time getting back on track. We went skiing and the “snack bar” was one bad choice after another (I went with a soft pretzel) and then Jay convinced me to go out for tacos (my favorite!) for dinner.

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I mean, it’s not his fault. I’m the one who caved and said OK. I’ve been at this for over a month and I feel bad that he doesn’t get to go out to eat as much as he’d like because of my diet restrictions.

But, man, did I pay for it. My stomach was a wreck for days!

However, instead of letting it derail me all together, I got right back on the horse Monday morning. And when my skinny jeans slid right on yesterday I remembered why I’m doing this and knew that whatever weakness I felt on Sunday was gone.

Don’t get me wrong, I know this isn’t the end of the world. But if I want to make progress, I have to stay on plan here.

I’m most definitely a work in progress!

What is your weakness? Tacos? Pizza? Beer? Mine is 100% mexican food – it’s the best!