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! :)

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!