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Crossfit and Tears

I was going to blog last night about our WOD for yesterday but I just couldn’t get past my emotions. I know that I am all laughs and sarcasm most days but yesterday was different. Yesterday meant more to me that I can adequately describe. Without going into a long story of my craziness the last couple of months I will just say that I am in pain 24 hours a day. I have severe nerve pain from my knee’s down. My feet are either numb or on fire every single minute. I have balance issues and recently speech issues. Now, I don’t need anyone commenting on what they think I have..I know what I have… I don’t need or want that okay? Just support me.. that’s all I ask. As anyone with chronic, never ending pain knows it is mentally and physically exhausting. Each day is a fight to either feel sorry for myself or “suck it up” as my mom says. Every morning I think “I wonder what our WOD is for the day?” and that is one thing gets me up and moving. If only to tell my body “F U!!”
So, Yesterday the strength portion of our WOD was Front Rack Reverse Lunges and 60 seconds of Double Under Practice. My first set of FR RL’s was with the bar only. I just wanted to see how it felt to have weight on. To my surprise I felt strong and the 35 lb bar was no problemo. I steady added weight until the last set and I had 55 lbs. Now, I know that doesn’t seem like much to those of you who are crazy strong but this was the very first time I had done this particular exercise. I ran to my coach and begged for one more set. I added 5′s to each side for 65 lbs total. I had to get 8-10 reps for it to count. He came over and stood in front of me to make sure I was lunging correctly and the dandiest thing happened. I not only did the weight but I did 8 reps with minimal struggle. John, weightlifting coach extraordinaire, smiled and said some choice words that made me smile and want to cry at the same time. I did it. I could have done more. Knowing that I beat myself.. I beat my pain.. if only for a minute made me feel invincible. I am so thankful for Crossfit because I think God put it in my path at just the right time. I need to feel that way especially in the wave of chaos that I am in right now. I also saw a video from Barbell Shrugged that truly explains how powerful crossfit really is. I dare you to watch it and not feel moved.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3yIB2J0hAM#t=74

Got beat by a Race Car driver

I am back in good Ole Memphis and I am so happy to be back at my Box. I can’t believe how much I missed everyone in just one week. My muscles definitely missed the torture.. I mean workouts. I felt like a giddy school girl on the first day of school.. ” Will anyone even notice that I wasn’t there for a week?” “Have I lost all my strength and have to start over??” Remember, I am a bit of a drama queen so I wear my emotions on my shoulder. I got to Crossfit and started talking with one of my Partner’s in Crime. This lady is a kick butt individual. She is an inspiration and has come a long way in just a couple months.. I don’t think she will mind me telling you that she is 51 years old. I only hope that I can be as much of a beast when I am her age. As Diane and I were talking, I saw this tiny, itty bitty, lady walk past us and I just glanced at her face. I thought that she looked familiar but it had to be from the running scene.. we are all friends when we are running :) I saw her walk past again and this time got a better look at her face and thought “Woah.. this chick looks like Danica Patrick.. how cool.. Wonder if anyone has ever told her that.” I didn’t really think it WAS Danica Patrick.. just some lucky lady who looked like her. Finally, Diane, who is never at a loss for words, says to me and Dana, another very kick butt Crossfitter, “who in the heck is that chickie with the perfect legs over there in the pink.” I chuckled because indeed she did have perfect legs and Dana said ” you don’t know who that is?! That is Danica Patrick!” I guess I looked extra surprised because Dana started cracking up. Why in the world would she be at the OB box? I mean how does she even know that Olive Branch even exists haha. So, my first workout back turned into one of the coolest workouts ever.

WOD was 12 MIN AMRAP
15 wallmalls 16 lbs RX- Which I did not get. I used 12
Run 200m

Our warm up was a blur because all I remember was John talking about how to do a strict pull up when Danica walks over to the bar and just starts doing kipping pullups and not even breaking a sweat. I think at that point my respect for a nascar driver who “only drives” grew about 1000% percent. By the time we got to the WOD, she had made an impression on the Box for sure and was definitely a beast!

We started the WOD and like I said I used the 12 lb wall ball. I just have to say.. I hate wall balls. I am not particularly coordinated with my hands.. hence the reason I played soccer and I run.. so I cannot for the life of me catch a ball while squatting and come back up in a fluid movement. My wallballs look more like a two year old trying to shoot a basket with a ball that is the size of her body. Its not pretty. I hit my face many times and by about the 3rd round I have to drop the ball each time so I don’t get a concussion from all the blunt force trauma to my face.
The run is always a nice thing for me to see on the board as that is my comfort zone. Especially 200M runs.. cause those are super short and I can blast right through them. However, there was no blasting involved today.. I was as slow as molasses in January. I felt like my legs did not want to communicate with my brain as my brain was telling my legs to hurry the hell up LOL. To make matters worse, Danica had already completed two rounds by the time I got done with one! I think she lapped all of us.
I ended the WOD with 5 + 3… Danica…7. But, even though I was lapped and felt like a slug while running I felt so good afterwards. How many people can say they got beat by a Race Car driver? I am getting stronger even if I don’t feel like that today. Tomorrow is yet another day! I cannot wait!

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain

This week I have been in Tulsa Oklahoma where we are visiting family for about 6 days. I will admit I was nervous about leaving for a week because I was just starting to feel comfortable in Crossfit and my running was finally getting faster. Who wants to take a week off when you are finally feeling like superwoman?! Okay maybe not superwomen… more like lavagirl from all this dang heat but you get my point. So, I posted on My super awesome Crossfit page and asked another member if they knew of any WOD’s I could do without a gym. Lisa, who by the way is one of the most kick butt ladies I have had the pleasure of meeting, told me that there is an app called MY WOD. It is so cool! It allows you to search for Road WODS that you can do with only your body weight. It also lets you record your results from other WODS that are programmed in and you can also create your own! So far I am very impressed. With that cool little app in my back pocket I felt much more comfortable going on vacation.
Side note… does it sound insane to anyone else that I was hesitant to go on vacation??? All because I was afraid I couldn’t work out. I think I may have hit my head a couple times with a kettlebell ;) But, it just goes to show you that Crossfit is a life changer. I secretly think that our coaches put some kind of vapor in the air that is addicting so we keep coming back :)
Okay so on to the first day of Road WOD’s. My hubby and I decided to do this workout:
5 Rounds for time:
Run 200M
10 Squats
10 Push-ups.
We started out by using another cool app, man what did we do before smart phones, that measured Meters. We used our kids sidewalk chalk to mark a beginning and an end in the street. It was about 2:30 in the afternoon and even in Oklahoma was pretty darn hot.
Our first couple of rounds were done with Zeal… trash talking… all out sprints. After the third round we started to feel the effects of the 2000 degree oven that people call Oklahoma and sloooowed down. I, honestly, had to move to women’s push-ups because I was just that worn out. I mean who would have thought that 5 rounds would kick your butt so much!
About round 4, these little teenie boppers came walking by towards the community pool and actually stopped to ask us if we had the code for the pool. Um Hello! Do you not see that I am in the middle of dying here.. I am one push-up away from sliming your shoes with my lunch. Go away! Haha… I didn’t actually say that. I think what came out was mumbled and I must have looked crazed because they backed up and started walking fast towards the pool ;)
We finally finished the WOD with a time of 10:04. My notes in MY WOD actually say.. Hot as Hell… I think that is pretty close to the correct description. I am hoping to get at least one more work out in before we leave. Here’s to Road WODS and all the silly looks you get from the locals :)

Goodbye Okliehomie… Thanks for the poop.. I mean memories…

Yes.. I know I spelled Oklahoma wrong but I can’t help but call it Okliehomie because that’s what my 4 year old calls it and well that is just to darn cute ;) You will see why Oklahoma decided to gift me some poop later in the post. I decided to get one more workout in before we left Oklahoma and this time I combined my run workout that my running Coach, Von the awesome, prescribed for me. That is really his name. It’s even on his driver’s license :) This was my workout for today:
4x1200M repeats
4 min rest

6 rounds of
10 air squats
10 pushups
10 situps

So for my workout, I had a very convenient track right behind my Mother In Law’s house that I could walk too. I thought “Hey how great a track!” I got my water, my watch, and sunscreen because those are the three essentials to running, for me. I got to the “track” and it ended up being gravel that was not at all level.. the last 100 M were uphill. I figured I was already there so I would go ahead and see the distance of the track with my warmup. The weather was so nice because it was cloudy and windy. Perfect weather for a run. The track ended up being 400M so it was perfect for my repeats other than that it was gravel.. which I will talk about later… I started my repeats and it was like satan himself decided to say “Hmm… Amanda is running so we will turn on the furnace” and out came the sun… dried up all the rain… and turned into a 1000 degree oven. Even the wind decided that it no longer wanted to be my friend. My repeats averaged about a 6:35 which I was happy about but I was sweating buckets. My 4 minute rests were spent trying to get underneath the one tree that had shade under it.. and when I mean shade I mean less baking of the sun but no real, actual, cooling shade. My water felt like sweet nectar of the Gods and was gone at about repeat 3. Also, because anyone who has run on gravel knows that it is like a ninja and no matter what when you least expect it.. it attacks you in your shoe. I was moving along thinking I was superwoman when BAM the ninja gravel impaled my poor left foot. At the end of the repeat I took off my shoe expecting to find the biggest rock ever with sharp spikes all over it but it was almost to small to see as it fell out of my shoe. I finished the remaining repeats with a slight limp.. I am a drama queen.. so sue me… and got ready to do the WOD. I was going to do the Road WOD at the track but I decided that I would rather go get more water and complete the WOD in my mother in laws backyard. Little did I know that was the dumbest decision I made that day.

After guzzling about a gallon of water I was off to complete the WOD. It didn’t seem to terrible on paper… but after 1200M repeats probably was not the best idea. Now, as a side note, my mother in law has dogs that “do their business” in the backyard but they are really good about keeping it poop free. So, you can imagine my surprise when I laid down for my first set of situps and squished something into the middle of my back. I almost dared to not move as I thought well if I don’t acknowledge that I have dog crap on my back then it never happened. This totally has to stay between me and you so don’t go telling folks that I laid down in poop. It’s really not how I want people to know me. I finally mustered up enough courage to sit up and I could feel the yuckiness and smell the pungent smell of crap. I didn’t want to go in the house because I knew I wouldn’t come back out so I did what any self-respecting Crossfitter with dog crap on their back would do. I took off my shirt.. rubbed my back with one of the parts that was dog crap free… found a crap free zone… and started my WOD. I finished all sets in 6:32 seconds. I have never been happier to finish a workout. I have filed this one under craptastic.. hehe… see what I did there ;)
I’ll see you next time for a WOD back in good ole Memphis.

Sweat?! I don’t Sweat!!

I may be showing my age… but does anyone remember the movie Billy Madison where Adam Sandler is an underachieving, lazy bump on a log…. well one day he was drunk, as usual, and started hallucinating. We see him start talking with a Penguin and he says “Why are you here? It’s hot here! It’s to hot for Penguins!!” So, that my friends is exactly what I was thinking when I decided in my ultimate wisdom to do 200M repeats at 1:00 in the afternoon on a Sunday. I guess I was trying to make up for the fact that I had to miss two days of crossfit because I had to work and wanted to start the week off with a gusto…
So this was my workout:
10x 200 M repeats
1:30 rest

I rolled up to the gym at about 12:50 and was ready to get started.. I had made sure I was super hydrated and had Nuun in my water bottle. I stretched, did my drills, and waited on my running partner. I was super thrilled that Wilson Horrell would be joining me in the repeats because he brings a certain humor that is only appreciated when you are about ready to puke. Few people possess this type of humor so it is an absolute treat to work out with him.

Okay, so on to the repeats. The first couple repeats I was cooking. I felt like I had great form and while it was hot I didn’t feel to terrible. That all changed when I hit repeat number 3. As I lined up to start my watch I could feel sweat drip in between my butt crack… I saw some magical butterflies… and I thought I would lose the recently ingested Nuun all over the parking lot. I looked over at Wilson and he looked pretty damn fresh still so I told myself to suck it up and run.

Unfortunately, Wilson ended up hurt at about repeat 7 or maybe 8… they all ran together by that point and he had to bow out of the last couple. The first thought that ran through my mind was “Hmmm I don’t have to finish these things.. I mean who would know.” I know.. that was a terrible thought. So, I put my big girl panties up and finished. I literally had sweat dripping from my elbows and my chin. So.. who is ready to do that again?? ;)