Jul 26, 2008

Repost: Lazy Saturday afternoon

Originally posted on another blog I write anonymously, but re-posted here because I want this blog to represent my entire journey since starting CrossFit.

I may be feeling lazy now, but I was up and at 'em this morning!

I signed up for a 5 mile run this morning, but I went back to sleep after my alarm went off, and didn't have enough time to drive to the race, find parking and pickup my race packet before the race start at 0830. So I went to 0900 CrossFit instead. Honestly, I'm kinda glad I got out of going to the race, I still love running, but I haven't been in the right mindset for a while to do races. But I keep feeling like I *should*, and so I register for them, and then don't go (usually). I am so weird. I also think I'm over going to those kinds of things by myself - because all it took was having a buddy, and I went and did the triathlon without really prepping at all.

Anyway, off to CrossFit I went, with a smile on my face because Jason said yesterday that he was teaching Saturday morning. And I love me some Jason-led CrossFit. Also I checked out the blog last night and the workout looked awesome:

5 Push Presses (Heavy)
10 Jumping Pull-ups
15 Ring Rows or 5 Pull-ups
20 Hanging Knee Raises (or knees-to-elbows)
25 Sit-ups
30 Box Jumps
600 Meter Run

3 rounds

There were about 12 people, so we split in half - my half of the group did the circuit from the bottom to the top.

I kicked it good on my first run, third of the six girls in my group, but then realized why the workout was ordered the way it was. During the box jumps, on number 20 or so, I totally whacked my left shin on the edge of the box. Doh! It was a hard enough bang that I had to walk it off a bit, and then switch the lower box (which annoyed me). I think I'm usually using the 24 inch box. I freaking love box jumps, first did them in high school track practice, and I have loved them ever since. When LT and I put together our home gym, we are totally getting some plyo boxes.

Second set of jumps I did them all on the 24 inch box. Third set I did 10 24'', 10 lower, 10 24''. Didn't feel like whacking my shin again. Ow.

Situps were cake, no biggie. I try to do them very strict - all the way down, all the way up - because one of my goals is to "score" 300 on the female USMC fitness test. And if LT "administers" my test, he will be a stickler for the situps.

First set of hanging knee raises I think I kind of half-assed them. I'd never done those before using a pullup bar. I got better with those through the 3 rounds, last one was the best as I kind of swung a little bit to get a higher raise.

Used the green/black (medium) band and did pullups because I HATE ring rows. I suck at them, and they take me forever. Plus I'm way more interested in continuing to work on my pullups, as I still want to achieve my goal of at least one unassisted pullup by the time LT gets back. I wasn't asking for a spot on these, so for a few of them I used my foot to help myself up at the bottom. To make up for that, I had Jason spot me for a last set of five after I completed the workout. Booyeah. Decided I'm definitely going to invest in some of those bands to have for myself. I can use them at the playground up the street.

Jumping pullups - used to be a hated exercise, but the more I do real pullups (w/ the band of course) the more I like jumping pullups. And of course my legs are getting a lot stronger too, and my lungs are working better. When I first did those, I would get totally out of breath *so* fast. It's nice to feel like I'm improving.

Used 30# dumbbells in each hand for my push presses. That exercise is in my top 5 CrossFit movements. Love those. I think I could've done 35#, but I have hard time picking those up and getting them into position. Maybe in a couple weeks.

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