Check out last night’s Workout of the Day:
Hmm… Surprise WOD? I should have known then that it was going to be a killer workout! (Our coaches didn’t post the WOD because they thought people wouldn’t come if they saw it ahead of time! Ha!)
When I arrived at CrossFit last night, I noticed that the gym floor had 4 lines of white tape on it, equally spaced from wall to wall. As soon as I saw them, I knew exactly what the WOD was going to be: SUICIDES!!! Do you remember these things from high school sports? If not, here’s how they work: you begin at the starting line and then sprint to the first line. Without stopping, you turn around and sprint back to the starting line. Then, you sprint from the starting line to the second line and back again. You do this for the third and forth lines. It’s tough!
For the WOD, we were instructed to touch each line with our hand before changing direction. We also raced against another member for each suicide (we did 8 in total), which made this workout even more of a challenge. My partner was a tad bit faster than me, so I was constantly pushing myself to try to beat her. (I never did!)
Doing suicides last night at CrossFit reminded me of high school soccer practices, which then reminded me of the position that I played: center midfield. If you know anything about soccer, this position runs a lot throughout the game, which I now realize was my first real experience with long distance running. I was constantly moving around the field to assist the offense and the defense, so there weren’t many opportunities to rest. Most games, I’d run for a solid 60 minutes with only a break at half time.
When readers ask me how I first started running, I never really know what to say. There wasn’t a specific point in my life that I decided to take up running. I started playing soccer as an 8-year-old, so running (as part of the game) has almost always been part of my life.
I stopped playing soccer when I entered college, so I started running as a way to stay fit (and relieve stress). Running became a form of exercise that I could count on (just throw on your sneakers and go!), so for the next decade, I ran two to four times every week. Most of my runs were 3 to 4 miles, and I never ran more than 5 or 6 miles at a time.
When I rang in the New Year in 2009, I decided to set a few goals for myself for the upcoming year, including running a half-marathon. I found a training program online, started following it, and ran my little heart out. I ran my first half marathon on May 24, 2009, and the rest is history! I’ve been running and racing long distances ever since.
If you’re just starting out or want to get more into running, here are some posts I’ve written over the years:
How to Start Running: Tips for Beginners
Running is great exercise and an effective way to tone muscles, but it can be daunting to take the first step! Here are some tips to make it less intimidating.
Tips for Increasing Your Distance
Training for a marathon taught me a lot about how to increase my distance. Here are the tips and tricks that have helped me build my mileage from one to 26.2!
What I Learned from Running Marathons
I’ve only run two marathons, so I don’t have a ton of expertise in this area, but I can tell you what I’ve learned from training and completing those two marathons. Here are some lessons I learned about myself from running marathons!
How I Prepare for Race Day
I thought it would be helpful to share my race day routine since it can be equally exciting as it is nerve-wracking. Here’s how I maximize the enjoyment of race day without stressing out over too many of the details. Additionally, here’s a great Q & A with Mark Remy of Runner’s World’s with some tips and advice for preparing for race day.
Last night’s dinner was one of those quick and easy ones: roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil and truffle salt and chicken salad on Paleo Bread.
Paleo bread? Oh, yes, and it’s awesome!
Made with almond flour, coconut flour, and ground flaxseed meal, this bread is light and fluffy with a nutty and slightly sweet (from honey) flavor. I haven’t done much baking with almond or coconut flour, so I was a little worried about how the bread would turn out, but it ended up tasting so good. It even got Mal’s approval on it. He’s really picky about bread (even the store bought stuff), but he loved this one.
After dinner, I ate another small piece of Paleo Bread with White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter spread on top. Amazing.
Question of the Day
Do you remember how you started running? Did high school sports play a part in how you stay fit now?