Last night’s WOD was another killer CrossFit workout! Two days in a row of tough workouts, and I’m spent. Today is most definitely a rest day.
Check out last night’s WOD:
WOD: “Helen’s Ugly Cousin”
15 Minutes As Many Rounds As Possible of:
400 meter run
21 Sumo Dead Lift High Pulls (75, 45)
12 Overhead Squats (75, 45)
It might not look too difficult, but I swear any workout with running (or an insane amount of Box Jumps or Burpees) makes every other exercise in that workout so much harder to do. Holy cardio!
I planned to do the workout as perscribed with 45 pounds, but, at the last minute, I switch to a lighter weight (35 lbs) for the Sumo Dead Lift High Pulls and Overhead Squats. I’m so glad that I did because I’m not sure I could have done that workout with the prescribed weight and proper form. I finished 4 rounds with 29 seconds to spare, so I ran an extra 400m just for fun. I gotta get in some running where I can!
When I got out of the shower after CrossFit last night, I found Murphy intensely staring outside. Of course, I wondered what the heck he was looking at, so I walked over to the door to check it out. To my surprise, Mal was out on the backporch grilling a steak for dinner. Apparently, spring-like weather in January means grill time!
On the menu for dinner: grilled steak with roasted broccoli. Delish!
I finished off the meal with a dark chocolate Adora disk with peanut butter and a couple of glasses of wine.
After drinking a couple of glasses of wine While relaxing on the couch, Mal and I had a little fun with the pug.
Do or do not. There is no try.
Mal and I thought it was pretty funny, but Murphy wasn’t amused.
Super Sunday 5 Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered the Super Sunday 5 Giveaway! Here are your winners:
I live near there – and it will be so great to get out and be active before coming home to healthy snacks to watch the Super Bowl!
I’m training for a half marathon and I’m supposed to run 5 miles on that day anyway! What great motivation woooo
Sounds like a lot of fun! Would love to run this! Always like checking out a new course.
Well, I have a 10K on the half-marathon training plan for that day. So I could go for five miles of it as a race!
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How Much Exercise Is Too Much?
A number of readers have questioned and commented on how much I’ve been exercising lately, so I just wanted to explain myself.
Since I started CrossFit, I’ve started to exercise more simply because I enjoy it so much. The WODs are never the same thing twice, which keeps things fun and exciting, and even though the workouts are tough, I’m not beating up my body day after day. CrossFit is “by design, broad, general, and inclusive,” and its specialty is not specializing, so it trains the whole athlete and prepares them to face all sort of fitness challenges, which means I can do many different kinds of workouts each week. Of course, when my body is tired and sore, I take a rest day. I know my limits, and I know the importance of rest days. That’s when the magic happens!
As for my running mixed with CrossFit, I have to admit, I probably wouldn’t be doing all that much of it if a half marathon wasn’t on my calendar. After spending the past two months CrossFit-ing, I actually find running sort of boring. Ok, I love a quick interval workout on the treadmill or running 3-4 miles just to clear my head, but the thought of running for hours and hours just doesn’t do it for me. CrossFit is like playtime with my friends for me. It’s never the same thing twice, and I’m always excited to go.
With that said, I stumbled upon an article in this month’s Self magazine that features a really great interview with Jillian Michaels. She said a lot of interesting things, but one quote about exercise, in particular, really got me thinking:
You know you are overdoing it if you are spending more than 5-6 hours a week in the gym. I really, really think you need one day off—your body needs to rest and you need that recovery time. So, if you are going over 6 hours a week, you definitely may have an exercise addiction—unless you are morbidly obese and you have a ton of weight to lose. That’s a different story.
I’m not sure I agree with Jillian on this one. I assume she’s not referring to professional athletes, but what about amateur athletes training for endurance events or people who just enjoy exercise? I don’t think you can say some has an “exercise addiction” just because they spend more than 6 hours doing it each week. I honestly don’t think there’s a right answer for how much someone should exercise. It all depends on what you enjoy, your fitness level, goals, and what works for you.
Question of the Day
What do you think about what Jillian said? If you spend more than 6 hours a week exercising, do you have an exercise addiction? How much exercise is too much?