• My First DNF (and I’m Totally Okay With It)

    October 11, 2012

    For the past two days, I’ve heard non-stop jack-hammering.

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    Mal dislikes the huge rock in our front yard (he thinks it’s annoying to mow around), so we hired some guys to remove it, but it’s turned into a much bigger project than expected. Hence, the non-stop jack-hammering.

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    Of course, Murphy is closely “supervising” the project.


    The rock in our front yard is deeper than expected and putting up quite a fight against the jack-hammer, so instead of completely removing it, the guys are hacking up the top part and then filling it in with dirt—basically, jack-hammering a big hole and then covering up the rest of the rock. I hope it works!

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    Our landscaping projects are coming right along. The walkway and stairs are completely done (they look awesome – I’ll post pics soon), the grass on our front lawn is starting to sprout, and the pavers are coming next week to pave our driveway. I can’t believe all of this is finally happening. Our house is going to look so different!


    Yesterday’s lunch was leftover Paleo Pad Thai from the previous night’s dinner. Mmm… so good! I’m not going to lie, I was super psyched to have these babies in the fridge waiting for me. Just reheat and eat!

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    One of my post topics for Health next week is a healthy pumpkin cookie recipe, so I experimented in the kitchen yesterday afternoon. (I know, my life is soooo hard.) Of course, I needed to taste-test my cookies, so I ate a few as an afternoon snack.

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    A couple of hours later, I headed to CrossFit for a workout. Yesterday was supposed to be a rest day for me, but I just couldn’t pass up the WOD. It was EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute) of Burpees + Kipping Pull-ups. I love Burpees and I want to practice Kipping Pull-ups for my Paleo Challenge goal, so it was a must-do workout for me. (FYI: I’m taking today, probably Friday, and Saturday as rest days.)


    EMOM 14:

    Even minutes: Complete 7 Kipping Pull-ups

    Odd minutes: Complete 7 Burpees

    Score=seconds its takes you to complete last set of kipping pull-ups

    The beginning of this WOD went really well: I busted out 7 Burpees and 7 Kipping Pull-ups in a row for the first 6 minutes. For minutes 7-10, I was still fine with the Burpees and trucking along with the Kipping Pull-ups. At this point, I was breaking up the reps into 4’s and 3’s. However, by the time I got to minutes 11-12, things really started to get challenging. I wasn’t doing the Burpees as quickly, so I had less time to catch my breath before the Kipping Pull-ups. My arms felt like Jello, so I did reps of 2 and 3 for the Kipping Pull-ups and just barely finished in 60 seconds. By the final minute of Kipping Pull-ups, I had nothing left and my arms were totally dead. I managed a couple of pathetic-looking Kipping Pull-ups, but I didn’t  count them since I never got my chin to the bar. I had to post a DNF (Did Not Finish) on the white board because I didn’t get the final 7 Kipping Pull-ups, but I honestly didn’t care. I was so proud of myself for doing 42 unassisted Kipping Pull-ups. I can’t believe how far I’ve come with these things—from barely being able to hang on the bar to doing 42 in a workout! Crazy-cool!


    AHHH! I did 42 Kipping Pull-ups!!! Beastmode! Haha!

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    My first DNF was bittersweet.

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    After that workout, I chugged down some Pro Performance L-Glutamine Powder from GNC because I knew my muscles would need it. I drank 1 teaspoon mixed with 8 ounces of water right when I got home and then drank another teaspoon with water a couple of hours later. I actually think it might have helped because I don’t feel super sore this morning. I thought I’d be so much worse today!



    Last night’s dinner was another new favorite: Skillet Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Hash. This time, I made it with ground turkey instead of sausage, but, I have to admit, I like the sausage better.

    Round one:

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    Round two:

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    I’m work, work, working and then heading into Boston for Jen’s ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Her wedding is on Saturday! I can’t believe it’s so soon!

    Have a nice day, friends!

    Question of the Day

    Have you ever DNF-ed during a workout or race/event? What happened? How’d it make you feel? What did you do to bounce back from it? 

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    { 54 comments… read them below or add one }

    Blain Smith October 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Dude, you are looking great! Haven’t see you in sooooo long. Keep up the good work. We may really have to try hard to plan some time to hang out now cause my last day at HSPH is Oct 26th! After that a weekend trip may be in order!


    Tina October 11, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Whaaaat!?!?! I hope you’re on gchat!


    Blain Smith October 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    @Tina: Sorry, I am now ha.


    Dori October 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

    You might have DNF’d but you obviously got an amazing workout, which is what you were there for! I DNF’d the NYC Marathon last year, as you know. It was completely devastating. I worked so hard for four months for this goal and it killed me not to have it work out the way I hoped, especially being surrounded by stories of other people who did great that day. To bounce back, I signed up for another marathon a week later in Richmond and ran a really fun, perfect, amazing first marathon! I loved it so much that I’m now happy things worked out the way they did, and I’m going back to Richmond this November for the half marathon. I’m sure you’ll finish this workout the next time you have to do it!


    Tina October 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I remember that! You bounced right back at the Richmond Marathon thought! It was AWESOME! 🙂


    Jess October 11, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I’m just barely starting to get the hang of kipping pull-ups!! Its so fun to see the progress. But I cannot manage to keep my grip for more than 2 or 3 strung together. Do you re-grip at the top? I’m obsessed with chalk, so I don’t think I can use anymore than I already do! haha.


    MegG October 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

    42 kipping pull-ups is no joke! Congrats! Definitely no shame in Rxing but DNFing a workout like that. I DNFed my first attempt at a marathon. I went into it waaay too cocky and with very little mileage under my belt. I’ve yet to DNF a workout but have come very close.


    Chris October 11, 2012 at 11:50 am

    “Have you ever DNF-ed during a workout or race/event?”

    Once a week… at least. Just like with max lifts, if you aren’t DNF’ing once in a while (or even on the reg), then you really have no idea what your maximum capability is.


    Peach October 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

    New reader/follower here, just had to give you props for 42 kipping pullups! That is uhhhmazing. I’ve only been doing CrossFit for 3 months, and have progressed to kipping with a tiny band. Next step, no band (yikes!). I agree, realizing how far you come feels SO GOOD, despite the DNF. I haven’t DNF’d yet, but I’m sure it is only a matter of time. Now, I have to go read why you heart burpees. I don’t mind them, but they hate me with a passion. 😉 And pumpkin cookies? Damn. Just damn.


    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness October 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome job on the WOD!!! EMOTM can be killer!


    Beks October 11, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Congrats on the WOD!

    I started taking BCAA’s after my workouts, since I started weight training, and I don’t feel sore. I was worried that it was because I wasn’t lifting heavy enough, but I have trouble finishing my sets, so that’s a sign that it’s a good weight, right?


    janetha {meals & moves} October 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Nice job on the kips! I am still working on mine.. rough stuff. I know how tough they are, so that’s super admirable.


    Annette@FitnessPerks October 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Who cares about the DNF?! You did 42! That rocks. ANd have arms/shoulders to prove it 🙂 Pushups & pullups definitely work to sculpt those areas!


    Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air October 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    That’s still a pretty darn good workout!! I hate to fail, so sometimes it takes me awhile to bounce back from something like a DNF. I just have to keep reminding myself that something is better than nothing!


    Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles October 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I MUST make that paleo pad thai recipe– it looks so good everytime you post it!


    Robyn October 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Your dinner looks like the breakfast I just made. Except mine was sausage, sweet potato, sweet onion, 2 apples, spinach and cinnamon. Oh it is so yummy. You should give it a try and there are tons of leftovers


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I definitely wouldn’t be upset about that DNF! I haven’t had a DNF but I also havent’ actually done too many races!


    Catalina @ Cake with Love October 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Tina you are so cut, you look great! Nice job! 🙂 And those cookies sounds delicious, I can’t wait for the recipe!!


    Julianna @ Julianna Bananna October 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    congrats on all those kipping pull-ups! and dayummm those muscles!! that’s some hard work right there! 🙂


    Katerina October 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Tina, does Reebok exclusively sponsor you?


    Tina October 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Exclusively? No. I work with them as part of a program with Fitfluential.


    Roz@weightingfor50 October 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Tina, your arms are BADASS!!!! Hmm…or maybe BADARM! Love the pic of Murphy supervising. Have a great day.


    Candice@allthingsyogi.com October 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm


    It is essential to progress so that we can re-eval and re-commit…testing us and making us more resilient.

    thanks for the post.


    jen October 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    that workout is killer! nice that you can see your achievement, despite the DNF! i DNF’d recently actually and it was a huge bummer for me. the workout was 20 swings with 35 lb kb, 15 swings with the 50 lb kb and 10 swings with the 80 lb kb, pull a weighted sled 40 yds, then sprint 100 yds. it was 5 rounds for time. on the last round, i just could not swing that 80 lb kb. 🙁 but it was my first time with the 80 and i had already completed 40 reps, so i was happy anyway! 🙂


    Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free October 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I haven’t DNF at crossfit yet but I’ve had to modify lately due to an IT band flare up – lots of rowing and KB swinging to replace running!

    Also, 42 kipling pull ups is amazing! I’m working on getting my dead hang (so close!) and am hoping to have unassisted kips soon?


    Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free October 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    @Gabby @ Gabby’s Gluten-Free: and disregard that question mark, haha!


    Mindy October 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Dude Tina, you look awesome! You’re my biggest inspiration and I tell anyone that when I am asked about bloggers or anything fitness related! Kipping pull-ups coming up for me soon… my L1 certification is next weekend! Eeeek


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League October 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Wow, total beast mode! Awesome stats right there.

    Have fun at the wedding this weekend! I’ll be at one too, wedding season is in full swing!


    Tania October 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I think my goal for next year is going to be to master a pull-up, of any kind. I have always wanted to do even one or two. Can’t imagine doing 42!


    Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} October 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    You’re a stud, Tina!

    Where is that cute teal tank from?


    Tina October 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Reebok! 🙂


    michelle kim October 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    MY GOODNESS, love the guns!
    And if I were in your position, I would totally be proud despite the DNF. I guess a “DNF” doesn’t tell the whole story because 42 unassisted kipping pull-ups is AMAZING!


    Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    gah! i wanna kip! I’m so jealous of you – amazing job, friend!!


    Jenica October 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Jack hammering is the WORST. It’s so loud and horrible. When I lived in NYC, they re-bricked our building one year. We woke up to jack hammering every.single.morning.


    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Holy biceps! Those things are impressive :-p


    Kelly@BalancedDaily October 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Thats so exciting! I remember when we redid my walkway and it really did make our entire house look different from the street and brought a low of curb appeal. This is really your first DNF? When you started, did you jump right into the workouts no problem? I’m only on my 3rd week of CrossFit and am still scaling the workouts like crazy.


    Tina October 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    This is the first time I didn’t finish a workout. I still scale the majority (almost all) of them.


    Sara October 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Can I just tell you that I don’t have a dog (or even particularly love them) but your pictures of Murphy giving funny looks in various situations just crack me up? Thank you for sharing the pug-love, you can see that it’s really true that an animal can bring their owner/you a lot of joy! I hope you are feeling better after your dr’s appointment by the way, too!


    Tina October 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm



    Melissa October 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    You look incredible!! Say hi to your arm muscles for me!! holy cow! 😀


    wendy October 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve never DNF-ed a race, but I did on a CrossFit WOD, just once. It was a horrible, terrible, awful CF Football WOD called Kalsu . I made it to 76 of the 100 thrusters before I just couldn’t go anymore.


    Chelsea @ahintofhealthy October 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Tina, I am seriously jealous of your arms!!! I wish mine looked like yours. Seriously amazing-you are such an inspiration!


    Em @ Yep. I Ate That. October 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Your seriously toned arms are making me consider trying Crossfit…


    Mary October 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    See that…you’re human and absolutely nothing bad happened!


    Kandi October 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Definitely need the recipe for the cookies! And congrats on the *42* unassisted kipping pullups!


    Whitney October 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I had my first DNF 2 weeks ago during a half marathon and was thrilled with it. With an injury set back during marathon training my max mileage was 9 for the weekend so I knew I wouldn’t be finishing it. It worked out perfectly and I felt good knowing I was being smart to drop out but could have finished. Plus, it beat a solo run !


    Katie October 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm


    You are seriously so pretty….I can only dream about someday having arms like yours!!


    Deb October 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

    OMG! Those are some fantastic arms! Wow! Great job getting them that way!


    heidi kokborg October 12, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Those cookies look dellllicious!!! 🙂


    Jess October 12, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Your arms are amazing! Jealous. That rock in the front yard looks serious!!! What a job for those guys. Nice to have your place fixed up!


    lisa vandusen October 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

    im glad im not the only one who has a dog that sits on the couch like hes a cat =)


    Ryan - Pause The Moment October 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    42 kipping pullups is crazy! Nice work Tina


    allison October 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    your arms and shoulders look AMAZING. you go girl


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    DAMN TINA! Haha, sorry but your upper body is out of control. You look amazing, give me your arms!

    The only time I did not finish was when I had a migraine and ran off the floor to vomit (gross I know).


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