• Beasts of the Month

    September 7, 2013

    Either I exercise too hard or my body is just old because I had an especially tough time recovering from my workouts this week. I ended up taking four rest days, which is more time off than I usually need.

    Even though I knew my body needed them, I still felt a little frustrated taking so many rest days this week. I’m glad I listened to my body though because, boy, I needed those rest days in preparation for today’s CrossFit workout. Holy crap, it was probably one of the hardest– if not the hardest– CrossFit workout I have ever done (way harder than “Murph“). But, it was worth it, especially since Mal and I received a little surprise right before the workout started. I will tell you about it in a minute, but, first, here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:

    Sunday: Off

    Monday: Off

    Tuesday: CrossFit

    25 minutes to work up 1 RM Power Clean.
    Beginners: 8 x 3, working on technique.

    “Bottoms Up”
    3 RFT:
    10 Hang Power Cleans (135, 95)
    15 Burpees

    L3: (115, 85)
    L2: (95, 65)
    L1: light weight, 5-10 burpees

    I worked my way up to 135 pounds for the Power Clean, which is my 1 RM from months ago, but I just can’t seem to get past it. I’ll typically miss a lift, so I start doubting myself and then it’s all over. I don’t make any progress, start doing weird form things, and I don’t know why. It’s so frustrating.

    Anyway, the WOD was a fun one. I used 85 pounds for the Hang Power Cleans and finished in 4:35.

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    My handwriting (above) is always so awful after workouts! I log all of them in a WOD book (like this one), and I swear my hands don’t work properly after exerting myself in a workout, so my writing always looks like chicken scratch. Ha!

    Wednesday: CrossFit

    I blogged about this WOD the other day: heavy Thursters + KB swings. OMG, this workout made me soooo sore… for days.


    Thursday: Off

    Friday: Off

    Saturday: CrossFit

    My quads were smoked from CrossFit on Wednesday, so running 12 miles for my long run on Thursday or Friday just wasn’t going to happen. I ended up making a full recovery by this morning, but I opted for a CrossFit Hero WOD instead of a solo long run. I guess last week’s long run is getting bumped to next week? I’m a little bummed I didn’t get it in, but I just couldn’t miss “Black Hawk Down!” Check out this workout:


    Ruck In:
    Run 1 mile with 25lb

    Ascend the Cliff:
    50 Pull Ups

    Approach the Objective:
    4 Rounds of:
    50 Walking Lunges (total)
    25 Squats

    Attack the Objective:
    4 Rounds of:
    25 Pushups
    Run 100 Meters

    Load the Wounded:
    100 Hang Squat Cleans (45lbs Barbell)

    Descend the Cliff:
    50 Pull Ups

    Ruck Out:
    Run 1 mile with 25lb

    Insane, right? (Kerrie was right when she texted me last night and said she was “concerned for our well-being.” Haha!) It took me over an hour (61:40) to finish, and I even scaled some of the workout. I did some of the push-ups on my knees, and I ditched the 25-pound weight on the final mile (it just wasn’t going to happen). I did, however, do double the number of squats because I’m a moron. I don’t know why I thought it was 50 squats instead of 25, but I didn’t realize this until my final set when I was the last person still doing squats. Um, yea… that was dumb. Let’s just say, my legs felt awesome during this workout. Anyway, I’m glad I survived “Black Hawk Down!”

    The best part about today though was being named “Beast of the Month” (BOM) along with my husband! Every month our CrossFit box picks a member (or members) to hold the title for the month.

    Beasts of the Month

    Woohoo! I am so honored to be BOM! I love CrossFit 781 so much, and I am so proud to be a member. Thanks, Dani and J!

    CrossFit 781 Beast of the Month

    Our bedazzled BOM belt is now proudly displayed on our mantel, and it will stay there for the next few weeks until the next “Beast of the Month” is chosen.

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    Question of the Day

    What is the toughest workout you have ever done?

    P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win a pound of white chocolate chip coffee from Marylou’s! I’ll pick a winner on Monday!

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    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com September 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    pole dancing is by far the toughest workout! there are some spins and other other tricks that take more muscle, strength, flexibility, and coordination than any other sport i;ve come across


    Lisa September 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Congrats on beast of the month:)
    I sometimes get frustrated when I need more rest days than normal, but I recently took a week off as a refresher and I feel SO much better about my workouts now. Sometimes it’s worth it to take a little time off to come back even stronger.


    Shel@PeachyPalate September 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    That workout sounds incredible! Well done for getting through it and also on the title!! Totally deserved!


    Caitlin September 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This is so random but have you ever watched Grey’s Anatomy? Mal looks so much like Dr. Hunt from the show! haha


    Jackie September 7, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats on the BOM!!!!


    Michele September 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The toughest workout I ever did was the first time I worked out with a personal trainer at the gym years ago. He KILLED me. I was not in shape when I started with him and on the first day, he had me do so many lunges and squats I thought I would die. Then he told me to go upstairs to the cardio area and do 30 minutes on the elliptical. When I got off my legs felt like jello and I almost fell. I had to hold on to the railing walking down the stairs very slowly. I honestly didn’t know if I would make it to my car. My legs hurt for days every time I stood up or sat down. It was awful!


    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I’m curious – How do you know when to take a rest day vs. telling yourself to suck it up and just do it? I always struggle with this!

    Congrats on the BOM! Woot!


    Tina September 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I go by how tired by body feels. A little soreness is something I can deal with during a workout, but if I’m just exhausted overall, I take a rest day.


    Miranda @ Miranda Runs September 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Yay congrats!!!!!!! 🙂 Rest days are totally needed sometimes- don’t worry about it!


    Jennifer September 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I get can’t past running 1 mile with 25 pound weight. How did you do that?


    Tina September 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    You’re supposed to do it with a weighted vest, but we used 25-pound plates.


    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run September 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Congrats!! You two are total CF beasts 🙂


    Lisa September 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats for being named Beast of the Month – that’s awesome! 🙂


    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Congrats on the BOM title! You guys totally deserve it. Black Hawk Down looks absolutely insane. I would just be happy to finish at all!


    Andrea R. @ Morning Runner Girl September 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Oh my gosh this sound amazing!!! Congrats on a great workout and a great finish! I can’t wait to try this! — definitely a “weekend” type workout for me!


    Niki September 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Congrats on “BOM” I love little gym competitions like that, I was talking about how I wish my gym did those!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve been feeling especially tired this week as well. Maybe there’s just something in the air? lol..regardless, it’s always important to listen to our bodies and what they need, so I too did that but I totally understand the frustration!


    Megan Infantino September 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Holy crap!!! What a WOD!!! I haven’t seen that WOD before! My toughest WOD was when we did the Filthy Fifty twice. One time through and then we did it again in reserve. Crazy!!

    Great job!


    Amy @ crazysweatymommy September 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    think every time I go to CrossFit, it is the hardest workout I’ve done 🙂


    GiGi Eats Celebrities September 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Life is the toughest workout EVER! lol!!!!!


    padma September 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    You guys deserve the beast title! Just one of those events could be a WOD! I can’t imagine doing all of them. Nice job!! 🙂


    Lisa Zaid September 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    A 135 power clean is something you should be super proud about! And omg that wod looks redic. I am tempted to try it now. The hardest one I’ve done was a hero wod that involved:

    3 rounds for time
    1000m row
    50 burpees
    50 box jumps
    800m run

    Which sounds like a warm up now in comparison to black hawk down! Your beast of the month title is SO well deserved!


    She Rocks Fitness September 7, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    You ROCK and that is all!


    Corrie Anne September 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Woohooo!! Congrats on beast of the month!! The toughest I’ve probably done is murph.


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats September 8, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Congratulations on being named BOM!!! Love it!! That is so awesome!

    Toughest workout ever was actually the 20km training run I did this morning. I’m training for my first half marathon and this mornings run is the furthest I have ever gone.


    Simi @ themicroharvest.com September 8, 2013 at 8:12 am

    That workout sounds crazy intense! You’re awesome!!

    I really think the toughest was running a marathon – less because of the physical challenge and more because of the mental challenge at different points during the race!!


    Danica September 8, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Congrats on being the BOM! How fun 🙂


    Terry Shaw September 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Wow! Congrats for being the BOM at Crosfit 781. That’s a tough award for tough people like you and your husband. Your “Operation: Black Hawk Down” workout is super great. I hope I could survive that workout. Thanks for sharing! 😀


    Chrissy September 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    So far the toughest workout I have done at CF was Kelly. It took me 42 minutes and I scaled the box jumps and wall balls. I compare everything to Kelly right now, although I’m sure another workout will come along that will be worse. I’m not even sure why it was so hard.


    Tina September 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I just looked up Kelly… That looks like a good one! Anything with 5 rounds is tough!!


    Nicki September 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Way to go on the Hero WOD and both of you being Beasts!! That is awesome!

    Friday’s at my box have recently been dubbed “F*ck You Fridays” because they tend to be Hero WODs or just really hard ones…this past was no exception, and I’m still feeling it in my legs: 5 RFT 400m run, 30 KB swings, 20 burpees, 10 pull ups. Fun but a LONG one! Took me 41:28 (longest WOD I’ve done in my year of doing CrossFit) and all that running made me super queasy…luckily there was no pukie, hah. BHD looks crazy and to be honest, I don’t even want to do it! Way to go on making it through!


    heathyr September 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Congrats on Beast of the Month! How awesome!

    The “BHD” WOD looks intense – I think I might give it a try sometime this week at my gym but substitute the pull-ups for another move since I’d have to run from the track back to the weight room x2. We’ll see! 🙂 Thanks for the inspo as always 🙂

    My toughest workout was hiking the Gros Piton in St. Lucia. It was god awful, especially on an empty stomach. In general, I think incline walking workouts are much harder than anything else I attempt, but I don’t do CF on a regular basis, soo….. 😉


    TANya September 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I am all for listening to your body! I am 47 years old and have been running for the last 30 years. Now that’s old-LOL!


    heidi September 9, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I am 4mo in with CrossFit and started a blog about it because it is so far out of my comfort zone. Being new to the world of bloggers, I just did a search on CrossFit and was surprised there aren’t to many people blogging about it, odd because CF is so awesome and has changed my life.

    I haven’t run into many of the “benchmark” WOD’s yet but always get excited to try them…Black Hawk Down is like nothing I have seen to date… WOW, is all I can say, it took me 3 days to recover from Annie!


    Annie Atherton September 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    When I get up to my 1RM max for cleans, I agree, I start doing weird stuff after I miss one! One of my weird things is I bring my knee up, if I don’t get my elbows around and under, and the weight is on its way down, I bring one knee up to possibly boost it back up. WTF! haha


    Tina September 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, I hear you! It’s like I totally forget how to clean a bar!


    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change September 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    My toughest works have been this week and last – mostly because they were my first few back after injuring my back! Its hard to get back into it, but, at the same time, makes me feel so strong!


    Carlos September 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    My worst workout ever was “Barbara”. It was my very first CrossFit class (only a month ago) and I didn’t make it. I was scaled by half, and yet I still almost passed out. Apparently being sedentary for 4 years, then pushing yourself your first class is not a wise choice. I learned that and every class afterwards have been perfectly scaled for me.


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