I really enjoyed last week’s workouts. Most of them were CrossFit, which is great and all, but they kept getting in the way of my half marathon training. Out of my three scheduled runs, I only did one. Whomp whomp. Jeez, CrossFit, stop being so fun.
And what I actually mean:
I’ve actually slacked big time on my half marathon training, so I am recommitting this week and for the next four (!!!) weeks, so I can rock the Hat Trick at the Runner’s World Half. I’ll need to cut back on CrossFit for the next few weeks, but that’s okay. I want to do well at my upcoming races, so I need to buckle down and prioritize my workouts. I don’t want another ZOOMA to happen. That was an awful race for me, and I learned my lesson.
Anyway, here are last week’s workouts:
Tuesday: 10 miles
Thursday: CrossFit – Partner WOD
Friday: CrossFit – Hero WOD (“Hansen”)
Our box did “Hansen” on Wednesday, but Mal and I both missed it. Everyone said it was brutal and complained about DOMS for days, but we just really wanted to do it. It sounded awesome.
And, sometimes, I think Mal and I are kind of messed up when it comes to CrossFit workouts. Maybe all CrossFitters are?
“Hansen” is a CrossFit hero WOD in honor of Marine Staff Sgt Daniel Hansen, who died on February 14, 2009 in Farah Providence, Afghanistan when an IED he was working on detonated. Like all hero WODs, “Hansen” was incredibly challenging.
The Rx weight for the kettlebell swings was 53 pounds for women (70 pounds for guys), which was heavy for me, especially at 150 reps. I started with a 53-pound kettlebell, got through 10 reps, and then immediately switched to a 45-pound kettlebell. It just wasn’t going to happen.
Honestly, I think a lot of my decision to drop weight was mental. Before Friday, I hadn’t even swung a 53-pound kettlebell over my head, so think I was just kind of scared. (Me + heavy things over my head = no bueno.) When I told Kerrie that I used 45 pounds for the kettlebell swings, she said if she was in class with me, she would have made me use 53 pounds, which makes me think I was probably physically capable. Plus, Coach Goats knows what she’s talking about! I guess I was just being a wuss. “Hansen” was still brutal with a 45-pound kettlebell though!
It’s funny because I was so worried about the kettlebell swings, I didn’t even think about the Burpees, which ended up being the hardest part of this workout for me. They took FOREVER! For the glute-ham sit-ups, I subbed abmat sit-ups, which were the only “break” in the workout. (We only have two GHDs at our box, so almost everyone did sit-ups for “Hansen.”) I finished “Hansen” in 30:12.
Saturday’s class was another tough one, especially since I was competing against some super fast lady beasts. I ended up getting smoked by a lot of them, but they constantly push me and make me a better athlete, so I love the motivation I get from them.
Question of the Day
Fitness-wise, who motivates you?