• Dear CrossFit: Stop Being So Fun

    September 17, 2013

    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:

    crossfit is fun.

    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:

    Sunday: Off

    Monday: Off

    Tuesday: 10 miles


    Wednesday: Off

    Thursday: CrossFit – Partner WOD

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    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: CrossFit

    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.

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    Question of the Day

    Fitness-wise, who motivates you?

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Hansen sounds like a killer workout! Definitely going to try it tonight!


    Linda @ running4two September 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I am inspired by the people in my running group. Many of them are way older than me and they can still kill it out there :). I’m also inspired by other bloggers…inspired to run faster and try new workouts!


    Rachel September 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    You always have the cutest workout clothes!


    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee September 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    A lot of people motivate me — my friend Kevin is an incredible athlete and I love competing against guys! And I can even say some of those people are online… hoping I’m not a total weirdo. Monica marathon-beasting is totally motivated for my newfound love of running and YOU have motivated me to become a crossfitter. Goal: post-half marathon next month –> take up crossfit!


    Amy @ The Little Honey Bee September 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    @Amy @ The Little Honey Bee: My grammar was horrible.. eek!


    Annette@FitnessPerks September 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    That hero wod does look crazy tough. Way to finish it strong!

    Fitness-wise my motivators are a few people–me (yes!), some trainers I know, and a few ladies who come to my classes! Gotta have a lot of motivation :)


    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness September 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Hahaha i love when a workout becomes addicting! i’m currently going through that with Bar Method- i just love it- the harder the better. and who motivates me fitness-wise? my very athletic family! :)


    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance September 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Oh I hate it when my favorite workout gets in the way of my training plans!! #workoutgirlproblems


    Jackie September 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    My boyfriend!


    sarah @makingitmyhome.blogspot.com September 17, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    i recently made the decision to enter in a pole competition after attending a competition in Boston over the weekend-the dancers were so inspiring!!


    Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries September 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    CrossFit sounds like such an amazing workout. I have only done modified CrossFit workouts with my trainer and I am always sweating bullets afterwards!


    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit September 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Good work! Last night we did kettlebell deadlift squats and I typically use a 35# kettlebell in each hand, but they upped me to 44# in each hand, that was tough, but I pulled it off and it felt amazing!


    Heather @fitncookies September 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    You are going to do great on the races!! Don’t worry about that- didn’t you run 12 miles a few weeks ago? You’ll be rocking it :) I would die with that WOD! Oh gosh 30 burpees?! 5 times! Ahh kill me. However, I do know what you mean about enjoying hard workouts :) I feel ya on that!


    Jen September 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    There’s definitely a few ladies at my box whose times I always look at for motivation! I agree Crossfit is so much fun I have trouble taking days off!


    Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog September 17, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    You are seriously making me want to try Crossfit!

    Ultimately, results motivate me the most in fitness, whether it’s crossing the finish line or seeing muscle definition. However, I also love the way working out makes me feel before, after and during. I always leave the gym in a better mood than I came in, and that’s motivation enough to get me there.


    Lesley @runningthebean September 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I get a lot of motivation from reading running blogs, and also faster girls in my running club. It helps me to work hard knowing I have to keep up with them!


    Aurora@Fitness is Sweet September 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I have the same problem! I see our box’s workouts online the night before and can’t pass them up!


    Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite September 17, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    You’re inspiring me to at least give crossfit a shot. Don’t knock it til you try it, right?


    Sheryl September 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    OMG I have the same problem!!! I am training for the Philly Half and can’t tear myself away from Crossfit often enough to get my runs in. I did the same thing for the Nike Women’s Half and the Brooklyn Half in the spring and due to my severe FOMO of Crossfit wods, I didn’t train properly and my body was destroyed after those two races. I’m trying to be better about it this time but I end up doing 2 a days more often than I should…HELP!


    Corrie Anne September 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I love working out with the girl competitors at our gym. It’s so inspiring!


    Emily @ Emily Rocks the Road September 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I just Youtube the women’s finals at the Crossfit Games. Then I’m ready to lift cars if that’s what it takes. Those ladies light the fire, that’s for sure.


    Tina September 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Oh, yes. Agree!


    lindsay September 17, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Knowing what I’m working toward is great motivation. Hey, I remember you were doing crossfit coach stuff. Still working on that? Would love to hear more!


    Allie September 17, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Ahhhh I’m in the same boat! I finished my beginner courses over the weekend and have been going to the regular WODs this week. I have put off my running because I just want to go to Crossfit.. it’s soooo addicting!


    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife September 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Being able to see progress motivates me! Which is why I think I would like Crossfit. Running a PR or being able to hold a new yoga pose is also great motivation!


    Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream September 17, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Killer workouts…awesome job! And love the headbands – I know you’re obsessed with them! :)
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com


    Alex @ Kenzie Life September 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I don’t have a fitness hero or motivator but maybe I need one!


    Amy @ crazysweatymommy September 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Since starting CrossFit, I don’t want to run anymore either—and I have a half coming up in a month!


    Michele September 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    My kickboxing instructor motivates me. She’s a beast! We do turbo jams in the class and it’s so, so hard but it’s such a great class and she’s an awesome instructor.

    30 burpees 5 times???!!!! Yikes!!! I would definitely have a heart attack, lol!


    Cara @ The Vegan Barbie September 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Being in a group for exercise definitely motivates me. I used to always do P90X at home and I got great results but I think I push so much harder when I’m in a class. I have never done CrossFit but I know so many people who absolutely love it. A few years ago there was a Hero WOD for my dear friend Cpl Ryan Casey McGhee who was KIA in Afghanistan May 13, 2009. I love to know people all over are sweating in his honor, and in honor of so many other American heroes.


    Samantha @ 10,000 Squats September 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    My wonderful bf motivates me and my fitness goals every day. I’m really lucky to have him inspiring me to keep going because he’s so inspired himself. Last summer he ran his first half marathon and has been doing a great job keeping up with his running since then. He’s training for another half this fall so we’ll see how that goes! Love reading about your crossfit workouts. Keep up the hard work!


    Jenna September 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I ALWAYS schedule road races and then never get around to training for them because of Crossfit. I, too, LOVE crossfit and can not get enough of it. This past Sunday I ran the Philly Half without training (not a good idea!), but I finished injury free (thank goodness!). Next up, Disney World Marathon in January <—this time, I need to get out for some training runs. But crossfit is awesome! Keep it up!


    Runner Girl Eats September 18, 2013 at 7:06 am

    My fitness inspirations are all the people that cant be active due to health reasons. So many people would love to spend an hour running so I try to keep that in perspective when whining about an upcoming workout.


    Tina September 18, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Love this.


    Sim @ The Micro Harvest September 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I definitely get motivated by the women at the barre studio where I take classes – such a supportive environment! And getting a clear mind motivates me on solo runs.


    Ashlee September 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I have a two month old and yesterday was my 28th birthday, so my new motivation is being a fit and healthy mom to be a good influence on my son.


    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape September 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    You are my fitness motivation Tina!
    You inspired David and I to try crossfit and now we love it! I also know that even though I am not massively strong now, I will get there one day, even you were a beginner once and look at your strength now!


    Tina September 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Aww, thanks! :)


    Melisa September 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Glute ham sit-ups are wicked hard! I am motivated by my friends. We are all at different fitness levels. We push eachother always. When we are working out or running and someone is losing steam we say “You’ve got this”. always helps


    Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind September 18, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I’m motivated by my parents. My mom has a very serious lung condition and my dad is out of shape and had a knee recently replaced. Health is precious and I’m trying to keep my wellness intact.


    Ashley September 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    i know this sounds cheesy and corny — but honestly i use bloggers, like yourself of course :), as my motivation many mornings, especially before my long runs. being on the mountain time zone, many of my east coast bloggers have already completed and posted about their workouts for the day (or WOD, as is often the case for you ;) — and it really helps put a pep in my step. i know so many of my virtual friends have already kicked butt, so i can too!


    Sherri September 18, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about fun vs. run. I love my boxing workout (Peter Welch’s in Southie) so much that I become a total slacker when it comes to running. They are just so FUN (and, of course, a killer workout).


    She Rocks Fitness September 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Oh goodness…all those burpees just makes me cringe! That workout looks KILLER, but would never expect anything less. Have fun with your running and hope the temperatures are more fun to run in, then down her in Houston. It was hot as heck today. :)


    lauren September 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I am really thinking about trying CrossFit but it literally scares the you know what out of me…i have not worked out in years but need to lose 30 pounds and i dont want to do some fad diet this time….any advice??


    Tina September 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Yay! You’ll love it! Check out my CrossFit page. There’s a post there will tips for beginners. Good luck and have fun!!!


    Mandy September 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I started Cross Fit about a month and a half ago. I have been reading your blog for a long time now and I just didn’t understand how Cross Fit could be so addicting. Now I do. I love it so much!


    kim September 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Knowing how much you love Crossfit, what are your thoughts on articles like this: https://medium.com/health-fitness-1/97bcce70356d


    Tina September 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I replied a few times to this article on my weekly workouts post on Sunday, but here’s a great response from Ericka Anderson: http://t.co/xKdnMViP0R Hope it helps!


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