Hi, friends! Happy Sunday!
Last week’s workouts were a lot better on the half marathon training front. I was still a few miles short in my total mileage for the week, but I completed all three running workouts and felt pretty good about them. I also managed to fit in a couple of CrossFit workouts, so overall I’m happy with how things went last week.
Tuesday: 7 miles
On Wednesday, my box did the “LuRong Triplet Tester,” which is a workout part of the LuRong Living Paleo Challenge that a bunch of people from 781 are doing. During this Challenge, participants perform special LuRong WODs in order to earn points. My box is using the workouts from the Challenge in their programming, so I did this WOD in class the other day.
The “LuRong Triplet Tester” was a good one—fast, non-stop, and it made my lungs burn so bad (hello, CrossFit cough!), but I finished in 11:21 Rx with some solid unbroken wallball sets. I’m happy that my wallballs are getting better, but (mental note) I really need to work on my box jumps. I’m just not efficient at all with them.
Thursday: 8 miles
Friday: 2.5 miles with Murphy
It was a beautiful morning, so Murphy and I went for a long walk at the park. While we walked, I listened to Chris Kresser’s Revolution Health Radio, which is another great health-focused podcast that I’m glad I added to my regular rotation. Other favorites: Balanced Bites and Health Nuts. Murphy and I walked at a nice, leisurely pace, which felt great and helped get the blood flowing.
Saturday: 9 miles
On Saturday morning, I tackled my long run with my friend Marisa. I had planned to run 13 miles, but, honestly, I just wasn’t feeling it. I wanted to do a long run—it was a beautiful fall morning and I had a friend to run with—but I just didn’t want to run 13 miles. Marisa hadn’t run long since the Boston Marathon, so she was totally cool with running a shorter distance. And after running two mid-distance runs earlier in the week, 9 miles just sounded like the right amount. And, ok, our loop ended back at 781 at 9 miles on the dot, so we decided that was a good distance for our run.
Running with Marisa was a lot of fun, and we had a ton to chat about, which was great for distracting my mind from the mileage and wanting to stop and walk whenever I felt tired. The first few miles were a little tough (I always feel so stiff and robotic when I start to run), but once we hit mile 3 or so, I started to feel better. I lost a little steam toward the end of our run, but I kept trucking along with Marisa. I would have definitely stopped and walked if it wasn’t for her!
- Mile 1: 9:15
- Mile 2: 9:19
- Mile 3: 8:57
- Mile 4: 8:59
- Mile 5: 9:06
- Mile 6: 9:05
- Mile 7: 9:47 <— stopped to eat GU/couldn’t get it open
- Mile 8: 9:09
- Mile 9: 9:15
Total: 1:25:17 (9:26)
On the run, I wore a new pair of new shorts from Reebok. They’re the Reebok CrossFit Nano Speed Training Shorts, which are awesome for running, running WODs, and CrossFit in general. They’re also my new favorite running shorts! I mean, aren’t they cute? I just love the bright color, style/fit, and light-weight fabric.
These shorts have an extra wide waist band that sits low on the hips, so they’re super comfy and flattering. There’s also a zip pocket on the side hip/butt area where I stored my GU during my run. (It would also fit an ID and/or house key.) I liked having this little pocket on the outside of the shorts instead of the inside (like some other running shorts) because it was easy to access and didn’t allow any sort of chaffing.
After finishing 9 miles, I received a message from my friend Jess asking if I wanted to take her boyfriend’s spot in the GymNASTY seminar at 781 since he could no longer make it.
I didn’t have any plans, so I changed into a new set of workout clothes and headed right back to 781 for the 4-hour seminar.
We learned all sorts of gymnastics progressions and had a chance to practice them during the seminar. I’m still a million years away from a Muscle-up (I seriously need to work on my false grip), but I’m getting the hang of butterfly pull-ups. I might even want to test them out in a workout soon!
It was a great seminar, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to attend. I learned some new progressions that will definitely help me improve my gymnastic skills at CrossFit.
Questions of the Day
What’s your favorite pair of running shorts?
How long does it take you to get into a groove with your runs?
How were your workouts last week?