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Catching Up/Getting Farther Behind

Eh. Worst blogger ever. I never feel like blogging and by the time I do, there’s so much I have to write about– I put it off some more.

Lots of stuff happened.

Thanks to my late Uncle Larry, I was able to pay off my credit card debt– I’m still poor, but at least I’m free! That’s probably the biggest thing.

I’m going to miss that guy. There’s not a day that has gone by where I’m not thinking about him, missing him. I wish I could tell you more clearly what kind of shining light he was, but I can’t.

In other news, completely fell of the paleo wagon in probably my most flagrant style yet. I’m just… not on it.

Today is the first day in weeks where I’m really even contemplating getting back on.

The CrossFit Open started and the workouts have had their ups and downs. As I’ve only been CrossFitting since June, I’m still a n00b. I’m often frustrated by what I can’t do. Trying to overcome that frustration. Also gave up on the No Girly Push-Up challenge due to my uncle’s passing and general exhaustion. Still trying to figure out if I have an adrenal fatigue problem. I probably do.

I also have run two 5Ks, both PRs, in the last month. I did the Corktown 5K (saw Jennifer of Wine to Weightlifting fame) and the Run du Nain Rouge 5K. I ran the Corktown 5K in 28:40-something and I ran the Nain Rouge in 26:31! It was only in the last year that I’ve been able to run a sub-10 avg min/mile, so I’m super-impressed. I had just told one of my CF coaches that my next goal was to run a sub-9 min/mile and BLAMMO, there it is.

On Friday, March 22– I did the DEA’s Maltz Challenge at Ford Field. That was pretty cool as even though I work across the street from the stadium, I had never been inside. I did the 1/2 Maltz as I’ve been beating my body up pretty good.

Back to CrossFit tonight after a few days off. W00t!

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Pre-Run du Nain Rouge 5K

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Pre-Maltz Challenge at Ford Field with some of my CFT homies.

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Pre-Corktown 5K with a creepy Keebler-Elf-looking guy.

Run Like the Dickens!

Feeling rough after a late night of eating cookies and drinking wine with friends, then waking up at the butt crack of dawn to get to Holly, MI for a snowy, wet 10K. 

The race, Run Like the Dickens, was well-organized and a lot of fun. My friend Rachel and I ran together and gabbed the whole time and still stayed below a 10-minute average mile. We finished the race in 1:01:13 (9:52 avg), which was pretty dang good considering neither of us was running regularly or training for it. My goal is to reach a 9-min mile by Shamrock Shuffle time this spring, but I don’t plan to train particularly hard for it, it either.

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Me and Rachel, pre-race.

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Wet and snowy, but fun.

 

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Trying to beat that Christmas tree, unsuccessfully, at the finish. 😦

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Yesterday morning’s CrossFit workout was cool. The strength portion was particularly fun, especially the bench press, which is completely new to me. I had only bench pressed one other time, in July, at Geaux CrossFit in Baton Rouge, LA. I was only able to do 35# then. I easily did 65# yesterday and it was NOT my max.

Strength:

Every 45 sec for 7:30 (22) 2 Deadlifts @ 60% (I think I used 85#– goal was speed and form)

Benchpress 1×5 @ 85% 1×3 @ 90% 1×3 @ 95% 2×3 @ 100% (I don’t remember how we broke it down, but we started with the men’s bar–45# and ended at 65#. It was easy. Kind of excited.)

Conditioning:

10 minutes total time

Even minutes 15 Burpees

Odd minutes 3 Power Clean and Jerks at 80% (65#)

5 rounds of Burpees and 5 rounds of C&J’s (I didn’t have a score because I was never able to get 15 burpees in 1 min. I did 14, 14, 13, 13, 13)

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Have a scratchy throat and am exhausted. Picked B up from the airport, ate some Thai food and immediately napped. Napped for 2.5 hours. He’s still sleeping. I’m ready to go back to sleep.

Right now.

 

Good night.

Running!

I’m not very organized. I use the calendar on my iPhone religiously (thank goodness for the little alerts!), but nothing is quite so helpful to me as making lists and/or a big wall calendar (note to self– need giant wall calendar).

Races I am committed to doing:

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle (Chicago, IL) 4/10/11: a great motivation to keep in shape through-out the dreary winter months & an even better excuse to see my friends in Chi-town. An easy, fast road trip, too.

MojoStLoco (St. Louis, MO) 6/25/11: I’m really excited about this crazy event– my friend, Jason, from Geeks In Running Shoes is organizing it. This will be my first big trek to meet & run w/ cool Twitter/DailyMile folks.

Races I plan to do: Budgeting is an issue for me, so I can’t just register for a bunch all at once.

Flirt with Dirt (Novi, MI) 6/11/11: One of my tweeps told me about this & it sounds really fun– and a race I’d feel comfortable doing in my VFFS (Vibram Five Fingers).

Warrior Dash (Mt. Morris, MI) 7/30/11: This looks to be a real blast & I would have registered already, but it’s the kind of thing you’d want to get a group together to do…  I’m also open to running this out-of-state, if it means running with my friends. Registration is only $45, if you register by 11:59pm on Jan. 7, 2011. Do it!

Detroit Free Press Marathon (Detroit, MI-Windsor, ON) 10/16/11: I would not be doing the full marathon, only the half. WHICH IS PLENTY. Also, I need to find & renew my passport. Whoopsie crumbs! Registration is half-price until Jan. 10, 2011! Do it!