I know I haven’t been posting very much, but partially that is because I’ve been really busy! Here are a few of the things I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks!
I signed up for a half marathon!
Yes I did! When I didn’t make it into the Nike Women’s Marathon again (the third time was not the charm in this instance), I was a little bit bummed. I caught myself thinking about other half marathons. I don’t know why, or what happened, but I got an itch to run, and I wanted to run another half marathon, so I signed up for the Santa Rosa Half Marathon.
This will be my 3rd time completing this course. This was my first half marathon. When I ran it for the second time a year later, I got my current half marathon PR of 2:03. I’m hoping to meet or beat that time this year! I’ve got about 6 more weeks of training, and so far all my training runs have felt great! Read more
Ahh the ‘ole head in the sand routine… I’ve been living it for a while now.
I don’t know about you, but when I get overwhelmed and/or frustrated, I tend to take a denial, head in the sand approach. Right now, I am struggling in two areas of my life that are important to me and have brought me joy in the past. I’d love nothing more than to refocus my energy and make these areas of my life a source of happiness and positivity again!
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When I left off yesterday, I was floating on cloud 9 because I had just gotten 15 more reps than my goal and I got a power snatch PR in the first WOD of the Rookie Rumble! (If you missed part 1 – you can find it here.)
I had a little more than 2 hours before my next WOD. During that time, I drank a protein shake, cheered on my friends who were also competing and tried to relax a bit under our pop up canopy.
WOD #2 – Stars and Stripes
This was a chipper with an 8 minute time cap
- 40 kettlebell swings 53/35lbs
- 150m run
- 30 goblet squats 53/35lbs
- 150m run
- 20 push press 75/55lbs
- 150m run
Initial thoughts: Actually nothing about this WOD really surprised me. I knew I would be able to do everything, but likely not fast enough.
Last weekend I participated in my first Crossfit competition at Hercules Crossfit. As I started writing about my experience, I realized, I was going to need to split this recap up into 3 posts.
But I will give you a spoiler… I had a freaking blast!
I will most definitely train and compete again.
When I walked into Crossfit back in September 2013, I told that coach that I wanted to compete. That is my goal. I know I have a long way to go to get there, but that is the goal I had set for myself. I have always been a dream big kind of gal.
At the beginning of 2014, I heard about a competition specifically for Crossfit “rookies”. I checked it out. The rules are:
- Only been doing Crossfit for about a year
- No coaches or personal trainers
- Never competed in an RX competition
- Never placed top 5 in any Crossfit competition
- Cannot RX most WODS
- Coach must certify your eligibility
I certainly met all those requirements, so I signed up for Rookie Rumble 4, which took place in the beginning of March. However, I ended up having a medical issue which required surgery in mid-February, so I was unable to compete in that Rookie Rumble.
About a month ago, I signed up for a couple of 5K races. I did the first one, the Girls on the Run 5K about 3 weeks ago. Last week was the 2nd one, the Windsor Green 5K. Both of these races were new courses for me. I’ve run a lot of the local races over the last few years, but never these two – until now.
I really surprised myself with my 27:42 finish time at the Girls on the Run 5k at the end of April. Not including any running during Crossfit WODs, I did 2 “training” runs in the 3 weeks between the Girls on the Run 5k and the Windsor Green 5k. During one run I ran 2 miles at a 8:38 minute/mile average pace – which was pretty amazing. During the second training run, I did a 1 mile warmup run and then ran four ¼ mile sprints. My pace on the sprints was: 7:07, 7:17, 7:29 and 7:36 – also, pretty amazing pace for me!
Back when I was running I always wore a Road ID. In fact back when I was running, I purchased 3 different Road ID’s. 2 different styles of bracelets (the Sport and the Slim) and one dogtag style necklace. I loved all 3 of them. I loved the product so much back then (and still do), that I became a Road ID affiliate. This means that if you purchase a Road ID using my link, I get a small commission. :-)
So, if you decide to purchase one of these wonderful products, I would be most appreciative if you used my affiliate link which you can find on the right side of this page!
What is a Road ID?
A Road ID is a “durable, rugged, athletic, fashionable line of identification gear.” (From the Road ID website).
Why a Road ID?
Road ID’s are marketed mainly to cyclists and runners. Think about it… you are running or cycling by yourself and the unthinkable happens… an accident that leaves you unable to give any information about yourself. What if you had allergies to medication and they didn’t know? I mean it’s no fun to think about this kind of thing, but for me, having some sort of emergency ID on me gave me peace of mind.
Wow! I’m super excited about my results! (Left: end of March 2014. Right: end of April 2014.) And I plan on keeping this going! I made a few tweaks, but they are healthy tweaks as you will see!
Eat paleo for 30 days. Strict. (Caveat: 4/4 we went to a baseball game and before committing to this challenge knew I would be having 2 beers and 1 naughty food, so rather than start my challenge on 4/5, I just knew this would be the one pre-planned cheat.)
Here’s the total of my non-paleo food in April:
4/4 – 1 beer and shared some garlic fries at the game
4/5 – justified frozen yogurt since I only had 2 of my 3 cheats on 4/4. Then, I had In N Out for dinner. Double double protein style and french fries. The burger would have been okay, except I didn’t realize that they put cheese on it until I got home.
4/24 I made paleo rolos. This was the first treat I’d made all month. They had dark chocolate and I only ate 2 out of the 8. I don’t technically consider it a cheat since it was a “paleo” recipe and all, but I probably could have waited another week to make these.
Tweaks to my diet…
At the beginning of April I read the Paleo Athlete by Stephanie Gaudreau (post on that coming soon) and it was very eye opening. One of the things I have been worried about since going paleo is my carb levels. As in way too low.
I decided to do a little tracking and just as I suspected, I wasn’t even reaching 80 grams of carbs a day. As much as I’m WODing and training (and adding in some running), I need more than 80 grams of carbs a day. So after getting some advice from Stephanie (she’s amazing btw!) I decided not to wait until the end of the 30 days before adding in some white rice and potatoes.
I have come to realize that when it comes to fitness (and probably every area of life), that if you do not love what you do, then it is more difficult to stay consistent.
When I was in love with running, I looked forward to every time I ran. I ran consistently 3 times a week. I got up early, or figured out a way to get my run in around other plans. It was important to me and I loved it, so I found a way to do it. I talked about running with my friends and on social media. I blogged about running. I was passionate about it and it was easy to see.
2011 – Happy runner with a shiny new medal & matching half mary PR!
When I fell out of love with running, going for a run became a chore. It was easy to come up with excuses to skip it. I didn’t get out of bed early.
Welcome to my journey in progress pictures.
In the last 10 years I have learned a lot about who I am, who I want to be and what I need to do get there. Some days it’s easier to take steps towards my goals. Other days it seems easier to revert to my old ways. This journey takes dedication and a desire to succeed.
Following is my journey from an unhealthy, unhappy 30-something to a 41 year old first time athlete.
In 2004, I tipped the scales at 212 pounds.
Fitness. Food. Fabulousness. Over Forty.
Thank you for joining me on my journey to finally become an athlete for the first time in my life! I am finally learning that it is okay to be authentically me, and am accepting that the people I surround myself with, are going to accept me as I am. I am working to overcome my food demons and learning that eating healthy is not only good for my body (duh, right?) but can taste yummy too!
When I think about 40, it sounds so much older than I feel! But life is just getting better with each year and while I may be biologically over 40, I feel younger, healthier and more vibrant now than I did 15 years ago!
Who I am…