Brooklyn Half Training Week 3 &4

So I woke up this morning to SNOW.  It’s March 31st, it’s spring…and it’s STILL SNOWING.  Seriously?!  This winter is not giving up.  Luckily, I’ve still been getting my training done…so let’s talk about that.

Monday (3/17): Rest. I had originally planned to start those CrossFit classes, but my buddy got sick so we pushed it back.  Aaaaaand it was St. Patrick’s Day so I ended up going out for a Guiness with the bf. 🙂

Tuesday (3/18): 4 easy + 1 mile at 9:06 pace (5 total)  I did more Long Island exploring and took my crazy pants out!

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Crazy pants came out to play!

Wednesday (3/19): Spin (45min)-We had a sub for spin class at NYSC and it was even worse than usual. If that’s possible.  I swear, NYSC seriously needs to step up their game.  This instructor had a terrible playlist, was neverwith directions and her countdowns were TOTALLY off.  Don’t tell me to push for 30 seconds, when it ends up being 90! RAGE.

Thursday (3/20): 4 easy (9:52 avg pace).  I had to run veryyy early before work and therefore this was a treadmill run.  Not my favorite run, but got it done.

Friday (3/21): Yoga.  Much needed.

Saturday (3/22): 7 easy (10:01 avg pace).  I headed over to Bethpage State Park again and got lost on some trails and it was amazing.

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Awesome trails

Sunday (3/23): Rest day (+ foam rolling/stretching).  And playing with this guy:

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Peek-a-Boo!

 

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 16

Monday (3/24): CrossFit 516.  We did intro work focusing on form for deadlifts and KB swings.  Then did a mini WOD…Descending ladder of deadlifts and burpees (10 deadlifts, 10 burpees, 9 deadlifts, 9 burpees, etc).  Needless to say, I was out of breath and felt it the next day.

Tuesday (3/25): My schedule had 5 easy (with 1-1.5 last miles at 9:15).  I was in Astoria after work for a dinner date later, so I ran through my old hood!  I even had a man offer to take a touristy picture for me! 😉

Astoria Love! <3

Astoria Love! <3

Wednesday (3/26): CrossFit.  This class was all about squats.  My favorite! Not kidding.  We practiced air squats, front squats and overhead squats.  Which was probably enough to leave me legs burning.  But then we did a workout too..5 minutes of 3 front squats/3 pushups, 6 front squats/6 pushups, etc as high as we could go.  Then 3 minute rest, then another 5 minute ladder up.  Woof.

Thursday (3/27): Rest [I had 4 miles on schedule and although I was sore I could’ve still done them.  I just didn’t feel like it!]

Friday (3/28): Rest.

Saturday (3/29): 8 easy (10:18 average pace).  This run was a struggle pretty much the entire time.  My legs felt tired (not really sore anymore, just tired) and I couldn’t get settled.  Thankfully, I had tucked my phone running buddy in my SpiBelt for encouragement and motivation.  Oh, and it was finally warm enough to run in shorts!  Win!

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Shorts + Compression Socks!

Sunday (3/30): Yoga/Stretching.  My legs still don’t feel 100% and my hips are really tight.  Hoping this will loosen up soon…until then, lots of rolling/stretching!

WEEKLY MILEAGE: 13

This week, I’ll be doing more CrossFit and I’m off to DC with my favorite runners for Cherry Blossom this weekend!  We had a blast last year so I’m really looking forward to running this race again.  Be on the lookout for my race recap as well as the next few weeks of training! 🙂

 

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I’m a CrossFit Groupie

Okay, I have a confession to make.  I’m a runner, I love running….but I think I’m a bit of a CrossFit groupie.

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You see, about a year and a half ago, I tried CrossFit for the first time.  I purchased an Amazon Local deal for CrossFit Dynamix in Astoria and quickly learned to love/hate CrossFit.  I mean, it’s HARD in such an awesome way.  But it’s also kind of expensive…and at the time I wasn’t in the position to spend the money on the monthly membership.  Not to mention I was pretty wrapped up in running and thought CrossFit might interfere with my first love.  So since then, I’ve kept up with my running.  I cross train with spinning and yoga.  But I admittedly half-ass my strength work.  After getting injured during fall marathon training, I’ve become much more serious about building strength.  I know that strengthening my core, building up my muscles and supporting my joints will do nothing but improve my running.

Although I didn’t sign up for CrossFit back then, I had sampled a drop of the Kool Aid and still haven’t gotten the taste out of my mouth!  I started following CrossFit through social media and learning what I could.  I’ve followed along with bloggers who CF (some of my faves are Lindsay and Tina) and continue to be inspired by their progress.  Strong women are just plain awesome, am I right?!  I also follow CrossFit, The CrossFit Games, different boxes and a few competitors on social media.

Then, almost a year ago, CrossFit re-entered my life when  I started dating someone who was (and still is) drinking the CF Kool Aid hardcore.  Pretty much everyday he “complains” about WODs/Burpees/EMOMs, AMRAPS (huh?), shows off his torn up hands and asks me to massage his sore muscles.  It can get a little annoying…I roll my eyes when I catch him peeking at the daily WOD, I join his family & friends in making fun of him for being obsessed, but to be honest it’s one of the many things that I love about him.  I secretly admire it.  I love that he makes fitness and health a priority, because it definitely is for me too.  I love that he is so dedicated, driven and motivated to improve.  He gets his ass kicked by a workout and still goes back for more.  He’s even gone on to pass his Level 1 CrossFit certification and started coaching at his box.  And all that working out has made him pretty easy on the eyes too… 🙂

So besides bragging about my rockstar boyfriend, where am I going with this?  Well, I started drinking that Kool Aid again this week.  My friend Liz and I bought an Amazon Local deal (in case you can’t tell I love those…) for 12 beginner classes at CrossFit 516 in Mineola, NY and got started on Monday.

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I’m a few weeks into training for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May and still need to prioritize running, but I’m so pumped to get back to/started again with CrossFit.  We’ve done two workouts so far, I’m super sore and I’m loving it.  Stay tuned to hear more about my MetCons, snatches and cleans….or unfollow me because I’m starting to annoy you already.  😉

Perhaps this time around I’ll stop being a groupie and just join the cult group!

 

What are your thoughts on CrossFit?  Annoying?  Inspiring?  Want to give it a shot? Let’s chat about it!

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