Happy end of the hump day everyone! Today started off as usual for me, the alarm went off at 5am to meet the run club at 5:30am. Which I promptly shut off and then went back to bed, bet you didn’t think I was going to say that! I had a number of legit and not so legit excuses running through my head. First, I didn’t sleep well so I knew I didn’t get good recovery sleep from my Alpha workout. Second, I could feel how sore my legs were, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them. The last thought that passed my brain before I laid back down was that I have my whole life to get up early and workout before work, I’m not working so I’m going to sleep. The other two excuses might have been legit, that was just a flat out excuse. When I did get up I had a 1/2 banana with sun butter as a preworkout snack.
Then I lolligagged around doing such things as opening up a fortune cookie I saw on the counter from Pauls takeout last night.
When I did finally make it to the gym it was around 8am and I of course ran into the run club coordinator. While that was a little embarrassing that I didn’t get up in time, once I started running my fears were confirmed. I was WAY TOO SORE to be able to keep up with them. I barely made it through the 5 miles at all, lately I’ve been rocking the treadmill, breaking new PR’s all the time. All that came to a screeching hault today, I’m just impressed I made it through.
I did not follow the workout I had planned AT ALL, instead I ended up doing this:
When I got off the treadmill I felt the exact same way I did when I left Alpha last night, amazed. Last night I was amazed at the fact that I could deadlift 95lbs. When the trainer put a 25lb on each side of the bar, I thought there was no way I could lift that. I even told him that and he laughed. Then I did it 5 times, then 3 more sets of three. Not very many reps but we were REALLY focusing on form and technique so it was good. (The set also included 20 russian kettlebell swings (12 kg kettlebell) and 20 thrusters (starting with 15’s and dropping down to 10lb dumbbells). Today I was amazed at how sore my legs felt the minute I started running and at the fact that I made it through the five miles at any pace. The same thing happened to me last Friday, I don’t feel too sore until I start running and then BAM, it hits me like a train. My legs feel it in every inch of their being, they might as well be made out of painful elastic and lead. Each step feels the pull and takes every ounce of effort to make the next one happen. Okay I might be over-exaggerating a little bit, but you get the idea. I read a few very popular blogs by runners who regularly participate in crossfit (Carrots and Cake & Fannetasticfood.com) and they serve as my main motivation to get through the workouts and the soreness. I’ve read a TON of articles that discuss major benefits to crossfit complimenting running, but that it takes time to get used too and not have as much soreness. Most people say they cut back on their mileage, but still end up blowing their expectations out of the water on race day. It probably doesn’t help that I started a month before my race, probably should have started at the beginning of my training, live and learn right?
I couldn’t really decide what to have for breakfast. I was craving eggs and pumpkin per usual but too lazy to get out the pan. I ended up “making” Kashi whole grain waffles and topping them with sunbutter, pumpkin, the other 1/2 of banana, and honey. Yuuummm. I LOVE waffles, I’d take one over a pancake any day. (Can not wait to try out the waffle maker we got for the bridal shower!)
Lunch was at Starbucks while I studied. I was more productive today then I have been, definitely going back tomorrow.
When I came home I was cravings some fresh juice so I made Paul and I some carrot, apple, beet juice. Man that beet was messy to peel and cut, but so worth it in the end.
Then it was time for dinner, more leftovers of the Mexican Bowl with cauliflower rice and ground turkey.
Then I played around making some cornbread for Paul’s works chili contest tomorrow. I’m not a chili person so I told him we (meaning I) would make the cornbread unless he wanted to make some chili. He opted for cornbread. I made two batches, playing with the ingredients and combining the two different recipes. For both I used pureed corn which I’ve never done before, loved doing that. The first one came out a little dry and the second one a little soft (I also found the melted butter I had plan to put in it in the microwave once it was already in the oven) but still both pretty good given they were first tries. Paul said people just use it to dip in their chili anyways, good point! My goal is to have that one perfected before thanksgiving! Now time for more studying!
Question of the night: Any crossfitters/runners out there reading that can share their experience? Are crossfit and running the perfect compliments or not to be mixed?
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