It’s been awhile since I’ve recapped a week of workouts and surprisingly these posts have become some of my favorite to write. I always learn the most from my endeavors as an athlete – so it’s nice to reflect on these ups and downs. And I can ramble and be totally random.
Rest/travel day back to Toronto.
Warm-up: Leg swings, 3 min deep squat hold, air squats, lying leg sweeps.
Strength: 3x10r box step up, 3x15r seated dumb-bell french press, 3x15r seated Zottmans bicep curl
What I did: Rx (yay!) – 2 rounds + 145 reps. I got through 1 round + 50 double-unders and then 1 round + 15 lunges, which was a 100 rep improvement from the last time I did this workout. Really good workout to come back to after taking some CrossFit time off to focus on the race.
Warm-up: 10 Rx+ wall ball EMOM x 10 minutes
Strength: Bench press (5x5r) What I did: 55lbs 5x5r
What I did: 55lbs for thrusters, red band for pull-ups. Finished in 18:33 (Sean extended the time cap to 21 minutes). Oh my gosh I was sooo happy with this! This was a huuuuge improvement from the last time I did this workout.
After telling Michelle I have been using the red band to do my pull-ups for workouts, she told me to ditch it. She said that this particular band offers so little resistance that I could do a pull-up.
I almost didn’t believe her…
OMG… yayyyy! Seeeeee yaaaaa latahhhhhh bands. Can you tell that I’m kinda happy? I am going to start doing strict pull-ups in WODs (and work on my kip) no matter how long it takes me to finish the workout.
45 minute spin class.
It legit crawled by…
10 miles. (+15 minute bike & lots of stretching)
I finally pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and went on a run through a park. This has been a goal of mine for awhile but I was honestly scared/nervous. I think I watch too many TV shows where bad things happen to girls running alone through parks – so until this weekend, I had stuck to the busy streets.
But oh my gosh: I wish I didn’t wait this long because Saturday’s run was seriously amazing. I had no idea this gorgeousness was so close to my house! And I didn’t care one bit that I was “slow” (for me) and running 10 minute miles because I enjoyed every moment of this run… and that’s what’s most important.
Mentally (and stamina wise) I felt like I could run forever but physically my knees were bugging me. And my right hamstring has been acting up lately. Neither of these things are painful just nagging and sore. And annoying.
5 miles (+10 minute bike) & yoga class with Mama Honey Bee
I truly believe our skin is the mirror to our health. I healed my acne this past year through eating real food and natural skincare but while training for the marathon, my skin has hated me. Now I am not just attributing it to running as there are many things that seem to affect my skin (like nuts). But I have now been experiencing “hormonal breakouts” (jaw-line and neck). It totally sucks and I’m doing everything I can to calm it down – my usual skincare routine and started using this face mask. It’s just the way it goes: running stress results in changes in hormonal levels, which (for me) results in crappy skin. And it totally sucks.
I even Tweeted to my skin idol for some words of encouragement.
Such is life so I’m just going to try and focus on my gorgeous fall runs and banging out pull-ups instead.
Questions of the day…
How do you step outside your comfort zone?
How do you track your training progress?
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