Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a nice weekend. Mine has been full but really fun. Friday night, Tommy and I got together with some previous coworkers of mine for some Teeter Thai (my first time having it since moving back!) and a visit to one of my very favorite spots in Winston, Aperture Cinema. We saw Mr. Holmes, which was about Sherlock Holmes in his later years. We all really loved it – definitely recommend it — and if you’re local and haven’t visited Aperture, you have to check it out. Cool vibe, great shows, and beer + wine!
On Saturday, I took Maizey for a morning walk and then headed out for a run. I was planning to take it really easy since I also wanted to do CrossFit, but I ended up averaging about a 7:30 min/mile. It was one of those days where running just felt easy, which I LOVE since that hasn’t happened almost all year.
I’m so so so grateful to be back in a running groove after really struggling to run in Charlotte. It’s amazing how much a state of mind can impact your fitness and health. I now realize just how stressed out I was in Charlotte and how homesick I was for Winston, and I didn’t feel like myself or feel like doing any of my favorite past times. I knew I’d be happy moving back to Winston, but I can’t believe just how happy I am to be back and how I feel like myself again. I’m sure the feeling of awe will wear off eventually, but I’m still in this phase of being so grateful to be back and am not taking it for granted how great Winston is and how much I enjoy life here.
Anyway…I had an awesome workout at Top Tier CrossFit after my run. I love Saturdays at CrossFit because they’re almost always partner workouts (at all CrossFit gyms, I think?). Partner workouts make it go by faster and help me push myself more. And they’re just fun and a great way to develop friendships at the gym. My partner, Alisha and I, were a great team. The workout was 20 minutes, and each partner alternated doing 2 wall balls, 2 box jumps. Then each person did 4 wall balls, 4 box jumps each. Then 6 and 6, etc. We got up to 18 of each, which I felt great about considering I’m sooooo bad at wall balls. I was toast by the end. And then I came home and ate toast (plus lots of other food. I was starving!).
Tommy and I went to the pool with some friends Saturday afternoon and then to a birthday party that night. I wasn’t feeling great so we didn’t stick around too long. This morning we went to church and then lunch at Willow’s Bistro (goat cheese grits!!!!) with some friends (other previous coworkers!). Life is full and wonderful.
Alright, onto the workout recap!
M – ran 3.6 miles (7:55 pace) + CrossFit
“DT”, a Hero WOD: 5 rounds for time. I finished in 8:47, scaled weight to 55#
9 Hang power cleans
6 Push jerks
Tommy’s brother was in town from California and it was my first time meeting him. He does CrossFit too (at Bob Harper’s gym!) so we all worked out together, which was really fun.
Tommy RX’d the workout at 155# and finished under the 15 minute time cap. I think he wanted to die by the end. 😀
T – 20 minutes on the elliptical
I should have skipped this workout. I had to leave Winston early to go to Charlotte for work for the day and was up way too late the night before and should have just slept in. My body needed rest more than it needed to sweat. Lesson learned.
W – ran 4 miles @ 7:47 pace
Th – ran 6 miles, 8:09 pace
Holy cow, it was SO humid on this run. My clothes were DRENCHED by the time I got back. I ran part of my old regular running route, which was really fun. Except for the part where I had to run up this really long and steep hill (Glade Street for you locals) to get back home (that wasn’t part of my old route!). Oof.
F – CrossFit
For Time: I finished in 17:55
Row 500 Meters, 20 Lunges, Run 500 Meters
Row 400 Meters, 20 Lunges, Run 400 Meters
Row 300 Meters, 20 Lunges, Run 300 Meters
Row 200 Meters, 20 Lunges, Run 200 Meters
Row 100 Meters, 20 Lunges, Run 100 Meters
I’m terrible at rowing but we did a few rowing drills at the beginning of class which were really helpful. I’ve been told I have a disadvantage at rowing since I’m so short (5’1”) so I felt pretty good about how I finished in this workout! The coaches at Top Tier are really great. Super helpful and friendly too.
Sa – 4 mile run, 7:30 pace + CrossFit (partner WOD describe above). This picture also depicts it pretty well.
Su – rest!
If you do CrossFit, how do you feel about partner WODs? Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
If you don’t do CrossFit, tell me about your best workout last week. I love hearing what you guys are up to! It inspires me to mix things up!
Photo cred: All the CrossFit pictures came from Top Tier’s Facebook page!