Nobody cares if you're not a good dancer. Just get up and dance. The same holds true for racing. Whether first or last, we all cross that same finish line. Just get out there and run.
- Dean Karnazes

Thursday, January 16, 2014

I Thought Running Was Supposed To Improve Your Mood

So, I was in a bit of a mood today and feeling sort of disappointed in some people in my life, and I had some miles on my schedule for today. It made sense to go and "run it out", it doesn't always make everything better but it usually helps. Today, NOT SO MUCH! The more I ran, the angrier I got. I was angry at the people who disappointed me, I was angry at myself for being hung up on it, and a little angry that my knee was giving me a little trouble (I hurt it on Monday being less than graceful at CrossFit). This pretty much sums up how I felt after the run....

Don't worry, it's not all gloom and doom. I did have an incredible time teaching my Zumba class tonight, and I finally got my endorphin fix. I managed to "dance it out", thank goodness!

By the way, tomorrow I'll post about my newest adventures into Crazy Town! I missed that place, and it missed me.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Progress Not Perfection

I get frustrated easily if you haven't already figured it out by reading my musings. I've been running and training for the Glass Slipper Challenge, and I have seen some improvements in my running, endurance, and speed, but not what I had hoped for. To be honest, my expectations were unrealistic and those expectations sometimes kept me from really seeing the improvements that I have made. What this leads me to is the fact that I have made some improvements in CrossFit and I have sort of failed to see some of them. When I started at CrossFit PTC, I did a baseline workout, which at the time kicked my behind. This workout is revisited every few months to gauge improvements, today, we did it again. It's a testament to what's important is progress not perfection.

Here is the workout
Row 500m
40 Squats
30 Sit ups
20 Push ups
10 Pull ups

My original baseline - 9/10/13
Row 300
20 squats to a 19 inch box with a weight plate stacked on top
15 sit ups
10 push ups (banded but band color not recorded)
5 ring rows in lieu of pull ups
time: 7:35

Second time doing the baseline workout - 10/21/13
Row 500
40 squats to a 10 inch box with 2 large weight plates stacked on top
30 sit ups
20 push ups (banded, with a green band)
10 ring rows in lieu of pull ups
time: 8:40

Third time doing the baseline workout - TODAY 1/8/14
Row 500
40 squats
30 sit ups
20 push ups (banded, with a blue band)
10 ring rows in lieu of pull ups
time: 6:55

Look at me taking baby steps towards being more awesome! Ok, brag over....

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Nope, I was lying I had to compare myself to a double rainbow first. Now, I'm done, honestly.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014 - The Year Of Adventure

So, Operation Be More Awesome in 2013 was a massive success and a flop all at the same time, but that's ok because Operation Be More Awesome isn't restricted by dates and junk, it's an all the time sort of thing.

Since 2013 was an interesting year to say the least, I have decided to dub 2014 "The Year Of Adventure" (I think this year might need it's own logo). I have some pretty awesome adventures already in the works, and some are still in the early idea stages. The biggest adventure of 2014 is going to be the family's cross-country move to Sacramento, California. To make a long story short, Patrick's got a job out there with his company, he moved out there two days after Christmas. B and I will be making the cross-country trek at the end of June/beginning of July. Being the nerds that we are, we are already planning our very first trip to Disneyland for B's birthday in August, it was actually the first thing we started to talk about after we found out the move was going to happen. Also, I am hoping to get in for the Disneyland half and finally get my Coast To Coast medal. In February, I am hoping to run the Glass Slipper Challenge while raising money for Give Kids The World, as of right now the situation is not looking that great but I am confident I can make it work in the next few weeks. I'm also working on kick more behind at Crossfit, I really do love lifting big weights, it makes me feel like a total bad ass. As for B, she'll be playing lacrosse again and I will be trying very hard not to be the crazy sports parent. There'll be more adventure and I am sure I will bore entertain you all with our adventures.

Today's adventure- trying not to freeze to death while visiting my family in Toronto. The weather app was kind enough to tell me that it was -8 F and felt like -24 F (-22C, -31C). I have turned into an absolute cold weather wimp after spending nearly ten years living in Georgia. I wanted to run outside during this visit but it's not going to happen, I'm not that darn crazy.

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