Thursday, September 20, 2012

Workout Catch Up

How is it Thursday already?! I've got lots of workouts to recap!

Lets start at CrossFit! It's been a good week for me. I think my body is getting accustomed to so many workouts in addition to teaching and training. Woo hoo!

Monday we had a nice little circuit workout that I just killed. I loved the short but sweet workout this day.
We did three rounds of kettlebell push press, pull ups and push ups. All this after working 5 sets of military press! Haha, my shoulders were fried, but I owned it! As usual, I loathed the row, but was able to push through it because I knew it would be over soon!

Tuesday was fun as well. I killed "Helen"!

Helen is one of the benchmark workouts that is three rounds, as fast as possible, for time.

 I love "Helen" because it is really about endurance. There aren't any Olympic lifts in there, so I just have to go balls to the wall and hold steady until I can collapse at the end. I think I finished in 8:45, and did everything prescribed except the pullups. I have faith that in a few months, I can have enough unassisted kipping pullups strung together, that I can finish the workout as prescribed!

Our workout last night was another good one! It's been a good week at the box!

After trail running again yesterday (more on that in a second), I was worried I wasn't going to feel very recovered for the afternoon workout, but I felt great!

We started by working on rowing technique, which is always welcomed. Our WOD was a 500 meter row, then 21-15-9 reps of burpees and v-ups. Then a 500 meter run followed by 21-15-9 of double unders (I did singles) and kettlebell swings.

Loved it! I finished first in my class of 20! Of course I get ahead on the run, but I've found that I tend to get ahead on burpees, too. This is strange because I still have trouble with my pushups, but I sort of slam my body onto the ground and then explode back up to a squat. It works!

My runs this week have been great too! Both Monday and Tuesday, I took it easy, but ended up speedier than I intended. LOVE it when that happens!

Yesterday I met my friend Jess again for a trail run. SO MUCH TRAIL RUNNING! I'm loving it.
Up and ready for the trails!
 We went back to Cougar Mountain and I find that I love those trails so much better than Discovery Park. The trails are just more beautiful and there seems to be less people, which makes it more serene. The trails also seem to be more "rugged" (the only word I can think of). The Discovery Park trails are paved with dirt or gravel over them, but on Cougar Mountain, it's just the dirt and tree branches to hop over. Jess and I ended up running for about an hour and forty minutes.
Garmin wouldn't connect, so we used Jess's watch.
It is so peaceful being out there on the trails and I feel so lucky to have such a great mentor and teacher in Jess! Of course, she's recovering from an injury and is working her way back up to ultramarathon shape, which means 4-8 hour runs, which I will definitely not be able to keep up on!

After trail running, I came home and made the most delicious "cheesy kale chips" from Emily on Daily Garnish. Darn this stuff was delicious! There really wasn't a recipe, but I wrote it out below in case you want to try it.
Cheesy Kale Chips
Daily Garnish

Olive oil
Nutritional Yeast

Massage kale with a glug of olive oil, until soft. Add salt and nutritional yeast and toss. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


  1. I really wish I had a car when I was living in Seattle (or knew you!) because I never got to really get out of the city much. Trail running would have been something really fun to get into! Good workouts girl!

    1. Thanks Emily! I don't know how you did it in Seattle without a car! Bummer I wasn't around to take you trail running, that would've been a blast.