17 February 2013

Burpees and running

Yesterday at Crossfit we did 7 rounds for time of:

  • 7 push jerks (75#)
  • 7 ring rows
  • 7 burpees
For the last couple of weeks I've felt like I have not been giving my workouts as much as I could. I keep saying, I feel like I'm phoning it in. So after taking  Thursday and Friday night off, I decided to go hard yesterday.  AV for the push jerks were 75# and that's what I did. They were hard, really hard, but I did all 7 rounds.  The last 2 rounds I had to drop the bar in the middle, but I didn't care, I was determined to muscle through and I did.  For the ring rows, I went as low as I possibly could each time. For the burpees, I did full push-up burpees for all rounds except 1.  I completed all 7 rounds in 16:45. Not too shabby. Immediately after, my right shoulder felt like it was tightening up. It was really bothering me and I was a little afraid I might have done something to it by pushing the weight.  I moved it around a bit, then used the corner of a wall to do some pressure point work and that seemed to fix it up. By the time I got home and showered I was fine. 

After that it was off to pick up a friend and head to the Great Aloha Run Expo. The GAR is Monday, so the Expo is packet pick-up and stuff.  It's sad when you go someplace and have every intention of spending some money then fail to find anything to buy :(

I will be walking the GAR this year and that kind of bums me out. I want to run. I love to run. As much as I enjoy Crossfit, running is what I really want to be able to do.  I had hoped that between Crossfit and losing weight I would be able to start running again, but every time I try it's hard. Harder then I remember it being.  When I was in my running phase, I remember running being easy.  I vividly remember one weekend where I ran back-to-back 10ks.  Saturday I did it in like 1:15 and Sunday I did it in 1:10, and Sunday's run felt easier than Saturdays. And both were a whole lot of fun.  That's how I want it to be.  Easy and fun.  Over the past couple of months, I keep trying to get back into running only to find myself struggling and hurting so I stop.  Which brings us to yesterday. 
I get a Facebook message from a friend who is like 68 years old. She still does triathlons and last year did her first 100 mile run. She messaged me yesterday because she is reading a book that makes her think of me.

Now, if you've been around running or read anything about running you have heard of Chi running. I've heard about it for years just never really gave it a whole lot of thought. But she is reading it and says it makes her think of me and how I struggle with running, so she suggested I read it. Well, missing running as much as I do, I stopped yesterday and picked it up. I started reading it right away and am on Chapter 3. I love it. This guy is making me think I can get back to running again. I am going to read the book all the way through, then go back and re-read parts and set up a running schedule for myself. I am going to go slow and master each step of the process. I know myself well enough to know that if I'm not careful, I'll jump ahead and end up hurting myself and not running. So here I'm playing the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race.

So I'm excited at the possibility of running again. It really is my favorite thing to do and I do miss it a whole lot.

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