“Sleep with one eye open.”
Ha. Those are the words my sister muttered to me with her head in a pillow after I had coerced her into doing an at-home CrossFit workout with me on Saturday. After thirty-six minutes of burpees, sit ups, push ups, and mountain climbers, she face planted into her bed. She hated me throughout the entire workout, and threatened me multiple times for subjecting her to this torture.
To be fair, it was a pretty brutal workout (courtesy of my CrossFit box, Bell City CrossFit.) All you need is a deck of cards and your body weight. Hearts = burpees. Diamonds = mountain climbers (right knee in, then left knee in equals one rep.) Spades = push ups. Clubs = sit ups. Ninety-six reps of each move! Shuffle the deck, pick your first card, and then continue to move through the entire deck until complete.
We were dealt a bad, bad hand early on. I’m pretty sure that we did 50 burpees in the first six or seven minutes of the workout. At that point, Amy was looking to quit, but we rested for a bit and she made it through. I was very proud of her!
On Sunday, I completed a simple strength dumbbell circuit from Peanut Butter Runner’s website. If you’re a beginner to working out, I highly recommend using this as a base for your strength training. Sometimes simple goes a long way. I used only 10 pound dumbbells, and completed 15 reps for each move, three times through. I have not done chest flies, bent rows, and bicep curls in a long time. This turned out harder than I expected. I should have known. Any workout that has 45 burpees in the mix is never easy. Overall it was fun going back to basics for a day!
And then this morning…
Bam. I ran a 5K! In sub-30 weather I might add. I went outside with the intention of running a bit to see how my body would feel for my upcoming 5K. I ran at a snail’s place (11:15!), but at least I know I will make it through the finish line in one whole piece. This is a far cry from my last 5K run where I ran at a 9:37 pace, and did not even run the whole thing. I am continually baffled by my hatred of running (and thus my lack of mental fortitude with it.) What can I say? The only way I can continuously run without stopping is by running really really really slowly.
Anyway, I have my yoga class tonight to get my “ommm” on! My hip flexors are tight, and I’m looking forward to a good stretch to cap off my three-day weekend.