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05/28/2012 – Memorial Day Murph

29 May

I woke up this morning prepping some food for our BBQ. I was tempted to just stay home and do a quick kettlebell workout. The thought of not spending time with the kids, and driving all the way to Palo Alto really wasn’t that appealing. I went as far as going into my account and canceling my workout session. Then I read Blake’s blog about Murph, and what a hero WOD means to him. Reading his blog definitely kicked my butt, and I signed up again to do Murph. I wasn’t doing the workout for myself, I was doing it to honor all those that sacrifice their life for my freedom, for my family’s freedom. After making the kids breakfast, I rushed out the door to get to PA in time.

Murph

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull Ups
  • 200 Push Ups
  • 300 Air Squats
  • 1 Mile Run
  • Result: 39:19

    I finished the first mile before 7:10. I broke the pull ups, push ups, and air squats into 20 rounds of cindy. The last two rounds, I just did the 10 pull ups, and then broke the push ups and air squats in two rounds. The last run didn’t feel as bad as I remembered it. Maybe because I’ve been running with my coworkers on recovery days. Anyways, I was really surprised by my time, and happy that I got this done. I’ve definitely improved since January and last memorial day.

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    Christmas/New Year Week Recap 2011

    31 Dec

    It was such a fun but busy week. I enjoyed good eats and had a great time spending my days with family and friends. Too bad I had to think about going to work when no one was around. Even though I’m enjoying the holidays a little too much, I’m still getting my workouts in, including two big ones.

    Onto my workouts for the past week!
    12/24/2011

    Whitten…5 Rounds For Time

  • 22 Wall Balls
  • 22 Burpees
  • 400m Run
  • 22 KB Swings(32kg/24kg)
  • 22 Box Jump(20″)
  • Last year when I did Whitten, I was about 9 weeks pregnant. I was excited to do this again, even though it’s one crazy ass workout. I’ve been getting better at my wall balls, but still can’t reach the 10 ft target the entire time. It’s amazing to see guys and girls reach that target consistently. One of my goals for next year is to really get my bodyweight movements in check. That means that the range of motion is legit and it is consistent. Carm and I used the 20Kg bell for this WOD. I tried the 24kg during the warmup and knew I would not be able to last with it for all 5 rounds.

    Whitten wasn’t as agonizing as I remembered it, and I can honestly say I can’t wait to tackle it again, and hopefully get a better time.

    Result: 48:24…Last year I did it in 49:53

    12/26/2011

    Deadlifts- 153#(3)-183#(3)-203#(3)-233#(1)-243#(1)

    The 243 was ugly and very lopsided. Just sayin’. 253 was my previous PR, so I got a lot of work to do to get to 300!
    WOD:

    3 Rounds For Time

  • 50 Double Unders
  • 25 Air Squats
  • 15 Pull Ups
  • Result- 10:51 RX’d

    12/27/2011
    I knew I wasn’t going to CFPA on Wednesday, so I worked on Overhead Squats and Bench Press. I forgot to record my numbers.

    12/31/2011

    Murph

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull Ups
  • 200 Push Ups
  • 300 Squats
  • 1 Mile Run
  • When I woke up this morning, knees still felt achy and I had a sore throat and runny nose. My body was either telling me that I should back out of Murph, or that I needed a good workout to whip it back into shape. My last real workout was on Tuesday, so I essentially had 3 days off. I had a great time though, and definitely glad I didn’t miss out on the fun. The first mile was good. I’m not quite sure what time I actually finished it in. I think I was close to 9 minutes. The next 20 rounds of Cindy were long, I just had to get through it. I notice now in the pictures that I need to keep my body more rigid when doing squats and arms shouldn’t be flying everywhere. The push ups were the hardest, always are! The last miler was killer! I was running at a snails pace for the first 800m. I speed up a little bit later, but it wasn’t by much. I was tired, my side was achy, and I just wanted to stop. I sprinted the last 100m, and made it in. šŸ™‚ So happy that I finished with everyone!! Good Times.

    Result: 44:47…Last time we did Murph was on Memorial Day.

    What a great way to close out the year! I mainly crossfitted while pregnant throughout 2011, and a bit jealous of everyone’s achievements. I’m hoping to gain some strength and speed next year, without having baby weight. I’ve also learned so much about eating clean and healthy. I may indulge or binge here and there, but I know it’s not the norm for me, and that is a tremendous achievement in my eyes. From my family to yours, wishing everyone a healthy and fit 2012! Happy New Year!

    05/29/2011 – Memorial Day Murph

    31 May

    My 4 day weekend has been very relaxing with some activity in it. In case you are wondering I ate clean 60% off the time with a couple of cheats on Saturday, and a small cheat on Sunday. I’ll go into some detail later in another post because I’d like to talk more about how I spent my Memorial Day morning working out with the great community of Crossfit Palo Alto.

    All of us did the the well known “Murph” WOD which was named in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy. You can learn more about Murphy’s story here. We had about 30 people in the 9AM class, and it was great to meet everyone who I don’t see in The Five Tribe. to be honest, I’ve been agonizing about this workout the night before, and knew it would hurt to do it. Right before I left the house, I confessed to hubby what the workout consisted of, and he said “WHAT!, You better take it easy!”. I promised I would and was going to scale the pull-ups. As Tim was giving us our mental boost to just “suck it up and get through the workout”, because IT IS just a workout, and our pain in that moment was nothing compared to what Lt. Michael Murphy went through, I completely stopped worrying about what time I was going to get or if I was going to finish last. Or, how I was going to get through 20 rounds of Cindy. All that didn’t matter anymore, I just wanted to finish and honor the men and women who were serving our country. And also honor the only Marine that I personally knew who died in combat, my BFF’s cousin, Cor. Jeremiah Allen Baro.

    Murph

  • 1 Mile Run
  • 100 Pull Ups
  • 200 Push Ups
  • 300 Squats
  • 1 Mile Run
  • The first mile took me about 9 minutes. Not too bad considering I haven’t ran a mile in a few months. I decided to break down the pull ups, push ups, and squats into “Cindy” rounds(5 pull ups, 10 push ups, and 15 squats). I started to do the pull ups in the purple band, but I soon found out it took too much effort for me to get my feet into the band. My big belly was getting in the way and I couldn’t lift my left leg high enough to get my feet into the band. I did maybe 6 out of the 20 total rounds with the purple band. The rest of the rounds I did just the normal kipping. I was able to do 5 straight the entire time too. Very proud of that!

    With the push ups, I never thought of scaling them beforehand, I was always more worried about the pull-ups. But when I went into the first round, I just put my knees down and scaled it. I think the push-ups would of been what slowed me down if I didn’t scale them. I was able to do 10 in a row all the time. Probably because the belly is in the way, so I don’t have to go down as far.

    As for the squats, they were easy, but I wasn’t able to keep perfect form. At times I was on my toes, and Tim kept yelling at me to stay on my heels. I had two rounds of Cindy left, so I decided just to do the 10 pull-ups and get them out of the way. Then I would do 10 push-ups, 15 squats, 10 push ups, 15 squats.

    When I started the last mile, my legs were so tight, I was literally taking baby steps. About 4 or 5 people passed me up, and boy was I happy to see the 800 line. Once I got there, I knew I was within minutes of finishing, and I kept telling Watermelon, “We are almost there, thanks for hanging in there with me!” My poor baby. lol. R caught up with me, and I wanted to stick with her, and we finished together! It was a great ending with everyone cheering each other on. Once you finish a workout like that, there’s like a new wave of energy that passes through you. I might have been breathing hard and just physically exhausted, but that didn’t matter, because I was mentally re-energized. I felt like I could accomplish or tackle anything!

    Result: 50:27

    This was the longest WOD that I’ve ever done, but I can’t wait to do it again. Thanks to everyone at CFPA for the support and encouragement. It was nice to meet everyone from the other classes, and get a chance to workout with Nom Nom Paleo, Triebo, Alma, R, etc.

    Here’s our 9AM Murph Crew