Fitness Trail Date Night!

Husband and I have been so busy I have not made the time to post lately! My parents came into town a couple of weeks ago to visit and see a Braves @ St Louis Cardinals game, and husbands dad will be coming to town this weekend. We’ve been hanging with friends and working out every chance we get. I have been working on my speed for my 5k for my race not this coming weekend but the next and trying to also push out 6 miles on some runs to prepare for my 10K in 3 weeks! I’m getting pretty pumped! And As usual we’ve been working out butts off at Crossfit 3 times a week. I managed to climb the rope halfway up, I will make it all the way next time! So, anyway, lets get to the point of this post.

Fitness Trails.

You’ve seen them in some parks. They have stations with weird looking equipment that may or may not be rusted and abandoned. I have honestly never seen anyone actually using these things and now that I have done it, I wonder why! We decided on not going to Crossfit Friday. I really wasn’t feeling it. I really just wanted to be with my husband. We decided on skipping the fancy dinner and instead check out a different park in a different neighborhood. We had previously been at this park and noticed the Fitness trail. It is a mile long trail with about 10 different fitness stops. Some of which are Pull ups, elevated push ups, sit ups, bar dips, monkey bars, chin ups, inclined bar vault, etc. So we suited up and made a plan. Every stop one of us would do the exercise while the other does ~10 body squats (I did 10 burpee’s on one stop), then we would switch. After both of us completed the exercise and the squats we would sprint to the next station. It was so much fun cheering each other on and sprinting together to the next stop. I was sweating like CRAZY after and my butt is still sore from all of those squats! I feel like this is something I would love to work into my fitness schedule mainly because I think it is a wonderful team building experience for me and Husband and its fun to make up your own workouts sometimes!

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Have you tried a Fitness trail before?

If so, is it something you like to do regularly?

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Buddy Running & Friendly Competition

I enjoy running, but I always really enjoy it when my husband and I go together. He is such a wonderful work out partner. We get dressed together in our running gear, we grab our water bottles, harness up the dog, jump in the car, and drive to our favorite running spot. We kiss at the start line and take off! Daniel and I go at very different paces so it’s hard to run together but just knowing that he is there with me motivates me and makes me want to go the distance. I have never actually run with someone that runs, on average, the same pace as me until last Sunday. I have found out that I like to go by myself, but I pretty much love buddy running. There is a different kind of motivation involved. Basically, don’t stop/slow down or you’ll ruin your buddy’s pace as well as your own. There is a certain kind of bond formed when you are suffering long miles together, pushing each other, and helping each other get through a rough spot in a run. I also enjoy having someone to talk to and it makes the miles fly by! Last Sunday I ran 4 miles with a running buddy. Yesterday, I hit 5 miles for the first time in nearly a year with a running buddy.  I felt like I could have kept going. The distraction of having someone to talk to and enjoy the sport with made it feel like nothing. I truly believe I am ready to hit that 10k again. I think buddy running has kicked up my motivation to be a better runner, to train harder, run faster, and really sink my teeth into it again.

Also, Thanks to Nike + my friends and I have started a little friendly competition. Now that the app gives you the ability to compete with friends, this running business has gotten a lot more interesting and fun! We all cheer each other on, but we also like to reign in the top spot. I currently hold the 3rd spot for the month of August among my Nike+ friends and the 2nd spot for this weeks milage. My friend in the top spot is actually my running buddy from last Sunday. She’s totally kicking our butts. Maybe next month I’ll kick up my miles!

What motivates you?

Do you enjoy buddy running or a solitary run?

Happy Running, y’all!

Happy Running!

Ditching the Scale

When I first started Crossfit I was in ok shape, not strong at all but as a runner and a yoga enthusiast I was pretty happy with my weight.

My weight. I was always obsessed about a number on the scale.  Would it be a bad day, a good day, would it inspire me to go run an extra mile that day, would I maybe not indulge in an Iced latte from Starbucks? I weighed myself every morning, and that can be exhausting! I believe that a lot of women are obsessed over this number. That somehow this number defines us, but I think we’re getting it all wrong and here is why.

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The scale has become something so unimportant to me. I was curious and I just learned today that I have gained 6 pounds since I started Crossfit. I didn’t cringe, I didn’t pinch the fat off of unwanted places and grimace but I looked in the mirror and smiled at myself. Because I can see the faint lines of Abs starting to form, my butt is firmer, my arms and shoulders are full of muscle, my legs no longer bear cellulite when I am sitting down in shorts.

This is why the scale is a liar. It’s not what the number reads but what you feel in yourself. Do not let the scale judge you, the scale is not going to change you, YOU have to change you.

So here is my advice my fellow obsessed scale readers: How do you feel? Forget the number.

If you do not feel good in your skin, you have the absolute power to change it.

Go for a run

Join a new gym

Look into personal training

Give Crossfit a try.

It’s all in your hands. Ready. Set. Sweat.

P.S. I did my first kipping pull up yesterday!!!!! Still working on my strict pull up 🙂

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Take it All In.

This morning I rose to another day of the race.

As usual I had to clip clop as fast as I could down my apartment stairs in heels. I was the epitome of a woman rushing out of the house late for work; coffee cup and lunch box in one hand, keys and purse in the other, hair in a tangled wet mess, make up half finished.

You get it.

As I was going 5 miles over the speed limit en route to my place of employment, I came upon a truck. A truck going particularly slow. A truck whose driver all of a sudden THREW on his breaks. I was about to utter a few words of profanity at the guy in front of me when I saw something. It was so tiny and so delicate. I watched a fuzzy little duckling make its way in front of the stopped truck and safely across the road.

EARTH TO KELLY where was my head? If that guy in the truck hadn’t stopped for the little duckling, I may have very well run right over the little baby. It was that point I realized that it was time to stop thinking about just me and my needs for a second, and to start appreciating everything around me. I really just wanted to get out and hug the guy in the truck, because he reminded me of everything in my life that I forget to appreciate. Because recently I’ve been in my own little up world of ‘wake up, go to work, come home from work, work out, go to bed’. I had become a robot.

So, in lieu of my little self-discovery I decided to take a relaxing 4 mile jog on my favorite trail in St. Louis. I became aware that even my runs were starting to seem repetitive, always trying to be better push harder, run faster. Recently, I have not really taken in the beautiful sites, smells, people, animals on my runs. I was always just focusing on me (which is good sometimes).

But today I took a vacation from trying to beat a PR.

A Runcation?… it could be a word.

I got ready and headed for the trail when I got home from work. On my run today I experienced the chirping of happy birds, the smell of honeysuckle, and I even said hello to few other runners on the trail instead of blasting by with just a smile and a nod. I really enjoyed my run today and I even ended up going my farther than I have been typically going, at a slower pace.

Yes, sometimes it’s just good to slow it down and take it all in.

It was 90 degrees and so humid but the run was so worth it!

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Post run. Hot and Tired but feeling great.

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Have you ever given yourself a “runcation”?

Did you enjoy it? or did you feel like it was pointless since you weren’t breaking a record?

Happy Trails To You!

True Life: I’m an Exercise Fanatic

It has come to my attention that I have become one of those people.

You know what I am talking about. The kind of people who talk about working out all of the time. Whose Instagram is blowing up with weight lifting, Nike+ Running screen shots, crazy photos of impossible yoga movements, and *OMG* new favorite workout gear.

…And I am starting to like it.

I have always been really excited about posting my running updates, mainly because it holds me accountable for pushing harder the next time and being a better me.These days though, I am proud of myself. Conceited right? NO. Everyone should be proud of their accomplishments. I have worked hard and I want to show it off and vainly enough, I want people to know that I am working hard.  My point is that becoming one of those people means I have just become really proud of what I am doing, how my body is changing, and why I love doing what I am doing. It makes me want to keep going, be better, work harder. So I do, and I am loving myself for it.

So, here is an update for ya…

I still haven’t signed up for our 10k but I have begun to take it more seriously. I am running more… maybe not long distances but I’m halfway there and I have a couple of months to train.

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I hurt my thigh a while ago. I was at a 115lb 3 rep max back squat before I hurt it but this is my 3 rep max post injury 98lbs! (Yes, I know I need to get back on my heels more…. I also need lifting shoes for this.)…. Soon, I will have my Crossfit shoes.

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For the GRAND FINALE!!!!!!! I have officially done a yoga Headstand and held it long enough to get pictures. Last night I was practicing the transitions into a headstand. I managed to get my core and legs in the air… after a couple of practices, I was up and I was steady and strong. I am very proud of this. I use to envy people who could do this… I never thought I could do this.

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Have you reached any fitness goals lately?

Show the world how proud you are of yourself!

Luau’s and Mexican Train

So, I am one of those people who loves to hang out with my parents. Mainly because my parents are probably the coolest people I know. When I lived back home I would choose to hang out with them on some weekends. Whether it was a family game night, a special occasion (pretty much any holiday/birthday), or just a bonfire out back, hanging out with my parents always won over any other invitation we would receive. This is what I miss most about home. Family. Swimming, sitting on the back deck, playing games, roasting marshmallows on a bonfire. We would make any excuse for my parents to host a get together. One of my favorite family traditions is BYOP that I discussed here from our 2011 BYOP.

I am planning on making a special trip home to attend my favorite Halloween family tradition, much like I did for our Cash Family July 4th tradition.

I could have stayed here in St. Louis for the Fourth of July but, again, family tradition won out. My parents always host a family get together filled with BBQing, peach ice cream, swimming, fireworks, and fun. This year it was Luau themed. I was not about to miss this. Unfortunately, the weather did not work in our favor. It rained the entire time we were home. So, to make the best of it, the men folk set up a pop-up tent outside and we sat under it and watched the rain come down, drinking, eating, and talking, and still enjoying every moment we had together. A couple of nights we made time to play games. Mom and Dad taught Daniel and I how to play Mexican Train and I have been dying to play ever since we made our way back to St. Louis. I do miss my family so much. I can’t wait to go back home for a visit. I wish I knew exactly when that would be.

Some photos from our trip home:

Come on in!!!

Come on in!!!

Red, White, and Blue Sangria!

Red, White, and Blue Sangria!

Glowing Balloons.

Glowing Balloons.

Mmmm Boiled Peanuts <3

Mmmm Boiled Peanuts ❤

I brought some home :-)

I brought some home 🙂

In our home city.

In our home city.

 

This was a game of Chicken Feet. We later learned how to play Mexican Train.

This was a game of Chicken Feet. We later learned how to play Mexican Train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conquering A Negative Mind.

Since ya’ll have taken this Crossfit journey with me I thought I would update you on a few recent small, personal milestones. When I first started Crossfit I couldn’t lift a barbell over my head much less, 20 pounds. I was not strong at all. Still, I’m not hitting an RX or lifting tons of weight but I am starting to be able lift more, and more, and more and my mind is finally grasping the concept that I can do more, that I am stronger.

Tuesday I did a 7 minute warm up with just the barbell:

3 deadlifts, 1 hang clean, 3 push presses

Every 60 seconds.

I was terrified of the push press because last I checked my 3 rep max was a measly 53 pounds. Thank goodness I made it through with a naked barbell, but I actually felt like I cheated myself because to be honest I was just being a wimp too cautious.

Thursday rolls around and I see that we are going to do the same warm up. So, I stop being a wuss too cautious and weighted my bar with 20 pounds (53 altogether, MY PREVIOUS 3 REP MAX).

IT FELT SO GOOD and quite honestly I felt like a beast.

I think I have finally conquered my Push Press fear and the negativity that was looming behind it. Sometimes, it seems that you actually have to have that “just do it” mentality. So, I did. Thursday ended up being a pretty big day for me. I graduated 15 lb dumbbells to 20 lb dumbbells, I learned how to Skin The Cat (no, not actually skinning a cat… that is so not right) and I dead lifted my own weight (I did not PR but I took it slow and got to a good point). Also a couple of weeks ago I did my first handstand push up. I can do two without wanted to pass out from being upside down. I find that is a pretty big deal for me.

So, I’m normally not one to take a bazillion pictures of myself doing this stuff, but I got a little obsessive and proud the last few weeks so… here they are.

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I have really been trying to keep Husband and I active. It is so easy to come home from work and sit on the couch (if we don’t have Crossfit that night). The last few weeks have been like this. We come home and either go to the pool or sit on the couch. So, after this lovely vacation week I am really going to start focusing on running again. I really miss it. Yesterday, I ran my first straight 5k in 4 weeks. 4 WEEKS. That is pretty horrible, so my goal after we get back from Georgia is to get back into running (I know, I know it’s not the first time I’ve posted about my lack of running). In other fitness news… Yesterday before our run, Husband had a Toastmasters event so I took it upon myself to sign up for some Free Yoga under the Arch.

WOW.

I loved it. It was so wonderful because The Arch is pretty much my favorite thing about St. Louis. Getting a good morning stretch with my favorite thing about this city was just what I needed. It gave me a moment to realize that even though I am extremely homesick and all I really want to do is go home, I still love it here too. That I have wonderful friends here, a wonderful life here, and an amazing husband to share it with. I have so much to be thankful for.

My wonderful friend Alisha snapped this of me without my knowledge. As usual I am admiring the Arch.

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Have A Lovely Week and a Safe 4th of July! I AM GOING HOME!!!!!!!