Monday, March 10, 2008

Never thought I'd be doing THIS

So - today, after hitting modified deadlifts (125lb, working in with Stacey), we had a relatively simple circuit to tackle. 20min, AMRP: 5 pull-ups, 10 box-jumps, 15 KB Swings.

My hands were still torn up, but I was thinking that this circuit wouldn't be so bad - I may even get in the 10 rounds that Jerry said would be a good number to hit!

That was, until, Jerry decided that I needed to be wearing an X-Vest. He mentioned it, I shook my head no, but there it was - going over my head. Not only that, but he had to duct-tape me in!

I ended up doing 3 chins instead of 5 - as they were hard to hit (but I did hit them!), and I did the 3 step box jumps instead of the 4-step... but I stuck to the 45lb KB swings - and I got in 8.3 rounds! I think next time I don an X-vest and do box jumps, I'm going to go for the high box jumps, since the 3 step felt pretty easy.

I think the worst thing about the X-vest is that it constricts your ribcage a bit, making it hard to take deep breaths! I kept getting flashes in my head of that scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, where Kiera Knightley's character falls off a cliff because she fainted due to a too-tight corset!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Running and Push-ups

I really don't enjoy running. I've never enjoyed it, and I don't think I ever will. In my mind, it pales in comparison to the pain and joy brought during Crossfit.

Despite this, I decided to go for a short (15-20min) jog today. This decision was brought about by a combination of the nice weather, and the horribly non-zone dinner and dessert from last night. (Is it my imagination, or are these pants slightly tighter?) Also - I must give props to Keturah for planting the idea in my head - I probably won't be joining in on the "fun" of runs Tues/Thurs, but I may jog on my own on the occasional Sunday.

Anyway - besides the one recent circuit, I haven't ran in months. I must say, I was presently surprised at how my running was today. Either my endurance has greatly improved, or my tolerance for intensity has gone up - because I was able to run for much longer stretches of time than the last time I jogged around my neighborhood. I love being able to FEEL how Crossfit has improved my body.

Also - just hit a PR of 10 push-ups in a row! Last time I did full push-ups, I only made it to 4!