three in a row!

it has been a great week of workouts so far!! tuesdays and thursdays are strength days at the box, plus kettle bell wods after the lifts. tuesday was push press 5×3, and i felt great! i even felt like i could’ve done more weight, but i am still getting used to the way things work at crossfit, so i went with the percentages prescribed…


the kettle bell wod that followed the push presses was SO hard. so so hard.

4 RFT w/ a 10 minute time cap

  • 30 american swings
  • 15 over the bell burpees

i finished 3 rounds and 5 burpees. my shoulders were ON FIRE.

wednesday morning, the metcon was awesome…


  • worst part: wall balls 100%
  • best part: deadlifts {even though my legs were like jello at that point}

i finished in 12:31 and i was so excited to rx a wod!


and then this morning, we were back for some front squats…


i’m still using my old 175# 1RM, so here’s what i did:


it felt pretty easy. i was thinking about adding 5 pounds for my last set, but decided to leave it as it was. {kinda wish i added, though}

20140529-083209-30729145.jpgthen, the kettle bell wod. ohhhh, kettle bells. they always kick my butt.

10 min EMOM {every minute on the minute}

  • 15 kb snatches
  • 5 push ups
  • plank until the next minute

it hurt to hold the steering wheel of my car after all those snatches!

that’s all for now. i feel really good, really strong, really happy!

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making the most of memorial day weekend

let’s go back to friday afternoon, the start of the lovely long weekend! poor mike had to work saturday, sunday, and monday, so we tried to squeeze in some fun in the mornings and at night.

on friday after school, i came home, showered, and we headed right down to west hartford. i did a little shopping and we grabbed a drink and sat out on the sidewalk until the skies opened up! we were trying to decide where to go to dinner, and capital grille it was! it was SO delicious and relaxing…


and of course, i am reckless and some of my wine went flying!

on saturday morning, mike went off to work and i went for a run and did all kinds of errands and felt like a real housewife. when he got home, we were both so tired that we just got out favorite mexican takeout and relaxed like bums. it was pretty perfect, actually!

the next morning, we were all nice and rested up, so we headed out for the same run i did the day before. it was a nice, fast 3.5 miles, but when we got home, i wanted more! so, i made us do a 20 minute “deck wod”. it was similar to the one i did last weekend, minus the sit ups because both of our butts were recovering from sit up injuries!!! after that, we were super sweaty, sore, and ready for our days!

our crossfit box was closed on monday, so we went to our other gym and took over the group exercise room. we did 3 rounds of this crazy, exhausting, wonderful wod I found online.

jumprope wod

i ordered us some jump ropes so we can practice our double unders, and just so we can add them to our home wods when we feel like it! can’t wait for them to get here tomorrow…

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after that torture, i did 50 american kb swings and some ab work…. so so so sweaty!

i think i spent a lot of time doing research online this weekend too {wedding, shopping, workouts, houses, teaching ideas, etc!} i found this awesome shirt that i think i need to get for mike for a funny wedding present…

mike shirt

and, you already know how my weekend ended šŸ™‚

hope you had a wonderful long weekend… i’m already looking forward to this coming one!

last weekend

since it’s almost time for the weekend, i thought i would share some pictures from last weekend!

saturday started off with an at-home-wod:


it left me feeling like this, but made the rest of my day feel great!

home wod

sunday was such a nice day and it was even more nice to have mike home!!! we got so much done, it was really the perfect day…

we went and had breakfast and took the pups for a little run and swim!



ruby is so cute with the whole swimming thing. every year, she gets more daring and this year, i have a feeling she’s going to be just like brutus: always wanting to be in the water! pools, oceans, lakes, ponds, puddles…. they love it!


then i did all kinds of house stuff whileĀ mike washed our cars until i begged him to go to the driving range!

me golf

me golf 2

golf mike
we also had ice cream for lunch. it’s always a good idea.

later on, we took the dogs on their favorite walk {this is something i have been seriously loving lately} and grilled out on our lovely little deck {also loving!}

it was just a simple, perfect day.

thursday & some random thoughts

still can’t totally straighten my arms after the monday/tuesday wods, but i think that’s a good thing?? tuesday night, i had to be ridiculous and use a bottle opener to open my mich ultra, that’s how sore and weak i was!

1 mermaid opener

this morning, we were back at it, though, and it was romanian deadlift time. here’s what i did, but like before, my coach says i definitely could have gone up in weight… maybe that means i am already getting stronger since i used the percentages prescribed…


and now for some random thoughts…

i just love the feeling of an empty, silent, clean classroom at the end of the day.

1  quiet class

walking two strong dogs alone is quite the arm and oblique workout.

1 dog walk

every once in awhile,Ā fortune cookies will really get things right.

1 fortune

have a great, happy day!!

a sore start to the week!

monday morning’s wod made my forearms explode…

10 Min AMRAP

  • 10 hang power cleans (i did 83#)
  • 10 pull ups

i ended up finishing Ā 3 Rounds + 10 cleans, which was a total of 40 cleans and 30 pull ups. the cleans were my favorite part by far, andĀ the pull ups made me angry. the weirdest part was that my grip was so exhausted by the third round it was hard just to hold onto the bar! but i did feel awesome when it was over, even though i still can’t really straighten my arms.

this morning i was ready for some heavy lifting!


i based my percentages off of my front squat 1RM at my old gym, which was 175#… i was nervous that i would have trouble with the weights, but by the time i did my fourth round, my coach told me to add some weight for the 5th round. i did it, no problem, and could’ve added some more, but i am proud of what i did! i felt good & strong!


after that, it was KB wod time… i was kind of dreading it because my upper body was still so sore from monday’s wod. basically, it was a 10 minute EMOM, and if you couldn’t keep up with the minutes, you were cutoff! i ended up getting cutoff after 8 complete rounds of 5 burpees and 15 catch & release kettle bell swings, plus 5 burpees and 7 swings…. so hard. so, so hard!

but here’s an awesome picture my coach took of me doing it!


tomorrow is {a much needed} rest day, so mike and i just got back from taking the pups for a walk, and now it is time to relax!

hope you all have a great night!