I’ve been on a little hiatus since the Dopey Challenge. I needed a break. The plan all along was to get thru the Huff 50K & Dopey and then take some time off and really not do “much” for the remainder of the month of January. And I was looking forward to it. What I didn’t realize was how much my body would NEED that break. I started getting a bit of a clue when I had a
pretty severe Plantar Fasciitis flare up on the first day of the Dopey Challenge. Yep, during the 5K. Initially it took me off guard because it basically came out of nowhere but it didn’t take me long to realize that it was text book PF. I was fine while running but when I stopped OMGosh things got ugly fast. And when I sat down, the getting up and getting moving was super painful. It felt like I was walking on spikes. Not ideal but at least something I could self diagnose. Also something I was familiar enough with that I could be pretty certain that completing the Dopey Challenge most likely wouldn’t do much additional long term damage.
Then I got a head cold/sore throat combo that was a bit of a nuisance. Brought that new friend home with me from Disney. It took a week and a half to clear up (thanks to some electro acupuncture by Dr. Alexis). I felt good for two days. Then the stomach flu hit. Yep, the stomach flu. SO.MUCH.FUN. Okay, it sucked but my body was tired and why not get it ALL out of the way while I was in rest mode anyhow, right? Right!
Now I’m feeling AMAZING except for the heel pain that Dr. A is slowly but surely kicking to the curb. I ran 4 miles on the treadmill last night at 8:22 pace. Then I hit CrossFit this morning! I’m so happy to be back to being active. I still don’t plan on doing anything big this month but I’m moving and that makes me happy.
CrossFit Day 49 (and if you are really counting, CrossFit Day 48 was on January 2, 2014 but the WOD has been lost in the windy tunnel of the TTF brain. Ooops!).
WOD – Jack. Hello Jack. So nice to meet you. Thank you for kicking my butt on the first day back to CrossFit in 21 days. Thanks for reminding me WHY I CrossFit in the first place. Thanks for reminding me that I am weak and I want to be strong. Thank you for starting me off on my quest to be a strong runner in 2014.
20 minutes – AMRAP:
- 10 Push Press – Empty bar, the girlie version, #33 lbs
- 10 Kettlebell Swings
- 10 Box Jumps – 18” box – I did alternate in a couple step-ups a few times when I needed to catch my breath but 99% were box jumps.
I did 11 rounds. I was very focused on trying to get at least 10 rounds completed because at the half way mark I was into my 6th round so I didn’t want to lose ground. I was super happy to be able to complete the 11th round, even managed a few extra push presses even though time was basically up. I really tried to stay focused and wanted to keep pushing because it is a new year and I think it’s important to focus on new goals and try to improve. Plus, what’s the point of getting up early for a 5am class if I’m not going to push it? I don’t want to waste my time or anyone else’s. I want to get better. I want to get stronger. I want to run far and FAST when the opportunity arises and I really think the key to staying healthy is strength and cross training. For these reasons, I dedicate 2014 as my year of strength. I want be be strong physically and mentally. I want to be a better person. I want to handle LIFE better. I want to be strong inside and out.
** On a Quest to Be Strong ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **