Running with FlipBelt

Somedays it’s still hard to accept that I’ve deferred my marathon entry while other days I’m so proud of myself and know it was the best decisions for me (right now). But regardless of my current training, one thing I’ve learned over the years of race training and especially as I got into longer distances, is how much stuff you have to carry on you.

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Water

Phone/iPod

Keys

ID

Fuel

This may not seem like that much but when you stop and think about how all of this must be carried ON you, you realize it’s a bit much. I’ve tried numerous gadgets made to make this easier but couldn’t quite find the one that I loved. My old pack that sat around my wait was bulky as soon as I put stuff in it, bounced around and sometimes felt like it was giving me a stomach ache. The one around my wrist wasn’t that big, made getting things out of it challenging to do while running and made my wrist too warm (yes, that’s a thing!). I found what I really liked was using the pockets in my shorts but even still, they can only hold so much.

 

When I was presented with the opportunity to try the Flip Belt as part of my Sweat Pink partnership, I jumped at the chance! At the time I was still marathon training and knew with longer runs on the horizon, I needed to carry more fuel on me.

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…then the deferment happened and my runs got shorter. My need for something to hold fuel wasn’t necessary but I was still excited to try out this new (to me) device on my next run. My roommate and I set out on a short 2 ½ mile run only a couple days later and instead of using my normal arm band, I stuck my keys and phone in the Flip Belt and off we went.

 

I’m not kidding when I say this is super comfortable! My stuff wasn’t flopping around and I looped my keys into the built in clip and didn’t worry about them falling out every 2 seconds. The belt didn’t bounce around and it never felt like it was sticking into my stomach. Plus, it can be machine washed & dried which we know will be needed once and awhile. ;)

flip beltOnce again the following weekend, instead of grabbing my usual arm band, I grabbed my flip belt and went off for another little run. Love it!

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While I do still love running, I’m definitely trying to repair that relationship and as such, CrossFit has continued to take over. Not that I’m complaining. We’ve had some awesome WODs this week that have left me crazy sore but in the best way possible, of course!

Friday 8/22

Front squat 5-5-5+ : 85# (9)

WOD for time: “Elizabeth”

21-15-9

Cleans (55#)

Ring Dips (green band)

Time: 8:14

 

Saturday 8/23

Rest

 

Sunday 8/24

2.25 mile run

 

Monday 8/25

Push Press 3-3-3+ : 75 (3) & 80 (1)

WOD 5 rounds for time:

6 Clean & Jerks (55#)

2 rounds of “Cindy” (5 pull-ups w/ green band, 10 push-ups w/ red band, 15 air squats)

Time: 18:52

 

Tuesday 8/26

Deadlift 5-5-5+ : 105# (15)

WOD – 3 rounds for time:

300m run

20 Kettlebell Swings (25#)

15 Burpees

time: 12:57

 

Wednesday 8/27

Hang power snatch 3-3-3-1-1-1 50#

AMRAP in 12:00

3 rope progressions

20 box jumps (16”)

3 handstand kicks

20 situps

score: 5 +1 box jumps

 

Thursday 8/28

Front Squat 3-3-3+ 75# (10)

WOD – 5 rounds for time:

10 Deadlifts (95#)

50 Double Unders (75 singles)

time: 6:30

 

How do you like to carry your stuff around while walking/running/hiking outside?

What was your fitness like this week?

I received this Flip Belt in exchange for this review through my partnership with Sweat Pink but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Make sure you head over to Lindsay’s List today as I’ve made an appearance to talk about the 50 States tour!

A Lot of Sweaty WODs

How is it already Friday? Not that I’m complaining or anything but I feel like the weeks have been flying by! This is usually a good thing but as I find myself in full-on 50 States planning mode, I’m hoping time doesn’t go by too fast, we still have a lot to do!

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The good news is that we’re getting TONS of great feedback which just further fuels my fire and really makes me believe the huge impact that we can make with this mission. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do, we’d love to have you a part of this! Yes, YOU!

photoAnyway, while Friday came fast, it was another full week! My fitness over the weekend was definitely quite a bit easier than normal with Saturday’s mud run (err…walk/run) and a short and easy run with the roommate on Sunday. Otherwise there were a lot of very sweaty WODs at CrossFit and we all know I wouldn’t have it any other way! ;)

Friday 8/15

Strength: deadlift 10-10-10 (75#)

AMRAP in 10:00:

-200m run

-15 sumo deadlift high pull (45#)

-20 push-ups (red)

 

Saturday 8/16

5k mud run (walk/run) with Amanda

 

Sunday 8/17

2.11 mile run with roommate

 

Monday 8/18

5RM Overhead Squat – 50#

AMRAP in 12:00

5 Power Snatch (35#)

10 Toes to Bar (knee raises)

15 Wall Balls (8#)

Score: 6+7 knee raises

 

Tuesday 8/19

Bench Press: 5-5-5+ – 65# (5)

WOD for time:

Run 300m

Then, 3 rounds of:

20 clapping push-ups (purple)

30 box jumps (12”)

Then, finish with 30 burpees

time: 11:54

 

Wednesday 8/20

Hang Power Clean 3-3-3-3-3: (i forgot…oops!)

AMRAP in 10:00

15m Sled Push

15 KB Swing

15 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls

Score: 4

 

Thursday 8/21

Push Press 5-5-5+: 70# (8)

WOD for time:

500m row, then 5 rounds:

-10 pull-ups (green+red)

-20 walking lunges

then, 500m row

Time: 11:30

 

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s REST day and even thinking about trying to get in some yoga on Sunday…say what?! What’s yoga? ;)

 

How were your workouts this week?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

My First Week Without a (Planned) Long Run

I’m not sure how to thank you all for your kind words on yesterday’s post. Choosing to defer my marathon entry has been one of the hardest decisions for me to make and while I know it’s right, sometimes I still want to train and see if I can pull it off. But I know better.

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Making the decision to defer took a huge weight off my shoulders. It’s allowing me to put that energy towards myself, towards my work and towards dreams bigger than me.

 

I love running but it’s been nice to step away from it the last few days. I’m going to try and work on incorporating more yoga back into my practice again as I think that will help both my mind and body.

Friday 8/8

Bench Press: 5-3-1+ 70# (4)

WOD – 10 rounds for time:

Sprint 100m

10 push-ups (purple band)

time: 8:24

 

Saturday 8/9

Rest

 

Sunday 8/10

2.25 mile run

2 mile walk

 

Monday 8/11

strength: split jerk 2-2-2-2-2 (85#)

WOD for time:

50 deadlifts (65#)

50 slam balls (10#)

*EMOTM 5 burpees

time: 5:56

 

Tuesday 8/12

Back Squat: 3-3-3+ 85#(8)

WOD w/ 12:00 on the clock…

900m row

AMRAP

-5 power cleans (35#)

-10 hand-release push-ups (red band)

-40 single unders

score: 5+3 push-ups

 

Wednesday 8/13

Strength: Strict Press: 7-7-7+ : 50# (4)

WOD for time:

21-15-9

Overhead Squat (25#)

Pull-ups (green+red)

Overhead Walking Lunges (25#)

Sit-ups

time: 8:59

 

Thursday 8/14

Rest

 

I’ve got a 5k mud run tomorrow (with Amanda!) and then I’m not sure what Sunday will look like. My first week where I’m not planning on a long run in many many months, it’s crazy!

 

What’s your weekend look like?

A Tough Decision

No one said the right decisions were always going to be the easy decisions. In fact, I’m pretty sure they are usually some of the hardest.

They become even harder when our egos get involved. When friends and a million opinions get involved. 

And even more so, when our hearts are involved.

Not only do I remember the days of gym class and the dreaded mile run, but I remember when I first started running and how I gradually built up my distance from walking & running intervals to a mile unbroken, to two, then three and just last year, 13.1…a half marathon.

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As I finished that run, my hips hurting and my exhaustion high, I wasn’t sure I’d ever run another half marathon, let alone consider a full. But as to be expected and once the post-run high really set in, I not only ran a second but I also ran a third which was a huge PR.

10390500_10100174564169009_1676837458730737101_nWhen I was picked for the lottery for the Chicago Marathon, I took that as a sign. I took that to mean I was ready and that I could finally cross off this bucket list item that at one point, I was pretty sure was never possible. And honestly, I do believe I’m physically ready (read: capable with the proper training) but unfortunately, I’m not mentally ready.

 

I’ve been hinting for the last few weeks that I’ve been pretty stressed and that I’ve had a lot on my mind. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen some photos from the trail depicting some harder moments.

10551012_10100210299125869_9113608557499989326_nBut the truth is, I haven’t been able to get past 2 miles of my long runs for the last 3 weeks. I made myself sick trying to handle some of the stress and pressure I was putting on myself and used that as an excuse. I ran 4 miles last Thursday that was the best, easiest and longest run I’ve had in weeks. I was hopeful that I was on the upswing and making my recovery. I skipped out on a show Saturday night to get plenty of sleep and woke up Sunday morning ready and excited for my 15 mile run (yes, excited). I told myself I was doing three 5-mile runs and that I could rest after each 5 miler. I grabbed all my gear, fueled up and hit the trail running. I felt good for a mere few minutes and before I could even hit 2 miles I was stopped and in tears. I pulled myself together and took off again for another ¼ mile until I saw a bench, sat down and started crying.

 

I was facing the reality of the situation and it hurt. After a few minutes, I decided just to run back to my car but once again after another ¼ mile, I was stopped and in tears. I sat myself down on the side of the trail and tried to just take a few minutes to breathe.

10481883_10100215424285009_612623663767993595_nRunning is a mental game. In fact, I’m sure most runners will tell you that it’s just as mental as it is physical and both pieces must be in place for success.

 

The mental piece isn’t in place for me right now. The mental pressure of training to run 26.2 miles is too much with everything else that’s going on. I have to take something off my plate; I have to ease my mind; I have to look out for myself.

 

And unfortunately that means I’m deferring my entry into the Chicago Marathon.

 

I’ll be totally honest, I’m heartbroken. It was not an easy decision to come to and it took a lot of back and forth for me to finally come to this decision. I’ve had a lot of people tell me “you can do it! I believe in you!” and while I love the support and while yes, I can physically do it (and do plan/hope to someday!), the mental puzzle piece isn’t in place and if I don’t cut myself some slack it’s going to affect my health. It’s not an easy decision but for right now it’s the right decision.

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I’m out the entry costs for the marathon (bummer!) and while I’ll have to pay again next year (double bummer!), I won’t have to enter the lottery if I decide I’m in a better place to train.

 

The marathon weight has been lifted off my shoulders and while my ego may be struggling, I know that once I get past the initial hurt, I’ll be able to pick it off the floor, dust it off and carry on.

 

Have you had to make any tough decisions lately?

Joining in for Thinking Out Loud.

Taking My WOD Up a Notch with Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

I remembering showing up to my first Foundations class for CrossFit. Nerves aside, I felt ready and prepared. I was wearing my gym shoes and workout clothes and had my hair pulled back in a pony tail. I was all set…or so I thought.

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As I finished Foundations and joined the regular classes, I couldn’t help but notice everybody else’s shoes. Aside from the fact that I loved the look, I noticed a few of them sometimes swapping out what they were wearing when we went from the strength portion to our daily WOD. I also couldn’t help but notice my shoes seemed so much bigger and bulkier than everyone else’s…because they were.

 

After a couple weeks when I knew I was really committed to this whole CrossFit thing, I bought myself a pair of the Nano 2.0s. Immediately I started noticing a difference in my WODs and lifts. The shoes were light and the minimal nature of the shoe allowed me to ground down better when doing my lifts. I suddenly understood why everyone was wearing them. The only thing I didn’t really love was running in them.

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So when I was presented with the opportunity to try the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0’s, I jumped at the chance! I was really interested in comparing the two and seeing how this new shoe could continue to enhance my workouts.

10569077_10100213628718339_1420004874939753942_nThe first WOD in my new shoes was an EMOTM for 8:00 of 100m sprints, max wall balls and max knee raises (I don’t have the toes to bar yet…). I was kind of nervous to wear them for the run but also knew it was the perfect opportunity to test and compare the two. Immediately I could feel the difference! The soft midsole cushioning and lightweight guidance gave my knees and joints the comfort they needed while running, while the 4mm heel to toe drop gave me the stability I needed during those wall balls.

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Throughout the week I continued to wear my new shoes, putting them to the test with each day’s WOD. Falling in love with them more each day. And while I may not (always) love burpees, I do appreciate the toe wrap to protect those little babies with each jump back as I throw myself to the ground.

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I was talking with one of the owners of my box about the progression of the line of Nanos. While I haven’t had the chance to try the 3.0s and can really only compare from my 2.0s, it appears with each line of a Nanos they just keep getting better:

-They’re more breathable by changing the mesh under the cage to allow for better air flow during workouts

-They’re lighter and more flexible thanks to a re-engineered duracage.

Of course if you watched the Reebok CrossFit Games this year then you saw all the athletes decked out in their Nano 4.0s and other ultra cute Reebok gear (I want it all, please!).

I may be no Rich Froning or Camille Leblanc-Bazinet but at least I know I’m wearing them best while doing MY best!

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What are your favorite shoes to wear when working out?

While this post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok, as always all opinions are strictly my own. 

Thank you for your support. ;)

Weekly Workout Check-in

I can’t believe how quick this week went, but let me assure you…I am NOT complaining. I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead with a mix of time with friends, running and relaxation. The best balance as far as I’m concerned.

A little Sunday evening self care.

It’s been nice getting back into my fitness this week after being sick all weekend. I’m so thankful that I’m feeling better and have been able to manage my stress this week to help get my health back in check.

 

Friday 8/1

2 mile run

1.5 mile walk

Saturday 8/2

Rest

Sunday 8/3

1.25 mile walk

Monday 8/4

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Tuesday 8/5

4x400m (w/ 2 mins rest)

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Wednesday 8/6

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I fought my ego and fear and was unable to establish my 2RM for Snatch and ended up giving up. Not my proudest CrossFit moment.

Thursday 8/7

4.27 mile run

 

How were your workouts this week?

What plans do you have for the weekend?

It’s FRIDAY!

Who’s excited that it’s Friday?! 

photoTHIS GIRL!!

 

I’ve got a few plans with friends this weekend that I’m looking forward to and maybe even a little more time snuggling with my new little nephew and hanging out with the new mama.

10526123_10100208247177989_8982120452347177591_nDespite it being a Friday, I’ve got a long to-do list so let’s make this quick and get to the workouts….

Friday 7/25

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3x800m (w/ 3 min rest)

 

Saturday 7/26

Rest

 

Sunday 7/27

2 mile run

 

Monday 7/28

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Tuesday 7/29

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10x200m run

 

Wednesday 7/30

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Thursday 7/31

Rest

 

How were your workouts this week?

What plans do you have for your weekend?

That Week I Need Extra Rest

Wednesday night I made my way into the city for a work event, grabbing dinner with a friend and then making our way over to a party for an artist who just finished up their campaign through Pledge. When I met him a few weeks ago, he was so excited to find out there’s a local Chicago rep and asked me to come out, so of course I did!

 

 

It was a fun evening but by the time I got home it was after midnight and since I’d been up since 4am for CrossFit, I was exhausted. I set my alarm for a bit later Thursday morning and let myself get a little extra sleep. I was finally able to pull myself out of bed at 8, threw on some clothes, did my makeup and made my way to the coffee shop for a few hours of work. My body was feeling tired and I knew I needed to at least skip my pre-planned morning run. Part of me was thinking I would do it later so I threw some socks and gym shoes in a bag that I could stash in my car.

 

As the morning progressed, I realized what I really needed was extra rest. My legs were feeling tired but even more so, my mind was exhausted. I had the inner battle of knowing how much a workout can help my mood, but also knew this was just one of those days when I needed to skip it altogether and if anything, go for an afternoon walk in the gorgeous weather.

More photos from the Reindeer Games!

More photos from the Reindeer Games!

Some weeks I’m still finding that balance of marathon training, CrossFit and rest…this is one of those weeks when balance means taking that extra rest day. I’m proud of myself for knowing that I need it, listening and taking it.

Here’s what the rest of the week looked like:

Friday 7/18

reindeer 5

2x800m with 3 mins rest – 9:20 mile

 

Saturday 7/19

Rest

 

Sunday 7/20

9.15 mile run

 

Monday 7/21

Strength – Front squat: 5-3-1+ :  75# (10)

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Tuesday 7/22

Strength – Push press: 3-3-3+ : 70# (3)

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10x200m (w/ 2 mins rest)

25 mins yoga – gentle Hatha 2

 

Wednesday 7/23

Strength:

Every :30 for 4:00

2 Power Cleans – 55#

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Thursday 7/24

Rest

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How are you at taking an extra rest day when you need it?

Christmas in July @ CrossFit AMRAP

This is a CrossFit heavy week for me. My box is having our own in-house competition that’s called the Reindeer Games – Christmas in July. It wasn’t my plan to come everyday but apparently my inner athlete and inner competitor is coming out this week and there’s no backing down.

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To make it better (or worse?) after 3 days of competition, I was sitting tied for second in my age group for the scaled division. My running might be lacking a bit this week, but we’re getting some sprints in during a few of the workouts so I’m not going entirely cold turkey. Besides, every run counts, right? ;)

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So how have I kicked my butt this week? Let’s see….

Friday 7/11

 

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Saturday 7/12

REST

 

Sunday 7/13

11 mile run

 

Monday 7/14

Reindeer Games 1

Tuesday 7/15

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Wednesday 7/16

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Thursday 7/16

reindeer games 4

8 x 200m run (w/ 2 mins rest) – 7:49 mile (!!)

 

I’m nervous and excited to see how today’s WOD goes and where I stand when it’s all said and done. Regardless though, I’m SO proud of how I’ve done!

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How were your workouts this week?

*WOD photos were taken by a friend/fellow AMRAP athlete, Nicole! Thanks, girl!*

Hoping for a Running Comeback

The irony of last week’s post about my success in balancing CrossFit and running was that come Sunday, I had nothing left to give my run. This was probably part due to my attempt at a workout Saturday when despite my body feeling pretty good, it really probably needed rest after “Murph” on Friday. I had hopes of an 11 mile run but I told myself 6-8 would still be acceptable, but I just didn’t have it in me. Mentally I was struggling and while I really needed the therapy aspect of the run, I didn’t get it. I set out for a short run Tuesday morning, within steps I knew that wasn’t happening. I got two miles in Wednesday morning and while not easy, I pushed through. And despite waking up Thursday morning not sure I was going to be able to run, I drove myself to the gym and pushed out 6 miles on the track. Woohoo!

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We do what we can and we have to listen to our bodies…whether that means an extra rest day, stretching, or stopping a workout early because we mentally or physically are at the point of exhaustion. I know with marathon training, I run the risk of over-training and I want to make sure I’m giving my body and mind what it needs to avoid hitting that point.

Friday 7/4
4 mile run
Murph: 1 mile / 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats / 1 mile : 45:45

Saturday 7/5
2 round WOD: 50 cal row/40 sit-ups/30 supermans
50×5: 50 side bends right (&left)/50 side ups (right & left)/50 vtwists

Sunday 7/6
5.25 mile run

Monday 7/7
Strength: Every :30 for 6:00
1 power clean + push jerk #50
WOD, AMrAP in 10:00: 10, 9, 8….1,2,3…
Hang Power Clean (45#)
Burpee Box Jumps (20”)
reps: 81 (I think, I lost count…)

Tuesday 7/8
Strength: front squat 3-3-3+ : 85# (3) 
WOD for time: 11:24 (34# & green+red band)
Run 200m
2 rounds of:
5 overhead squats
10 pull-ups
Run 300m
2 rounds of:
5 overhead squats
10 pull-ups
Run 400m
2 rounds of:
5 overhead squats
10 pull-ups

Wednesday 7/9
Strength: push press – 3-3-3-3 *3RM (60#)
WOD for time: 100m sled push / 25 ring dips (w/ green band) / 50 sit-ups / 100 single unders / 50 sit ups / 25 ring dips / 100 m sled push – 11:37
2.1 mile run

Thursday 7/10
6 mile run

The training plan calls for 12 miles on Sunday but i’m going to listen to my body and if needed, will adjust. After all, it’s all about balance, remember?

 

How was your training this week?

How do you avoid over-training when training for a big event?