Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running

Fitness Success in 2021

2020 has brought us several challenges in the world of fitness and wellness.  With COVID restrictions there have been many limitations on what we can do. Gyms have been closed and then open and then closed since March. On top of that we have been working from home and living in comfortable stretchy pants since then. Stuck in our houses, for many of us the habits we had started at the beginning of the year seemingly fell away. The fitness goals we had set for the year went put the window somewhere in April when we realized that the lock-downs were going to be much longer than 2 weeks.

Now we are looking toward 2021 and wondering should we attempt to make those big fitness goals again, only see ourselves fail miserably or do we just stick with the status quo. 

I decided for 2021 I am taking a different approach to my fitness goals. I am setting goals for 90 day periods of time with what I know I have. For example, for this first block I am not setting any goals related to strength. This is not because I don’t want to work on strength, it’s because I do not have consistent access to equipment in this area. For me, this next 90 days (January-March) I am going to focus on my running and on my nutrition. Just because strength is not a goal does not mean I will completely neglect this. This means when I have the opportunity I will do strength work and if possible in March when I re-evaluate and determine goals for the next 90 days it may become a goal. 

For me, I am setting 2 major goals, first is to get my threshold pace down to 9:00 from 9:30 and to lose 10 pounds. Within that there are other objectives I will add to help me get to my goal. 

What are your fitness/wellness goals for 2021? What are goals you can work towards with what you have right now (including limitations due to COVID) ? How might this shift your focus? 

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, motivation, running

Checking in

Here we are in the midst of October 2020 and it seems as though we have not moved far from some of the initial days of COVID. For some communities gyms have begun to open up, for others they have remained closed. Running events are still virtual… and who knows when we will begin to see the in-person competitions. For those who compete in strength events, those are also in the unknown arena. I don’t know about you, but these virtual events are hard to train for. Running a virtual race does not have the same feel as an in-person race.

The thing with doing a virtual event, is that you miss out on the community that you gain at the event. You miss out on the friends that check in on you? Those that see you and see your progress and say something.

So here I am checking in, how are you dealing with the uncertainty of events? Are you continuing to train in preparation for events? Have you put things on hold? What are you doing for your fitness? What is your progress? Let’s chat.

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running, wellness

Fitness and Stuff

In the midst of COVID I know that many people have put their fitness goals on the back burner. The gyms are closed and trying to put together a home gym has suddenly become incredibly expensive. We have seen the price soar as the equipment has become scarce. Some of us are anxiously waiting for our gyms to open back up while others are unsure of returning back to the gym.

We have read all the new requirements that gyms are enforcing with social distancing and limits on how long we can stay there. For some of us we are beginning to wonder if membership at some of the larger gyms will be worthwhile. 24 Hour Fitness has changed their hours as they reopen to 5am to 9pm which makes me wonder will the price be less since I am losing several hours of time to work out. Also only being able to workout for 1 hour is probably going to make it as worthwhile to keep going?

I am not sure your thoughts on all of this but I still want to get back into the gym and lift heavy weights. I want to get back to dialing in my fitness. Throughout the quarantine I have spent more time running and doing workouts without as much weight or without some of the options I had before. Part of me wonders how long will all these weird requirements stay? Will the gym ever go back to normal?

How has this time affected your fitness? Have you gained the quarantine 19? Have you lost weight? Gotten faster? Worked on technique? How are you managing through this? Let’s Chat!

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, wellness

Community

Two years ago I moved to an area an hour and half away from where I had been living due to work, I could no longer handle the commute. One of the things I worried the most about was finding a new Crossfit box. I am not one that likes change and as an introvert new groups of people make me a little extra nervous. So I did what everyone does and I went to my good friend google and did some research. My research did not give me enough information so I asked a co-worker that I knew CrossFits if he had any recommendations of a good box to join. He told me he did and that he knew the one of the owners of a box in my city and that he was good people. So I contacted him and signed up.

That first day I walked in, 2 years ago (this is posting a day after the exact 2 year date) my nerves were high. I was not sure what to expect, the only box I had ever been to was the one I had been a member of back home. I had a million thoughts going through my mind, would the people be nice, would the coaches be good, will the workouts suck, am I making a mistake. It had been awhile since I had been at CrossFit consistently with my commute and crazy work schedule and I knew that I had lost some of the skill I had worked so hard to gain.

I walked in and was greeted by the owner that was friends with my co-worker with a smile on his face. He was inviting and welcoming so I started to go. I was attending a few times a week, not super consistent because my work schedule was still crazy with working midnights a couple nights a week and a day job for 40 hours a week. Eventually other things changed and shifted and I started being consistent with M-F and 5am.

One thing I learned was how much I valued my community. For those who have never been to Crossfit, community is a big part of Crossfit. I decided that I did not want to move when my lease was up because I did not want to find a new Crossfit community. I only really know that other 5am people, and a couple 6am and a handful of coaches but those are my people.

Now there are some of these people I go get coffee with, or run with or go to Disneyland with and I have decided that I am going to make an effort to build more relationships with the people in others classes. The reason I have been able to push myself in both fitness and outside fitness has been because of these people. Who is your community? Are there people that will encourage you on your journey? Do you need help finding or building that community? Let’s chat!

Friends! I have decided to use my fitness goals for good this year and I have decided to run the Chicago Marathon on behalf of St. Jude. Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $1750 click Here donate.

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running, Uncategorized

Reflections

Five years ago I ran my first 5k, it was rough and I walked a huge chunk of it. I remember seeing all the people running and finishing way ahead of me. I thought I will never be fast, and I will never be able to run a 5k for the whole time. Maybe you have been there, maybe you thought you could do more. When I finished that race I thought well I finished and I wasn’t last. The 5k took me 51:25. A few months later I decided to try for a big goal and I registered for a half marathon. I registered for several shorter races along the way and hoped I would be able to finish.

I started running more and more and added Crossfit into my day. Over the years my workout routine has been consistent and then not consistent and now it is back to consistent.

The month I ran another 5k, and decided that I was going to work to do better than my previous best. I pushed my way through and I finished in 32:57. My mind was blown and I was reminded that progress takes time. So today I am reminded that it is important to look back to see your progress.

December 2017

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Rest

Typically I don’t get sick, I might have a slight brush with a cough or something but not really enough for me to consider seeing a doctor, but last week I get hit hard by a cold. I know a cold sounds ridiculous to even say that a cold hit me hard but it did. Enough so that I saw a doctor (side note, if you live in an area where Heal is they are amazing, its urgent care but they come to you). I thought maybe I had an infection or something, but no it was a cold. I am not one to get fevers, I can’t remember before this the last time I felt feverish but this cold, hit me like a ton of bricks, and I was so feverish (thats what was the concerning thing for me).

The hardest thing I was told by the doctor was there rest. Anyone that knows me knows that rest is the easiest thing to do, in fact I am not very good at it all. However, I have been doing some pretty hard training, and hitting some back to back training days without letting my body rest. So, Thursday morning, I did the unthinkable, I didn’t go work out. I knew I needed to go into work and be able to function the rest of the week. I did go in Friday morning and things were better.

Today, on my running schedule I am supposed to do a long run (12 miles), but I have been coughing a lot this morning, so I decided that I would go running later and do a shorter run to see how my body feels. Moral of the story, lets remember to rest!

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running, wellness

You Are Stronger Than You Think

I don’t know about you, but I am notorious for doubting myself when it comes to lifting weights.   I think too much for my own good and will do less weight because I think that I won’t be able to lift it. Anyone else in my boat? I like to play it safe, but when you do Crossfit, that does not always work. This week, once again I was reminded that I am stronger than I think I am.

This week, we were doing back squats, which recently I was told I can go much heavier and should be going heavier on. In the process I knew I was going to pass my record weight before finishing building to a heavy set. So on my last set, I went and added 2.5 pounds to each side, you know staying safe, it would still be above what I had previously done so I was happy with that. However, as you can only imagine, that did not fly well, and the trainer saw that I had only put on 2 1/2s, he took them off and put on 5s. Then said he would spot me and did. The funny thing was, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had imagined in my mind. I was able to do it, and thinking back, next time I can probably do heavier.

I have been working recently on my mind when I work out. I tell myself when I walk up to the barbell, that I can lift it, I have done it before, I am strong enough…. I then focus and give it all I have. Some days I am able to do more than I imagined, some days I hit the physical limit. But you have to push the limit to know where it is right? Not that I am the best at it, its still a learning curve, but it is the start of a journey. What are you telling yourself when you are working out or trying something hard?  Lets chat!

Crossfit, Fitness, running, wellness

Must be faster…..

Last weekend I ran the Pasadena Half Marathon and I didn’t die! I realized in looking at the stats that in the last year I added 15min to my half-marathon time. I don’t know about you but for me it was very discouraging to see. However, since last years race I have had many changes and am just now getting my footing back in eating healthy and consistently working out. My running, that is just now getting back to being consistent. Sometimes I forget that the process of getting back to where we were seems like it takes longer to get back.

So now, here we are getting back to basics. This month I have been getting my eating on track. I have lost weight, I am beginning to see my clothes fitting looser than before and running does not seem as bad. I am not where I want to be but I will keep pushing to be faster. It’s a good thing I have another half-Marathon in a little over a week. My goal is to faster than the Pasadena Half Marathon.

Where are you at with your fitness? Are you training for anything?

Crossfit, Fitness, Health, running

Race Weekend

This weekend is the Pasadena Half-Marathon, and I am running this race as the second of three races for the Conquer LA Challenge. As this weekend is quickly approaching my own doubts are coming into full force. I wonder if any of my runner friends get this way. You know, doubt your ability to run the race (despite running multiple half-marathons in the past and this exact one last year). Thinking that if you finish it will be the worst time on the race than any other race, and having this looming dread about the course.

Maybe it is just me, but this upcoming race weekend is a little much for me. I mean I know that I have not been training as well as I have in the past but I have been eating well, trying to make sure I don’t get my body out of whack. I have maintained my Crossfit schedule of 5 days a week and I have added in some running. As if my mind did not have enough to worry about today I also got a wonderful notification from the LA Marathon which is the last of the 3 races for the Conquer LA challenge.

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This was a nice reminder that I need to get my training on point because the full marathon is definitely going to take a lot out of me. This weekend I will be posting some of my pre-race routines on my instagram @fitnessgalnovice. What are some things you do before your races?

Crossfit, Fitness, running, wellness

Community, Consistency and Crossfit

The alarm goes off at 4am (I know 4 happens in both the am and the pm, shocker) and it is time to fuel up for the day. I make my shake and take a bit of time and then get ready to head to the box for 5am class.  The box (crossfit gym) is where I start my mornings, keep myself sane and ensure that I am consistent in self-care.  I know, some of you are thinking that 5:00 should only happen once a day as well and that being when you are getting off work. Consistency is key, so there I am Monday through Friday 5am ready for whatever crazy WOD (workout of the day) we have. I would be lying if I told you there were not mornings I saw the WOD and did not consider staying in my nice warm bed…but I would never hear the end of it from my 5am community. Someone would at minimum text me and give me a hard time, and then I would also hear about it the next morning.

The reason crossfit has grown so much such its beginnings  is because in crossfit you become family, you gain community. With that you have this wonderful thing that is accountability. There are times where I don’t want to lift heavy weights, are push harder because I’m tired, or I just don’t want to but then, there are the friends (classmates) and trainers that push you to try harder, lift heavier (within you actual capabilities) and will encourage you to push through. I LOVE my box, so much so that when it was time for my lease on my apartment to come up and I was considering my options, I knew that I needed to be close to my box because they are a priority for me. People talk and joke about how crossfitters talk about crossfit all the time, and working out and WODs and movements most people have never heard of.  The reason they do this is because they love what they are doing, they love their family and they can’t wrap it around the head that you don’t understand or want to join them.

Now I go Monday through Friday, so you might think I lift super heavy weights and am super fast, but I am not. I am not the strongest in the class by any stretch of the imagination and those gosh darn pull-ups still allude me after years of off and on crossfit (on for 2.5years off and on for 1 year and on for 6ish months). I am often the slowest, but that is ok, because I am getting faster, and stronger and I am confident that this year I am going to conquer those pull-ups.  Why? Because I am consistent in going and putting it out there. I have amazing friends and trainers that are supportive and encouraging and will push me to do more and be better and will not let me settle.

Community and accountability take fitness from just trying to work out to a lifestyle of growth and being healthy. What are you doing to be healthy? What does your fitness look like? Let’s chat! I would LOVE to tell you more about why I LOVE my box!!