This weekend was pretty great fitness-wise. On Saturday, my husband and I walked the beach in Encinitas. It was a beautiful day – sunny, 75 degrees, a light breeze – just try to stop me from going to the beach! My husband has been nursing an injured foot for a couple of weeks, so it was a short walk, but it was great to get out there and feel the sun and the surf (in January!).
The next day, I got up early to do my Week 9 Day 3 Couch to 10K training run. It was cold and dark, but I was able to watch the sun rise while I huffed and puffed along the path. It was nice to listen to music again, because I’ve been running at 4 am around my neighborhood and prefer to run in silence so I can hear cars or people that I might not see right away. The training day called for four 10-minute laps, and while I completed them all, I felt like I was off during the last one. My body felt floppy and heavy, and I felt like my form was suffering. I think I was tired. In the earlier laps, I picked a landmark that I wanted to reach at the end of each 10-minute lap. I had to push hard to reach it and I never made it! I wasn’t disappointed though. I need to play little games like that with myself to keep going or pick up the pace or just see what I’m capable of. I will reach that landmark in a future run!
What was maybe not so smart about running Sunday morning was that I was scheduled to go to a free Crossfit class with WOLFKITTY and SPRING4FAL. I freaked out a little after my run because I was tired and my legs were tight – and I had to go WORK IT for an hour doing something new and challenging. Eek!
While I probably wouldn’t run before Crossfit again, it worked out OK. Actually, it was SUPERAWESOME!!! OMG, I love me some Crossfit. OK, it was a beginner class and the trainer wasn’t sure about our fitness levels, so I think she started us off a little slower and lighter than a real-deal class would have. But whatever because I loved it!
I learned how to deadlift, which I was really excited about. We did a bunch of other stuff, but that was the thing that stuck out the most for me. I learned and maintained good form, and the trainer had us add weight between sets. We had to do three sets of 5 deadlifts with a short rest in between sets. I was nervous when I had the 33-lb bar and two 10-lb plates on each side – 73 lbs! I never quite had the thought, “I can’t lift this,” but I was nervous that I would drop it or hurt my back with so much weight and being new to it.
It was heavy, but not impossible. During the first set, I really focused on a spot on the wall and tried to shut out the chatter around me. I was determined to do well at this. In the second set, same approach, but this time, I started to feel more powerful. And for me, feeling powerful makes me feel more feminine, more “girly” as I call it. Before the last set, I grabbed my phone and had the trainer take some photos of me deadlifting. I wanted proof, I wanted to see what I looked like doing it so I know next time, but most of all, I wanted to try to capture that glimmer of Wonder Woman that I felt while I was pushing through those reps.
I love Wonder Woman. So. Much. To me, she represents power, femininity, confidence, intelligence. I know I possess these things already, but I don’t feel like it most of the time. So I call on my inner Wonder Woman to push through things that are challenging or uncomfortable. I didn’t know what it looked like though. So having these photos is valuable to me in a few ways, one being that the look of determination on my face while lowering that bar is pure Wonder Woman!
That feeling was addicting. I want more. MORE! So much more. I’ve been sore the last two days from the lifts, the presses, the reverse rows, the kettlebell swings. And I love it!
Unfortunately, Crossfit is waaaaaay out of this girl’s budget any time soon. But, that doesn’t mean it’s completely out of reach. There are resources that provide Crossfit-type workouts, if you know where to look. The Crossfit gym where I live posts workouts online and I have seen some posted in forums. Sometimes you have a friend who has access to workouts. There are ways! Now that I got a taste of it, you can bet that I’ll be back for more.
WOLFKITTY, SPRING4FAL, and me