My Journey

With seven halves and most recently my second full marathon under my belt, I thought it was the ideal time to document my journey. I'm ready. I feel like I can say that I am a runner with pride.

I want to share what I have learned along the way and inspire those that never thought they could do it. It is possible.

Even when you Run With Hips.

**Visit the archives to view the posts from the beginning. :)**

-Z
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Pacer duties for the 2014 Country Music Half Marathon are coming to a close!  The countdown begins until I cross this race’s Start line for the fourth time.  I’ll be pacing our racers with a proud smile.  

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Pacer duties for the 2014 Country Music Half Marathon are coming to a close! The countdown begins until I cross this race’s Start line for the fourth time. I’ll be pacing our racers with a proud smile. 5 Days and Counting!

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As someone who is in the process of building muscle and cutting down my body fat percentage, I can tell you this. Carrying a body with excess weight and little muscle causes hesitation to move, nervouseness about attempting physical activity and clumsiness. You are worried you’ll fall, stumble and run out of breath because you are physically weak.

As I have gained more muscle, my apprehension is diminishing and there is certainty in my movement that I have never felt before. I am deliberate in my physical actions and am more confident. I run better, mover faster and am no longer scared of activity because I am physically stronger.

And THAT, my friends is a great feeling. Dissolve your predetermined notions about muscle and get strong.


Onward and Upward,

Z

It seemed simple enough. I even laughed when it was announced but the closer that the day approached for me to actually do the 14.5 workout, I was shaking in my boots. I present to you 14.5:

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Thrusters,65 lb.
Barbell Burpees
FOR TIME!!!!

This means you are not saved by the clock. You are done when the workout is over. I was cocky with it and told myself I could do it with my eyes closed and then I saw the posts from every one else that had done it. Ha! I should have gone offline until I did it. I ended up running a 12 miler that Saturday because your girl is still a pacer for the Country Music Half Marathon (Runner4Life!) and I told myself on Sunday that I was just going to recover and see how I felt Monday, convincing myself that if I did not do it, that it was no biggie. After all, look at how much I had accomplished already? Right? And then I saw this post on our Box’s facebook page:

"You’ve come this far. How bad do you want it?"

I snorted at this. “I don’t want it. Keep it.” , I wanted to comment back. I was scared. But I woke up Monday morning and I grabbed my gym bag, yawning from the lack of sleep. Instead of counting sheep, I had been counting down the workout in my head. Never quite being able to see past the first set of 21.

But when I walk into that Box, something stirs in me and my little baby gladiator comes out. My coach took one look at me, calmed my nerves, gave me a strategy and had us do our warm up’s like it was just another regular day. Did he not realize that I was going in to the Lion’s Den? I might not make it out alive! Did I tell everyone that I loved them before I left?

3…2…1…GO! And I went, and I fought through and I gave it all that I had. The class that was happening while I did my workout stayed and cheered me on. A boxmate of mine watched the clock and counted me down to make sure that I did not rest too long or get lost in my head.

I told myself at the last rep to finish the fight for all the times I gave up and I did. I even managed to smile. I cried afterwards like a baby, then went to work and wrapped up the day going to campus to take an exam. Not bad for a Monday. Not bad at all.

Onward and Upward,

Z

I was dining with a friend when 14.4 was announced and I immediatley had wished I had had a stiff drink before opening up the web and seeing the WOD:

14-minute AMRAP:

60 CALORIE ROW

50 TOES-TO-BAR

40 WALL BALLS

30 CLEANS

20 MUSCLE-UPS

W 14-LB. BALL TO 9′

95-LB. CLEAN

I could do almost every single one of those except toes 2 bar (T2B). Check out it’s place in the order of the workout. If you cannot complete it, you do not go any further. (Insert Frown). I could even deal with the fact that I could not go father than the power cleans because muscle ups are a ridiculously hard skill that only my coaches and a handful of people at the box can do. But Toes 2 Bar?? We work on that like in class like, a lot!

I’ll tell you this, I practiced and watched every video that I could in those four days leading up to my doing the WOD but it did not help. It did not help because in the times in class when I had the chance to improve and get stronger for months, I scaled and played it safe with friggin’ T2B.

So, I did the row, attempted T2B, because the judge that I had is a wonderful woman who would not let me do it without trying and I swear to you, if encouragement could have given me the power to do T2B, hers would have gotten me through every rep until the end. Once we called the fact that it was not happening, I had the chance to do 50 sit ups instead and complete the remainder of the workout. My score would only be the 60 for the rower but at least I could feel like I accompllished something. So I knocked out the 50 sit ups, did the 40 wall balls and got to 2 power cleans with my coach rooting me on. Rooting me on like I was on the 30th power clean. He is such a great coach and always finds a way to get to those who need it most.

At the end of it, I cried. For a split second I felt sorry for myself and then was angry that I copped out to learn the dreaded skill, Toes 2 Bar! And then I vowed to challenge myself more and I could not help but melt at all of my boxmates that did so well and ended up almost bursting with pride for them.

This is why I love CrossFit.


Four down, one to go.

What else could they whip out? Deadlifts and Boxjumps?? Why, Yes. That is exactly what they pulled out… 14.3 is announced as:

8 minute AMRAP:
10 deadlifts 95 lb.
15 box jumps 20 inch
15 deadlifts 135 lb.
15 box jumps 20 inch
20 deadlifts 155 lb.
15 box jumps 20 inch
25 deadlifts 185 lb.
15 box jumps 20 inch
30 deadlifts 205 lb.
15 box jumps 20 inch
35 deadlifts 225 lb.
15 box jumps 20 inch

You had the option to step up vs. jump the box. I chose to step up. My final score was 99. I made it through 3 reps and got 9 of the 185lb deadlifts (DL) in. It was fast and furious but I loved every moment. At one point, I just wanted to jump up and down because I was so excited to be there with everyone just doing it. You know? Just participating. Just moving. Just being a part of it all. If this was how it was going, I’ve got this thing figured out! And then, the annoucement of 14.4 came…

Three down, two to go.

We all sat on the edge of our seats when they announced 14.2:

An ascending ladder consisting of:

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible:

From 0-3 minutes: 2 rounds of 10 overhead squats and 10 chest-to-bar- pull-ups

From 3-6 minutes: 2 rounds of 12 overhead squats and 12 chest-to-bar- pull-ups

From 6-9 minutes: 2 rounds of 14 overhead squats and 14 chest-to-bar- pull-ups

Same pattern continues a long as you can go until you fail to complete both rounds.


Ha! Haha! Hahahaha! Hahahahahahaha! ( You get the picture. ) ;)

Overhead squats (65lbs)…maybe. Chest to bar…not so much. I can only do band assisted pull ups and did not have the strength to do chest to bar but oh wasn’t it pretty to watch the athletes do it during the broadcast after the announcement! Elite, indeed.

So, I made peace that my score would be only 10 since I could not progress past the first set of Chest To Bar (C2B) but it was going to be the prettiest 10 overhead squats I could pull off. What I did not make peace with was that one of my boxmates had informed me that I would continue with the workout, even if band assisted and work until the clock went off. Whaaaaa? You mean I cannot brush off the chalk after my 10 overhead squats (OHS) and watch and cheer on the rest??? Of course not. And silly me for thinking I would or could. So, I did. I band assisted my way to 10 C2B and worked until the clock ran out. My score was still 10 but I already had the first item of things I wanted to conquer by next year…

So the first pic is when I was actually doing 14.2 in an overhead squat and the other is when I was posing for a shot looking all serious and I dropped the weight. The best lesson learned to not take yourself so seriously.

Two down, three to go…