Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Return of Wednesdays

Today's Wednesday, and you know what that means. Without further ado, I bring back to you What I Love Wednesday! Exciting right? In an attempt to make good on my promise to expunge the negativity from my blog, I have a lot of positive things that I am totally loving right now.


  • Playing through the pain: As I mentioned the other day on my blog, the Nike Free Run 3's that I purchased a couple months back are not too nice to my feet. Well, today the Vibrams decided to join Team Pain and were rubbing a little bit too. And when I say a little bit, I mean enough to make me walk sans shoes for the last half mile so I could just get back home. But I stuck it out for a good 4.5 miles before then! I have to admit, it's my own fault, because I think it's been a while since I last washed my Vibrams, and honestly, I probably need a new pair. They aren't the sturdiest things when they pass their mileage expiration date. Oops! Regardless, I made it my mission to finish what I started, the running loop that I intended to do, without cutting off any mileage. I may have had to walk there toward the end, but knowing that my willpower is stronger than my pain threshold is definitely something to love!
  • Workout options: It's no secret that sometimes I just don't feel like doing Workout A or Workout B. I went into today fully planning on hitting up the CrossFit gym after work--it seemed like a great workout! EMOTM (Every Minute on the Minute) for 10 minutes of 5 burpees, 5 kettle bell swings, and 5 box jumps. Well, I got out of work a bit early and was too impatient to wait around for 45 minutes for class to start, so I headed home and out the door for the aforementioned run. Mid-run, I stopped at the neighborhood playground and did my version of "box jumps" using one of the park benches as my "box." I intended to add burpees to the rotation, but there have been signs up all over the park saying it's being treated for fire ants, so I decided not to chance it. Nonetheless, having the option to workout in a class setting or by myself is nice these days. Especially when I need to clear my mind, like today.
  • The public library: I'm still working on finding good books to read, but up until the other week, it had been about 4 or 5 years since I had been to a library that was not run by a university. And it was the first time in that time span that I checked out books purely for pleasure and nothing more. Although, I have to admit, I pretty much just randomly took books off the shelf that seemed interesting by title alone. This is where I need your help (I'm talking to you, T!!)--if you have any book recommendations that you are willing to share with me, please do tell! I've heard great things about The Happiness Project and I had that on hold, but it came in when I was out of town and the hold expired when I was in NYC, so I'll have to get back on that list.
  • Life reorganization: More to come on this in the coming days, but I'm (hopefully) getting my life together. Not that it's in shambles or anything, but we can all use some self-improvement, right? Yes, yes--I'm being very vague again, but I'm a superstitious girl. To an extent. Just keep me in your thoughts and send some good vibes my way, will you?
  • Feel-good running songs: I realized mid-run today that the following song is one of my favorite songs to run to. Have you ever seen a white girl try to sing and dance while skipping running through the neighborhood? Well, if you haven't, please try to picture me doing that. Because that's exactly what I was doing. Oh right, the song:
  • My other fave song right now: Life is Getting Better by Javier Colon
What a voice!

What are you loving this week?? Any favorite songs to workout to?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

For the Love of All Things Neon!

I have to admit, I let my attraction to all things bright and neon get the better of me when I chose to buy the Nike Free Run 3's a couple months back. I tend to be an over pronator, but I assumed that since I don't have much of a problem running in Vibrams or Brooks PureCadence, I would be equally as well off with a minimalist shoe. Turns out I was wrong. Or the shoe was wrong. Let's go with both.

Mesmerizing, right?

I really don't know what it is--I think I just have really long toes and should probably start buying men's size socks. I really like the feel of these on when i'm not running more than 3 miles. Super light, breathable, sexy neon. But give me more than those 3 miles and I get all sorts of rubbing going on. That being said, they are nice shoes, but I should have taken my flatfooted nature into consideration a bit more. It could be worse.

On the upside, these babies are great for my Crossfit workouts! They have a low heel drop, so they keep me in better contact with the floor and I am really able to sit back on my heels without falling off balance. And that's always a positive since I tend to think that I lack balance the majority of days. Goodness, am I good for anything?! I kid.

Speaking of CrossFit, it may not have been the best idea to do a pullup intensive WOD with less than a week until an important meeting in Charlotte. Oh that's right, I don't choose the WODs, I just do what's put in front of me. It was worth the torn skin, though, to say that I completed 5 rounds of: 10 pullups, 20 pushups, and 30 air squats. Can't say that I remember my time (note to self: start a CrossFit journal), but I was impressed with my progress. Especially since I have been trying to correct my kipping form for about a week now. Also, I used to think that air squats were pointless because you are using nothing more than your body weight. I completely take that back. Not only do I think they are a great indicator of your lower body strength and stamina, but I was really busting them out today! Having a group to "compete against"--aka motivate me--really helps, and I've found that the more momentum I use to propel myself, the lower I am able to get my hip crease! Win all-around!

As you can tell, I'm loving my CrossFit gym. Now if only my schedule would allow for WODs everyday. That would be ideal!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Makeover Monday

Dearest bloggers,

I owe you a huge apology. Last week I sat down and read over some posts I had written ranging from last year to a few months ago and then reflected on how those differ from the posts I write nowadays. Huge difference. And not necessarily a good one. When I originally started this blog, it was for my own intents and purposes, and to explain to a mass of people what my goals with fitness were in a simple and easy setting.

My posts back in the day were funny, witty, and actually reflected how I was incorporating training into my life. Granted, back then I was a college senior. And then I was a recent college graduate. And now I'm a year out, so of course it's natural for the nature of the blog to adapt to my life events, but I think I lost the foundation on which I started this.

I am not a negative person. I try very hard not to be and for those that know me in person, they know it really takes a lot to get me down. And even then, it tends to build up for a while until finally I just have to let it all out. Which was why the move from Charlottesville to Virginia Beach was so hard for me. I had a lot of time to see it coming and I tried my best to find something to keep me in the area, but timing was just not in my favor. Reflecting on that time, it was extremely difficult for me, and it still is to an extent, but I have some hopefully good things coming my way that keep me positive.

During that transitional time, I let too much of the negative get to me, and I've noticed that in various posts, it comes out in some form or another. For every happy reflection on my daily happenings, there's a biting or negative comment that I'm sure no one cares to read. I know I don't. I felt uprooted and lonely, and I still tend to feel that way when I'm not at work or at the gym. Even when I'm with my sister, those feelings sneak in, because it just emphasizes all that I'm lacking being away from so many of my closest friends. Even when I'm out running, I tend to miss having someone to train with, to run against, to push me when I honestly just feel like walking.

But like I said, the negativity is not the intent of my blog. It never was and I refuse to let it take over the tone I'm trying to convey. This blog is about me adapting my fitness to my lifestyle. It's meant to follow the trials and errors I've faced in the gym and on the streets. Well--sidewalks. Sometimes sand. Yes, obviously I do intend to throw some fun events and activities in there--that's part of the whole "fitting in fitness" mentality, but I think one day I just started using the blog as an outlet, and you guys aren't therapists, so you surely don't want to hear all that! Am I right?!

So this is the last you will hear of me venting about X, Y, and Z. When small bumps in the road pop up, I do tend to address them, but I want that to be minimal in my blog. I had a long weekend (er...week) to think this over, and I'm glad I did. I felt like I lost all motivational control I had over the blog and instead it became a super depressing diary of a high schooler girl old enough to know better. Trust me, when I found my diary from high school, I realized that diaries are terrible ideas. No one wants to read about boy problems and swim team drama and who is dating who and who isn't dating who. Oh wait--that last one...yeah I don't mind a bit of celeb gossip here and there...

As I said in my, er, meeting the other day--I am positive and optimistic person...but I'm a realist. So every post may not be perfect. Ever day I have may not be that great. But I will take from it the positive and leave the rest be. Speaking of high school, someone may or may not have used the phrase "really bad haircut and it's senior year" to find my blog. To that lucky lady, I say no one will really remember what your hair looked like during senior year. You will not remember what your hair looked like during senior year unless you're as unfortunate as I am to have it commemorated on your school ID. Oh wait, that was junior year. But still, the same thing applies--hair grows out. You will grow as a person. I'm living proof that the caterpillar can turn into the butterfly. Oh wow, that was so lame. You get the idea.

Er, now:
Dang it! Now:
For real now... Now:
And still not perfect :)

Monday, July 16, 2012


I'm waiting on some pictures from the weekend before I post a recap/get into my everyday antics. Until then (which is most likely tomorrow evening), I leave you with the quote of the day from my CrossFit gym.
"We acquire the strength we overcome." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Green Monster

They say that grasshoppers(?) are supposed to be good luck, right? Well then, it's only fitting that my friend Stacy and I were accompanied by this guy while we caught up in Charlottesville on Monday.
We both needed to be graced by his presence! I think she named him Alfred?

Friday, July 13, 2012

VB-->Philly-->Cville-->Alexandria-->DC-->VB Part 1

Circles, people! I've been driving around in circles! Not really, but I have been running around like a crazy gal! My absence has been a little longer than I anticipated, and I honestly did mean to post before I left Friday morning... I hadn't even gotten around to packing though, so I had to weigh my options and choose my priorities. My priority being getting out of Virginia Beach for the weekend and making a trip up to Philly to visit my best friend, Katie for her birthday weekend!

Before I get to that though, I did manage to have a bit of a decent 4th of July. I was down in the dumps after leaving a boring day of work, because I really don't have many people down in the area to hang out with. I did manage to make a baller salad for lunch!
Spinach base, broccoli slaw, peas, and chicken.
Normally, I spend time with friends, family, or in last year's instance, my friend's family. Not having that option this year was seriously getting to me, and I hadn't planned much more than just falling asleep after work. And based on the picture above, you can see there was no cookout option.

Unluckily, my sister hit me up and I ended up making the drive over to Norfolk to see Magic Mike with her and her friend, Sam. Not going to lie, I wasn't one of those girls that was dying to see this movie. I really didn't know what the storyline was, but I had heard of the male strippers aspect of it. And Channing Tatum. Did I laugh a bit during it? Sure. But the storyline was highly lacking, the ending was terrible and left much unresolved, and the eye candy part of it was not that great due to the wide-screen theater we were in. Let's just say I've seen better. And I'm not just talking about movies! (Take that as you will).

The night ended in an impromptu sleepover at my sister's apartment. Complete with pajamas borrowed from her.

And a night full of tossing and turning in a sweaty twin bed shared by us both later... I managed to wake up early enough to head back to Hybrid for a CrossFit workout before work. Etc, etc, etc.

Question: Does anyone else drink coffee before they workout? I'm not necessarily a habitual drink-coffee-before-workout gal, but at least within the 2 hour period before my gym time I manage to have at least a cup. I think I need that little rush from the caffeine to really make my workouts count. I know it naturally dehydrates you, but my body seems to like that.

Anyway, skip forward to Friday and I was on the road to Philly after a quick Starbucks run. Note to readers: anyone travelling up Route 13 from Virginia Beach through Delaware, there are no Starbucks locations along this route. Seriously. I was basically driving sideways because my early morning wakeup (6am) was leaving me a little tired after the 2 hour mark on the road. Countless shopping centers later and all I was coming across was gas stations and Dunkin Donuts. Don't get me wrong, Dunkin Donuts has good coffee and I'm not much of a coffee snob (ha, what a lie!), but I was about to hit a milestone on my Starbucks card--30 stars/Gold Star status! It's the little things... 2 days later and I finally got that 30th star.

When I got into Philly, I was greeted by Katie's fiance, Tommy, and their new furry addition, Cooper!
Don't be shy, little guy!
Don't worry, he wasn't sulking like that for long. I think he was just nervous about his trip to the vet when Katie got off work, because he didn't want de-worming medicine. Poor pup, he's getting over a bout of worms and has had a few accidents in their apartment because of it. Since Katie was tired from work, and I was tired from an early morning and a long drive, we decided that we should just have dinner at home and partake in some alcoholic beverages. In the privacy of her apartment where only Cooper and Tommy could judge us. We are also terrible at taking pictures these days, even though we started off my stay with "Let's take tons of pictures together!" Fail. But win in the long run!

Now, if it were my birthday weekend and presents were visible in my apartment, there would be very little coming between me and ripping those suckers open digging into my gifts. Katie has more self-control than I do. Especially given the alcohol between the time the presents were seen and the next morning when they were opened. At least I think it was the next morning...

If you recall, I mentioned filling out bridal shower invitations and doing another project with Katie's mom a few days before I left. Well, that project was "Katie's Closet"!! Pretty much, her mom and I went shopping in Loft and chose items for Katie that she could mix and match and have several different looks available from just a few different pieces. Then we went even further and staged these outfits and created a photo book out of them for inspiration!
Katie's Closet!
Look #1
Look #2
Super excited Look #3
There were several more looks, these were just the only ones she modelled for Tommy, Cooper, and me. Given that she wore the striped dress later in the day, I would say she approved of our choices! Note: I have been "adopted" by Katie's family, so her mom is known to me as "YOM" or "Your Other Mom." Love her!

A day of shopping, lunch, puppy playtime, and an ER visit later, and we were again imbibing in alcohol. The only difference? This time we she documented it. A bit.

Oh, did I freak you out with the mention of the ER visit? A few weeks ago, Katie got bit by a small dog--not an intense bite, but a bite no-less and when searching for the owner to no avail didn't work out, she opted for the painful rabies vaccine option. Saturday marked her rabies vaccine completion! I feel like she should get a placard for it--just hearing about how many shots she had to have was daunting!
Curtain "walls" separated us from awkward convo we were
eavesdropping on.
Leave it to us to make an ER visit entertaining. After cracking jokes about foaming at the mouth, etc., Katie was hooked up to the blood pressure machine when it started making a very persistent beeping pattern. And the following conversation ensued:
Me: Does that beeping mean she's dying?
Male nurse: No, it just means the printer is out of paper.
Me: Oh, we never would have guessed that!
Don't get me wrong, I think Katie and I knew were glad she wasn't dying, but really? You'd think that hospitals these days would be a little more...I don't even know!

And she will never have to get a rabies vaccine ever again! And she lived happily ever after! Especially given that she was hanging out with me!
Oh, hi! We are best friends and we braid each other's hair! 
Oh, hi! We are best friends and your puppy loves me! 
Oh, hi! We are best friends and I WILL make you pose with me!
Oh, hi! We are best friends and we are finally acting normal!
Oh, hi! We are best friends and here's a picture
of 2 of the people you love most!
Unfortunately, Katie's birthday weekend (her actual birthday was Sunday) wrapped up midday Sunday when I took off for Charlottesville, and she and Tommy got more settled in their apartment with Cooper and got ready for their busy week ahead. I'm sorry to say this is basically a "you get the gist" post. There really was a lot more about Philly that included crazy neighbors and a trip to the Mall of Prussia, etc. But if I told you every detail, I would bore you to death! And also, I need to leave you hanging for Part 2 of my trip if not just because I'm too tired to continue blogging for tonight!

And trust me, you will want to stay tuned for Part 2! Although, I really can't say too much too soon!

Happy Friday the 13th! Stay away from creepy houses, graveyards, and dark spaces!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

May the 4th be with you!

Yes, I totally just geeked out for a moment. No, I have never seen any of those movies. But I'm a sucker for tag lines, apparently?

My day will be spent getting paid time-and-a-half for approximately 9 hours, during which I hope no one in their right mind decides to come shopping. Let's be real folks--all the good sales happened over the weekend. Regardless, I will make the best of the day and hopefully go running later in the evening. Just in time for fireworks!

You know who will be having a relaxing and fun 4th though? These guys!

Their biggest worry is when their chew toys will run out. And trust me, with how spoiled they are by Grandma, that will be no time soon!

What are your plans for the 4th? And firework displays or cookouts?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

24 Hours Early and 13.5 Hours Away

Apparently I didn't quite put two and two together this morning when I was dressing for work, and I inadvertently dressed for the 4th of July a day early. Oops. I thought I was just looking smoking hot as usual nautical and Lofty? Why do I even get let out of the house these days other than to do my business and chase squirrels? Unfortunately for you, I do not have a picture of said outfit just yet because I was away from the house (and apparently my iphone?) from 8am to 9:30pm. Long day, right?

Until this morning (7/4): recreation of yesterday's outfit!
Freshly showered!
Yeah, that didn't even include my run this morning, which was a SAD excuse for a run, but at least it was something. I only ran for 20 minutes. And not 20 balls to the wall minutes. Oh no--20 "I can barely move but I set my alarm for 6am so I can fit a run in so gosh darn it, I'm gonna flipping run" minutes! Here I am thinking that I'm young, I'm in shape, and I can workout an eon in a row without a rest day and I'll be fine and dandy. Someone please gently slap some sense into me! Not only was I awoken in the middle of the night by back soreness every time I rolled over, which happens a lot apparently, but I was riding the Struggle Bus trying to get down the stairs.

Now, if you've followed along for a while, you know that I have a weak lower back, so really nothing to be concerned about. And not being able to walk down the stairs like a normal human being isn't cause for concern either. I've been in worse shape. But generally when I get up and go, I'm able to at least get some sort of cardio done. Not today. Body wasn't having it. I only eeked out about 2.4 miles--a small neighborhood loop--and it was at a pace a whole minute and a half PER MILE slower than usual. This is one of those instances where I wish I had either run without Garmin or had tossed him down a stormdrain. Either works. Although, I would definitely regret the latter option.

You know what though? Not every workout can be my best ever. It can, however, be my best for that moment/for those circumstances. And while my duration and pace were nothing to go high-fiving (or ass-patting--whichever you prefer) about, it was my best given the circumstances. I'm still getting used to the constant functional movements of crossfit, especially all the leg-intensive stuff. The past two workouts (done on back-to-back days) were both heavy on the lower-body movements, so it's only natural that I'm tight and sore. You know what I found that works great on sore muscles though? Lint rollers! Who would have guessed?! By far the cheapest roller stick ever...which I discovered when I was trying to de-lint my pants at work today. I may have gotten sidetracked for a bit...

But yes, sore muscles at work, then I got together with Katie's mom to work on bridal shower invitations. Super fun! More on that later and more on the top-secret stealth fun we had, but that is a post for another day (after Katie's birthday, so I don't ruin any surprises)!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Running Intensive

I feel like I've been running around all day--literally and metaphorically. I started today out with a short run--I was already planning on going to Crossfit but figured it wouldn't be too cardio heavy because of the heat. Keyword there being "figured," but I'll get to that in a minute. I'm normally a bit of a minimalistic runner. I wear my Garmin if I feel like it and I always have music, but these days it's a sports bra, shorts, socks and shoes. Minus the socks if I'm wearing Vibrams like today. In light of my recent sun exposure, I opted to incorporate a hat. Slightly problematic for a gal that wears her hair in a high ponytail on the reg when exercising...with the exception of jump rope workouts when my hair always seems to get in the way. Well boys and girls (mostly girls, I assume), I managed to wear my hair low and didn't die! And now the "Do your chain hang low..." song is running through my mind, dang it! I also didn't die from the heat--hallelujah! Need proof?
Oh hey there, Sweaty Liz! How ya doing today? ...Quite well until about 2 hours from this picture being taken, when I was in for quite the xfit surprise!

3.35 miles: done and done! More proof:
The little screaming monster? Yup, that'd be me.
I had just enough time to splash my face, change into some compression booty shorts, and head out the door to HTC. Upon walking in, I was confused as to which workout was being done. On the main whiteboard was an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible for those of you that are unfamiliar with xfit terminology) workout that involved 15 minutes of dumbbell deadlifts, burpees, thrusters. There was possibly some pull ups and other jazz thrown in there, but I really don't know because that was NOT the workout I'd be doing. Instead, on the time board, there was a long workout titled "Lumberjack 20." It took up the whole board. And it took a while to set up. 10 minutes of testing out weights later, and I was set up with 2 bars of different weights, a couple dumbbells, a kettle bell, and a box. I'll let you see for yourself the torture workout.
I guess that makes this my first Hero workout? I think?

I chose weights that were challenging enough for me, but ones that I thought would allow me to get through the running portion of the workout. If you actually open up the video on YouTube, or if you just Google it, you will see that there is 1.75 miles of running in the mix. Add in a quarter-mile warmup and that tacks 2 miles onto my total for the day. I didn't quite hit prescribed weight, but I was close for some of the exercises--like within 10 pounds! I think there were about 6 of us there today, equal parts guys and gals, and I managed to finish first with a time of ~23:20. I can't say for sure because the clock is on the same wall as the door to outside and I got a little side-tracked by the water fountain upon completion.

Here's a question for you guys though: If I'm finishing first, does that mean that I'm just pretty good at it, or does it mean I need to go up in weights? I'm nervous to go up too much in weights, because I know I have a weak lower back and sometimes I have problems with my shoulders popping. My biggest fear with xfit is choosing a challenging weight and not being able to complete a workout. My shoulder already popped out during snatches the other day, and I had to readjust mid-set, so do I err on the side of caution?

Also, what do you do when you're first done with a WOD? I like to be super courteous to others and rack my weights/clean up after myself before cheering on others. I also start to put away others' equipment because I know that's generally the last thing I actually want to do after finishing. And I can only imagine that others appreciate it, so long as I don't get in their way.

Once we were all done and racked up today, a few of us got to talking since another girl and I are new to the scene. I got a few comments about "lapping us," from a couple of the guys that have been working out there for a while. Half of me thinks that it was because I should have gone up in weights! The other half is like "Meh, girl, you were training for a figure competition a year ago! You're using that strength, so you're obviously not losing it!" Thoughts?

After a nice cool shower, it was my mission to get my errands done for the day, which included a dreaded trip to the mall. True fact: I hate malls! Especially indoor malls. They're claustrophobic, they're stuffy, and dodging people moving at a snails pace and 4 abreast is not my idea of a good time. But I was on a mission to find a suit, and today was the only real day I had to do so because I work every day until I leave for Philly on Friday. If I was going to find a suit, it had to be today.

Let me tell you something--shopping for suits these days is a PROJECT! I think I went into 5 stores, told them what I was looking for and was either presented with limited options (Banana Republic only has one style suit available in petites?!) or extremely trendy options (why did I even bother going into Express?? Oh yeah, because I heard they had affordable suits!). I ended up at Dillards, a department store, where I found a suit on sale, which I did purchase, but I wasn't 100% sold on the fit of it. This may be because I am extremely partial to the Ann Taylor suit I tried on a few months ago.

Well today must be my lucky day because I got an email about 2 hours ago saying that Ann Taylor had an additional discount on top of their sale merchandise. I thought, "Why not check and just see if they have that or a similar suit in their sale section? They probably won't have my size, but it won't hurt to check..." Um, SCORE!! Not only did they have the entire suit in my size, but they also had the memory foam heels that my feet were I was in love with! $25 in shipping later, and I should have said suit in 3 days!

Why do I need a suit, you ask? Well, that's a good question, but I am unable to provide an answer at this time. But that will keep you checking back, right? Right?!

Until then, check out my adorable Archibald! Quite the fitting name since he's a bit of a baldy compared to his normal 'do!

Tan Lines

I have to admit, I've actually been having a decent week! Tuesday I was able to stop by HTC, my new gym and take my complimentary class. You would think that more people go to the gym on their lunch breaks (or that's what I'm used to at least), but I was the only one in the noon Crossfit class. You know what that means--free to be judged by the instructor one-on-one instruction! Skill work was double unders and power cleans, and I was given a little refresher on the modifiers "power" and "hang" when it comes to olympic lifts. Since it was a decent day out, the WOD was a little cardio intensive. And contained a LOT of pushups.

Tuesday WOD
Buy in: 50 abmat situps
5 rounds of:
  • 5 power cleans (I think I did 75lbs)
  • 20 push ups
  • 200m run
Cash out: 50 abmat situps
I finished in 13:08, which isn't bad for a first-timer (in an xfit gym setting). I loved it so much, that I had to come back for more the next day! With that, it's official--I am a gym member of Hybrid Training Center! The amazing thing about my membership is that it doesn't include just Crossfit, but I can take unlimited of ANY of the classes they offer. You know me--I'm always excited to try new things, so my next challenge is going to be boxing!

Speaking of challenges, the next two days of WODs looked a little something like this:

Wednesday WOD
Strength session: 5-5-5 push press at 80% max
Buy in: 50 double unders (I was the only one at the 10am class that had these down. They were subbed with tuck jumps otherwise)
25-20-15-10-5 of the following, with 5 strict pull ups between sets:
  • Kettle bell swings (25# should have gone heavier though)
  • Box jumps
Cash out: 50 double unders
That last set of double unders definitely kicked my ass and by the end of them I could only get about 3-5 at a time. Otherwise, I probably could have shaved like a minute and a half off my time. Oh well, lesson learned! Definitely leg-intensive though and I was feeling that for a few days afterward!

Thursday WOD
Skill session: Snatch
5 rounds:
  • 10 hang power snatch (Only #35 due to my weak shoulders)
  • 10 knees to elbows
  • 10 burpees
This one was a doozy! I am not flexible in the least, so the knees to elbows had me, but I managed as best I could! If it's not obvious, I'm absolutely in love with my gym--the best thing so far about being in Virginia Beach! 

After a short day at work on Thursday, I was off to get a little sun by my friend's parents pool as we started to plan bridal shower stuff aka float on pool floats. Then it was time to drive to Newport News to visit the partner-in-crime during his last night of kicking ass James Bond-like activities (except better!). Apparently he was Alpha Male (his words, not mine), and was a bit disliked by those less fit. I have to admit that I'm jealous he was able to go through all of the training that he got to experience! The only way I would be able to do the same is if I was to join the military. Sigh. I'll always have xfit though!

From One Beach to Another

So you're probably thinking "What does all this have to do with the blog title? I've only heard Liz mention the sun once, if that!" Well, Megan and some of the football gang were heading to the Outer Banks for the weekend and extended me an invitation! I can't say no to good company and great location! Although I live at a beach, the OBX is a lot nicer and has a more laid-back, slow-going feel to it. So yesterday at the crack of dawn, I put on my suit, packed my beach bag and got in my car to drive through Pungo to the Knotts Island-Currituck ferry. A relaxing a peaceful morning, and by taking the ferry, it saves me a good bit of gas!
Leaving the dock.
Captain's quarters.
I was a bit too tall for the clearance, so they made me sit down. I really need to stop those leg-lengthening treatments...

Unfortunately, that's really all the pictures I have from the day, because I decided to enjoy the time I had with my friends. And I was busy falling asleep in the sun. I awoke a couple hours later when I could no longer feel my arm because it decided to fall asleep too. Oh, beach-goer problems--they're never-ending!

After about 5 hours at the beach, everyone was ready to head back to the house for the afternoon, and I had to head back to VB. I missed the last ferry, which left at 4, so I had to drive the longer way home, but it was scenic and I did a good job of decreasing my Mapquest-suggested ETA by 20 minutes. I may have found a new travel game!

By the time I got back, cooking dinner was the last thing on my mind, so I opted to use a recently-purchased LivingSocial deal, and my mother and I headed to Som Bao, a locally-owned Lao/Thai food restaurant. Generally when I get Thai food, I get the same thing every time, so we both opted to go with the server's recommendations. With outside being so hot, I was very pleased when I was presented with this refreshing dish:
Don't ask me the name of it, because I'm very uncertain, but it was like a chilled mix of chicken, lemongrass, lime juice, cucumber, onions, and mint. Beyond amazing! I will for sure be back for more!

Upon my return home for the night, the weather had cooled off with the approach of an overnight storm, so I took the newly-groomed pups for a mile and a half walk around the neighborhood.
Now that they're no longer overgrown bushes of fur, they last more than 3 minutes outside. Success! Although at first glance, it's really hard to tell them apart... Until Archie perks up his ears. Now I'm off to deny the fact that I got a bit too much sun and thus look ethnic.
Just a couple hours until Crossfit today! Oh, and in case you were wondering, NEVER go running at noon when it's 95 degrees out! On Friday, I forgot there is no 12pm xfit class, so I got half way there before turning around. Since it was the only time I had to run before work, I departed for a 5 miler and may have walked the last mile. Better than nothing, but I wish there was a sprinkler to run through!
Now THIS is what I'm talking about!