Last Week’s Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts (finally back).

I have finally started back at the gym, and man is it going to take some getting used to.  I miss my box and I miss Crossfit, but saving money is a priority right now and I can’t make myself join a different box.  My box was my family and I just am not at a place to “replace” that or spend the money.  But trying to do a Crossfit style workout at a regular gym is HARD!  Just being at a regular style gym is weird!

Since I have a Crossfit team competition coming up in a few months, I need to keep my strength and technique up so Chayet and I have started the Wendler  strength routine.  I used all my old numbers to come up with my starting point but let me tell you, taking a month off really impacted my strength and I have had to adjust those numbers with certain movements.  Here is a look at my workouts for last week:

Wednesday:

Strict Press.  Warm up 5/5/3 with 35, 40, 45, then 5/5/5 with 45, 55, 65 and let me tell you 65 was hard.  My 1RM in strict press is 95 and I was struggling with 65 lbs! Talk about a check for your ego! But, I believe in the system and the routine and I’m excited to share my progress over the next four weeks and my GAINS!  For a metcon after our strength, we did 21-15-9 of Double unders and burpees.  Well, we actually ended up doing 20 double unders each round and 21-15-9 for burpees.  It killed me.  Burpees always suck!

Friday:

Deadlifts.  Warm up 5/5/3 with 95, 105, 115 and then 5/5/5 with 135, 155, 170.  I got through these fine but the last round was tough.  It was nice to see myself NOT struggle as bad as I had with the strict press, even though it was still difficult.  For a metcon, we did tabata push ups and kettlebell swings.  4 minutes each, 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.  I ended up doing the push ups on a box (so weak, I know) and used 35 lbs. for the KB swings.  I felt really strong with the KB swings, but very weak on the push ups.

Wildlyd Deadlifts deadlifts

Chayet deadlifts

 

Saturday:

AMRAP for Ronin at Crossfit En Fuego.  I did a fundraiser event for my friend Jenny – the bad ass woman behind Metamorfit.  Her son, Ronin, has autism and she put on a charity event to raise money for Autism Speaks.  Ronin and Jenny

It was a fantastic event and a TOUGH WOD.  It was a 30 minute partner AMRAP.  While one partner ran 400 m or rowed 500m, the other partner started on the strength movements.  20 reps each of the following movements: shoulder to overhead (95 lbs. for the guys/65 lbs. for the ladies as RX), knees to elbow, pull ups or ring rows and lunges.  Once the partner running or rowing was done, they switched places.  The person doing the strength work then ran or rowed while the other started where the other left off on the strength.

Since I showed up alone, I was paired with an En Fuego member and we got set up and ready to go.  She started on the rower and I started with the shoulder to overhead. Surprisingly, after all the time off, I was able to bust through all 20 at 65 lbs. unbroken.  Also surprisingly, I was able to string the knees to elbow more than just one at at time – at first.  I was breaking them up into sets of 5 until I started to feel my hands yell at me.  Then I just did them in singles from there on out.  I feel bad for my partner since it seems like we rotated at the same spot every time.  I think she only did lunges and shoulder to overhead along with the row the entire time.  And I did all shoulder to overhead, knees to elbow and ring rows.  Oh well, it was a great workout and I was DEAD at the end!

Wilyd - Shoulder to Overhead @ 65 lbs.

Jenny put on a fantastic fundraiser and En Fuego was gracious enough to be the host.  I had a great time and even won one of the raffle prizes! Check out my new Polar watch!

Raffle Winner - Polar

I was honored to take part in this event and honored to do my part in raising awareness for Autism and raising funds for Autism Speaks.  Ronin is a very special little boy and this was a great event! Thanks to Denise for coming out to show her support and take some awesome pictures for everyone!

Wildlyd with Jenny and Denise

[JennyDenise, and me]

AMRAP for Ronin

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We start with a blank canvas

In life, we start with a blank canvas and get to choose what becomes of it.

I had the opportunity to visit Simply Art Studios in Oldsmar, Florida last night with some of the lovely ladies of the Tampa Bay Bloggers.  It was a wonderful time hosted by Simply Art Studios for all of us lady bloggers to relax, enjoy a glass of wine (not me – still sober going on 8 months) and each other’s company and check out what the Studio had to offer.  This is the painting that they chose for us to paint last night:

The "guide" for The Starry Night

I can’t thank the ladies of Simply Art Studios enough for a wonderfully fun evening.  If you have never done a painting class, you really need to check it out.  They walk you through the painting step by step.  You can follow along, or personalize and add your own style.  But anyone can do this!  They also offer seasonal craft sessions such as pumpkin carving, gingerbread houses and right now, they are doing egg dying for Easter.  Be sure to check out their website and tell them I sent you.  Among the seasonal crafts they offer, they obviously do the painting classes all year, as well as jewelry classes and private parties.  The Studio is family owned and operated and use all local artists for their paintings, therefore they can choose what paintings they want to offer.

Starting with a blank canvas had me thinking all evening and still today about how it correlates to life, and especially with things going on presently in my life.

 Clean slate

blank canvas

In a painting class, like this one at Simply Art Studios, you have an artist, walking you through the painting.  You are handed a blank canvas, some supplies and given instructions, but ultimately, what goes on your canvas is up to you.  It’s the same way in life.  We are given a blank canvas and can make our life what we want it to be.  We are obviously given tools to help us along the way, such as faith, family, friends, circumstances but again, ultimately, what we make of our lives is completely up to us and our interpretation of what we want our end result to be.  Do you want your “life” to look like everyone else’s? That is okay if you do, but just like I changed up my painting last night, I too have chosen to change up my LIFE to make it what I want it to be and look like.

me painting

[I loved that blue so much just the way it was that i was tempted to just be "done" right then]

Another cool thing about life, is that sometimes we get a clean slate to start over.  Sometimes we get the opportunity to CHANGE the course of our life. Just like I was able to change the course of my picture last night, simply by taking a wet sponge to an area I wanted to be different.  In life, I am able to change my course and direction with FREE WILL.

Work in Progress

Change scares people, and sometimes when you change something about YOUR life it scares others because it makes them look at THEIR life in a different light.  You making a change that someone else does not understand can scare them because it makes them think about the changes they need to make in their own life.  Others may not have the courage to do what they want or need to do.  Whether it’s leaving a dead end job to pursue a life long dream, or going on that dream vacation, or finally taking control of their life to get fit and healthy, or getting a divorce or having a baby – change scares people.

We only get one shot at this life on earth.  Once our time is up and we are called Home, there is no changing the choices made.  At 35, I am taking control of my life and I am going to finally start LIVING and not merely existing.  I have taken control of my canvas and I am calling the shots on what goes on it.  I am going to decide where I go, what I do, how I think and feel and live.  Obviously I still have those important tools in my life to help along the way – friends, family, my faith, etc.  But I am now in control of what is going on my canvas.  I will choose where I live, how I spend my money, where I will vacation, whom I will associate and not associate with and ultimately, I am in control of my own happiness.

Arm Painting

[Chayet got a little distracted and took to my arm to paint a masterpiece]

 The past year has been full of changes for me.  Pregnancy, miscarriage, AA, self-reflection and internal honesty, separation, divorce, minimizing my stuff and maximizing my living – so many changes in a short amount of time.  The past 4 months especially have been full of life changing CHANGES.  Not all of them easy, believe me.  But just like my painting looked like a HOT MESS in the middle, at the end, it all came together.

The Starry Night

The canvas of my life is far from complete.  I’m at the point where there are revisions, additions, eliminations, painful changes and exciting twits – but it’s far from complete.  The exciting part is that I am at the point in life where I have control of the canvas again.  I get to choose who can add to my canvas…

Chayet adding to my painting

[Notice he has some "artwork" on his arm too...LOL]

…just like I get to chose whom I won’t allow near my canvas.  I know I’m taking this whole painting experience to a deeper level, but it really had/has me thinking about the correlation to my life! And it’s exciting (and sometimes scary).

Do you ever stop, and just examine the direction your life is taking? Do you like the direction? Is it the direction you want to go? If not, what is stopping you from making a change? And if you did make a change, what would it be and/or what motivated you to do it?

For me, I finally decided that I wanted to be honest about things I had kept hidden for YEARS.  I finally decided to take the paintbrush back and take control of my canvas so that the finished product of my life looked like I wanted it to look, and not like everyone else’s version of what it should look like.  I have hopes and dreams that have been hidden for a long time.  I have things I have wanted to do, places I have wanted to go, people I have wanted to visit, adventures to be had – I could go on and on, but you get the point.

I challenge you to examine your life and be honest with yourself.  Are you in control? Are you heading in the direction you want to go?  The direction you feel the Lord is leading you? If not, make a change, or ask Him to give you the courage to make a change.  I am not telling you to go quit your job, get a divorce, go on a diet, etc. All I am saying is to look at your canvas, envision the life you want, envision what you want your final picture to look like, and then DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET IT!  If that means cleaning up your diet and getting active – DO IT! I have a friend that has been on that journey for over a year now and SHE AMAZES AND INSPIRES ME!  Whatever it is you are NOT doing to make your dreams become a reality, stop putting it off.  We get one shot a this life, one shot with the body the Lord gave us – don’t waste it!

And now, a little photo dump from the fun I had last night with the Tampa Bay Blogger Gals at Simply Art Studios in Oldsmar, FL.  Thanks to Chayet for coming with me and being such a sport (he was the only guy there – no it did not bother him one bit).  He made the evening even more entertaining, and it was fun “becoming the canvas” for him.  He is always silly and fun and it meant a lot that he came, and enjoyed himself!  So, here are the rest of the pictures from our fun evening.

Tampa Bay Blogger Gals

Drying the paint Chayet Assisting I became the canvas One is permanent, one is not Arm Art

Thanks again to Simply Art Studios for a wonderful time and be sure to check them out online and tell them Lydia sent you!

Me and Chayet

   

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South East Regionals

SOUTH EAST REGIONALS

May 9 – 11 from 8 am to 7 pm
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
WE WILL BE THERE!

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Can you tell we are pumped to be going?!

I’m super excited to attend this event and I’ll be sure to give a full recap!

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Reviews and the weekend

I have two reviews for you and a photo dump from my weekend!  Let’s get right to the reviews.

The first is the Halo Belt 2.0 - in red.  I was recently given the opportunity to test this belt out.  I hadn’t had a chance to run with it yet, but did wear it for a night bike ride to the store recently.  It’s bright, easily worn as a belt or across the chest, or even attached to a backpack, which is how I wore it for my ride to the store.

Halo belt

I’m super nervous still on the bike in traffic and heavily populated areas and especially at night.  I loved knowing I was being seen with the Halo belt in place!  I’m excited to test it out on a morning run.  My new apartment complex is very dark in the mornings and I know this belt will come in handy to keep me safe during those early morning runs.  I’ll be sure to do another review once I have done a few runs in it!

The next item I reviewed was by KissMe Organics and is called Matcha Green Tea Powder.  Here is some information on it’s benefits from Amazon:

  • ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha
  • CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body’s metabolism
  • LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING: Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder arrives in an easy-to-use airtight health grade packaging allowing for as much or as little use as you need for any occasion. Enjoy a relaxing latte in the morning, bake a dozen cupcakes or simply add a small boost to your morning smoothie
  • 137x ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA: USDA Organic Matcha Green Tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content

I was so excited to use it the day it arrived that I simply put 1 tsp. of the Matcha Green tea in the bullet with 1 cup of steaming almond milk and 1 spoonful of stevia.  It was delicious.  Since then I have added it to my protein shakes in the morning and what I notice the most is that I drink less coffee the days I add it to my shake! I’m more alert for sure and don’t crave the coffee at all.  The only thing that took some getting used to was the “tea” flavor in my chocolate whey protein shake.  It was not bad at all, just different!

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I’ll be sure to share some more creations I come up with as I use this Matcha green tea powder more!  Check it out on Amazon.

I live for the weekends, and lately I have been enjoying them even more.  I now live in an area of town that makes riding my bike to things more convenient and I have been loving it.  Last weekend I rode to dinner and the grocery store and this Sunday, I left the house at 10:30 AM on the bike and the only plan I had was getting coffee and food – the “where” wasn’t really important.  I could not have asked for a more beautiful day for biking around town.  I was gone for 6 hours, stopped in at MANY places, discovered some great, little hidden gems in the area and the weather, outdoors and activity were soothing to my scattered and busy life lately!

Crossing Dale Mabry on a busy Sunday takes COURAGE! I am such a chicken and people obviously hate cyclists! No close calls but some people just do not pay attention – good thing we were!

puppy Pearl and friend Laundry

Starbucks for a refresher, the puppy store to love on the one least loved on, Pearl met a new friend at a family gathering, I went to a “laundry mat” for the first time (as an adult), purging hangers!

 

THE MAN helping me enjoy my days, learn new things, live fully and have fun! What a fun day we had and exactly what I needed!

My new laundry bag! Sad that it makes me happy, right?

 

I promise I got all this cleaned up! This was mid-organizing and purging and my little efficiency is LITTLE!

apartment in disarray

Toe shoes – who knew I would love them?!

Purging some high school stuff!

Eating clean can be so fun and pretty!

Happy girl, happy life!

Homemade salsa from the man’s pop! Delish!

Green monster juice from Abbys!

Just because I had a bad day!flowers

Coffee and Chocolat from The Empress Tea Room

coffee and chocolate

Well that ought to catch you up a little on what has been going on with me lately.  Busy times for me and a million things going on but I promise to be back to healthy blogging and lots of activity soon!

Remember to go check out KissMe Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder exclusively on Amazon and the Halo 2.0 belt!!!

Although I was given the Halo 2.0 belt and the Matcha green tea to review, my opinions and review of the products are mine and mine alone.
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CROSSFIT OPEN 2014

If you Crossfit or know someone who does, you probably have heard about the Crossfit Open, Regionals and/or the Crossfit Games.    Right now, we are in the final week of the Crossfit Open 2014.  If you haven’t heard about it, basically its the “playoffs” for Crossfitters.

The Crossfit Open is 5 weeks long.  Each week a workout is announced on Thursday, and you have until Monday, at 5 PM PST to complete the workout in front of a judge, at an affiliate, submit your score and have it validated by that affiliate.  Anyone can pay and complete in the open and you are competing against thousands all across the world.  In 2013, over 138,000 people participated in the Open.  The top athletes in each region for each division during the open then go on to Regionals and from there, the top three athletes in each region (and division) go on to the Games.

For people like me, it’s just fun to compete against yourself and maybe your friends at your box, doing the workouts together.  And it is fun to see how you rank against everyone else competing in the world, but I am not at the level to even consider competing to go to Regionals or anything like that.  I just Crossfit for fun and fitness.  But the Open is for everyone, and it is fun.  Last year I was pregnant and then miscarried so I was not able to compete, so I was excited to take part this year.

Here are the workouts so far, and how I have scored in each:

Workout 14.1

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
30 double-unders
55-lb. power snatches, 15 reps

My score for 14.1 – 236 reps.  5 full rounds plus 11 double unders.

Workout 14.2

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

From 0:00-3:00

  • 2 rounds of:
  • 10 overhead squats
  • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00

  • 2 rounds of:
  • 12 overhead squats
  • 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

And so on….

My score for 14.2 – 33 reps. Completed first round, plus overhead squats and one chest to bar of second round.

Workout 14.3

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:
95-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
135-lb. deadlifts, 15 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
155-lb. deadlifts, 20 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
185-lb. deadlifts, 25 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
205-lb. deadlifts, 30 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch
225-lb. deadlifts, 35 reps
15 box jumps, 20-inch

My score for 14.3 – 104 reps. Completed round through the 155 lb. deadlifts and then 14 deadlifts at 185 lbs.

Workout 14.4

WOMEN - includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target
30 cleans, 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups*

My score for 14.4 – 173 reps. I completed through 23 of the cleans. *I do not have muscle ups so even if I would have completed the cleans, the highest I could have scored on this workout would have been 180. 

2014 Open Standings

I have surprised myself and exceeded my goals on each of the workouts. Especially since I have not been Crossfitting for the past three weeks.  Its unfortunate that divorce can be awkward for more than just the two people actually getting the divorce,  so I felt the need to leave my current Crossfit box. I felt I should allow my ex to stay there and not make others uncomfortable around both of us.  People don’t mean to, but sides get picked and I would never want my presence to make anyone else uncomfortable.   It was a very difficult decision, one that KILLED me because I love my box and the people there, but it was the right thing to do.  That being said, I am not inclined to replace my box just yet, so I have not been doing any Crossfit other than showing up at my old box once a week for the open workout.  Who knows how much better, if at all, I would have been at some of these had I still been consistently working out.  Regardless, I am very happy with my scores and proud of myself nonetheless.

Have you been doing the Open? If so, what are your thoughts on the workouts this year?  I’m surprised there haven’t been any burpees yet.  I guess we will see if we get through the entire Open with no burpees (I doubt it though)!

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8th Annual Gasparilla Film Festival

The 8th Annual Gasparilla Film Festival starts next week here in Tampa.  Not familiar with GIFF? Here are some specifics from their site:

The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is a cultural arts institution that inspires, educates and entertains through its annual celebration of film, year-round events, community outreach and social awareness initiatives, while also supporting and cultivating the film industry of Tampa Bay and Florida and making an economic impact on our region.

First launched in the summer of 2006, GIFF has grown into an entertaining and educational year-round entity in Tampa Bay. Well-known for its annual film festival, GIFF is operated by the 501 (c)(3) non-profit Tampa film Institute and continually upholds its mission to provide year-long support for film screening, production, and education throughout the Tampa Bay region.

You won’t want to miss out on this local community event.  Check out their full schedule for the week and get your tickets now.  Oh wait, do you want a free screening ticket? Of course you do! Check out the schedule of events and let me know in the comments which film(s) most interest you.  I have six individual screening tickets to give away!

Be sure to follow them on twitter too @gasparillafilm!

 

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The road to better starts with the truth

The road to better starts with the truth.

I read that line and it smacked me right in the face.  How many times do we ignore the truth, or hide the truth and live in misery when if we just faced it, things would get better?  I know that I am guilty of this and have been many times in my life.

I’ve been in AA for almost 7 months.  I have been sober for almost 7 months (August 18, 2013).  I hoped that AA would help me get sober, and it did. Something I did not realize that AA would do for me though, was make me get REALLY honest with myself about all areas of my life.  There are many reasons people drink.  There are many reasons people drink to excess.  Working the steps and working the AA program shed some light on my life that I had hidden WAY DEEP inside.  AA made me get really REAL with myself, made me get honest and face things I didn’t want to face or talk about.  It made me address issues I had been sweeping under the rug for years.  And not all of these issues related to alcohol.  Was it fun? Dumb question.  Of course it wasn’t fun.  But was it needed, and therapeutic? 100%

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This post is not about my sobriety, although I will talk about that at some point on the blog.  ”Someone” close to me once blasted me all over the blog (in an annonymous comment…snicker) about “why don’t I ever share the ‘real life of runningwilder’”.  Well, because it’s my blog and I can write about whatever I want to.  But more importantly because I wasn’t ready to get honest about dark issues.  My blog has always been about health and fitness with some everyday crap thrown in.  Who wants to come read about issues with in-laws, sobriety issues, marital issues, family issues, blah, blah, blah!  I will share some of those ugly details of my sobriety some day.  But that isn’t what this post is about.  So, if you are after the ugly side of my life – make sure to check back, because I’ll have some “ugly” to share.

This post is really about honesty.  Whether it’s getting honest with yourself, your spouse, your friends, your family – whatever – just get honest!  I know that my life has drastically changed when I decided to stop lying to myself and others about things and just get real and get really honest.  And you know what? I survived.  And you know what else? People will amaze you.  The right people will love you regardless and you will love yourself more for it too.

I love step 1 in AA:

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.

But that can be applied to so many areas of a person’s life.  What about food? Think of the people that turn to food for comfort.  Sex? There are people that turn to affection from others to deal with issues.  How about just ignoring issues, sweeping them under the rug hoping they will go away and continuing on with life? Eventually, you will run out of room under that rug and your issues will start spilling out whether you like it or not and you will HAVE to deal with them and get honest.

The road to better starts with the truth!  Do you have the courage to be honest? Do you have the courage to take the first step toward healing – whatever “healing” may be for you? It could be food, alcohol, infidelity, lying, cheating, gossip.  Whatever that THING is that you need to work on – and don’t lie to yourself and say there isn’t something – have the courage to face it today.

George Sheehan reminds us, “Courage, then, has nothing to do with a single act of bravery. Courage is how one lives.”

Get honest! WHY are you overweight, unhealthy, out of shape? WHY do you eat poorly? WHY do you drink too much, eat too much? WHY are you having issues in your marriage, with friends or family?  WHY are people avoiding you or choosing not to include you in things? WHY do you not have any friends and only family will tolerate you? WHY are you struggling to pay your bills and staying in debt? This list could go on forever.  Plug yourself in and get HONEST!

The quote that sparked this post was regarding the most recent Crossfit 14.2 OPEN workout and it was a fantastic post.  You can read the entire post by Lisbeth here.

I loved the article and loved her take on the workout but it spoke to me on a different level which is what brought about this post.  I’m on a journey of healing and I’m on my road to “better” and it really did all start with the Truth!

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Do you even blog anymore?

Do you even blog anymore? Well, yes and no.  I guess I have taken a break and started LIVING more! But, I’m back today and have all sorts of fun stuff to update and share.  So hang on for a random, spastic post!

Reebok Spartan Race

I shared this event when it was here in Tampa for the Spartan Sprint Special Ops event at Raymund James Stadium.  I worked the event instead of participating because I have my sights set on doing one of their races in another state.  I showed up race morning at 6 AM for my shift and was quickly assigned to bag check.

spartan banner

I guess volunteers usually don’t like doing the bag check – but I didn’t mind it.  I kind of liked having the responsibility of keeping things organized, taking care of peoples belongings and ensuring they were safe and got back to them as they left them.  It was fun as they started to come back for their bags after their heat, and I got to rush to get their items and chat with them about how the race went. Everyone was so amazing from the Spartan Race staff, to the volunteers to all the competitors.  I really enjoyed my time volunteering and will really have to do it more for other races too.  These events do not happen without the support of volunteers!

Loved this guy and his team.  They were some of the nicest people I met.  Something else I learned about them and LOVED – most of them run the race twice.  Once for time, and a second time to run with others and help them on the obstacles and challenges! THAT is awesome!  You can check out their team and what they are all about here.  And the name cracks me up – not grass-fed, but CORN fed!

Spartan

Because I was stuck in bacg check for so long, I never got to actually go around and check out all the sites, but I did get a few pictures to share.  If you really want to hear about a race experience, go check out my friend Jenny’s recap here.  As I was leaving for the day, I just happen to catch Jenny coming over one of the obstacles! Perfect timing.

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The Reebok Spartan Race series is no joke and they seriously put on an amazing event.  If you have not done a Spartan race, you need to.  There are still tons of dates all across the US that you can get in on.  Go check out their site and pick a date near you!

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Also, the Spartan Race Founder, Joe De Sena has recently written a book called Spartan Up and its all about learning how to conquer your will and eliminate limitations.  You can pre-order now and when you do, you will get 15% of your registration for a 2014 race.  Go here to pre-order your copy now!

Be sure to check back and hear my thoughts on the book!

Recently enjoyed Recipes

For valentines day this year, I decided to make my roommates a special meal and I took it from the Constantly Varied Kitchen with Nick Massie. Printable recipe here.  Famously called Henry Ford’s world-famous assembly-line jalapeño poppers.

My Massie Mayo!

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers: Instructional video here and the Massie Mayo (that you will need for this recipe) can be watched here.  These were a huge hit.  Here are some pictures of my process and the final product!

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And then the main course was scallops with zucchini noodles and of course, topped it with sriracha and Massie Mayo!

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Now, I’ll give you a photo dump of some of the amazing things I’ve been eating lately! I am really trying to eat clean, but admit that I have had way too many cheat meals and really need to reign things back in!

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Yes, that one up there is mint gelato with BACON! Don’t knock it until you try it! Also the pancakes are paleo pancakes and the bread for the bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches is almond rice (gluten free) bread!

And, just because, I’ll leave you with this:

New tat

New ink! I have always wanted another tattoo, one with meaning and now was the perfect time to get it.  I took one little idea, gave it to the very talented Angelo Nales at RedLetter1 and he turned it into that beautiful tattoo! I could not be happier with what he created.  I almost cried when he handed me the stencil to approve.

I think that catches you up a tad.  Check back for my results on the 14.1 Crossfit Open WOD!!! Until then:

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I found the Booty – Gasparilla 2014

I found the Booty at Gasparilla 2014!

My very first race was the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k when I was 7 years old.  I ran with my dad and finished in 30 minutes.  Since then, I have run it many more times, and even with my dad again.  It’s a large race for the Tampa Bay area and always pulls a huge attendance with the many race distances offered throughout the weekend.  Here are a few pictures from a few of my Gasparilla runs from the past!

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I did the Beck’s Light Challenge a few years ago, which was the 5k, 15k and the half marathon.  I said never again so this year I did the Lime Challenge – even though I didn’t sign up for it that way.  I did the 15k and the 8k.

I planned on running the 15k alone but at the last minute a friend asked if I wanted to run with her and her husband.  They planned on doing a lot f walking as she is still recovering from an injury and her husband as well had an injured back.  I figured why do it alone when you can do it with friends! We took our time – like for real took our time, but it was so much fun and I’m glad I did it with them! Plus – how could you not have a good time in pants that looked like this?

pre 15k

We took pictures along the way, laughed and joked and just enjoyed the day and the race!

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My friend and I took a similar picture together during our first half marathon – so of course we had to repeat it at mile 8 of this one!

At finish with Carmen 15k finish me

 

You know you want a pair of those leggings too!  I think my friends were ready to make me change my the end of the race since so many people asked about them! Hey – they are pretty bad ass!! You can get your own from Black Milk here.  I was worried about running in them but they felt great! Super comfortable!

Carmen and I

Sunday brought the 8k and I ran with a friend – who ultimately pushed me to run a little harder than I would have on my own – thanks Chayet!  I’m necessarily in “running” shape and planned a much slower pace – which we stuck to for the first half of the race.  Once we hit the turn around, he asked if I was ready to let him pace me – “sure”, I said.  Well, his pace is a sprint for me! He let me still do a run walk – run five minutes, walk a minute, but our “run” pace was fast for me!  But, I’m glad he pushed me and I’m glad I didn’t wuss out.  I need to learn to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and that is exactly what the second half of that race was – uncomfortable, but not impossible!

us at finish of 8k

 

What better way to celebrate a weekend of races than Hooters!

hooters spread

 

 

 

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Checking In

Things are probably going to remain quiet around her for a little bit longer, but I thought I would check in and let you know I’m still alive.  I’m taking life one day at a time, loving every day I am given and making the best of all the time I have with those I love.  And I’m working on me.

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I’m still running (here and there) and still going to Crossfit.  I have a few races coming up and LOVING my new running shoes from Altra.  I don’t think I will ever run in another shoe! I also dabbled in some barefoot running – not too much, but I handled it way better than I thought and actually really enjoyed it.  That will definitely be something I continue to work on.

Minimizing your life is fun and exciting and scary and hard.  I’m taking steps to embrace more of a minimalist lifestyle and its challenging – in a good way.  I downsized my car – saving myself $300 a month instantly.  THAT is awesome.  BUT, I’m now in a small car, which is an adjustment.  I have been in large SUV’s for the past 10+ years.

I’m having to look at my belongings and decide what is important and what can be eliminated.  I have to clarify “what is important” to me and why.  I am having to look at my stuff and acknowledge that it hinders me.  Whether it’s financially because I have spent way too much money on things I don’t need or use, or whether its a time waster because rather than LIVING and doing, I am constantly having to clean and organize crap I don’t need or use.  I’ve been told “you are not messy, you just have too much shit” and man if that isn’t true!

Becoming Minimalist is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs.  Sometimes the ideas presented are so simple and yet so hard to embrace – but like I said, I’m working on me!

I’m learning to say “no” and think for me.  I’m learning to enjoy the small things.  I’m learning to love in a way I never knew I could.  I’m learning to allow myself to be loved in a way I never dreamed possible.  I’m learning to think before I speak.  I’m learning to take time to be alone.  I’m learning that its ok to be selfish.  I’m learning that we must embrace today, and every moment, for we are not promised tomorrow.  I’m learning to slow down, to stop and look up at the stars.  I’m learning to drive with less aggression (slow process).  I’m learning to save and spend less.  I’m learning I have a lot to learn!!!

Life is not that hard.  We complicate it and make it difficult.

 

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