14.5 & The 2014 Hogeye Relay

14.5 was one and done. I most certainly did not enjoy doing that one at all. The thrusters were fine, but doing that many burpees really sucks. No matter how you split them up. 82 of each: 65lb thruster and bar over burpees. 21-18-15-12-9-6-31939562_694396457284249_1062523564_n

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I did it on Friday night so that I could try and “rest up” some on Satruday before the hog eye relay on Sunday. I had 5 and a half mile relay race waiting on me :)

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Is it weird that burpees rug burned my thighs?

Oh! And here’s the most flattering photo ever:

10171884_694396823950879_1469435013_nThe sorest part of my body was definitely my triceps after that mess.

I ended up ranking 204th in the region. Last year I was like 160th, so it’s a pretty significant drop, unfortunately. That what the open is all about, though, right? Finding out what your weaknesses are and then attacking them! It’s time for me to learn a ring muscle up. But according to my scores, I need to get a lot better a chest-to-bar pull ups, and bar over burpees? Maybe I just need better endurance so I can sprint for longer. I hope we never do 14.5 ever again. I wonder if Dave Castro actually does all of these workouts?

Speaking of endurance…. I actually surpassed my goal for the hog eye relay!

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I miraculously managed to average an 8:13 pace. My goal was 9:30–my usually back gets so tight when I run that it feels like i’m giving a piggyback ride to some trolls. But Drs. John Hutchinson and Eric Teece at NWA Spine and Joint worked on me this week and I’m pretty sure that’s how my back came to magically be fixed.

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My knee didn’t hurt either. Or my hamstring. Or my ankle. It was pretty crazy, I could actually run as fast as I wanted do without any type of pain! It was incredible. Pretty sure I ran faster this year than last… and I didn’t train at ALL this year. It was too painful.

Our teams got first and second which was pretty freaking awesome! We registered as the Pink ladies and the Blue Betties. My idea. I’m such a nerd.

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The weather was PERECT! You couldn’t ask for better race weather. It was cool and sunny and not too windy.

Fitness is so different to me now than it was 2 years ago. I may not be as good at distance running as I once was, but that’s okay. I’m not a “runner”. I’m an athlete. I’m not an expert at anything, but I’m “okay” at everything.

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I think the point is to figure out what you enjoy and then do that. Whether its running for hours or squat cleaning barbells is up to you ;)

Doing a team crossfit competition in Little Rock this weekend! Then hopefully I will be training hard and competing less for a few months.

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2 responses

  1. That’s a pretty fast pace! Super strong AND super fast? Love it! :)

    Nice ranking, too! And even if the overall ranking is lower than last year, you have to consider there are a lot more athletes in it this year, so maybe compare what % you are in compared to the actual place?

    Anyway, nice job! :)

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