Note: All photos credited to James Davis Photography. James is a fellow Titan who always seems to have a camera in hand and gets awesome shots at WODs…he posted several hundred of this workout alone…if you ever need a photographer for a sporting event (or anything else for that matter but he happens to be awesome at action), and are in the general Baltimore/DC area, contact him!
The 4th of July means different things to everyone. To me, it means too many dessert choices to only pick one (or two…or three…). In year’s past, my dad and I have run a 4th of July race (actually funny story, the one and ONLY race Jared ever ran with me was 2 4th of July’s ago…let’s just say he did not enjoy it in the least, and it was far from the awesome “let’s hold hands over the finish line!” experience I was looking for…its not his thing ; ) but my dad has been dealing with some serious undiagnosed pain and swelling in his foot for months and the longest I’ve run in months is 5 miles. The only race offered this year was a rather hilly, hot, humid 10K (we ran it last year, it was a lot of fun but very humid) and neither of us were up for it. So rather than waking up before 6AM and running, I slept in a bit and went to Titan’s 4th of July WOD.
Festive 4th of July attire was strongly encouraged, and well let’s be honest…it doesn’t take much to “encourage” me to dress up! Sad part is I honestly just pulled things out of my drawers and put together an ensemble. By the time I thought of stopping by Party City for some festive gear, they were closed (seriously Party City, closing at 8 the night before the 4th? Disappointed, Disappointed…) so I went with what I had. Don’t worry…I did not disappoint ; )
When I got to Titan, I looked at the whiteboard and knew I was in for a lot of ouch. As usual, the warm up alone left me sweating and legs trembling…and it was an AWESOME turn out, especially for a vacation weekend! I typically write down the work out onto a smaller dry erase board if its a longer one…let’s just say I’m convinced my brain SHUTS OFF once my heart rate goes over 170 so I need the reminder. There were more people there than there were small boards so I just opted save the board to write it on myself…
30 Min AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible in 30 Minutes): 25 Air Squats, 20 Pushups, 15 Weighted Lunges, 10 Burpees, 5 Pull Ups
And the kicker…anytime a coach blew the air horn, you had to drop what you were doing and go for a 400M sprint. Stopping mid Burpee to “sprint”?…yeah, it was hardly a sprint for me…
Everyone got set up and psyched up (seriously, the energy right before a workout begins at Crossfit is so awesome!), clock counted down from 10, and we were off.
First few reps felt strong, but almost as soon as we started the air horn blew and we were off for the first “sprint”.
Back inside, I took a few deep breaths, and continued on.
Pushups…literally there were moments I thought to myself (I’m going to face plant straight into the floor, will anyone notice?)
I managed to maintain the 25lbs for most of the lunges…but let’s just say I ended up with some bruised knees…
Burpees…honestly they need no comment really but I’ll just say, it’s always like the first 3-4 I’m thinking “I totally got this!”, by #6 I find myself glancing at the floor before every drop with pure hatred in my heart.
And of course, the ever wonderful pull ups…
Also, in the above picture, note the writing has been almost completely sweated off at this point.
And of course the subsequent, “sprint”
30 minutes. In run terms, not a very long time…in the Crossfit world? A VERY long time. I remember the first time I went to crossfit and Coach Nick said most workouts were about 15 mins long (minus the warm up of course) and I thought, “Seriously? This is gunna be cake! I can run for hours, I can definitely do this for a few minutes”. Of how wrong I was and how humbled I became…
Once the workout was done…I walked around in a circle for a couple minutes just to get my heart rate down, then just laid on the floor unable to move. I slowly moved my head side to side…see here’s the awesome thing about crossfit…you look around and pretty much everyone is barely able to move. And those that are moving and walking around high-fiving everyone else, regardless of whether they know each other or not. Call me a corn dog, but I freaking love that stuff!
Oh and prize for more Spirited Attire? Winner right here, thank you very much : ) Got an awesome Titan tank as my prize.
Anyway, it was a very tough workout, but it was awesome. I was trembling as I walked to my car and I couldn’t drink enough water no matter what I did. And Oh GOODNESS did that shower feel good. But it left me feeling strong, accomplished, and ready for whatever desserts would be thrown my way that evening ; ) I got to go to a potluck and see the fireworks with my fiancé, his brothers, and friends from church that evening which was wonderful. Few things are better than laying in the grass with the love of my life, watching fireworks. I rarely drink beer, but goodness did the Summer Shandy taste delicious!
I need to do a full post on it at some point but I can’t thank Titan enough for opening its doors to me last summer. It was a huge step outside of my comfort zone and one of the best things I have ever done for myself. Running helped pull me out of the depths of EDNOS and Crossfit has helped me realize how awesome being strong feels. I am loving my body for what it can accomplish (although I’m still working to stop ripping apart what it looks like). I am pushing myself so far outside of my box and proving to myself I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. There’s a bizarre high in laying on a sweat soaked floor, utterly and completely spent (but spent in a healthy way, not in a “omgsh I’m so faint and dizzy, I can’t stand up” way)…I love it! This time 4 years ago, I was at such a miserable, desperate, scary place…today I am overjoyed with life in general. Life without ED is a beautiful, wonderful thing! But more on that another day…