Tuesday, July 29, 2014

crossfit koolaid.

I drank it, guys.



And I loved every sip!

Last night both Stan and I went to our very first CrossFit class.  To say I was scared is a huge understatement.  I feel sorry for every friend of mine who has ever stepped foot in a box, because I've been bombarding them with questions and fears for the last few days.  Luckily I have awesome friends, and basically, they all said to quit being a chicken $hit and just go already.  FINE, THEN.

The box we went to allowed us to take a free class to get a feel for it.  As we got there, a few people introduced themselves to us, which was awesome.  I overheard one girl tell another to be careful where she stepped, because there was puke nearby.  Ha!  Awesome.  Don't worry, it wasn't in the box, though.  It was in the parking lot.  Good thing I wasn't already nervous!!!

When it was time, we all went in.  We started with a few basic warm ups altogether, and then they split the class into the Fundamentals people (us) and the usuals.  The place is big enough to where the usuals could workout on the other half without us interfering with each other.

They had all of us grab a PVC pipe, and we began practicing power cleans.  This was where I fell in love.  The coach stood up front and broke the lift down into sections.  We practiced each part over and over again with our pipes as she corrected our form.  The owner of the box came out, introduced himself personally to each of us newbies, and he joined her in coaching us.  It was great!  We all received personal attention as we were learning, and the intimidation was completely gone.  After we had plenty of practice with the PVC pipe, they had us grab actual bars.  We repeated the same steps with the bar and practiced several times with it.  Describing it, it seems as though this would be boring / take forever, but it wasn't, and it didn't.  It was completely necessary, and I gained so, so much from it.  After we practiced with the bars as a group, they had us form a circle.  We each had to go to the center of the circle one at a time and practice a couple power cleans on our own.  The coaches would then ask us to critique and help correct each other.  Of course they were there to guide us, but it was a great learning tool to be sure we all remembered what we needed to.  Even while correcting each other, there was no intimidation at all.  We were all in the same boat, and we all wanted to learn and to help each other learn.  My form had to be corrected quite a few times by the coaches, and I loved it.  I loved that they were paying enough attention to me to notice the mistakes I was making!  I had never done a power clean before, so I was happy to take all the help I could get.

After we all had a chance to practice in the center of the circle, it was WOD time!  Eeeeeeek!  The coaches had us load our bars with 10 pounds on each side, and it was go time!

They modified ours from the actual WOD.  The regulars had to do sets of 21/15/9, but ours was 15/12/9.  They also took out the ring dips and had us do hand-raise pushups instead.  We were to do 15 power cleans, then 15 hand-raise pushups/12 power cleans, then 12 hand-raise pushups/9 power cleans, then 9 hand-raise pushups, and when we finished them all, we had to yell, "time!!"  They have a special clock on the wall that times our workout.  Their phrase is "do work", so as the clock counted down from 10 to when we would begin, we had to yell "do work" when it hit 3, and then again when it hit 2.  They told us to take a deep breath when it hit 1.  Haha.

Once you were done and yelled time, you had to go add your name to the board.  I finished in 5:42, and those were the toughest 5 minutes and 42 seconds I've ever experienced!  The coaches would pause us to correct form and cheered us on the whole way.


If you happen to notice, it appears as though I wrote my name and time blindfolded with my left hand.  That would be because I was having real difficulty lifting my arm high enough to write it!  I really pushed myself the whole time, and I was spent.  I wasn't the last one done this time, but I know I will be eventually, and I'm ok with that.  Guess what we all did for the last girl done?  We stood by her and cheered until she finished.  It was great!

Once we were all done, they had us get our water and walk a lap around the building to cool down. After our cool down, it was ab time.  After the ab exercises, time was up, and Stan and I had completed our very first CrossFit workout!


He and I discussed it after class, and we will both be back today to officially sign up.  Guys, I AM SO PUMPED.  I can't remember the last time I've been this excited about something!!!  It still terrifies me, but at the same time, it makes me feel amazing!  The biggest reason I am so excited is because I know, without a doubt, this is going to make me both mentally and physically stronger.  I know each class will challenge me and push me more than I thought possible.  I have no doubt at some point I'll be broken down, but that's part of the process.  It's an amazing feeling to know I will be leaving each class both mentally and physically stronger than I was when I arrived.

I can't wait to see what this new adventure brings, and the fact that Stan has decided to join as well is only icing on the cake!  Ummm, the protein powder cake, that is.  ;-)

Monday, July 28, 2014

touring austin on a segway.

A few months ago, Stan surprised me with a Groupon for a segway tour around Austin, because he wanted us to try something fun and different together.  Neither of us had ever been on a segway, and while we were a both a bit nervous about it, we went for it.

Before you ever leave their building, they have a little training session with you one-on-one to make sure you've mastered the basics.  Stan volunteered to go first, and he did really well!  After just about everyone had gone, it was my turn, and I was terrified!

This face about sums it up.


The guy training me mentioned he could hear terror in my voice.  Yep, that would be accurate!  I don't know what I was so afraid of, but I got on there and did it anyway.


I managed to complete all the turns, going forward and reverse, etc.  After our little training session was over, it was time to start the tour!  As we're leaving, a lady in our group told me to be careful because her friend just had major arm surgery due to an accident she had while on a segway.  REALLY, LADY?!?

And we're off!

 

In all, the tour was 2.5 hours long and took us through about 8 miles of downtown Austin.  We stopped along the way to hear fun facts about the city.  Thankfully they actually were really interesting and funny facts!  It wasn't some boring, historical tour.

As time went on, I became more and more comfortable on the segway.  Stan and I both got pretty good at it, and I only bumped his tire once!  :)





I'm so glad Stan was thoughtful enough to book this adventure for us.  It was a ton of fun to experience something new together, and we both walked away with no bruises or broken bones.  I call it a win!  :)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

catching up.

Please give me a moment as I try to remember how to publish and post an entry!  It has been far, far too long.  There's been no real reason for my absence other than I've been living life.  I've definitely enjoyed myself, but as time has passed, I've found that I miss my little corner of the world wide web.

So what have I been up to?

I mentioned a while back I started selling AdvoCare products.  I decided to tackle the 24 Day Challenge for the first time, and I had great success with it!  Not only did I lose pounds and inches, but I felt a million times better as well.  The face I'm making in the "before" as opposed to the face I'm making in the "after" is very telling.  I didn't do that on purpose, but I think it's a good indicator of how I was feeling in those moments.


Along with completing the 24 Day Challenge, I also chopped off all my hair!


I wore it in a bun every single day without fail, and I was tired of messing with it.  It had gotten so long and heavy that not even a bun with two rubber bands could hold it up during a workout!  I was so over it, and I'm very glad it's gone.

This summer I have picked up my workouts.  I love that I can go in the mornings and start my day off with a good sweat.  

Speaking of my workouts, I have been doing a lot of thinking, and I think it may be time for me to do something that scares terrifies me.  


I looked into CrossFit years ago, but there weren't any boxes close enough to be convenient, and they were also very expensive.  Since then, a few boxes have opened or moved locations, and one that's on my way home from work is offering a great promotion right now.  After all the research I've been doing on that particular box and on CrossFit itself, the more I think this may be the right move for me.  I need to force myself to step out of my comfort zone.  I need to try something that scares me and will push me further than I've ever gone before.  The way I see it, there's a reason why every person I have asked has replied with an emphatic, "DO IT!!!!!  YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT!!!!"  I completely expect the pain, and I've been warned about how hard it is, but I've also been told there's nothing that compares to the sense of pride, community, and accomplishment that comes with it.  

I'm going to the box tomorrow to check it out.  I'll figure out then if it's the right fit for me.  It sounds great, and it gets great reviews, but I'm not going to make any final decisions until I can get there and check it out for myself.

That pretty much sums up the big events!  I'll definitely be back before another 3 months pass by.  :)

Have you ever tried CrossFit?  Do you know anyone who has?  What are your thoughts on it?  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

austin 10/20.

Considering this race took place on April 13th, I would say I'm just a weeeee bit behind with the recap, no?

Whoops.

It was a fantastic weekend, mostly because I was finally able to meet my sweet friend, Nicole!!!!  She has been so, so supportive to me over the years, so it was great to finally get to meet her.

She originally booked 2 rooms and didn't end up needing the second one, which worked out amazingly well for me.  I paid her the price of the room, and just like that, my last minute self had a room less than two miles from the start.  Score!  We met, tossed our stuff in our rooms, and the we headed out to eat.

We decided on The Cheesecake Factory since neither she or her friend Lizzie had been before, and since it was less than a mile, we decided to walk.  After asking several locals where it was, we finally got ourselves oriented.  What we found rather shocking was that even though we were less than a mile away, no one we asked knew where it was!  For real?  We found it ourselves after bravely crossing a couple busy highways.  I ended up getting honked at because a car saw me stumble on a wire.  Fantastic.  The whole thing made for good laughs!  :)

We enjoyed our delicious meals and conversation.  We had a nice walk back to the hotel, stopping in an REI for fuel for the race.  We also made a quick trip to Target and then called it a night.  I laid out all my race stuff and headed to bed early.  One thing I made sure to take a picture of?  My awesome bib number.


What makes it so cool?  My birthday is August 2, 1982.  As in 8282.  

We were up bright and early to head for the race the next morning.  

We all three decided we were going to run our own race, and given that I hadn't run since my half marathon two weekends before, I didn't expect big things.  I just wanted to make it through.

Nicole and I.


Lizzie, Nicole, Camille (I think - their friend I met that morning), and me.  I look so sleepy!


Soon after, we were off!

It was a challenging race for me.  I walked a lot more than I wanted to.  Truly, I didn't need to walk as much as I did, but my head and heart just weren't in race mode.  While the race is famous for its 20 bands (10 miles, 20 bands), it didn't feel like 20 bands.  I ended up wishing I would have taken my iPod with me.

Around mile 8 or so, my goal ended up becoming sub 2:00, and I accomplished that.  I finished in 1:54.  I skipped running a 5k race the day before the 10/20, and I was sooooo glad I did.  My legs felt tired during the race, and I'm sure they would have been even worse had I raced a 5k the day before.



I'm not sure I'll run this race again, but it was definitely worth doing this time because I got to meet Nicole!!!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

biggest loser runwalk half marathon.

I truly don't even know where to begin to start with this.  That weekend ranks up there as one of the best weekends I've ever had, if not THE best weekend I've ever had!

It all started with Stan and I heading to Austin for the expo.  While there, I was able to take a few pictures with some of the past Biggest Loser contestants.



From there, we went to Panera Bread, because he had never been to one!  I had only been like twice before, and we both loved it.

After our meal, he took me to my good friend Emily's, because she was letting me crash at her house.  We had a great time at a German cafe while enjoying different appetizers and chatting.  I didn't eat much since I had just had Panera, but I did make sure to at least sample everything!  Soon after, I called it a night since I had an early morning wake up call.

That morning I woke up and did my usual thing.  I got ready, ate 2 slices of bread with peanut butter, and I drank my Spark as Stan drove me to the race site.



We stood around and waited until it was time to go.



I shed the jacket right as it was time for us to head out, and then we were off!



Miles 1-8 I felt so strong.  I couldn't believe how easily I had run all 8 miles in the 10:20 range.  I was doing amazing!

And then the wind hit.

From mile 8 on, we were running into the wind just about the entire time, and it was a definite struggle. I mentioned in my last post how shocked I was that I had completed a 10k without stopping to walk.  At this point, I was at mile 8 of a half marathon, and I still hadn't walked!!  I couldn't believe it!  I told myself the wind could slow my pace down a bit, but there was no way I was going to let it make me walk after running so far.

Up until mile 8, I knew I had my sub 2:30 in the bag.  I started to worry a bit as I was on the struggle bus for the last 5 miles.  I knew I could do it as long as I didn't slow down too much, so I pressed on.  It hurt, it wasn't pretty, but I'm proud of myself for finding the strength to continue without letting myself walk.  I knew I didn't need to walk, I just wanted to walk, and that wasn't a good enough reason to stop.

Once the end was in sight, I was so, so happy because I knew I was going hit my goal.



This is by far one of my favorite pictures of the whole day.  I DID IT!  2:21:35.


See the people on the left in the picture above?  The ones leaning on the rail?  That is my family!  My family who I had NO IDEA WAS THERE!  In that moment, I had no clue they were there!

I ran through the chute and gave high-fives to the people standing at the rail.  I felt someone grab my arm, I made eye contact with her and quickly waved, then turned back around to find Stan.  The same person grabbed my arm again, and I had to do a double take before I figured out it was my mom!!  I had just stared her in the face a second ago, and it never once registered it was her until she grabbed me a second time!

My mom, her husband, my sister, her husband, and their two daughters all came to surprise me at the finish!!!  Apparently it had all been planned, with Stan's help, for months, and I had no clue whatsoever!  They all had on "Team Tyly" shirts decorated with 13.1, runners, The Biggest Loser, etc.  I was already elated to have reached the goal I chased for years, and to have that take place on top of it??  I can't even put into words how much it all meant to me!













I am not a good enough writer to convey what it all meant to me.  I'm not sure there will ever be a moment that is able to top this one!  I am so, so lucky to have people in my life that love me as much as they do.


Friday, April 4, 2014

spring chicken 10k.

I hadn't run a 10k since August of 2011!  In that recap I mentioned that I ran a 1:05:53, but I also complained because the course measured 5.96 miles.  I wasn't sure what to expect during this 10k, but I was hoping for a PR!  I am in better shape now than I was then, so I was hoping to best 1:05:53.

I ran with a friend from work the entire time, and that ended up being a lifesaver!  There were plenty of times that I wanted to stop and walk, but since she didn't stop and walk, I didn't let myself stop either.

It was a humid day, and I was sweating before I ever started.  Lucky for me, my friend had an extra Gu on her that she let me take at mile 3.  As the miles ticked by, I was shocked I never had to stop and walk!  Going into the race I planned to run 8 minutes then walk 1, but I never once had to stop.  That was my longest run (with no walking) up to that point.  I have since broken that record, but we'll save that story for another day… :)

Other than the fact that I was hot and humid, I felt really strong the entire time.

The course measured 6.3 miles on my watch, and I finished in 1:04:17.  I was super proud of that!  Not only did I finish faster than I did in 2011, but the course measured longer, so I was even faster than I expected!  Woohoo!

This race offered free downloadable pictures, and you know I had to have them all!










Wednesday, April 2, 2014

metroplex 5k.

The Metroplex 5k was held on Sunday, March 16.  To set the stage, my friend had a welcome back party on March 15, and I didn't get home until after 1 am.  I also ate sooooo much food.  So, so much food.  I pretty much felt like I was going to explode once I woke up, not to mention the fact that I was super sleepy.

This race confirmed that I am not Wonder Woman.

My last 5k was where I set my new PR, and it was on February 22nd.  I ran a 28:49, so one would think that less than a month later I'd be able to run at least around a 29 or 30.

Nope!

I ran a 31:08 this race.

Yikes!

No sleep and terrible-for-you food will do that to you, I suppose.  The awful wind didn't help, but the real culprit was my own bad choices.  Oh well.  I'm not going to stress over one bad race.  I had a great time with friends, and sometimes that's worth a not-so-good race time.  

Mega points to the boyfriend for getting up the next morning to take these pictures, because while I didn't drink, he surely did… 

I'lll let you come to your own conclusion on how he felt that morning.  :)





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