Gladiator Rock N Run

On Friday, at the Giants game, Wes said, “You should do the Gladiator with us!” In fact, he said it multiple times. Enough times for me to say, “Yeah, sure. Why not?”

So on Sunday morning, my alarm went off at 6am, and there I was, getting ready for a Boot-Camp-Flashback obstacle course. Never mind that this was supposed to be my first rest day since Tuesday. (We can worry about my brain cell count later)

Mark, Wes, and I drove to San Jose, where we met up with Hoyt, Hoyt’s dad: Bob, and Hoyt’s sister: Stacy. (Hoyt’s first name is Rob, but for the past year and a half, I’ve known him as Coach Hoyt, so for the sake of not confusing Heather, we’re calling him Hoyt.)

Mark was nervous and bouncing around like a Terrier, Wes had to tape up his sprained ankle from Friday, and I kept having to pee. Yeah, this was going to ROCK!! 😉

Mark, Me, Wes; before the race

We went the 11am wave. Hoyt, Mark, Wes, and I were near the front of the corral, and Bob and Stacy were near the back. With Mark’s energy, the boys shot out of the corral like 5-year olds on crack. My calves couldn’t handle the hill, so I walked up most of it, falling behind the guys. I kept expecting Bob and Stacy to catch up to me, but I didn’t see them again ’til I was half way done with my beer and slightly delusional.

I could go through how I dealt with each and every obstacle, but I’m not going to. I will, however, tell you that I didn’t pansy out of ANY of the obstacles. Did I have to get some boosts up from some tall guys? Yeah. Did I climb the scaffolding instead of the rope? Hells yes! Both the military and CrossFit have taught me something very valuable: work smarter, not harder. But I did every single obstacle!!! Without my group, and while cheering on the people around me. They shoulda given me an extra beer. And a shot of tequila.

find the shortest person in this picture. that’s me. yes, climbing in and out of industrial dumpsters was HARD. from left to right: Bob, Stacy, Hoyt, me, Wes, Mark.

6K and 15 obstacles later, I’m covered in bruises that I can’t explain, and swollen everywhere where I don’t have a bruise. I even bruised my elbow pits. How in the hell did I bruise my ELBOW PITS?!?! I have a really impressive shiner on the back of my right leg (lower hammie) where I used my leg to get over everything. Hindsight: alternate use of legs next time. (But I’ve got no muscle soreness! Thank You, CrossFit!!)

My results:

Chip time: 1:21:02.8

Pace: 20:04

Female 25-29 group: 55 out of 166!!!!!!!

Overall Place: 545 out of 1256!!!

I am never washing these. In fact, I may even laminate the bib to preserve it 😉

Not bad for deciding do it a day before the event. Not bad at all.

I wonder if these clothes will ever be the same. . .? I used my old shoes, ones that needed to be thrown out, so I threw ’em in the donation pile. (The Gladiator races raise money for Talk About Curing Autism.)

after being hosed off at the event. before being rinsed off in the bath tub and laundered. the pink thing is the bag i used to get my clothes home

I definitely recommend an obstacle course!! Especially if you love running and love challenges!! (And no, there is no way to accurately train for swimming in 35* water. There’s just no way. And yes, you will feel like you’ve all of a sudden got asthma. It’s insane. The best feeling of accomplishment that you can have in a race.) It’s a lot of fun, and everyone’s in a great mood, having a blast! I passed a lot of people (wow, did that sound conceited?) and they were having the best time walking the course and joking around! Don’t take yourself too seriously, and JUST DO IT!!!!! 😀

Have you done any of the obstacle races?! How’d you loath like it?! 

Giants VS A’s Game

Howdy howdy howdy!!! Long time no see! 😉

Quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

On Friday, the Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students went out for a ball game. There were 13 of us. 2 of our group were A’s fans. The rest: Giants fans! Needless to say, we had a good time. Well, us Giants fans had a good time. 😉

Wes, Mark, me

Brian (A’s fan! lol), me, Wes

Wes’ air guitar solo to Journey’s “When The Lights Go Down.” It’s a Giants staple. You know, being in San Francisco and all. 😉

One of the most random moments was when Nate, one of the Trainers, stood up with a package of Oreos and pretended to be a vender. “OR-eos! Get your OR-eos!!” And sure enough, some random guy a few rows up yelled back, “Up here!” So what’d Nate do? Threw him an Oreo. This is why I love my coworkers.

The kids in front of us were really cute. And really smart, too. You know, rootin’ for the Giants and all. 😉 I loved their sign!

So after a great game (we WON!), and the drive home from San Francisco, I got home about 1:30am. In bed at 2am. I was le tired.

But at 8:30am Saturday morning, I’m driving to Los Gatos for Lululemon’s Run Club! When I got there, I looked at everyone and said: I’m totally coming in last today. I’m effin’ exhausted. 😉 The 5 miler turned into a 4.5 miler, but I still felt accomplished!!

can’t complain about my run’s scenery!

The rest of Saturday was filled with cleaning the house and running errands. And neon pink compression socks. 😉

By Saturday night, I was very tired, but feeling pretty normal. 🙂

How was your weekend run? Do you run on both days, or only one?

size DOES matter

I learned something about myself over the weekend… Apparently, I am THAT kind of parent…

 

It all started last May, when we got a Saint Bernard puppy. At 7 1/2 weeks old, he was already 20 pounds. Of course, with my geeky personality, he was immediately named Chewbacca. Chewie for short. 😉

*insert cooing noises here*

 

My son and Chewie became bestest buddies!

picking up my son from school

 

From a wittle puppy (hey, I was raised with horses. A Saint Bernard IS little) to a big fluff-ball, my son and Chewie are inseparable. Partly because Chewie won’t leave him alone, but that’s beside the point… 😉

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and take!

 

Now, from these pictures, you’d think I coulda predicted what would happen next… but, alas, I am a true blonde…

The other night while we were in the car, I heard a muffled scream coming from the back seat. Here’s where my parental priorities may be a bit skewed… While dying with laughter, I had to get photographic proof…

 

Yes, I have become THAT parent. At least I can admit it, and that’s the first step to recovery, riiiiight?  😉

 

And now, back to reality…

I did the Max Interval Training DVD from the Insanity workout program last night. It’s all plyometric, and it’s not really “interval.” Someone at BeachBody needs to get their workout dictionary out… It’s more of plyometic circuit training. A series of exercises (about 4 of ’em) done in 45 second chunks, with a 30 second break after the set. Repeat.  A lot. (See? NOT interval. That’s circuit training, people.) But oh well, it was a hard workout, and I’m glad I did it!

Today, I’ll be running. Maybe. I’ve been avoiding running lately, so we’ll see if I actually follow through today. I do want to get down to the cliffs to see what the surf is doing today, so that’s a bit of a motivator. It’s a gloomy day today, and we all know Heather’s a “weather weenie”… I’ll keep you updated on what happens. Who knows, this may end up being a 2-post kind of day! 😉

 

What are your workout plans for the day? Or is today your rest day? 

Friday’s Shenanigans

WOD: 

TKB (turbo kickboxing) with the beautiful and fierce Megan

TKB is the gym-licensed version of TurboJam. It is one of the first group exercise classes that got me interested in teaching. It is such a great workout and so much FUN! (disclaimer: my definition of “fun” may differ from yours. In fact, it may actually be closer to your definition of “oh crap, what have I gotten myself in to.”) If you’ve never taken it before, or just want to try it, check out the TurboKick website for more information! It’ll take you to Chalene Johnson’s website (the woman who created TurboJam, TurboFire, TKB, and Chalene Extreme… come on, don’t tell me you haven’t seen those infomercials!) 

So after an hour of choreographed kickboxing, I was covered in sweat, my left foot was killing me (anyone with Plantars will know what I’m taking about), and I was on cloud freakin nine! It felt SO GREAT to be back! I was a bit worried about what my foot would do… it hurt during the class, and for a bit afterwards, but now it seems to be okay… I just have to remember to stretch it and ice it later… 

After I got home from the gym, I took a quick shower. And by “quick” I really mean about 10 minutes. There is no such thing as a truly quick shower in my world. After taking 2 minute showers in bootcamp, I’m totally over rushing the feeling of nice hot water… Just as my cousin got to my house, I was out of the shower and dressed. Trip to Lululemon time!!!!!

this is the skirt i bought the other day from Lululemon. totally cute, right?! 

I am a Lulu fanatic. It is expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? HELLS YEAH!!! Sure, there are things that just don’t fit right on me, or styles that I don’t like, but that’s what everyone gets with almost every brand. Give it time to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. 

So in my car we got, and off to Lululemon we went! 

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Until we hit a road block. 

What is it about rain that makes people complete IDIOTS when they drive?!?! I mean, seriously?!?! There was a head-on collision on the highway, so all northbound lanes (lucky us, that’s the direction we were going!) were closed. Traffic was rerouted off of the highway. As we sat in traffic on the frontage road, we contemplated going back roads… 

So we’re going to Lululemon tonight, after the accident is cleared and all of the commuter traffic is gone! We’re so smart! 😉 And here’s a picture to prove it! (The little man in middle is my son <3)

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