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"Running is a celebration of life!"

Today I ran the Flower City Half Marathon in Rochester, NY. Despite doing it on little sleep and probably not enough training, it was by far one of the best racing experiences I’ve had.

As we lined up at the starting line, Sweet Caroline came blasting through the speakers immediately preceding “Runner’s on your mark, set, go!” With the recent tragedy in Boston, the running community has banded together and starting a race with that sentiment was just a hats off to the reasons we run. 

We run for camaraderie. We run to push ourselves. We run to be happy, to get out frustration, for health. We run because we are masochistic and actually enjoy the suck that comes with the hill in the Mt. Hope Cemetary and Hylan Park from miles 7-11 (yes, that happened, and yes, they sucked). 

Whatever the reasons, runners love to run. And that has never been more apparent to me than in today’s race. There was an enormous amount of support for each other and support from some spectators (including one of the best signs I’ve ever seen, which said “Chafe now, beer later!”

After 7 miles of a strong pace, I hit the hills and started to feel it. But I reminded myself that it was only a feeling.That’s it. It was temporary pain and it would be worth it in the end. At mile 11, I met up with the 2:00 pacer and the group going for it. Through the last two miles she pushed us and encouraged us.

And then in the final half mile, a man on a bike rode by us and exclaimed, “Remember- Running is a celebration of life!” And that was it, our pace group dug deep and found some extra gas in the tank and pushed through the finish. At that moment, I felt an extreme amount of gratitude for the life that I live- even if that life involves killer hills at the half-way mark of a half marathon.

Happy running everyone!

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Oh my thrusters…

WOD:

100 thrusters (65#)

10 extra (10, 20, 30…etc) of double unders or bar jumps

Excuse me while I go die…

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Morning crossfit

Warmup: 2x
3 walk out push-ups with handstands
10bicycle hangs
24’ broad jump

Max snatch. I’ve never done the whole movement before so I was practicing technique with 45lbs

Work out:
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 reps of
Power clean (75lb)
Chest to bar (assisted)
Kettle bell swings (35lb)

I don’t think I’m going to be able to raise my arms to wash my hair…

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So I did a thing.

And that thing was join a crossfit gym. About 3 weeks ago. I had my first big girl class today (I was just doing fundamentals before.) I’m toast!!

Warmup: 3x
75 skipping jump rope
20 walking lunge
10 sit ups
10 sumo high pulls
10 dips

Workout;
1000m row
40 hands off push ups
60 box jumps
40 hands off push ups
1000m row

And then because apparently I felt like killing myself, I ran 4.5 miles at an 8:00 pace. What is wrong with me today?!

6 days til the flower city half marathon though!! Running for Boston

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I’m going streaking!!

Going on a running streak, that is…
Day 1- 4 miles

Day 2- 4 miles
Day 3- 2.5 miles
Day 4- 3 miles

Going for as many days in a row as possible! Anyone wanna join me?

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I’m going streaking!

Going on a running streak, that is…

Day 1- 4 miles
Day 2- 4 miles

Going for as many days in a row as possible! Anyone wanna join me?

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Tuesday Lifting Day

5 rounds of the following super set:

  • 7 pull-ups
  • 15 standing chest press
  • 20 goblet squats

Hellllll yea. I love lifting. 

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Ran 4.5 miles.

Because it was nice out and 3 just didn’t seem like enough.

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Home is the most amazing place.

It’s a place where 6 miles is effortless and at the end you get pasta with your sister and cuddle time with her puppies. 

And then after you get awesome times with family.

I’m going to miss this place.