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A Well-Balanced Meal? I Don’t Think So…

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I was driving home this morning and listening to the radio. A McDonald’s commercial came on talking about updates to the Happy Meal. The Happy Meal will now include fries AND apple slices for a ‘well balanced meal’. Isn’t that fabulous!!  Now come on — if you are going to sell it, don’t add in the crap about well balanced meal. You and I know fries don’t make it balanced at all.  The things marketers will try — words in fancy combinations don’t make it any more or less true.

Last night, while watching Tv before bed – I took my Lacrosse Ball and rolled out my back and shoulders. The past week, I have had stiffness and general soreness all around them. As much as it hurt, it felt great and afterwards I could totally feel the difference. I am telling you — GET a LACROSSE ball today!!

I woke up to heavy fog and humidity, which for an asthmatic = hard to breathe weather and of course we had to run!!

Warmup
25 Double Unders/150 Singles
10 OHS
10 Whirly Birds
10 HSS
10 Cobras
10 Front, Back, Around (With your arms)

Skill
good mornings
gymnastics (kick to handstands, handstand leans to help you get used to shifting your weight for handstand walks)

WOD
5 rounds for time of:
400 m Run
25 Good Mornings
25 Sit-up (abmat)s
23:06

Not my best showing. I had issues with breathing this morning and the thick foggy air and Good Mornings seemed like torture. The prescribed (RX) weight is your body weight and I did 65lbs. I sure as heck didn’t think I could handle my body weight, doing 25 reps of good mornings. To compare, I did 50 Good Mornings at 45lbs during Saturday’s workout. I couldnt walk normally for days –my hamstrings were Yelling!! I can imagine what the next day or so will bring after today’s torture.

CrossFit Impavidus is closed on Saturday for a special charity event they are doing — so I am thinking of taking it easy tomorrow and Saturday. I can tell my body is tired and may be trying to tell me to take it easy. This is a good opportunity to do that — take a long weekend and do some general stretching, mobility and get outside but not do actual high intensity movements. Rest can be just as important as exercise at times — this may be one of those times.

Hot, Hot, Hot

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Hot, Hot, Hot – did I mention it’s hot out there? I seriously only want to nap when it gets this hot — under a fan on high and the AC running. I lived in Arizona for many years and that’s one kind of heat. It’s hot for sure but low humidity. Here, in DC we are having temps around 100-102 but with super high humidity. It’s brutal tropical weather — it’s my least favorite type of weather. I can take cold, I can take low humidity heat — combine heat and humidity – it’s not my idea of a perfect day to put it mildly.

Today’s open Workout was a Team WOD:

TEAM WOD:

For Time:
800 m Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Box Jumps
300 Sit-up (abmat)s
800 m Run

Post total time.

With a team of 2, both members run the first 800 m. As soon as either team member finishes the run, they can begin on the pull-ups. Only one team member is allowed to do the exercises at a time. Once 100 pull-ups have been completed between the two members, they can move on to the box jumps again following the same procedure as the pull-ups and for the sit-ups. Once the sit-ups are done, both team members must complete the last 800 m. Clock stops when both team members finish.

time: 37:06 –my partner Brooke and I came in 2nd to give you some idea of how hard it was. I was taking water breaks right and left. I don’t mess around with heat like this — no one should.

It’s hot and humid!

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Let’s just say that today’s workout was not one of my favorites in that it was freakin’ hard. I think it seriously was one of the most challenging ones I have done in a very long time.

Warmup
side shuffle
push-ups
checkpoints
skip jumps

Core x2
partner ball toss 14lb dynamax ball
hold and freeze
25 partner double high five push-ups

Workout
1 mi run timed (6:54mi)
15,12,9,6,3
65lb barbell ballistic push press
20lb db squats x2
14lb wall ball squats x2
50yd bounding

The humidity was so thick I had trouble breathing and I was just overall sluggish and slow. I also think the mile run was a bit short of a real mile. I have never done a mile in under 7mins so I do question the time on that one a bit —

How to Finish Your 5K Strong

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How to Finish Your 5K Strong | Active.com.

I have a few races coming up and it’s always good to revisit some advice about completing races. Hope you find the info useful as well.

I did skip my workout today – the horror! My throat is killing me and I made the decision to go back to bed when the alarm went off. I am glad I did. My body was tired and I do feel better now. I will either go to the gym in the AM or go for a run. This heatwave is also so hard on anyone exercising. The No VA area should not be experiencing 100′ heat with high humidity. It’s not right, normal or humane.

Talk to you tomorrow!

News to Note

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A few items to share:

Today’s PSA: Exercise with caution in today’s inferno

It’s been so darn hot the past week or so in the DC area and East Coast.  Make sure you are paying attention to tips and advice about exercising in this sort of heat. It tends to sneak up on you and by then you are screwed…

DC Schools to Discontinue Flavored Milk
This is Great news. If more schools and other places that cater to our children make changes like this, think of the impact we could have!

Some experts argue that the empty calories from sugar cause behavorial problems in school and prime children for health problems ranging from tooth decay to obesity and early onset of diabetes. Flavored milks also cause a drain on school food budgets because they are more expensive than plain milk. But the dairy industry has fought hard to keep flavored milk in school, fearing that children would drink less milk if it did not contain the added sugar.

HAPPY FATHER’s DAY!!

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Yesterday was a crazy day. For a good part of it, we had no internet connection. The entire community was down apparently. It made me think – what did we all do before we had it? My kids were upset, I was getting ansy  – crazy!

After the graduation stuff on Friday – we took the kids to see Toy Story 3. Pixar has done it again – great story, great animation, great great great! When you take your time and not make crap – it is so worth it. And very timely as well – covering milestones in kids’ lives which happened on Friday for my kids as well. Time goes by so fast.

So no post from yesterday – sorry about that folks! I did go for a 5 mi run on the trail and once again, it was hot and I returned hot and sweaty but feeling great.

Nate wasn’t feeling so good yesterday either – must have been the crazy graduation ceremony that left him wiped out so we skipped the water park festivities that were scheduled for him and his classmates and instead hung out at the pool. He went in for a bit but then just sat in a lounger.

Today is Father’s Day – so the kids and I for the most part will hang by the pool if we can.

To all the Dad’s out there – especially the father of my kids – Scotty! HAPPY FATHER’s DAY!!

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