Rowed my 1st Half-Marathon

The goal was to get out the door to start rowing by 8:30 a.m. To make a long story short I finally got to the rower about 9:45 a.m. with my iPhone jack for my portable CD player, my headphones, my Vitamixed Watermelon water bottle, 3 bottles of water and a babyfood pouch containing a lots of potassium veggie-fruit blend for during the row, a Zone bar and a single serving pack of NutriBiotic protein powder as needed for post row, all while managing to forget the socks for my shoes. 

IMG_7957IMG_7959My new shoes. My Tovos. The shoes I have never before worn, ever, and I forget socks on top of forgetting to keep my old shoes just a few days longer so I could row in my old, comfortable, non-blistering shoes. 

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My hands held up really well, thanks to my fanstastic Crew Stop Rowing Gloves. I love them! I have a total of four, minor blisters and I think that due to the fact I was concentrating on telling myself to push past my feet therefore not paying attention to my grip. IMG_7963

Oh my goodness, one thing I learned is to have my own personal rowing fan for those hot, sultry southern days. It is a Lasko 3-speed and was absolutely perfect for today’s row. IMG_7965

It took me 2 hours 24 minutes 19.3 seconds to finish the row. I was hoping to stay on a three minute pace but am happy with a 3:25.2 for my first half-marathon. I finished strong. 

Not too shabby for a little old gray haired lady, who jumped 500 single unders with a 1/4lb rope the day before for the newest CrossRope ChallengeOh yes I did and I do it all at Guns Out CrossFit.

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Rowing information for my teammates

When I first started at 26.2 CrossFit my coaches had me row more than run. Yeah. I was that bad at running. And when I first started rowing, I was that bad at rowing but I took to it right away, never giving up and here I am today, a rowing fool at Guns Out CrossFit.IMG_7931.JPG

Over the last few weeks some of my teammates have asked me about my rowing. Here is some basic information that I return to again and again to help me improve my rowing. 

  • Concept 2 is the first go to for beginning at the beginning. I go there a lot to read and reread. Be sure to check out all of the links under the TRAINING section. 
  • Angela Hart is my favorite go to on YouTube. I watch her videos over and over again. She explains things in a really great way that work for my brain. Her explanation about the DAMPER SETTINGS being similar to the gears on a bike was really helpful and I still experiment with settings depending upon what I want to accomplish in a Rowing WoD. 

Please be encouraged to truly take your time with the Concept 2 site first. Sign up for the LogBook at the top of the page. You can keep track of your training there, online.

Too often, I forget to use the log book unless it is for an Online Challenges or any row where I can get a ranking, like today. That said, please note #ImNotLast

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Good Luck and Great Rowing!

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Psyched for that half-marathon row

‘Tis almost here! Just three more days until that half-marathon and I am trying to get out all of the excitement for the event before Wednesday. It would be a shame to let the adrenalin rush overtake me. I do not want to explode and burn out before I take that first pull on the rower. 

Planning ahead I have been focused on eating well and drinking a lot of water. Then there is how to hydrate and what light sustenance I can take in to keep up my strength for the duration of the event but I think I have that figured out.

My rowing-hydration-fueling plan for the day of will be solidified tomorrow after my final training row at Guns Out CrossFit

Yayeee! The day is soon here. Now all I have to do is put my music track together.

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A Best WoD Day Ever: Don’t Hate

Last night Coach Charles posted the WoD for today and I got so excited about it because three of the four MetCons are things I love to do! 

“Don’t Hate”
1 mile run for time
200 DU’s for time
2000 m row for time
50 cal bike for time
Any order. Just get er done!

The order I chose to follow was how it came up on WoDify: FullSizeRender

RUN: The only adaptation for me was I pushed Charlie R. in his stroller while running. He did not really slow me down that much since I Granny-shuffle anyway. Probably I could have walked it faster but he seemed to enjoy my speed as I went down the hills… both ways… 

The amazing thing was my desire to run today. All I could keep thinking about was how shocked my Teammates from 26.2 CrossFit would have been to see the fire in my soul for running today. And it really made me happy to know that running is part of me now. 

Yayeee!

ROW: Yeah Baby! It is definitely my passion. 

BIKE: Meh. Not my favorite, especially after pushing the stroller and then rowing. But I did not die so all is well.

DOUBLE UNDERS: These I cannot do yet, so stick with Single Unders. I dread having to double the count so use a CrossRope 1/2 pound rope to justify sticking with the 200 count. Using the heavier CrossRopes is going to pay off soon, I hope!

I am always the last to finish whatever it is to be done. Today was no different. But I was so excited to do each MetCon as best I could and that is what I did. Today was simply a #BestWoDDayEver at Guns Out CrossFit in Montgomery, Alabama.

Thanks to all of my teammates and my especially to my Coach, Happy Birthday Charles, for the encouragement to keep going and Git ‘er done!  

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Overheated but I ran: Murph 2017

It was 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a RealFeel® 90 degrees when I got to Guns Out CrossFit this morning. I forgot to check the humidity but my guess is that it was around 60 percent. That was at 8:30 this morning, the day of Murph 2017. 

Because I am so slow at running, I started the WoD early using MapMyRun. I managed to run the mile in 18:17 and got through 3 rounds of 20 ring rows, 40 bar push-ups and 60 air squats. Then I overheated. 

Bummer. But all is well. It feels pretty great for being off of my foot for 7 weeks.

It was uplifting to run, well, shuffle actually, for the entire mile. In my head I was running and I was good. Not once did I think a negative thought about running. All I could think about was foot placement, a little crunch, keep the chin up, shoulders over the hips and arms relaxed – do not swing or cross those hands in front of my body, head up, keep that form and watch your pace.

Thinking of myself as a runner was a mental breakthrough from my first day at 26.2 CrossFit three years ago. I ran truly happy running for a mile. Even in the heat.

I win. 

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Oh no! Not the shoe!?

Yes, I knew I broke my toe but it was really hurting today. After the urgent care Doc reviewed the x-ray and showed me the grievous wound, he informed me I would need to wear “the shoe” for two weeks and a follow-up. img_7152

Seriously? 

Yes. Seriously. And hideously seriously. 

I am posting the other photo below because it also happened today. I was sitting down on the rower at Guns Out CrossFit, just about to begin my modified WoD when I saw some huge thing moving rather quickly across the floor. It looked like it was hauling a dead body with it. 

Freaked me out, royally. And yes. I screamed like a girl.

It was a beetle that somehow managed to get tangled up in some sort of strand of something. It was beelining across the floor. 

Hobbling as best I could I grabbed a plastic bag. Capturing it in said bag, I managed to save it and get it outside the front door of the box sans its attachment.

It was a dramatic day. I must rest now.

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