I’m Baaaaack!

I’m back b!tches! Just kidding. I love you all. But, seriously, I’m back! The last couple of months have been tough and I had to take a break from blogging. But here I am, refreshed and ready to go! I want to give a super big thanks to Emily for holding down the fort yet again. I owe you some paleo cookies or at least  a paleo stuffed banana. 

banana

The last couple of months have been weird. I got a new job, bought a house and went through this weird workout funk. I think at one point I took two weeks off the gym. Which is weird and awkward for me. I don’t know what caused it or why I literally wanted to do anything but CrossFit. Has that ever happened to you? Needing to take a break from something you love for absolutely no reason? No? I am the only weirdo? Okay then…

CrossFit is literally the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about before going to bed (this might have something to do with the fact I go to the 5:30am class, but whatever). So, wanting to take a break blew my mind. I felt unmotivated, uninspired and just plain old crappy. I would look at the WOD in the morning and think about how I couldn’t do it. Then, I would look at the whiteboard at night and be jealous of everyone who kicked ass that day. Weird? Yes. Slightly creepy/obsessive? Probably.

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Finally, after a couple of weeks I figured it was time to end my pity party and HTFU. Laying around and feeling bad for myself was not getting me anywhere. I went back to the gym the next morning and rowed 500 meters for time. I thought I was going to cry 50 meters in.  It was 2 minutes of pure suck. But it was just what I needed. I felt alive again. I was hungry. I wanted more.

This weird funk reminded me of the importance of perspective. Just because one cart falls off the track does not mean the whole train needs to derail. We all have so much to be thankful for; our health, family, friends, career etc. I think it is far too easy to lose sight of what’s truly important to us these days. Sure it seems a lot easier to give up and make excuses when the world gets us down. But we owe it to ourselves to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and continue to move forward. We deserve to make the life we were given completely awesome. So, next time reality deals you a big ol’ FU, take the FU and throw it right back in reality’s face. We don’t have time for that, sucker.

-Erica

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Lucky Number Seven

On Monday, I had my toughest WOD to date. I meant to post about it yesterday, but even my wrists were sore and it hurt to type too much (I blame landing on my hands too hard in burpees. Fail)

via CrossFit One blog

Since I’m still a newbie to CrossFit, I didn’t really realize the extent of this workout when I saw it the night before. I also didn’t know what the F a “thruster” was (but I wish I had recorded my boyfriend’s interpretation of it though…). So I sprang out of bed Monday morning, ready to go. On the way out the door, my boyfriend told me “don’t hump any dudes at your WOD today”.

Um….

Turns out that thrusting has little to do with inappropriate dance moves, and everything to do with power and pushing yourself until you feel like you’re going to vomit (oh.. was that just me?)

Once I learned what a thruster actually was, I started to get a little nervous. I wasn’t sure of my weight (they wanted it heavy) and since I was having a hard enough time with just the 15 lb barbell, I only added 20 lbs for a grand total of 35 lbs (yeah, you like those math skills?!) I stuck to my previous max on my deadlift, 95 lbs. I think next time we do deadlifts, I’ll be able to add some more weight, but since I was going to be doing 49 of those bad boys (MORE MATH!) I didn’t want to get too aggressive. It was my first time doing kettlebell swings, I used a 26.5 lb one, and wasn’t doing full extensions (just coming up to eye level).

Okay. So this workout was WAY harder than I imagined! After the first round, I was dying (I am still using a resistance band for pull ups) and one round took me 5 minutes. I was dripping in sweat. It’s funny when people assume that you get no cardio in CrossFit. I’m going to start wearing my HR monitor because I’m pretty sure my heart rate is up just as high as it is in a spin class.

After a few rounds, the coaches realized it was taking everyone a long time and decided to cap the workout at 26 minutes. I was able to finish 5 rounds (that was the norm for most people) in 25:29 seconds. Yeah, I was all set with starting another round of handstand pushups (still doing those on the box). I realize now that I sound pretty pathetic, since my workout was so scaled back compared to most (lighter weight, modified pullups, pushups and KB swings) but I have to be realistic and realize that I am not CrossFit Superwoman (yet). This WOD was another example of the incredible coaches at CrossFit One. Seriously. They recognize that I’m a beginner, and are trying to set me up for success. Caleb and Ashley kept checking in on me constantly throughout the WOD, correcting my form, giving me advice, cheering me on. I can’t explain how much this means to me, and what a difference it makes.

One of the biggest knocks against CrossFit is that people are scared they’re going to hurt themselves. I was in the same boat. My previous, limited experience was not a positive one because I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing and that I was going to injure myself. My advice to everyone starting off- do some research. Since CrossFit is blowing up, I guarantee you that there are several boxes in your neighborhood. Do a trial at each of them before you commit to signing up. Tell the coaches that you’re a beginner. If they take time with you to help you with form, scaling, and talk about setting up an on ramp program, then they rule. If they’re just like “Oh don’t worry about it! You can definitely lift 100 lbs! JUST DO IT!!!) then maaybbeee you might want to consider looking elsewhere 🙂

Anyways. Great WOD. I felt so accomplished at the end of it (even though I didn’t do a full 7 rounds). It’s exciting learning new skills and feeling myself get stronger every day.

And pull ups- I’m comin’ for you.

Whats your favorite WOD? Most challenging? Most fun? Sweatiest?

-Emily

 

WODs Recaps

It’s official. I am sipping the CrossFit Kool Aid. And it tastes miiiighty fine.

I really hit a groove this week, and decided that I am thoroughly enjoying this new way of working out that is challenging me and kicking my ass. I’m learning something new every time I walk in the door. All of the coaches are super knowledgeable, but I find myself wanting to record Austin every time he’s leading the WOD. He spends the first 10 minutes walking you through everything, explaining why you’re doing certain movements, what muscles are working together, what the benefits are, how to scale the movements back, how to check your form. It’s fascinating and really makes you appreciate the sport of CrossFit more. Sidenote- since I’m such a newbie, I didn’t realize what a big deal Austin is in the CrossFit world. He’s sort of a beast, and I feel really lucky to be learning from him.

So the WODs. I went Thursday morning. I checked the WOD the night before and saw that it was box jumps and muscle ups. I had no idea what a muscle up was, but I like box jumps, so that was exciting. So then I tried to do a muscle up. And THAT was pretty hysterical. Holy balls. HOW do people do those things?! Olympic athletes make it look so easy!

Oh ya know, just hangin’ out. (source)

Anyways, the WOD was as follows:

Warm Up
Team Sled/Plate Pushes

Skill
Muscle-ups And High Box Jumps

WOD
10-8-6-4-2 Rep For Time:
Muscle-up
Box Jump (40″/30″ Box)

After Bash
Max Distance Med Ball Throws


I ended up using a 24″ box. We did a few practice rounds on the 30″ one, and I failed half of the times, and really did not want to risk f*cking up my legs and face planting into a box. Not a good look. The 24″ was really challenging anyways. The muscle ups were another story. I did “transitions” which are basically doing the motion of a muscle up, but on the ground, and then jumping up at the end. I’m not explaining that correctly, because it was a lot harder than it sounds! I was SOO sore this morning, but I liked it. I was happy that my abs were sore, because Austin kept saying “use your midline” and I wanted to cry because everything else was hurting minus my abs. My favorite part of the workout was the end- and not for the obvious reasons of me practically dying. There were a couple of guys, absolute beasts, who were doing the full muscle ups and 40″ box jumps. Naturally, it took them a little bit longer than the rest of us plebs. But we all gathered around the last two guys who were giving it their all to finish. They would each do 1 muscle up, then fail on the second one. It happened a few times. You could tell how hard they were trying, how hard they were pushing themselves. We were all cheering, clapping, urging them on. Motley Crue was blasting. They both ended up finishing. It was so inspiring and motivating. I love the team mentality that comes with CrossFit. Goosebumps.

Enough emotions. I’ve been so emotional this week! WTF? Moving on. Hot pink and black. The bane of my existence. Reebok sent me one of their new tops, the Poly Play Dry tank, and I was pleased to see that it went perfectly with the rest of my Workout Barbie look. I was pleasantly surprised by this tank- I’m used to working out in skin tight spandex when I’m spinning (sorry for the mental image) and this one had a looser fit, which I wasn’t used to. But I loved it. It was really light weight and airy. I sort of forgot I was wearing a shirt after awhile, which means that it wasn’t clingy or super sweaty. And did I mention it was hot pink? Win.

I dragged my sore ass out of bed this morning to catch a beautiful sunrise and another killer WOD:

“Tabata This!”

Tabata Row
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Squat
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Pull-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Sit-up

The Tabata Interval is 20 Seconds of Work Followed By 10 Seconds of Rest For 8 Intervals.
Tabata Score Is The Least Number of Reps Performed in Any of The Eight Intervals. Unit For The Row Is “Calories”.

Oh man. This was actually one of my favorite workouts so far. I was drenched in sweat, and I like to be constantly moving. I did well with the squats, sit ups, and the rowing, but the pull ups and push ups were a struggle. I’ve never been able to do a full pull up in my life, so I used a resistance band, but even that was hard. And we did chest to floor to full extension on the pushups, something I’ve never done before, and holy balls. I was shaking like a crazy person the whole time. Clearly, I need to work on my chest and build up some strength there. Setting goals, people. Setting goals

The 6:30AM crew. Love working out with these guys and girls, such a strong group of people. Missed that “wear all black” memo though.. womp womp. Image via Reebok CrossFit One.

CrossFitters- what’s your favorite movement/WOD to do? Any tips for attempting to do a pull up?! How’s everyone getting after it this weekend? I’m teaching tomorrow morning, then am having myself a big ass rest day on Sunday. CAN’T WAIT. 🙂

-Emily

* I received this gear at no cost from Reebok as part of a campaign with FitFluential LLC. I am not getting paid or reimbursed to give positive feedback, all opinions are my own. 

 

The Good Ol’ 5:00AM Mental Struggle

After all my big talk about “no excuses” the past few weeks, I found myself coming up with a million excuses as to why I shouldn’t go to CrossFit this morning. Let me walk you through my little internal struggle from the past 24 hours:

8:30PM– My leg is still bugging me from spin this morning. I think I pulled a muscle. Let me check the WOD for tomorrow and see if it’s do-able.

8:35PM– Wall balls, handstand pushups, and power cleans. Sounds miserable, but at least it’s not a ton of lower body. I’ll be fine. (chugs Advil)

10:00PM– Going to bed. My leg still kinda hurts. Maybe I won’t go in the morning. I’ll set my alarm for 5:45 just in case.

4:50AM– Wake up to go pee, less than an hour before my alarm goes off. Kind of enough time to fall back asleep, but not quite. Will I be sluggish? Should I turn off my alarm and skip it? My leg doesn’t hurt anymore. Is it raining out? Damn you stupid bladder.

5:03AM- WHY CAN’T I FALL BACK ASLEEP?

5:45AM– Alarm goes off. I guess I did fall back asleep. Peel myself away from my new roommate (boyfriend) all snuggled up and cozy. Bastard gets to sleep for 2 more hours.

5:47AM– It’s raining out. It’s dark out. Bed is comfortable. Boyfriend is still sleeping. I should just skip it. Should I skip it? I think of how mad I’ll be at myself later on if I stay in bed and say “fuck it” and jump into my already laid out workout gear.

6:00AM– Drag myself out to my car. 100% humidity and already 80 degrees. And it’s dark. Almost hit a car as I back out of my driveway. Become disgruntled as the radio tells me there’s traffic on 93S. Should I just turn around? Clearly this WOD is not meant to be..

6:23AM– Traffic lady LIED to me as I made it to Reebok in record time. I do some stretching and check out the WOD for the day:

6:33AM– As we start warming up, I tell myself there is no way in HELL I’m doing 30 rounds, or handstand pushups, and decide that I will do the Level One option instead (15 rounds, modified pushups)

6:47AMLindsey tells me to give the handstand pushups a shot using a box. I agree.

6:50AM– The workout begins. After the first few rounds and correcting my form/getting into a groove, I decided it wasn’t so bad.

7:05AM– I get to 15 rounds, and am absolutely drenched in sweat, but look around the room and see everyone still going at it. I decide I will look like a total wuss if I stop now, so I tell myself I will go 5 more rounds, and switch to straight pushups.

7:10AM– I finish the next 5 rounds just as Lindsey comes over to correct my form on my power clean. I tell her I’m done, that I did 20 (I feel like I’m going to die at this point). She gives me an “okay, cool” look that wasn’t as rewarding as I was hoping. I was hoping she’d be like “OMG YOU ARE THE GREATEST CROSSFITTER TO EVER LIVE and you should definitely stop now”. She wasn’t demeaning or disapproving at all, but there was something in her eyes that told me I could keep going.

7:11AM– Okay, 5 more rounds. I’ll get to 25.

7:15AM– 25 rounds done. Most people are finishing up at this point, but I’ll be damned if I get to 25 and am not going to push myself to get to 30.

7:20AM– I finish the 30 rounds and walk away feeling like I really accomplished something. And I did. More than the physical intensity of the workout, I was more proud that I got over my mental battle and pushed myself to do something that I didn’t think I was capable of doing- something that I almost didn’t even get out of bed to do. The workout was super intense and I definitely struggled through parts of it, but there is something SO motivating about CrossFit. I know this isn’t news to anyone who has been doing CrossFit for awhile, but if it weren’t for the people surrounding me, I probably would have stopped at 15. You look around and see everyone busting ass, pushing themselves past their limits, encouraging each other, helping each other out, sweat pouring, music blaring, endorphins flying out of control… it’s pretty damn inspiring to say the least.

7:45AM– As I get into my car on the drive home, still dripping in sweat and sitting in my own swass (attractive), I bask in that amazing post workout bliss. I imagine that I look like a fitness model with a nice glow and misty skin, just finishing up a casual run on the beach. (Realistically, I am sitting in traffic driving through Mattapan, looking like a hot mess and the humidity is not helping my cause). My body is tired but mentally I’m alert and energized. I give myself a pat on my sweaty back.

8:15AM– I arrive back at my apartment and wake up my boyfriend, who is groggy and slept through his alarm… and I’m pretty f-ing happy that I didn’t sleep in.

What gets YOU out of bed in the morning?

-Emily

Week Recap

So. Looking back on this week, it was a little intense. I had 4 spin classes (taught 3, took one) and 2 WODS in 4 days. Say what?? I was a little nervous about doing spin and CrossFit, but I think that the two go perfectly together. I need to let out all that lactic acid that builds up in my thunder thighs. It’s funny- my whole life, up until this past year, I’ve hated my thighs. They’ve always been large and in charge since I was a toddler and started playing soccer at the age of 3.

Chunk citaaayyy!

But now I have grown to appreciate them. They’re strong, and toned, and even though they still jiggle and I have to do a wiggle dance every time I put on jeans, I appreciate all that they do for me.

Can you tell that this is going to be a ramble of a post? Good, just wanted to prepare you.

My second WOD was fun and challenging. It was all about Olympic lifts and nailing down your form, which was a perfect WOD for this newbie. The trainer, Jared, was really helpful and kept coming over and checking in on me. It kinda reminded me of learning how to play golf- it looks so easy when you see other people doing it, but when you go to actually do the movement, there’s a million things to think about. While doing snatches, if I was concentrating on keeping the bar close to my body, then my arms would bend. If I concentrated on keeping my arms straight, then my jump would be off timing wise. It’s definitely a challenge, and I can see why people are so obsessed with CrossFit. You really want to be in there, pushing yourself harder and making yourself better. I kept thinking to myself “I KNOW I can do this, I WANT to do this, I WILL do this”… eventually!

So, Junk Yard Dog was a GREAT way for me to meet a new friend Katie, since you know, I was jumping over her and crawling underneath her. But it was a fun little warmup. Since I’m not sure of my max weight yet, Jared suggested that I start off with 45 lbs for my snatch (we were doing 3 snatches every minute for 10 minutes) and to add 10 lbs to my power cleans (same drill). I felt like I could have gone heavier, but was set on making sure I’m doing the movements correctly before I try to go all Arnold Schwarzenegger on everyone. And I’m really sore today.. so maybe I did have enough weight! Definitely want to get heavier though. Oh, and then “Everybody Dance Now” came on and I was like OH YES. THIS IS GOING DOWNNNN.

We finished off with tabata rowing, which I actually really enjoyed. I love rowing and don’t get to do it enough. And anything tabata is a killer.. 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Wooooo-eeeeee. It was also nice to finish with a cardio blast (even though I ended up spinning later that night…)

Putting your name and time up on the board is really humbling and inspiring. I love seeing people that absolutely killed it, and aspire to be one of those people some day in the near future.

 Sidenote- I have a new obsession to add to my list of summer obsessions! I am IN LOVE with the Reebok RealFlex sneaks.

Reebok goodies!* 

Seriously, they’re my favorite pair of sneakers I’ve had so far. Erica posted last year about how much she loved them, and since I’m copying her with her workouts, I decided to also copy her with her shoes. I had Zigs before, which I also love, but these RealFlex ones are going to be killer for CrossFit. They’re so lightweight and mobile, yet have enough support that I didn’t feel like I was going to tip over when I was doing snatches. Definitely are the most ideal shoe for cross training that I’ve come across (and I have quite a collection of  old kicks…)

Ok, so that was CrossFit. I also had a great week at the spin studio. There have been a lot of new people coming to class, and it’s always fun to introduce people to our style of teaching over at Recycle. It also makes me work harder as an instructor because I want these newbies to keep coming back for more! I want everyone to have the same epiphany that I had after my first ride at Recycle, which was “wow.. this is the best spin class I’ve ever taken”. Clearly am aiming high here.

Last night’s ride was a little sentimental as my friend and kick-ass artist Jenna had her last ride with me. She’s leaving to go to grad school at Yale next week (total badass for being accepted into their Master of Fine Arts program.. they accept 20 students a year.. no big…) so she won’t be in my class for awhile. I love having Jenna in class because she is always so focused and in the zone and is ALWAYS on beat. It’s also nice having a fellow head bobber in class, so I’m not the only one.

Sweaty beasts. Skinny arm fake out FTW

Anyways, I did a little Jenna tribute ride with some of her favorites and it was awesome. Going to miss seeing her every day but know she is going to kill it at Yale and will come back with some gorgeous paintings to deck the walls at Recycle 🙂

What’s everyone got planned for the weekend? Working out? Resting? I had a rest day tonight, and my body is so thankful. It’s Healthy Living Summit this weekend! Starting tonight, I will be meeting all of my FitFluential crushes. Tomorrow, we have a day full of workshops, a WOD sponsored by Reebok, and a bootcamp. So excited!! Who is gonna be there?

-Emily

* This campaign is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. I received these workout clothes and CrossFit classes for review purposes (which I am so grateful for!!). All opinions are my own. 

CrossFit Recap: Day One

The sport of Emily finally doing CrossFit has arrived! (See what I did there..?)

Yesterday, I started a 3 month trial at CrossFit One, the signature CrossFit Box located at Reebok’s World Headquarters (conveniently 20 minutes from my apartment). First of all- the Reebok HQ is unreal. There’s a track going around the main facility, lots of fields, gorgeous fountains and the most ridiculous CrossFit Box I’ve ever seen. It’s HUGE and everything is brand spankin’ new and shiny.

I’m not going to lie- I was really nervous for my first official WOD. I’ve done CrossFit 3 times before, and each time I felt like I was going to vomit and was sore for days. I was really worried about injuring myself or being too sore to teach. But I put those fears aside and decided I was going to give it my all, and wouldn’t try to be a CrossFit superstar from day one.

Immediately upon entering the gym, I understood what the hype is about. There’s a huge sense of community between the members, especially at this location since it’s all Reebok employees. Everyone I met was incredibly welcoming and friendly, including the guy that I stalked to find the gym.. (side story- the Reebok campus is huge, and I literally drove around it 3 times before chasing after another car, flagging it down, assumed he was going to CrossFit, and told him I was going to follow him. I swear I didn’t look like a fitness crazed psycho at 6:15AM…) Anyhoo. Kat, the girl that set me up with the trial, introduced me to everyone and stayed by my side throughout the whole WOD, which was awesome. The head trainer, Ashley, was really friendly and kept coming over to check on my form and to see that I was still breathing.

The WOD (I feel SO COOL using CrossFit lingo) was 3 rounds of 15 hang clean and jerks (I used 15 lb dumbbells) and 15 burpees over the box (I did box jumps in between each burpee). Ashley told me to start off doing 8 reps of each exercise rather than jumping in full force on my first day, so I did one round of 8, then 10, then 12 reps. Out of my 3 CrossFit experiences, this was the first time where the trainer took into account that I was a beginner, which was very smart of her and greatly appreciated by me. I think that was my beef with my few other experiences- I was getting thrown into these workouts that are super intense, where I was probably doing everything wrong, and felt like shit for 3 days after. It really does make a difference who your coach is, and I’m looking forward to the plethora of incredible trainers at this box.

It took me 7:38 to do my scaled back version of the WOD. What impressed me the most about the whole workout was how encouraging and motivating everyone was. Everyone was cheering each other on, especially towards the end when there were only a few people left completing the workout. I literally got goosebumps just feeling all the energy and inspiration that these people were exuding (I was still just trying to breathe over in the corner). After the WOD, they do something called an “after bash” which is basically an extra little workout at the end where they focus on form. They were doing Olympic lifts and snatches yesterday, and Kat told me I should sit that out and gave me a full tour of the box, explained the Hero workouts and gave me my own WOD notebook tracker! So official!

I was pretty sore this morning, but it wasn’t unbearable. Washing my hair was a little bit of a struggle as my arms/chest were super sore, but I know that over time I’ll build up my strength. Overall, my nerves are totally gone and I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months.

I think I may have gotten bit by the CrossFit bug…

-Emily

** This campaign is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. All opinions are my own.

31 Heroes WOD

On August 4, 2012 at 8:30 am for 31 minutes, my CrossFit gym is participating in an event to honor the 30 Navy Seals and one dog who were killed on August 6th, 2011 called 31Heroes.

http://www.31heroes.com

All funds raised in 2012 will be split three ways going to the following organizations: Snowball Express (http://www.snowballexpress.org/), the Travis Manion Foundation‘s Challenge Grants program (http://www.travismanion.com/), and the memorial funds of each of the men killed in action August 6, 2011. Please check out the websites of these great organizations for more information about what amazing things they are doing in the lives of surviving military families!

If you are looking to support a truly amazing cause, please consider 31 Heros!  If you are interested in making a donation, please associate it with CrossFit Florian.  Any donation is greatly appreciated!

Direct donation link: http://www.31heroes.com/donate/?gym=MA+-+CrossFit+Florian+-+Norwood%2C+MA+%5B5%5D

To see the grueling workout, click here:http://www.31heroes.com/the-wod-2/

You can check out my gym’s website at http://www.crossfitflorian.com/

Thanks guys!  You all rock!

-Erica (post complements of Pete)

Reason #43287492 Why I Love My Gym

I’m going to get all sappy here for a minute, so bear with me. As I’m sure you guys can tell, I freaking love my gym. Seriously, I love everything about it; the trainers, the people, the community-I even love the pull-up structure.  However, with everything that there is to love, I must say the most amazing thing about my gym are the members. Everyone shows up and busts their ass day after day. The stuff these people accomplish is absolutely mind blowing. One of the ladies increased her deadlift some 30 or so pounds in a month. How AMAZING is that?! She is such an inspiration, I can only hope to have as much heart as she does someday.

Anyways, a couple weeks ago (almost three now, WOOT), my gym started a Paleo challenge. The Challenge includes a point system where you can get up to six points a day for eating clean, taking fish oil and working out. At the beginning of the Challenge all the athletes completed three benchmark WODs including Fran, a 400 meter sprint and a 2 rep max deadlift. Each benchmark WOD was held on a different day to prevent everyone from dying (can you imagine trying to bust out a 2 rep max deadlift after Fran? Didn’t think so). However, something came up at work and I ended up missing the 400 meter sprint. I dreaded it all week. As if running wasn’t bad enough, I knew I would be making it up on my own. How embarrassing.

via Face Punch

So, on the last day of the benchmark WODs, I sucked it up and asked the trainer if he could time me. He turned to the class and said something along the lines of “who’s running Erica’s 400 with her”. Every single person in that 5:30am class headed outside and ran with me. Every single person. How amazing is that?! I know it seems trivial, but it really meant a lot to me. I’m sure everyone was exhausted after the WOD. I am sure everyone had places they needed to be. But that morning, it didn’t matter. I am forever grateful for everyone that made that run suck a little less.

I think I’m just getting emotional since I haven’t been able to work out in a week. Or because I’m super exhausted today since I tried to get our new cat to sleep with me and ended up worrying that I’d crush her all night. OMG, I love our new little member of the family. Her name is Charlotte and we rescued her on Tuesday. She’s the cutest and smartest little peanut ever. Even her sneezes are adorable.

Anyways, do you love your gym? Do you have any stories? We’d love to hear them!

-Erica