Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thats a First

August 21, 2012

It worked. Last Wednesday I was so frustrated with myself by my mindset going into the WOD simply because of the running. I made a promise to myself that that was going to be the last time that was going to happen. I was going to put my best foot forward (pun intended) and run my heart out the next time I encountered it in a WOD. No more of this "I hate running" crap.

I got a chance to put that to the test this morning. When I saw the WOD I was actually pretty excited. Pumped that I had to face running and handstand pushups in the same WOD after the feelings I had post WOD last week with both exercises. Today with a change of attitude I was ready to crush this one! Doing my best to not over think it I couldnt wait for the WOD to begin!

Its amazing what your mind can do, what focus and determination can do. Honestly, I dont think that people actually understand how powerful it is. More often than not your body can keep going when your mind sends a signal that you should stop. I mean of course if you have an injury or are in danger that's one thing, but pushing through the "pain" and keeping a good pace is something that every athlete goes through to get better and stronger. Its healthy and its a fantastic feeling when you can overcome the "stopping point." When the going gets tough and you feel like you cant do one more rep... do one more rep. Thats all there is to it.

My mind was listening to my body today! I lined up to start the first 400m run and thought... you can do this! Push and keep going even when your mind tells you to slow down. Get out of the comfort zone. Before I knew it I had completed all 5 rounds, my timing was on through all of my HSPUs which enabled me to do all 5 sets of 10 unbroken! A huge improvement from my last weeks fiasco when my shoulders felt smoked and I just couldnt kip and push at the same time. I powered through each one of the runs with my eye on the prize, I kept a steady and strong pace through the each of them and in turn I felt fantastic. When it was all said and done, I left it all on the table. There was nothing I could have done "better" and I was very very happy with my performance.

Everyday I get closer to my goals.


WARMUP:
Run 400m
3 Rounds
- 4 Turkish Getups
- 8 Spiderman
- 12 Pistols
Row 500m

WOD: Nighthawk
5 Rounds for Time
- 400m Run
- 5 Snatch (75)
- 10 HSPU (1 abmat and 15lb plate)
(my time 17:15)

SKILL/STRENGTH
3 Rounds
- 10 Hollow Rocks
- 10 Back Extensions
- Max L Sit Hang

Challenge Day 2
Post WOD: Shake
Breakfast: 1oz Pumpkin Seeds, 2 Egg Muffins, 1 cup Butternut Squash, 12 oz Green Tea
Snack 1: 2oz Boars Head Nitrate Free Ham, 1/2 Avocado, 1 Tomato, 12 oz Green Tea
Lunch: 3 oz Chicken with Zucchini and Summer Squash and 1/3 cup of Coconut Milk
Dinner: 3 oz Flank Steak and Butternut Squash
Snack 2: 2oz Boars Head All Natural Turkey with 1 tbsp of olive oil mayo and 1/2 an Avocado on Romaine

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