Weekly Workout Recap-September 17
Last week workouts consisted of a mix of running, CrossFit, and hiking. This week I think I need to throw some yoga into the mix as my muscles are feeling tight and I could use some deep stretching.
Monday: CrossFit Small Group Training
On Mondays I typically meet with my favorite trainer Alaina and a small group of people for more specialized CrossFit training. During these sessions we typically focus on skills that need to be worked on as well as just getting our asses kicked. This week at CrossFit I discovered that I can do 1-2 unassisted strict pull-ups. I am psyched. This is a milestone. I am definitely getting stronger in my upper body. We also worked on overhead squats which are extremely hard. I am still working on proper squat positioning as I sometimes push too far forward in my knees rather than pushing my knees out and my butt back. I am proud of my V sit-ups. My core has gotten really strong doing CrossFit which is really cool!
Tuesday: Hill Sprints
On Tuesday I decided to do some hill sprints. The hill right outside my door is perfect for this. I did a series of eight hill sprints with recovery downhill running in between and then did some easy jogging after my hill sprints for a total of 2.5 miles.
This was a full class. The energy was high. We started off doing a power clean and squat clean build to a heavy complex for 12 minutes. I managed to build to 83 pounds. I tried 93 pounds and can probably do it but the new heavy weight scared me a little bit. Next time! For the Metcon I used 75 pounds for the power clean and am working on my form for toes to bar. I need to get better at the kipping swing to be able to do these efficiently. We will work on these more in our small groups.
Thursday: Trail Running
On Thursdays I hope to do some trail running for the next few weeks. My kids have soccer right near a great little trail system. This is the perfect place to get out and run and train for the Ragnar Los Coyotes Trail Race coming up in November in California. I love these trails because they run along a stream and have a lot of fun little bridges to cross over.
Friday: Rest Day
I took a rest day on Friday. I got stuck at home waiting for the plumber to deal with some hot water issues so instead hit the kitchen to make an apple pie and some delicious Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon.
Saturday: Hiking Camel’s Hump in Vermont
I have always wanted to hike Camel’s Hump. Just like it’s name, Camel’s Hump looks like a Camel’s Hump when you see it from far away. I hiked with a friend and we took the trailhead in Waterbury, Vermont (Home of Prohibition Pig and the famous Heady Topper Beer). It was a spectacular fall day for hiking. Temperatures were in the 60’s when we started and the sky was only a little overcast. This trail wasn’t as steep as Moosilauke from the last weekend. It did have some challenging rocky parts as you got closer to the peak. We hiked fairly quickly and were psyched by the spectacular views up top. You could see Lake Champlain and all the way to Mt. Washington although the peak was in cloud cover. I would highly recommend this hike if you are ever in Vermont! It was windy at the top and you could see your breath a bit so we had to bundle up a bit before descending.
Sunday: 10 MILER
Sunday revealed another beautiful fall day. A perfect day for a long run. I have been working on building up my running mileage. Originally I planned to run 6 but the perfect fall temperatures begged for more miles. I decided to run a long loop from my house not knowing the exact mileage. It turns out it was 9.5 so I tacked on an extra .5 to make it an even ten. This loop featured dirt roads and winding country roads with plenty of hills including the one mile hill (which I ran up) near the end of my run. The miles ticked by with relative ease and I was so happy to be out on my feet.
What was your favorite workout this week? Do you have a favorite hike?