Saturday, April 28, 2012

Preparing for Running Season

Wow 11 days with no update! And it's less than a month until the start of RACES!

Here is some of the fun!

Sledgehammer fun!

Birthday Mountain Run with my Brothers!

Further Trail Exploration Runs!

Bloodshot Eyes from Crossfit! and my untrimmed mustache!
The Crossfit Workout
Pretending to climb! (I was a few feet off the ground)
Mayurasana on the Mountains
Hey, I'm a big deal up here!
 Runnin with Ed, Dirty Dash and Ragnar! They're all coming up and I'm getting excited!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weekly Trail Runs and Yoga Poses

I missed yoga today because work is getting WAY too busy.

Still was able to get some Yoga pose practice in AFTER our Weekly Ragnar Preparation run! Even got some pictures doing Astavakrasana with my beautiful wife, which I've wanted for a while now.

Ran just over 3 miles with my brother and brother in law - very cool trail right behind his house that eventually makes it up into the mountains near where we've been running lately. My brother has been excited to find it since it's a great starting point rather than driving up to the Baer Canyon trailhead - he can run there in 1.5ish miles - and I know I'd be much more ready for that climb from there after that.

Anyway so afterwards as final dinner preparations (our weekly run involves dinner after, it's great!) were underway, I asked my sister to come take some yoga pictures!
Astavakrasana with my true love!
Eka Pada Koundiyanasana II

Flying Crow (need to fly that back leg a bit more!)

 Too fun. I need to really do Yoga more than I have. 1 time a week isn't enough... I feel like I am no longer progressing.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Fun

This was our crossfit workout today.

Pretty brutal!

I decided to do B, C, A, as I am normally refreshed by running portions of these workouts, and figured I could finish really strong. Guess my ankle was upset with me about the weighted walking lunges and clean and jerks! Less than a quarter mile in and the ankle I twisted last week was very unhappy.

I'd better take it easy on it again for a while if I want it to heal right!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Saturday

Yesterday my ankle was well enough to do Crossfit.

Really the only time it hurts now is when I'm kneeling down directly on it. If my foot is flexed and I'm on my toes it's fine though. Strange.

Anyway back to yesterdays Crossfit Workout:

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-01 Dumbbell Burpees
01-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Dumbell Front Squat
2 lengths Sled Push

Do the 10 burpees, 1 squat, then 2 lengths sled, continued in that order until you do 1 burpee, 10 squats, and 2 sleds to finish up.

I finished in 14:22, using 25 lb dumbbells.

I was the 4th person done, nobody who finished before me had weights equal to or heavier, so that made me feel pretty good.
The crossfit beastmen (awesome guys) had 40 and 45 lbers and they were last ones done. That would have been MEAN with heavier weights.
I would have been dead last for sure.

Afterwards since I was one of the first ones done, I started carrying 45 lb plates and random dumbbells up the stairs to clean up. My quads were feeling it on those stairs! Finally did 10 pullups just to see if I could. I have a long ways to go but it is nice feeling stronger

Today was BUSY and I have sore legs and back/shoulders from crossfit, but I decided I needed to go for a run. This was also after playing with my kids at a park and doing some muscle-up training and parkour moves with the kids!

 So I ran 3.4 miles up in the mountains - great run up and down and around all sorts of crazy trails above a park near my house. Ran over near some of my stompin' grounds when I was a kid and spent most of my free weekends roaming the mountains. After I got back to the park where I had parked my car, I did some more muscle-up practice and ten pullups while cooling down.
Who left this up here?

Then after I got home I grabbed the hammer to hit the tire! (along with flipping them a few times to get some of the water out that accumulated there from yesterday's SNOW!) In looking at the pictures of the momentous occasion I realized I make a really funny face while hammerin' the tire... Makes me wonder if I look as ridiculous while doing crossfit. Yikes.

I'll be sore tomorrow! Woohoo!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


So a friend of mine mentioned that his Saturday workout included swinging a 10 lb sledgehammer at an 80 lb Tire 100 times.

I've been wanting a tire for a LONG time so I mentioned I needed a tire to go along with my 16 lb sledgehammer.
He said "I've got a big ole 80 lb tire that is perfect. I picked it up for free from Les Schwab. They let me rummage around their trash trailer."

So on the way home from work I stopped by and asked if I could have some. "Sure take whatever you want from our trailer out back!"

Went back and saw a HUGE tire that wouldn't fit in my car. "Hey can I take this one here on the ground?" "That one won't fit in your car and it's REAL heavy!" "Oh I'll come back for it."

So I grabbed one that BARELY fit in my trunk and rushed home. Took the back seats out, grabbed my wife and 2 of my kids (the other two were at friends) and went and got the monster plus another to match the one I brought home.

OH YEAH! I'm excited!

 Could you tell?