When I saw the WOD posted on Tuesday night, I was both excited and a little defeated. I was excited for the handstand practice because eventually, these will lead to handstand push-ups (HSPU) and they are on my bucket list. I was a little defeated because not only there was running in the WOD, it was stretches of 600m, not 400m…
I was also excited to go on Thursday as that means the earliest class is at 0700 (not 0600) and it also meant I could “sleep in”! :) It was just Jessica and myself this morning and that girl is really funny and she can kick some serious butts too!
Skill: Handstand 5x 20sec.
We warmed up with some wall walks and although I have a hard time getting really close to the wall when I do these, I knew I could do the handstand against the wall, no problem. I kicked up my legs… and didn’t make it to the wall. I kicked off again and, this time, I managed to make it to the wall and got into position. On the 3rd attempt, I tried to get my feet off the wall to go into a real handstand, but I couldn’t figure it out. Coach Caleb came by on my 5th attempt so he could prevent my legs from going too far back and as much as I tried to, I just couldn’t stabilize off the wall. It was a good first practice and I was happy to get that under my belt.
WOD: I had no idea how many rounds I would complete, but I knew I wanted to fight for them. We took off for the first 600m and as I neared 200m, I wanted to take a walking break so bad, but instead, I slowed my pace and kept going. First 600m non-stop in the bag. I came back inside to do my burpee box jumps and no-repped myself for one box jump because my hand touched the box. I did all my burpees Rx (no granny-style burped for me today). Then, I moved onto the rig and started doing my knee raises. My hands kept slipping and I couldn’t string more than 3 or 4 together, but I got my 1st round done. Off to the run again. This time, I went out a lot slower and while I was “running” I kept repeating this mantra in my head:
I’m a runner. I’m a runner. I’m a runner…
I had to keep a grasp on my mental and it seemed to work. Second 600m non-stop done. Back inside for the burped box jumps. I was slow, but I kept my rhythm. Onto the rig for the knee raises. I was still slipping and had to no-rep myself for one because I didn’t clear my heels in the back on a rep. Honesty before score!
Third round of 600m run. It was painfully slow and I kept crossing Jessica as she was returning to the gym with a huge smile on her face. Every time she passed me, she encouraged me or gave me a little “high-five”. She reminded me of this guy. The one on the left with the purple shirt. Yeah, that guy. Except, picture a girl with a bob instead, looking like a freakin’ gazelle frolicking in the early morning and you have it down to a T.
Ridiculously good-looking marathon guy
Meanwhile, there’s me, huffing and puffing like a hyperventilating rhino, slower than a turtle, but I’m still running. Ok, not sure running is the appropriate term, but I’m not walking and that’s all that matters to me. Third 600m non-stop done. Back inside for my burpee box jumps and another set of knee raises. 45 seconds left on the clock. As I take off for yet another run, Coach Caleb yells at me:” 200m Val, just 200m this time”. I probably could have kissed him right then and there, but that would have meant having to go back and adding to my running mileage and fat chance in hell of that happening. I did the last 200m non-stop. Jessica said I looked like I had the running part down. She said I looked at ease, with a good pace. Good thing she didn’t see me on my last two runs! ;)
Officially, my score was 63 (21 reps per rounds and I did 3 full rounds).
Unofficially, my score is 63.33 (3 full rounds + 200m run).
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go ice my shins before heading to bed for glorious nap before my night at work! :)
P.S. I think the Eat to Perform plan is slowly showing its benefits. I still can’t control my calories that well on days when I don’t work out, but I hit my macros and eat healthier overall and I’ve noticed I’m slightly doing better in the WODs… Maybe I’m onto something here! ;)