Another great week of training is in the books! I am so happy to be back to training regularly, and super excited to have some really cool races coming up in the future. There were several benchmarks this week, and I really enjoyed the running. I’m feeling really good about the future. Also, I got an email asking about the “Women’s Weight” for the 50-400 club. I will get to that in just a bit.
There weren’t many PR’s this week, but there were some very positive and motivating things that came out of training. I did a lot of “goat” work, and you know I have avoided that in the recent past. I did a lot of work on Bar Muscle Ups (haven’t gotten one yet), Handstand Push Ups, Pistols, and Snatching. I made some really great progress on these movements and I’m excited to work even more on them.
Lifting this week was just…blah…for most of the week. I’ve definitely lost a little bit of strength over the last year trying to coach myself. However, I was REALLY glad to hit 305# on my Back Squat 1RM. My previous PR is 320# so I’m not that far off. Everything changed on Friday though. Overhead Squat 1RM was on the agenda. I had 15 minutes to find a one rep max. My expectations were pretty low to be perfectly honest. I’ve struggled with this movement for a LONG time. Any WOD with just 95# has even been tough for me to power through in the past. There was a time a while back that I was able to barely eek out a 125# 1RM on the Overhead Squat and I remember it being pretty ugly. I expected to hit 115 and give 125 a shot to see if I could get it. Well, 115 and 125 went pretty easy and I got pretty excited. I was about to go for 135! I know it’s not a lot of weight for a lot of people, but for me it was a big deal. 135 went pretty well!
I was surprised at hitting that weight and with 30 seconds left on the clock decided to add 5 lbs. and go for 140. I got it! Huge progress for me. Honestly, I probably should have tried 145, but I’ll get it next time.
Running felt really good this week. I ran some 1000 Meter intervals, some 200 Meter intervals, and 2 5K runs. The temperatures are climbing in this part of the country and it’s very humid. Usually I take off (running) during the summer so I’m excited to see some good results by continuing to train hard during the Summer months.
If you’re reading this, you most likely know about this “club” that I came up with several years ago. Entry is pretty simple. Those with the ability to pick 400 pounds off the ground and complete a 50 Mile race are in the club. I never really thought anyone would be seriously interested in it, but over that last couple of years (and even more recently) I’ve gotten a lot of emails and questions about it. There is a group at CrossFit Mount Laurel in New Jersey that are actually training to get in the club! How sweet is that? There is a female in their group, and they wanted to know what the women’s weight would be to get in this club. We decided that 300 pounds would be the women’s weight. If you’re a lady out there and you’ve got a 300# Deadlift and a 50 Mile race in the books I would love to add you to the page! Please get in touch with me. Also…HUGE shout out to Larry and the group and CrossFit Mount Laurel! Good luck ya’ll and keep me updated on your progress! If you are blogging about your training on this quest you better let me know so I can read and link to you!
I took the events page down a while back because I wasn’t maintaining it well and I broke my foot so I wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing. Now that I’m back training hard and I have goals I’m putting it back up. I’ll make sure to add to the page as I do more events. If you’re going to be at one of these events, let me know! Here’s what the schedule looks like right now:
- July 19th – Mighty Might Triathlon – Forrest City, AR
- December 6th – St. Jude Marathon – Memphis, TN
- February 2015 – Sylamore 50K – Allison, AR
- April 2015 – Ouachita 50 Miler – Little Rock, AR
There will probably be some other events between July and December I just don’t know what they will be just yet so stay tuned. I’m running the St. Jude Marathon in Memphis as a “Hero” this year to raise money for the children that are patients there. I set a pretty high goal of $2500.00 so if you want to do something good for a GREAT cause, go visit my page there and make a donation!