Like I mentioned earlier, I had a 6 mile run on the schedule for today (well, technically tomorrow but we will be in the car all day) but I knew I wanted to add something else in there since I feel I’ve been slacking on my strength work lately. I don’t have any weights or anything at my parents house…so what to do?
How about a no-equipment-needed CrossFit style workout? Sounded perfect. Since I’m no CrossFit expert (although I’d really like to get into it), I looked here to find 92 CrossFit workouts that don’t require equipment and found something that sounded good.
I went with 10 rounds of 10 push-ups, 10 squats, and 10 sit-ups for time. I decided to do this before running to change things up. My time? 6:34. I have no basis to know if that’s good or not but I did the 10 rounds with zero rest and felt like I had a good burn in my muscles for such a short time.
I felt like getting in a bit more ab work so I did this little routine to finish up:
- 25 crunches
- 25 straight leg crunches
- 25 oblique crunches (per side)
- 25 suitcase crunches
- 50 alternating leg up V crunches
- 25 side to side toe touches
- 25 bicycle crunches
After doing that, I did a bit of stretching before heading out on the run. The first half-mile felt great even though my quads were a little shaky from the squats, nothing too bad. But it was hot. Genius me took my time this morning and didn’t make it out on the run until about 10, and by that time the sun was already scorching. And then it hit me…the weird feeling in the top of my stomach…nausea. Was it from doing the CrossFit first? Was my protein pancake not sitting well? Maybe I didn’t have enough water. Or maybe it was just the heat, getting to me within a matter of minutes. Under normal circumstances, my body is used to the North Carolina summer heat, but maybe being in New Jersey the past year changed that. I’m not sure. Whatever the reason, I was not feeling good.
I made it a mile and a half before having to stop and put my hands on my knees, and subsequently dry heave. This was very unlike me. I’ve never thrown up from any sort of conditioning before and this was certainly not the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. So I coughed a bit and slowly started on my way again. Besides the nausea my body felt fine, so I didn’t want to quit. I couldn’t quit, especially this early in.
Another half mile…repeat the almost-throw-up sequence. Took a few breaths and slowly kept going. Needless to say, my pace was slower than usual, but at this point I just wanted to get through the run and hopefully stop feeling so sick. I knew I could always call my brother to come pick me up because I was just running through the streets of our neighborhood.
After that second break I never felt like I was going to throw-up, but the feeling in my stomach never went away and the heat was almost unbearable. I just tried to focus on my legs doing the work and tried not to think about my stomach. I found shade to run in when it was available and took swigs from my water bottle. It worked well enough, because the 6 miles eventually got done, but they were definitely a very miserable 6 miles.
I’m glad I didn’t quit, but wow I have never wanted to be in air conditioning so badly! I had two huge glasses of ice water when I got back inside because I had lost a lot of water sweating.
And then I took an ice bath, mostly because I just wanted to be cold. But my legs needed the therapy anyways so into the tub I went. I’ve definitely never enjoyed a cold tub the way I enjoyed this one.
After showering and getting dressed, Mike and I went to Whole Foods to get some lunch. I wanted something light so I stuck to the salad bar and it was perfect. I got kale, cilantro & lime tofu, grilled chicken, edamame, greek chickpea salad, tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, and a couple of strawberries. And a treat to myself for not dying in the heat…a Mystic Mango kombucha.
And now I’m spending the rest of my day in the air conditioning on the couch watching Euro 2012 soccer. Pretty perfect! Starting to feel human again but my stomach still feels a little uneasy. I’m sure it’ll be back to normal soon.
A nap is likely to happen as well, we’ll see!
Have you ever felt nauseous while running? Still glad I didn’t actually throw up but that is the worst feeling ever.