Bess Be Fit

A former collegiate athlete's journey of trying to stay and get as fit as possible in life after soccer!


#CrossFit Style Workout and a Miserable 6 Mile Run

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.


Chart Your Happy Course

After work yesterday, Mike picked me up and we headed straight to Whole Foods to grab some dinner.  I have to get to the grocery store tonight but we wanted something healthy and quick for dinner so WF sounded great.  I love just going an piling in a ton of delicious veggies, salads, and lean proteins.  And getting extra for lunch the next day is always crucial.  I filled my box with collard greens, artichoke hearts, sesame tofu, kale, BBQ pulled chicken, mushroom bowtie pasta, and some black bean and sweet potato salad.  We also got a brown rice california roll to share.

I also got a mango tea to drink.  I opened the top of the bottle and saw an inspirational message that really hit home and I knew immediately that I wanted to share it with y’all, because I bet it will make you think twice also!

Chart your happy course!  I love this.

To me, this is what life is about.  But it gets forgotten sometimes in the everyday stress that will inevitably occur.  I am going to remember this saying whenever I feel I have a tough decision to make or I am unsure about things…I am going to chart my happy course and I am going to follow it.  Doing what makes you happy is the best thing you can do for yourself, and I intend to try not to forget it!  Life’s too short to not do what you love and what drives you.  So I am challenging myself to follow my happy course, and I’m challenging you, too!  You deserve it.

Last night, my happy course involved watching the first half of the Bachelorette before passing out.  This morning, it involved waking up early with Mike and getting to the gym by 6:20.  Go us!  We are trying to make this routine and I’m pretty excited.  It always feels good to get your workout done in the morning and set the tone (happy course!) for the rest of the day.

My workout involved 45 minutes on the treadmill with steep inclines and high resistance.  This is what it looked like:

*R indicates reverse

Post-elliptical I hit the mat to get in some core work.  I felt like I had been neglecting my abs for the past couple of days and really needed to correct that situation!

Here’s my ab circuit:

I only had time to go through once but I was feeling the burn!  I am trying to make an effort to also work my lower back muscles along with my abs so my whole core gets tighter and more fit, not just my abs.

Breakfast this morning is greek yogurt with a sliced banana and a drizzle of honey.  Plus a huge tumbler of coffee.

Nothin’ special but it does the trick.

Off to have a productive day and work on charting my happy course!

I hope you’ll take time to do the same.  Take a few minutes and look at your life.  Is there anything making you unhappy?  Is there anything causing you unnecessary stress?  What can do you to eliminate those things? Often times the answer isn’t an easy fix, but more often the fix is worth it.  Have the courage to do what you need to do for yourself!  Have a great day 🙂

What’s one thing you know you can do immediately to start charting your happy course?