This week I was faced with a couple of challenges. Sunday night I went to bed happy and healthy, woke up with the incredible pain of a pinched nerve in my neck. OUCH!! I hate when that happens. (maybe I need a new pillow, lol) I had a hard time even lifting my arms to put my coat on. I immediately had an inner feeling of panic. How am I going to exercise with this problem?! I took some Advil and applied ice on and off all day at work. I had to admit defeat when I text my trainers for boot camp about tomorrow’s routine, upper body focus. I sadly said, I will not be there. That is HUGE for me. I have not been faced with any injuries since starting my journey ( sitting here…knocking on wood) and this isn’t really an injury but a small roadblock. I iced it all day on Tuesday too. By Tuesday afternoon, I was feeling good. I went home immediately after work, threw on some running gear and headed for the door. The next challenge was that it was 10 degrees out. I have never run in such a cold temperature. As soon as I got outside, my fingers froze! I headed out with the thought of a couple miles, but could only handle one. I ran as fast and as steady as I could and made in back in record time, literally! I’m pretty sure it was my fastest mile ever!
I continued with my week and as Saturday drew close I was reminded of the commitment I made to my friend, Allison. Allison is a coach at a local CrossFit. She had invited me for the bring a friend day. I had said yes knowing that $hit freaks me out!! All the heavy lifting, grunting, barbells! Oh my goodness, so intimidating! I reasoned with myself. I conquered a lot in 2013. I SUCCESSFULLY did the Warrior Dash and Bold R Dash, two highly challenging obstacle course races. Surely, this not going to kill me. I arrived at the gym, ready to go. I looked around, it looked fun. Lots of familiar equipment, some new stuff I was curious about. Allison, posted our WOD on the board. It was totally doable. I was thrilled it was all stuff that was challenging and familiar. I really enjoyed the squats with the barbell the most. I love squats. I dream of having a big butt, a big butt solely based on squats, not pizza. Overall, a fun experience that did not require me to lose sleep over. I left liking the CrossFit experience, not loving it. I liked the feeling of everyone working together, some separate, cheering each other on, all working at their own fitness level. I did feel the one lacking feature for me was the cardio piece. I love my boot camp for this reason. The trainers have it all planned out. We always are working different groups of muscles on different days. For example, if we do a lower body focus, we also include cardio. It really is everything perfect 🙂
Finally I end the week with a pleasant surprise and honor. I was chosen to be a Train Dirty Fitness ambassador!!! I find this to be a huge honor as thousands of girls apply and are not accepted. Crystal Honeycutt, the owner, saw something in me that she found to be special and inspiring. I can’t wait to be a part of this incredible group of girls out to spread the love of fitness!