CRASH B’s Indoor Rowing Competition

Taken from the CRASH B website: “The 1980 U.S. boycott of the Olympics was not fun though, and about the same time Concept2 invented their later-named Model A rowing ergometer, the one with the bicycle wheel, a wooden handle and an odometer. The men (and a few women) of C.R.A.S.H.-B., led by the likes of Tiff Wood, Jake Everett and Holly Hatton, formed a fun little regatta of about twenty rowers in Harvard’s Newell Boathouse, to break up the monotony of winter training.

Within a few short years C.R.A.S.H.-B. grew into the international World Indoor Rowing Championships it is now. The regatta outgrew Newell, and then the IAB (the Indoor Athletic Building, now the MAC, the Malkin Athletic Center), the QRAC (Radcliffe Quadrangle Athletic Center), moving to MIT’s Rockwell Cage for many years. In 1995 the regatta moved to Harvard’s Indoor Track Facility, perhaps three times the size of Rockwell Cage. In 1997 C.R.A.S.H.-B. moved to an even larger and ultra-modern facility, the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Since 2008, the venue is at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, a state of the art facility just downstream of the original C.R.A.S.H.-B. site.”

BevHud getting ready to start her heat

BevHud getting ready to start her heat

My mom and I signed up to row this year along with a large contingency from the CrossFit community. It is a 2K row, which is a standard benchmark for indoor rowing. It should take between 7-9 minutes and while there can be a lot of strategy involved, for us it was more like an all-out-8-minute sprint on the erg. We arrived early to watch a few of the heats go before our scheduled row time. In perhaps one of the most inspiring thing we’ve witnessed, we got to watch a few of the Adaptive Rowing heats, which included men and women who were rowing in wheel chairs, or with only one leg on the rower. There was also a 96 year old named Paul who rowed his 2K and then got a standing ovation by the crowd. This was a true showing of pure love of the sport, and appreciation for life. I couldn’t wait to get on my rower!

Representing CrossFit516

Representing CrossFit516

 

Marissa was allowed to come down to the rowing floor and cox for me. I posted a 8:34.2, which was good enough for 40th place out of 48 in the category (hey, I wasn’t last!). Bev was 7th in her age group! It was a fantastic experience, and I can check “Rowing Competition” off my bucket list now.

We loved the printed program for the day, which worked in the Boston Strong theme really well.

Boston Strong on the road or the water

Boston Strong on the road or the water

Winter Wednesday: CrossFit

If you’ve been reading our blog, or know anything about me and Roo, or have spoken to us for more than 10 minutes in the past three years, then you know that we love CrossFit. Perhaps a little CrossFit obsessed (in a good way?). CrossFit has definitely changed the way fitness fits into my life, changed the way I think about food, and always keeps me coming back for more.

When I started marathon training back in December, I had high hopes of sticking to a 4 CrossFit/2 runs per week schedule in December and Jan, moving to a 3 CrossFit/3 runs per week schedule in February and March. However, with all this snow and freezing temps, I’m still in the 3 CrossFit/2 runs (one short, one long) per week and its mid-February. Panic?? Hopefully March will bring some 3-runs-per-week weather!

A couple people asked me if I would CrossFit less since I am running more. The truth is, I haven’t at all. I have written about CrossFit Endurance here on the blog before, and I can’t recommend their training program enough for a mid-level CrossFitter who wants to add in more focused running to train for a marathon. The workouts are short and sweet, and FAST and exactly like a WOD but only include running. There is a longer run component built-in once a week, but the real focus is keeping up high speeds for shorter amounts of time and building leg strength. I have been taking it a little slower with things like box jumps (stepping down to avoid any injuries), and insane amounts of squats/thrusters with fully loaded weight just so that I am not too sore to go as hard as possible on my runs. Not going to lie though, the squat program that we’ve been doing at CrossFit 516 has been CRAZY good. Never in my life did I think that I could run a half-marathon and have my THIRTEENTH MILE be my fastest one. Thank you, squatting. Here is what we did today:

gotta love a 20 min AMRAP

gotta love a 20 min AMRAP

It was a GOOD ONE!

OOTD: Lululemon persimmon CRB, Run: Pace crops, Nike Free+

OOTD: Lululemon persimmon CRB, Run: Pace crops, Nike Free+

* Meredith and I are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

Weekly Training Schedule

After our race on Saturday we took a much needed day of rest on Sunday.  It was cold and snowy in New York and our legs needed a break.  But this morning we were back at it, waking up at 5:30AM and heading to Crossfit 516 for a WOD.  This morning we did 4 rounds of 8 back squats.

Next was and EMOM (every minute on the minute) for 14 minutes:  On the even numbers we did 7 toes to bar and the odd numbers we did 3 hang squat clean @85lbs.

We ended with 3 rounds of 15 situps and max effort pullups.

This was a solid workout and a great start to the week after a fantastic race! Felt good to get the legs moving again.

This weeks training schedule:

MONDAY- Crossfit

TUESDAY- Crossfit

WEDNESDAY- 3-6 mile run (hopefully outside)

THURSDAY- Rest

FRIDAY- Crossfit

Saturday and Sunday hopefully it will warm up enough for us to get in a nice 8-10 mile run!

* Marissa and I are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

#Run4MGH  #BostonStrong #BostonMarathon2014

Me getting ready for a set of 8!

Me getting ready for a set of 8!

Mer lookin' strong
Mer lookin’ strong

 

Tasty Thursday: Banana Pancakes

I am super excited because Mer is in Boston tonight and we will get to do another training run together on Friday. Tonight, however, we are treating ourselves to a delicious dinner at  The Butcher Shop in preparation.

This morning I woke up early for my 5:30am Crossfit class at Crossfit Variance. I think the polar vortex has ended because the doors to my car were NOT frozen shut this morn! The workout consisted of:  Warmup: 6 rounds of 2 body weight pullups, with 15 hollow rocks between each set.  WOD: 8 Rounds of 8 shoulder rack lunges, 8 hang power cleans and 8 dips.  I used an 85lb bar.  My arms were burnin at the end!

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After my workout and before I headed to the train I made my favorite paleo breakfast pancake which is also extremely easy and quick to whip up! I just put mine in a Tupperware and heat up again at work.  SIMPLE!

Ingredients:
1 mashed, super ripe banana;
2 eggs;
vanilla;
& a dash of cinnamon;
berries.

Directions:
In a bowl, mash your banana with a fork. In another bowl whisk eggs. Mix eggs & banana together. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Turn pan onto medium heat. Add half of the mixture to the pan. Let the cake set until firm on the bottom & flip! Once the pancake is cooked, add the fresh berries and enjoy!!

CrossFit Endurance & Weekend Treadmill Workout

We got a ton of snow this weekend, so Marissa and I had to resort to the treadmill. I really don’t mind it that much, but I couldn’t imagine running more than 6 miles on it. On Friday, we both ran a tempo 4 miler on our respective treadmills. Here in NY, our friends who live a couple blocks away have a nice set-up in their basement, and are so generous to let me crank some music and use their treadmill. Today I paid my “gym membership” in banana bread.

I have been following a couple training plans for this marathon. I take the Mass General Marathon training plan and cross reference it with CrossFit Endurance, which is then cross-referenced with my friend Annie, runner extraordinare. So far I feel like I am getting stronger and faster, so something must be working!

The whole mentality behind CrossFit Endurance is that you don’t need to risk injury by doing LSD (long, slow distances) but can instead train at a higher intensity for shorter amount of times and achieve them same results (or better!). There are some great testimonials on the site, and I feel confident throwing in a good, short, CrossFit-like running workout every now and then. I think this is going to be my saving grace when I am forced inside on a treadmill.

I like wearing my Nike Frees for shorter, faster workouts

I like wearing my Nike Frees for shorter, faster workouts

Today my CrossFit Endurance training plan said: 1 min on, 1 min off for 9 rounds. I was assuming that was 1 minute on at a fast pace, and 1 min off was standing or slowly walking. Its hard to mimic the stop-and-go on a treadmill, but I gave myself 10 seconds on either side to make sure the pace was exactly where I needed it to be to count for a “minute on”. This is how I jacked up the workout:

1 Mile Warm-Up (9:40 pace)
Then,
16 Rounds:
1 Min On (6:00 pace)
1 Min Off (standing on the edge of the treadmill, or walking at a super slow speed on the treadmill)
Then,
1 Mile Cool Down (9:40 pace)

Total Time: 60 mins, and according to the treadmill, exactly 6 miles completed.

Rounds 1-9 weren’t too bad, but then they started getting REAL.  I was a sweaty, runny mess but I LOVED it. The on-and-off strategy kept the time passing quickly and I had a really good playlist going.

Ain't no party like a sweaty-treadmill-selfie party!

Ain’t no party like a sweaty-treadmill-selfie party!

I’ll definitely do this workout again next time I am stuck indoors. CrossFit Endurance also has a workout where its 2 minutes on, and 1 minute off, so I can keep it interesting and change up the intervals.

Snow,  please stay away so I can get another good 10 miles in before my first HALF-MARATHON of 2014 on January 25!!

* Marissa and I are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of the Mass General Hospital Marathon team. We are raising money for the pediatric cancer center. Please consider making a donation to this wonderful cause. THANK YOU! *

Bring It, 2014

Roo and I hit a 5:30am WOD at CrossFit Variance on 12/31/13. It was a great way to end the year, though the early wake up call didn’t help my chances to stay awake until midnight.

The WOD was TOUGH, and my sister completely dominated it. I felt like I was just struggling to pick the bar up off the ground, but some days are like that.

Last WOD Of The Year

Last WOD Of The Year

We are so INSANELY EXCITED that THIS YEAR we are running the Boston Marathon. Only 4 months (and many, many training miles) away…

Hanging Around

Hanging Around

Rack It

Rack It

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