Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pull-ups and Running!

I got a workout in!  Woot woot!

But, first, on Friday, I was hanging out at the gym while Ben worked out.  I just couldn't resist the pull-up bar, so I went over to do a pullup or two, and much to my surprise, I did 2 chest to bar pull-ups!  Unfortunately, they still felt pretty hard.  After that, I tried a deadhang pull-up, and I just barely got it.  Wow!  I used to be able to do 25 pound weighted deadhang pull-ups!  I am a little shocked at how much strength I appear to have lost.  But, I guess I didn't do CrossFit for the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy, and then of course not for the last 2 weeks, so I shouldn't be too shocked.  I am sure it will come back quickly, but I was hoping that when I lost 30 pounds, I would be good at pull-ups again :)

 ANYWAY.  Saturday, June 12, was the preliminary round of the 5k Challenge that we are holding at Bridger CrossFit.  I didn't run the 5k with everyone else, but I decided to do the 5k in the evening by myself.  Actually, I ran with my friend Maggie who was also doing the 5k Challenge.  Oh, by "with", I mean "way behind".  :)  I didn't want to run with the group because I am too darn competitive and I knew I would push myself too hard if I had some competition.  I was able to let Maggie go and not try to keep up, because I know how fast she is and that there is absolutely no way I would be able to keep up.

So, I started on the 5k course, which is basically 4 laps around the Gallatin Valley Regional Park, located on West Oak in Bozeman.  The last lap takes a slight detour up and across the hill, runs the loop backwards (clockwise), and finishes across the bridge where the trails merge.  If you've never been to this park, I apologize, because you have no idea what I'm talking about.  But, for those of us who have been there, it's a pretty obvious route.

I felt good........for about 100 yards.  Then, I felt tired.  Really tired.  Not tired enough to stop.  I was listening to my body and aware that I might have to stop at any time.  But, my LUNGS.  Oh my god, they just.....burned.  I felt like I was doing "Helen", or "Fran".  The only difference is that I was going really slooooooooooooow.  All of a sudden my (unarticulated) goal of getting sub-30 turned into a goal of just NOT WALKING.

It took me 33:13, which is approximately 12:18 slower than my all-time PR in the 5k (which was set 10 years ago!  I haven't done a 5k in several years....) and probably 6 minutes slower, at least, than any 5k I have previously raced by myself.  Yikes.  I was disappointed, to say the least.  BUT, I did manage to complete the 5k without walking.

Afterwards, I decided it was probably not the best idea in the world that I had run the 5k.  However, I have recovered just fine with no detrimental side effects to speak of.  I am slightly sore today, but really just slightly.  I took it easy enough in the run that I don't think I overdid it.  Also, because my lungs were the limiting factor, my muscles weren't pushed enough to get super sore or anything. 

I'm looking forward to the start of working out more "full-time" again.  I know that I have a lot of work to do, but I am just so stoked to be able to be active again, that I'm excited for the journey.

1 comment:

  1. You're rocking it Jenna! Good for you for doing it, and for recognizing that you shouldn't even think about keeping up with your friend. Discretion is the better part of, well, lots of things, including postpartum recovery!!