Fitness

A Week in Workouts

Hey everyone and happy Monday!

I like Mondays for the most part. I usually indulge on the weekends, and with all the events going on this month, I’ve definitely been indulging a lot more recently. Mondays feel like a reset for me which is a great way to feel positive heading into the week. I usually take Sundays as my rest day and feel ready to go on Monday mornings.

I thought it would be interesting to blog about a whole week of workouts (starting Monday, of course) so you can get a peek into how I schedule my time and make it all work.

The general breakdown of a typical week for me is nine or ten total workouts, five Crossfit and four or five runs, over the course of 6 days. That further breaks down to three or four days of two-a-days. When I say I take Sunday as a rest day, that means no working out at all. When I work out twice in a day I do my morning workout, and then another workout about ten hours later.

This past week I wrote down all my work outs and how they went. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my mental running game these days, as I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, so I wanted to also take this opportunity to look at what may be holding me back.

MONDAY

Crossfit: 5:45am class. 3 ascending sets of 5 bench press. My weights were 75, 85, a failed attempt at 95 (got to 3 so I have a new 3-rep PR), and 90lbs. Then, in teams of two, 20 minute AMRAP of: 3 bench press, 3 power cleans, 12 slam balls, 6 bench press, 6 power cleans, 12 slam balls, etc.. I worked with my friend Gabrielle and we thought this one was really fun! We scaled the weight to 70lbs, and felt that it was just the right amount of challenging.

Running: 4 miles, easy paced. I was not looking forward to this run because it was a rainy, dreary Monday in NYC and I just wanted to stay inside, but I got it done.

TUESDAY

Crossfit: 5:45 am class. 3 ascending sets of 6 front squats from the ground. This means I was limited by what I can clean (which is definitely less than I can front squat). Then 10 rounds of 8 1-arm overhead lunges and 8 1-arm thrusters followed by as many muscle ups as possible. There was a 15 minute cap on this workout so I was able to get in all ten rounds, and then practiced transitions for muscle ups for the remaining time.

Running: I was supposed to do 6 miles, with two sets of intervals of 1 mile, 400 meters, and 800 meters at 8-8:15 pace, 7:15-7:30 pace, and 7:30-7:45 pace. Friends, I got through one set of the intervals and I just wasn’t feeling it at all. So I finished three miles and called it a day.

WEDNESDAY

Crossfit: 3 ascending sets of 5 deadlifts, then Diane, a famous Crossfit benchmark workout. This was a tough one. I don’t have handstand push-ups and since the workout is a sprint, I did a scaled weight for the deadlifts in an effort to maintain my form.

Running: Rest

THURSDAY

Crossfit: Endurance day at my gym! We worked in teams of two to complete as many rounds as possible in 32 minutes of 16 calories, 10 burpees over the paralette, and 20 sit ups. I worked with my pal Gabrielle, and we split the work evenly and it was a pretty fun workout.

Running: I had 6 easy plus strides on the schedule, but the gym at my work where I was planning to work out was occupied. Brian and I also recently got some big news about his career, so I went home and talked with him and rested.

FRIDAY

Crossfit: 3 ascending sets of 6 back squats. These felt really heavy today, but I did increase from my 3 ascending sets of 8 back squats last week so I was happy with that. Then we did Jackie, another famous female-named workout. I finished in about 12 minutes, and scaled the pull-ups. I had never done it before and I was surprised at how much of a real grip burner it was.

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Running: I just ran a quick two miles on the treadmill at work, easy paced.

SATURDAY

Running: 8 miles before going to brunch and a good friends wedding. 2 warm-up, 2×5 min at 8:00-8:15 pace with 3 minutes easy paced between, 3×3 min at 7:45-8:00 pace with 3 minutes easy paced between, then 3×2 minutes at 7:30-7:45 pace with two minutes between. I cooled down until I reached 8 miles. I felt pretty good during this run!

SUNDAY

Rest. I walked around Princeton’s gorgeous campus and went to lunch with some of my best pals. It was a great day.

And that’s a week in workouts. It was actually a bit light, but I was feeling tired this week so I feel good about what I was able to accomplish!

I hope everyone has a great week!

❤ LB

 

Life

Hi! I’m Lauren B.

Hi! I’m Lauren B. But not one of the approximately one zillion Lauren B’s from the Bachelor franchise. I’m a newlywed (as of 5/19/18) living in NYC. I’m a loud, outgoing girl and I’m here to chat with you all about, well, everything! I am starting this blog on my 29th birthday as a way to connect with people from all over the country and the world, and just have fun! I’m a speech language pathologist by day and a girl of many – quite varied – interests by night…and sometimes early in the morning. Here are seven things you should know about me:

  1. I am 28 years old and have been living in NYC for 4 years. I love living in the city, but I often feel like I don’t experience all that I could. Part of my goal for this blog is to get out and explore the city more, really play tourist, and let you all know the very best (or worst) it has to offer.
  2. I have the best husband in the world. I know, total cliche, but he is! His name is Brian and we met through a mutual friend, have been together for 5 ½ years and have so much fun doing life together. We love all things Disney, love to travel, eat good food (and not so good food), spend time with our friends and family, and have been to about a million weddings together. #dancepartnersforlife33434818_10156502078063993_614149850535034880_o
  3. I have very unusual (so I’m told) taste in books. I love to read, and will read almost anything that’s recommended to me, but I have a particular looove for YA fiction. I share a birthday with Harry Potter (the REAL HP, not Daniel Radcliffe) and consider it the best of the best. Of course, I love the #classics like Twilight, The Hunger Games series, and the Divergent series – although, let’s all be honest with ourselves, Allegiant was a tragedy – but I also love exploring new titles. I’m currently loving the Arcana Chronicles series by Kresley Cole and just finished The True Reign series by Jennifer Anne Davis. I also love historical fiction and chick lit. Stay tuned for some book reviews. And don’t worry, they won’t all be YA!
  4. I love fitness! I am not a fitness professional by any stretch of the imagination, but while I was in graduate school I overhauled my health and fitness routine, and I’m always searching for new and fun ways to get a workout in. I’ve tried it all. Right now, I consider myself a distance runner, Crossfitter, and everyday cardio lover.
  5. I’m really into Mount Everest. Like really, really, really into it. My poor friends have had to listen to me lecture them about Sherpa rights, endlessly analyze summit strategies of people I’ve never met, and watch documentaries about this beautiful mountain.
  6. I have been a pescatarian for the past 6 years. I made the choice while I was in graduate school because a friend of mine was vegetarian and was often over my apartment for meals. I tried for a month and never looked back. #givemeallthesaladsandsushi I’m always looking for simple, easy, meals that please even true meat eaters, because my husband is like #givemeallthechickenwings Chips and salsa are my life, but I’m hoping to add to my favorite recipes by exploring even more as I work on this blog. 
  7. I had three ancestors on the Mayflower, and I think that’s neat. I love looking at family trees and doing research on my ancestry. I’ve heard great things about 23 and Me and definitely want to give it a try. Stay tuned.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is “Welcome!” Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’m so glad you’re here! To start off, I’m going to be posting new content on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, so be sure to check back! I can’t wait to explore all sorts of new things, hear from all of you (for real, I need book recommendations, recipes, and your favorite workouts!), and basically let you in on lifewithlaurenb. LB_0236bw-XL.jpg

❤ LB

(photo by Anchor and Lace Photography)