As I was driving home from work the other day, I had one of those freak out moments…
“Okay, what homework do I have?” “How many papers do I have to write?” “What meetings do I need to prep for?”
Okay, time in.
This weekend Blake and I went up to Alexandria, MN (~2 hours north) to a friend’s cabin. It was probably the first time I have been able to actually let “real life” soak in. I didn’t have any homework to worry about, I didn’t have anywhere I had to be, I didn’t have anything I had to do. Just enjoy.
We fished, and grilled, and played bean bag toss, and walked, and slapped mosquitoes off of our thighs, and we even WORKED OUT!
The group we went up north with is fairly active, so four of us ventured outside after breakfast for a morning workout. We started with a 2 mile run at 8 min 15 second miles and came back prepared for complete physical domination. Leo is big in to CrossFit, so he designed a workout for us. We called it the 5-10-15-20.
The way it works is simple. You do 5 push-ups (on your toes), then 10 box jumps, then 15 sit-ups, then 20 squats. With no break time in between, you do it again until you complete it 10 times! I thought…10, no big deal. Yeah…
We did the 10 rounds in just a little over 17 minutes. At about round 8, I started slowing down big time. Those box jumps get your heart rate up!
We actually didn’t have a “box” so we used steps instead. The third step was a little too high for my comfort level (I didn’t want to chip a tooth), but the second step was perfect height.
It felt good to be challenged. Leo does CrossFit 6 or 7 days a week at a studio and he’s right, it does make a difference when you are “challenged” by others. You feel so much more accomplished, even though there’s a slight burn in your muscles.
I treated myself to some Oikos and a nanner afterwords.
Sadly, I didn’t bring my camera to the lake because my battery died, however I arrived home to 2 brand new ones in the mailbox. I <3 Amazon.
Do you feel more challenged when you workout with other people or by yourself?
CrossFit? Do you do it?