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CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals – Part 1


Wow.  This was by far was one of the best sporting events I have ever been to.  The athleticism and determination displayed was beyond inspiring.  But probably the coolest thing, was to get to see the team from my box, CrossFit Milford (CFM), compete.  These were my coaches and people I see train everyday competing among the fittest in the Northeast.  Pretty cool!

In order to qualify for the CrossFit Games Regional competition, all athletes took part in the Open which took place from March 6 – April 7 which consisted of 5 workouts.  The cool thing about the Open is that anyone can compete…anyone…even me if I dared (which I didn’t!).  The top 30 teams and individuals in each region then moved on to the Regional competition.  And last weekend was the Northeast’s turn to take the stage.

The competition began on Friday, May 17th, but I wasn’t able to get up there that day due to work and other obligations.  So Saturday morning, me and 4 of my CFM girls woke up at the crack of dawn and headed up to Canton, MA to cheer on our team and have a little fun on days 2 & 3 of the competition.  The event was held at the Reebok World Headquarters, which was quite the venue!  Unfortunately we missed the team competition that morning, but we arrived just as Event 4 of the Individual Women’s Competition was beginning.  This event was intense:

  • 100 Wall Balls (20#/14# to a 10′ target)
  • 100 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
  • 100 One-legged squats, alternating
  • 100 One-armed dumbbell snatches (75#/50#)

The event was to be completed for time with a 25 minute cap.

Wall Balls

Wall Balls

Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Bloody Pull-up Bars

Bloody Pull-up Bars!

One-legged Squats

One-legged Squats

I was exhausted from watching this and seriously needed some food 🙂  So after the women finished, we headed out to the grounds to grab some lunch and check out some of the vendors.  I have to say this was some of the best “festival” food I’ve ever had…amazing paleo options!  I don’t think there would be any other event where you could get grilled meat with a ton of avocado and bacon on top?!

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Ashley & I :)

Ashley & I 🙂

Event 5 was up next and we were finally able to see the teams compete.  One man and one woman from each team had to complete the following for time:

Man completes 21-15-9 reps of:

  • 275# deadlift
  • 30″ box jump

Then, woman completes 21-15-9 reps of:

  • 185# deadlift
  • 24″ box jump

No big deal right??  Ugh…

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Dead lifts & box jumps!

We watched all the teams compete and here is where I found my most favorite team to watch…

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I mean really, how can you not love them??  I also really enjoyed watching Team CrossFit One who where incredibly inspiring and just seemed to enjoy every moment of the competition.  We were convinced these two are in love…who knows??

09 CFRG_Event5TeamTeam CFM was in the final heat and we were all so excited to finally get to cheer our team on.  Ryan and Katie took this stage for this event…

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They did an awesome job and finished 10th for the event.  I can’t even jump on a 24″ box so I was completely in awe.  The individuals were up next and the event was increased to the following weights:

  • 305#/205# deadlift
  • 30″/24″ box jumps

It was amazing to watch, but I think my favorite part about it was the set up.  For some reason, the way the weights came racing around the corner was extremely entertaining!

013 CFRG_WeightsBut by far, the best part of the competition and the CrossFit community in general is the camaraderie.  My favorite thing was to watch how the the competitors who had finished went right over to those who were still finishing up and cheered them on.  Some were clearly struggling to get through the WOD and I can only imagine how much that helped get them through the end.  Pure awesome.

011 CFRG_Team Cheer012 CFRG_Team CheerDay 2 of the games wrapped up and we headed back to our hotel some dinner and a night of shenanigans.  Sorry…but what happens in Canton, stays in Canton 😉  All I can say is we had a lot of laughs and were psyched to see what day 3 had to bring.

See Part 2 of the CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals HERE!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: February 3, 2013

Yesterday Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which apparently means an early spring…woohoo!!  I’m so over winter and can’t wait to put on some flip flops again.  But really, what does a groundhog know about weather?  The whole ceremony around Groundhog’s Day is a little strange to begin with…what’s with those top hats??


I would like to take a second and thank everyone who has read my Walt Disney World Marathon recaps this week.  The response I have received has been incredibly overwhelming and humbling.  It was a difficult day for me and to know that my journey and my struggles have inspired others to take on a new challenge makes it all worth while.  I originally ran this race for me, to prove to myself that I was strong enough to do it.  But now it has turned into so much more than that.  I really ran this for you because if someone like me can do it, so can you…no excuses.  DO IT!

If you missed the recaps, you can check them out here along with a few other things that happened on RAD this week:

Speaking of recaps, I need to share the best one of them all.  It was written by my best friend and running partner Amanda Tinney.  If you want to be inspired, you must read her story of struggle and enlightenment as she celebrates 21 miles of the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon.  Try to not cry…I dare you!

Now, let’s check out some other RAD Reads from this week!

Running & Fitness Posts
Running with Sass has some great tips for running a runDisney races.

Just a One Girl Revolution shares 5 tips for cold weather running.  My favorite is JFDI (just f’ing do it!).

Mommy Run Fast has 8 tips for new runners…wish I had these when I started running!

Peace, Love & Oats review proper running form.  This is so important to running efficiency!

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog celebrates the unexpected surprises in Epcot.

Eating WDW has a wonderful meal at Artist’s Point…I can’t wait to eat here again!  Confit bacon, yes please!

Blue Sky Disney takes an interesting look at the future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Sparkly Ever After enjoys the new Limited Time Magic in WDW and takes some great photos with long lost characters.

Da Mouse explores the new Wilderness Explorers interactive game coming to Animal Kingdom this spring…this looks fun!

Weekly Review
Last Sunday I finally got out to try my new Asics GT-2000s and so far so good!  I got in 3 miles and tried to work on speed as much as possible.  I was going for negative splits, but ended up slowing down that final mile because the wind was in my face.  It was like running into a wall!  It was also pretty cold.  I waited until about 1:00 pm and it was only 33 degrees, but the sun warmed me up a bit.  It was a gorgeous day and I was glad to get back out there…I even saw a swan in the Sound!



During the marathon, I was having some pain in what I think is my biceps femoris muscle.  It got better a few days later, so I didn’t think much of it.  Well about halfway through my run on Sunday it started acting up again.  It’s a little concerning, but I’m not overly worried yet.  I’m going to keep an eye on it before Princess and really focus on stretching the area.  Fingers crossed it’s nothing big.

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 3.34 mile run
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead Lifts, Power Cleans & 20 min AMRAP
Wednesday: 1:05 min plank + 50 air squats
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Bench Press & Air Dyne
Friday: CrossFit – 1 hour – AMRAPs of Wall Balls, Ring Rows & Rowing + 1:03 min plank
Saturday: Rest

It felt great to get 4 full workouts in this week, but I need to get back up to 5!  Soon enough.  This weather just needs to get a little better for me.  I just can’t bring myself to get on the treadmill to get those extra runs in…sigh.

Do your exercise routines change with the seasons?

Last but not not least, I’d like to give a big shout out to one of my favorite people, Krysten from The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail.  On Friday she underwent surgery to fix her robot heart…again.  In the days leading up to the surgery, she remained as positive as ever even though she was facing a frightening experience.  She came out of a successful surgery and posted this photo on Instagram.  Krysten is a true inspiration and always reminds me to look on the bright side of things even when faced with a challenge.  WE HEART YOU!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: December 16, 2012

After my horrible travel experience getting to South Carolina, I’ve had a pretty great time so far.  I don’t get to see my Mom very often, so this was a nice treat.  After they picked me up at the Columbia airport, we all went to this great place in Aiken, SC called Magnolia Natural Market and Cafe.  I completely fell in love with this place from the moment I walked in!  I’ll take you for an in-depth look at the yummy food later this week.

I am VERY far behind in my blog reading this week, so sadly I don’t have any RAD Reads.  But I promise to bring you some good stuff next week 🙂  Let’s jump right into my weekly review…

Weekly Review
Well this was the week of PRs and I loved every minute of it!!  Sunday started with the Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for Children 5K.  My official chip time was 35:52, which is 48 seconds faster than my last 5K time.  I actually felt pretty good during and after the race, with only some slight soreness in my left quad/hip area.  Even better news is that at this race last, year I had a time of 39:37 and I was struggling to get that…it’s amazing what a year can do.

I also owe a lot of this improvement to CrossFit, which you all know I am in love with (are you sick of my gushing yet??).  I’m stronger, fitter and have more endurance than ever.  I also hit some pretty huge PRs in CrossFit this week as well.  For dead lifts, I hit 193# for a one rep max – 50 pounds more than my last one rep max back on November 1st.  That’s a pretty big improvement in 6 weeks!  I was totally psyched 🙂

I also PR’d a 100# front squat this week and that felt amazing.  I love hitting those triple digits!!  Last Week I made that 73# one rep thruster, which was quite amazing to me.  I never in my life thought I would be able to lift 73# over my head.  I’m not saying it was easy, but damn it felt good!

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Christopher Martin 5K
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots o Squating
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead Lifts, Romanian Dead Lifts & Shoulder Press
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Box Jumps & Kettlebell Swings
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

While I’ve been in SC, I’ve had both a laser therapy and a reflexology treatment in preparation for the upcoming marathon.  They felt uh-mazing!!  I’m hoping this will help with the rest of my training this month and overall with the marathon.  I’ll keep ya updated on the progress.

Last but not least, I received the results of my chest x-ray, blood test and my allergy test back this week.  My chest x-ray was normal…yay!  For the blood test, the good news is that everything was normal.  The bad news is that we have no idea what is causing my night sweats.  I’m relieved, yet frustrated.  Blech.

The allergy test showed an egg allergy…so interesting!  The results showed that I have a severe allergy to egg whites and a moderate allergy to egg yolks.  I never would of thought of eggs…ever.  All of the other 88 foods tested were in the normal range.  I’m not 100% convinced of that since I have found certain foods that don’t sit well with me.  Anyway, the plan is to cut out eggs for at least 3 months and see if it makes a difference with my colitis.  Fingers crossed it will 🙂

Oh wait there’s one more thing…the winner of my RAD Holiday Giveaway!!!  There were 116 entries (awesome!!!) and I used to select the winner.

Giveaway Winner

And the winner is:

Katherine of Food Fitness Fantasy!

RAD Giveaway Winner_Katherine

Katherine, I hope you enjoy and that the hat and Bondiband come in handy when you run the WDW Marathon!!  I’ll be in touch via email to get your address 🙂

Hope you all have a great week!  Stay healthy out there!