I had Christmas Eve off so I decided to do a 12 Days of Christmas workout.Â This is a CrossFit tradition which is both insane and attractive to me.Â (Sadly, these things are not often mutually exclusive.)
I made my own based on a few I saw online.
- Sumo High Dead Pull – squat, take the bar from the floor to the chin with your hands together in the center of the bar while standing up
- Thrusters – bar under chin, squat, stand and push it overhead
- Push Press – bar overhead
- Hang clean – bar thighs to chin
- Hang snatches – bar thighs to overhead
- Kettlebell swings
- Pull ups – I was going to use the machine at the gym
- Step ups
- Push ups
- Back squats
It works like the song.Â You do one sumo dead pull then two thrusters and one sumo.Â Then three push presses, 2 thrusters, and 1 sumo, and so on.Â I was using a 55 lb bar.Â I warmed up with a mile walk.
The snatches killed me.Â I haven’t done a lot of overhead work lately and it showed.Â When I got to 7 and went to do the pull up, I couldn’t do anything even with the weight offset to the highest level.Â My arms were shaking.Â I got to dips but I knew I was beat.Â On paper it looks easy enough but I couldn’t do it.Â I’ll keep working on it though.Â I walked about 1/2 a mile to cool down then hit the pool and hot tub for a soak.
I went home and took advantage of the warm weather to walk 1.5 miles with Freckles.Â I didn’t even need a coat on Christmas Eve in Ohio.
Another 1.5 mile walk with Freckles.Â I would prefer to do my exercise walking alone because it is all stops and starts with her.Â Today was particularly bad.Â I told her to get herself together and walk.Â A bit later she started tilting her head to the right and shaking her head.Â I stopped walking and she kept walking in a circle with her head all lopsided until I told her that it was ok to just stop and take care of the itch.Â Once she gets focused on moving, she is all forward motion I guess.
Another 1.5 mile walk loop.Â I thought about sneaking out of the house but that dog is crafty.Â She was watching me.Â I was still wearing a sweater and skirt and boots when I noticed that she was eyeing me. She looked so hopeful.Â As soon as I came out of the room with sweats on, she didn’t let me out of her sight.Â When I put on a coat, she ran screaming and barking down to the basement door.
I’ve signed up for US Road Running’s Total Mileage program in January.
How does it work?
Run/Walk at any location you want. You can use the treadmill, run outside, your own course, another race, or get your running group together (Group Discount). Â You can run the event any day before the race end date.
How it works – Total Mileage Program?
Set your goal mileage for the month when you register. After you meet your goal update your “Actual” mileage. Â On the total mileage program medal, we put your name and “Actual” mileage on your medal.
I signed up for 20 miles.Â I based that on 2 miles every other day allowing for a few days of blizzards.Â I plan on walking this month.Â I hope to eventually find a way to not hurt myself if I up the speed.
I’m not sure that I’ll continue to sign up for the program each month because it costs money but they also have virtual races you can run.