Suck It Up, Buttercup

Happy Month-o’-the-Turkey! I say this because I find myself eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving allllllllllllll month. First of all, I love to eat. Pretty self-explanatory. Secondly, we wrap up our work season on November 30, so today begins theย FINAL COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM!ย 

Unfortunately, the downside of my much-anticipated 3-month reprieve is that November is a bit hectic. We are trying to tie up all the professional loose ends so that there is minimal communication with clients and employees over the winter. This way, we all get a break from each other which I’ll assume makes everyone happy!

In past seasons, my workouts were always the first item to get kicked to the curb during this last month of hell. However, this year I think that I’ve found a pattern that I actually look forward to checking off my daily to-do list. I’ve settled into my weekly schedule of 3 Crossfit workouts and 3 runs, and thus far, I’m pretty happy about it. I’m not burned out or sick of either, and I seem to be improving on both. I think that describes success, right?

Denver peeps love Wash Park. I think it’s beautiful….but not that amazing. I’ll take legit trail running any day of the week!

Sometimes the good comes with the bad though, and that’s how this week is feeling for me. I did a beautiful 5-mile lunch run at Wash Park on Tuesday with Cindy. The sun was shining, temps were in the high 60s (yes, while everyone on the East coast suffered through Sandy), and the birds were literally chirping. My legs weren’t feeling any of these glorious Tuesday attributes, however. Instead, my legs felt like lead and I suffered through all five of those miles! I got it done, but man– it was brutal!

This changed yesterday morning when I stopped by Big Horn Crossfit for my mid-week WOD. Naturally, I was a little annoyed by my abysmal showing on Tuesday, so I wore one of my favorite outfits to the box in order to get the morning started right.

This shirt (complete with my accompanying mess of hair and premature crow’s feet):

Reebok Crossfit TriBlend Short Sleeve Top

And these shoes:

Reebok RealFlex Fusion TR

My legs were still putting the hurt on my mental game, but I eventually managed to talk myself down from the woe-is-me ledge. Once the workout got going, I didn’t have much time to wallow in self pity anyway!

The workout:

5 rounds for time:
10 pull-ups (assisted, with green band for me)
31 walking lunges
12 kettlebell swings (15 lbs)

Total time: 10:49

For the record, 155 walking lunges make me want to drop a few F-bombs…I just don’t because then I have to do more burpees!

If you’re smarter than me, it probably took you 2.01 seconds to realize that the “random” number sets actually were in celebration of Halloween (10/31/12). Unfortunately, I was having a day of mental idiocy and totally didn’t realize the correlation until our coach explained it. Duh. How did I make it through grad school again??

The workout was followed up by a “cash out” of 2×400 (yay, on my day off from running!) with a 1:30 rest in between. I managed to eek the 400s out at 1:44 and 1:42, respectively, so I was at least psyched for the mildly negative split. No one needed to know that I swear I almost puked up a kidney while finishing my second 1/4 mile lap …. right?

Moral to my long-winded story? Suck it up, buttercup.ย If I would have allowed myself to bail on Crossfit on Wednesday because of Tuesday’s traumatizing run, I would have missed out on a great pre-candy Halloween workout. And, I would actually be able to walk down the stairs because my butt wouldn’t be so sore….who wants that?!

What do you do when you are just NOT FEELING a workout?

Any tried-and-true techniques that elicit self motivation?
For Crossfit, I’ve been making a point to sign up ahead of time for my classes. No one likes someone that RSVP’s and doesn’t attend! For running, I have Tals. We all know that the wrath of an un-exercised Tally is far superior to any lack of motivation I may feel!


  • Reply Suz and Allan at

    I’m just laughing imagining Tals sitting next to the door waiting to go run and not taking no for an answer!

    Great job with that workout and pushing yourself through the run! That park is beautiful. I can see why so many people like to run there.

  • Reply Meredith @ DareYouTo at

    It’s true. I just try to remind myself how AWESOME I’ll feel after the workout.

  • Reply fancy nancy at

    I always feel better once I put on my big girl pants and work out!! Great job pushing through!

  • Reply Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife at

    that wod looks awesome! I actually looked at it and was like 31 lunges thats an odd number until I read the hallwoeen thing haha.. so you aren’t alone! (:

  • Reply Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman at

    Honestly, though I’m not sure why it works, I make compromises. I’ll let myself plan on a shorter run or not going 100% during a workout in order to get started. 90% of the time, once I’m started, something takes over and I’m at it 100%. Why this works, I don’t know, but I’m happy to have a mental ploy to use. Nice job getting it all in though!!

    And yes, we are all quite jealous of your 60 degree weather. Though running in a hurricane can have it’s fun times too. =P

  • Reply Kammie @ Sensual Appeal at

    Signing up ahead of time for classes usually works for me too, especially when there’s a monetary penalty if you miss. I HAVE missed classes I’ve signed up for before though… Oops.

  • Reply at

    Honestly, it usually helps me to just remind myself that I feel so much better after I get a workout in. Plus, I know that getting started is the hardest part. Just getting going usually motivates me!

  • Reply Carli Alice at

    You crossfitters make me tired! I would have to say that if I don’t feel like working out I give it ten minutes. After that, I’ll either want to finish it or not. 90% of those get finished but the other 10%. Not so much.

    Of course, a favorite outfit always helps.

    • Reply Colorado Gal at

      Ha, I just started Crossfit a month ago so I’m definitely not one of those bad ass chicas that make it look easy ๐Ÿ™‚ And I have those 10% days too!

  • Reply Amanda @ Run Principessa at

    You’re amazing. And I love that shirt! When I don’t feel like doing a workout, generally I have to complain to somebody about it so that they’ll yell at me if I don’t. My boyfriend is pretty good with that role. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply MCM Mama at

    Suck it up, Buttercup is my favorite mantra.

    I ran 7 awful miles today. Some days I just make myself do it. (Helps that I don’t want to admit on my blog that I’m slacking LOL.)

  • Reply {lifeasa}RunningMom at

    I do the suck it up buttercup mantra too….and I really do need to suck it up and get my bootie out of bed dark and early starting next week!

  • Reply Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning at

    Suck it up, buttercup is my mantra!!
    LOL- i just saw that someone above posted the same thing right after I wrote that. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have those shoes- I think they’re HIDEOUS, but I love them!!
    all of those walking lunges… I’d drop some F bombs too. I think your workout schedule sounds perfect though.

    I’ll be in your neck of the woods in 12 days!!!!!

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    You’re better than me, because when I don’t feel like it, I just don’t do it! lol

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