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An Awesome(ly hard) Partner Workout

Oh man…it’s been a heavy workout day and I am so happy to be sitting down right now. Before I launch into all the details, here is a look at last night’s dinner.

Grilled okra, grilled king clip and brown rice. After dinner I was able to tame my sweet tooth and avoid dessert. I did have a glass of red wine instead though! πŸ˜‰

I was starving when I woke up this morning so I immediately made breakfast. I also treated myself to coffee (I’ve gone all week without!). Breakfast was peanut butter, honey and banana on toast and sliced fresh strawberries from yesterday’s farmer’s market haul.

I quickly finalized my playlist and class plan and then headed over toΒ Y2Β to teach the Sunday morning hot class. It was one of those classes where the energy was really amazing. I’m not sure what creates this energy but I felt on and clearly my yogis did too. I had quite a few people talk to me after class and tell me it was one of “those classes” and comment on how great their practice felt.

And I must share two songs that I discovered through Pandora and added to my playlist for the seated floor work.

I love music.

I went to Metro to do the 12:30 p.m. CrossFit class. We had our first paleo potluck today and the Workout of the Day looked awesome so I didn’t want to miss out.

Well, I was right. The WOD was awesome but it completely kicked my ass. We did this workout with a partner. We started with walking lunges while holding a sandbag. While one partner lunged, the other had to hold a plank. Then we moved on to 100 abmat sit ups (50 each), a combined 1,000 meter row and 100 kettle bell Β swings (50 each). It was SO hard.

My partner and I ended up with the fastest time by one second! There was a lot of encouragement and pushing involved. I love participating in classes and working out with the members!

Sweaty group pic post-WOD. Everyone rocked the workout.

We were all ready for some food after that killer workout. We had a nice little spread of paleo almond biscuits, turkey meatloaf, fruit salad, baba ganoush and sliced fresh peppers. We’re doing paleo potlucks after the Sunday class during the 30-day paleo challenge. And while I am not going 100% paleo, I am modifying my diet a bit and eating as clean as possible to support them. We have over 25 people doing the challenge!

My plate + more fruit and baba ganoush. We discussed how tough the WOD was while we ate and everyone commented that they were a little shaky as they were trying to eat their food.

I did about an hour of a hot yoga class when I left Metro just to stretch out a bit. Now I’m off to down some Mexican food with a group from work.

Head over to the Peanut Butter Runner Facebook page to post your weekend workouts or let me know what you did in the comments. One last thing, be sure to check in tomorrow for a big post! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  • Carrie April 15, 2012, 6:13 pm

    Wow, sounds like an intense day workout-wise!

  • Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork April 15, 2012, 6:18 pm

    A) I LOVE that Jason Walker song! It’s one of my favorites and incidentally, I heard it for the first time on the Vampire Diaries (Which I also secretly love).

    B) I like your fork πŸ˜‰

    I’m glad you had a great weekend!

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:55 pm

      go dawgs! πŸ™‚ it was in a miscellaneous pile of plastic silverware i had!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 15, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Sounds like a pretty intense day!

  • Sana April 15, 2012, 6:36 pm

    It’s nice of you to show your support πŸ™‚

  • Ally April 15, 2012, 6:44 pm

    You’re so strong, Jen! I’ve never tried crossfit, it seems so intimidating, but all your posts about it are intriguing… I used to rock climb all the time (I’m an instructor), but after a car accident about three years ago I stopped. While I’ve filled my time with other things, I’m getting the itch again. These last few weeks have been intense trying to build up the strength again! I spent the weekend on my yoga mat to balance it out πŸ™‚

  • Ally Garner April 15, 2012, 6:54 pm

    So so much to comment on! First, of course I have to give a Go Dawgs! shoutout for the Georgia fork πŸ˜‰ Nice. Second, I love Endless melody – thanks for sharing! And third, how do you get your husband to workout with you? Jeff I love to run together, but I can’t get him to practice yoga with me for anything. Any advice welcome πŸ™‚

  • Becca April 15, 2012, 8:00 pm

    Hey Jen!
    Do you have the recipe for the almond biscuits (if they were indeed worth sharing!)?

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:55 pm

      they were great. i’ve requested the recipe for ya!

  • Tiffany April 15, 2012, 8:18 pm

    Hey Jen,

    Looks like you had a great day filled with lots of activities. I’ve heard so many people speak of the paleo diet. What exactly is it and what are the benefits to the diet? Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • dana April 15, 2012, 9:39 pm

    I took the weekend off from the gym, but I did walk about 4 miles yesterday during a charity scavenger hunt for Autism Speaks. Back at it tomorrow morning with a hot vinyasa class.

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:43 pm

      sometimes you need a weekend away from the gym!

  • Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 15, 2012, 9:46 pm

    Your partner workout sounds like it was a fun time! Makes an intense workout that much more bearable!

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:39 pm

      having someone else to motivate you and hold yourself accountable to is awesome!

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement April 16, 2012, 7:31 am

    I’ve just started CrossFit and am loving it. I just read your post about Kippling Pull Ups and then was surprised to see it in my workout less than an hour later. So hard…I admit. I’m loving how challenging it is, it really pushes my level of fitness, it’s great to get out of a comfortable place with my routine.

    Please share…how do you tame the sweet tooth?

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:38 pm

      sierra – i love the new challenge from crossfit too and that every day is different!

      i have a CRAZY sweet tooth but i’ve been able to tame it a bit for the past week by sheer willpower. i literally just decided that i was not going to eat cookies/cakes/ice cream for a few weeks so that i could break myself of the habit of having something sweet every day and that i “deserve” it somehow. does that make sense? it hasn’t been as hard as i thought. and i’m not being militant about sugar but definitely trying to avoid it in excess and avoid dessert-type foods.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 16, 2012, 7:40 am

    I love creating playlists for my yoga classes πŸ™‚ Sounds like an awesome workout!

  • Chantalle Carles April 16, 2012, 8:58 am

    That sounds like such a tough workout! I’m making it a major fitness goal of mine to do more strength training. I’ve become more consistent than I was prior, but I would like to incorporate it more often in my weekly workout schedule.

    This weekend I ran my second half marathon at RaceFest in South Park. I ran my first a month ago and was on a running high that I immediately signed up for this one. However, I didn’t realize how burned out I was on running training schedules, so I actually didn’t train for this one. I kept up my yoga and spinning workouts as well as strength training, but only ran a few times. I think my longest run was 8 miles the Monday before the race when I started panicking that I wasn’t ready. For whatever reason though, I felt great on Saturday and ended up with a 5 min PR! I couldn’t help but laugh just a little crossing the finish line. Sometimes I think we can over think things when we rely just new. To take a step back and return to the reason we run in the first place.

    Have a wonderful Monday!

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:32 pm

      chantalle – congratulations on the new PR. how awesome that you were able to pull it off on a more relaxed training schedule. maybe that is just what your body needed! have a great week!

  • megan April 16, 2012, 12:31 pm

    I couldn’t agree more; the energy in yesterday’s class was incredible…. thank you again!!

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:20 pm

      thank you so much for being there and sharing your energy! πŸ™‚

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers April 16, 2012, 1:47 pm

    You two are so fit! Is the “55/35” the weight of the kb? Swinging 35 lbs that many times would be pretty tough for me – I’d surely be feeling it the next day!

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 2:45 pm

      oh the kettlebell weight is in kb! i am more sore from the walking sandbag lunges than anything. usually my traps are super sore from KB swings though.

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit April 16, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Awesome workout! Looks like its a killer! Excited for this “big post” you’ve got today πŸ™‚

  • Liaa April 16, 2012, 3:49 pm

    Wow to that workout! I think that looks awesome!! Sounds like a super busy day, glad you got the chance to relax later. Have an awesome day!

  • Brittany April 16, 2012, 3:51 pm

    As soon as I clicked play on the music videos I immediately felt the need to get into form on my living floor. My daughter right beside me did a great arch and then proceeded to run around my poses in circles. I guess I’ll have to wait until she’s down for a nap πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jen April 16, 2012, 3:57 pm

      so cute! glad you enjoyed!

  • Katie April 16, 2012, 6:40 pm

    I started counting calories and started adding exercise in my life and have lost 20 pounds!

  • Katie April 16, 2012, 6:42 pm

    wrote that on the wrong post, whoops πŸ™‚

  • Kim April 16, 2012, 9:48 pm

    Workout on Saturday was completing my first 1/2 marathon. Longest distance to date my legs have run. Sunday was some good long yoga stretching. My body was sore in such a different way. Have to thank you for being a motivating factor in me even signing up for the race. Absolutely love seeing your posts in my google reader queue. Love the workouts you have posted, have become a dedicated foam roller and quite a few recipes from PBR and Bakin and Eggs are new family favorites.

    • Jen April 18, 2012, 6:05 pm

      congrats on completing your first half, kim! that’s awesome. thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment. i’m glad you’ve discovered the painful goodness of the foam roller and have enjoyed my recipes!

  • SloanCelette April 16, 2012, 11:39 pm

    Looks like an awesome workout. I’m curious, how long are the turf lengths with the lunges? And how much weight is in the sandbag? πŸ™‚

    • Jen April 18, 2012, 6:04 pm

      hmmm…good questions. i’m not sure of the exact measurement of the turf (i can find out) but it’s about 20-22 walking lunges one-way down. the sandbags were varying weights. we just grabbed whatever was available. i will check and see.

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