fitness · obstacle course

Five Reasons You Should Do an Obstacle Course

#1. You can go at your own pace. Everyone moves at a different pace, and no one even cares if you walk it (as long as you don’t take up the entire width of the trail). I like to go for the ‘prancing deer’ style.

#2. You can show off your super cool dance moves.

#3. It’s a great place to get out some of those deep down hidden emotions, like fear and absolute terror. You’ll also get embarrassing photographic evidence of these emotions.

This was about the time I decided that the boys I was with would be great on their own, and if I didn’t go down the slide right away, I would never do it. My body went down the slide before my brain was ready.

Am I crying here? Maybe? This is my “I hate water slides,” face. I know most people look forward to slides, but once once they reach longer than 10 ft, they transform into a tower of slippery nightmares for me.

I promise I’m actually fine. Every time I go down a water slide, I look like a cat in a tub (see last year’s obstacle course).

Oh, and there’s a pit of water at the bottom? Can’t wait for THAT!

On the flip side, my husband does it one-handed, while yelling with what I can only imagine is pure, manly glee.

That’s okay, maybe I did better at walking over a pool of water using a plank and a couple of ropes. Wait..

Can you tell how good I am at sports? It’s proven by how much I look like I’m crying while I’m doing them.

#4. You get super muddy, and it’s totally fine, because everyone is super muddy. And swimming through a pit of mud is kind of an enjoyable, floaty feeling, and you get to know what alligators feel like.

#5. At the end, you get a cool medal, a free hat and beer. I don’t drink the beer, but I appreciate the sentiment.

Okay, so maybe you just have to do it to know why you’re doing it. And some people are not into it, and that’s okay, too.

Which have you done, if any?

Our favorites are:
1. Warrior Dash
2. Tough Mudder (him, not me, yet)
3. Spartan Race
4. Wipe Out Run

cats · fitness · food · yoga

Cat Yoga

Christmas is the season which turns all cats into furry ornament assassins. My cats have been especially devious, lately.

Yesterday, I accidentally left the medicine cabinet open, and Boba climbed in. I realized it when I saw him crouching in my bedroom, hovering protectively over a furry object. Upon closer inspection, I saw he had my makeup brush clutched in his mouth, and was hissing when I got anywhere near it.

I had to pick him up, while trying to not get jabbed by his flailing, armed claws, until he dropped it out of his mouth, and we both made a mad scramble for it. I won, or so I thought, until I saw the carnage he had already created by walking his fluffy butt inside the cabinet.

The kitties have been amused by my indoor workouts, lately. They especially love when I do yoga and they can sniff my face while I’m in some kind of crouching panda warrior pose.

I started the 30 day yoga challenge with Erin Motz, which I am about halfway through. They are awesome and each one has been interesting so far. None of them are incredibly hard – some are easier than others.

The hardest one for me was crow pose – has anyone mastered it? Any tips? I have small arms and have only been able to stay up for a second or two.

My other favorite is the Blogilates channel. The videos are short, and there’s a calendar on her site that you can use as a workout plan.
I’ve been mixing and matching them, and the yoga is a relaxing end.
I’d also like to expand my food palate and learn a little more about lentils, grains, & veggies. I usually stick with broccoli and sweet potatoes for veggies, since they are easy to cook. I’d like to eat more green things, but I just don’t know what to do with them. I haven’t hopped on board with kale, because I don’t know how you make it taste good. I’ve eaten the Trader Joe’s vegan nacho kale chips a couple times, and those aren’t bad.

What kind of veggies do you make?
Any favorite Youtube fitness channels?

cats · fashion · favorites · fitness

Friday Favorites: Cat Swagger

Despite finding a spider in my shower this morning (HELLLOOO not the best surprise first thing in the morning), it has been a decent week and I can’t wait for the weekend to begin. I had to work all last weekend, so it will be the first day off in a while.

Favorite Purchase:

Top: Urban Outfitters (old) (similar) // Cardigan: Converse One Star (old) (similar) // Jeggings: Hue // Booties: Target (similar) // Scarf: Old Navy // Bracelet: Target

I finally bought the Hue jeggings I had been looking at for a couple weeks, after my Old Navy ones starting wearing out (why does Old Navy stretch denim always stretch out after a few wears?).

Then Kathy posted about these and they seemed a million times better. So far, so good, after one wear. They are definitely more legging than the Old Navy brand, so I’m crossing my fingers for them. They fit really well.

You can see the texture a little better here. I promise they are blue.

Favorite Workout:
I did yoga today, and it felt great. When it first started, I thought it might be a little slow, but it flew by and I was burning during most of it.

Some of you may be more experienced, but my legs were shaking like a leaf when I tried some of the moves. It felt soo good, which is weird.

Favorite App:
I just downloaded Run Sackboy, Run a couple days ago and want to play it all day. The graphics are adorable.

I actually have Little Big Planet, but my Playstation collects dust. I’m much more likely to play a game on my phone than use any type of console, because I can play this anytime.

He’s so cute, and you can earn points for even cuter costumes, like a unicorn.

Cat Pose:
Boba in his swagger pose. He hangs out like this all the time, and he’s just asking for me to grab his toes.

Favorite TV Show:
Gilmore Girls, because there is nothing like rewatching their mother/daughterness. It makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.

Linking up with Amanda at Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!!

fashion · fitness · food

Nap Party Is My Kind of Party

Goodbye sweet weekend!! Hope you all had a fantastic holiday. We had a great one in which I realized I am way too old to stay out till 2 AM at a bar, especially when I don’t even drink anything.

We hung out with one of Greg’s best friends who was in town and he is far more skilled at drinking/partying than us. On the weekend, I’m usually in bed by midnight, only after I’ve gotten my hands on some cookies and milk. Then I’m ready to fall asleep with a book in my hand. Staying out is cool sometimes, but I could never keep up every weekend!!

We had fun and then were couch potatoes the rest of the weekend. We did some shopping and Chipotle-eating, which are some of my favorite things. I could eat a whole bag of those Chipotle chips.

Top: Old Navy (similar) // Skirt: Forever 21 // Boots: Steve Madden // Purse: Francesca’s (similar)

We made some yummy Vegan Cheddar Broccoli Mac & Cheese Bake. Possibly the best vegan recipe we’ve made. Sometimes I miss cheese so much, and this was perfect. It’s been a few months since I’ve had cheese, but this tasted pretty damn cheesy to me.

Finally took these pasty legs out for a run in the summer sun. I have to sunscreen my face in this heat, and I still come back looking like a tomato, but at least not burnt.

Still needing a new pair of running shoes, but too undecided on which ones. Any favorites?

Is the summer already hitting where you are?
Are you a fan of summer weather or do you prefer the cold?
Do you stay out late on the weekends?

fitness · obstacle course · weekend

Watch Me Fall Off of Things

You know that show, Wipeout? Now I am fully aware of why they call it that. Greg and I went to the ROC Race aka Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this weekend, and we had so much fun. I also fell on my butt a lot.

Greg took his GoPro with him, so we got lots of good video, and I wanted to share some pics of my wipeout expertise.

Jump Balls

More like Jump Ball, because I didn’t see anyone make it past one. So much harder than it looks!! I will keep making fun of those people on Wipeout, but I feel for them. I did jump on the first ball, but after that I flew diagonally and landed like a demented flying squirrel on the ground.

Wrecking Ball

The balls just kept coming back! I thought I was gonna be smooth and duck the first one, but then the other came, then the other one, and then the guy yelled, “No crawling!!” I couldn’t get away from the balls, so I jumped in.

Cool Runnings

Not gonna lie, I was so scared! I busted my butt cheek on the first water slide we went on, but luckily this one was much deeper. Somehow I ended up backwards?? The tube felt like it was flying a million miles an hour.

World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide

But not as scary as the view from the world’s largest inflatable slide!!! Notice how much Greg is enjoying the ride, with arms up and eyes open, and I am flying down it like a paralyzed cat in a bathtub. We both have our own approaches. His is the more carefree approach, and mine is the, “What have I done? Is that me screaming???” approach.

Would you go on this slide??
Are you into adventurous sports?
What extreme adventure would you try?

fitness · obstacle course · spartan race · weekend

Spartan Race NY

This weekend, Greg and completed our first Spartan Race. Despite the fact that it hurts to put on my pants now, we had a lot of fun.

This was the muddiest race I’ve ever run. I must’ve eaten a full mouthful of New York mud.

This race was incredibly hard!! Luckily, Greg was there to help me out, because if you don’t finish an obstacle, you have to do burpees at each one. First of all, the course was on a freakin’ ski resort! There were no flat areas; it was 4 1/2 miles of steep climbs and downhills.

Here are my thoughts on some of the obstacles:

Barb Wire Crawl

Does this look crazy to you? Because it definitely is. It was about the length of a football field uphill, AND a guy was constantly waving a fire hose around, spraying us down. That turned out to be all right, because it made the ground a little squishier and softer on the knees. This obstacle took the longest, because of the distance and amount of people. Also the part where I got the most beat up on my knees and elbows.

Rock Drag

We had a pet rock for a little bit. This part wasn’t too bad. Greg wanted to take it with him for the rest of the race, but there was no stealing of the rocks allowed.

Lateral Climb

Greg tried to help me on this one, but when he reached for my foot, I screamed, “No, no, don’t touch it!!” and promptly fell off the wall.
Spartan Pancake
Carry more heavy shit uphill. They gave us a heavy bean bag type weight and we carried it in a big uphill-downhill loop. Lots of people were using them as cushions while they sat exhausted on the hill. We saw one woman sitting on a log near the top screaming, “Why did I sign up for this???”
Rope Climb
I tried this one, but my upper body was pooped. I felt like a fish trying to climb out of the water. Maybe next time.
High Walls
Greg had to boost me up on a few of the high walls, but it felt incredible scaling them and leaping over the side.
Fire Leap
This is the part where you feel most like a bad-ass, because it’s at the very end, and you have no idea why you just did all of that shit but it feels freakin’ awesome, and now you’re just gonna jump over some fire, ’cause it’s in your way.
Compared to other races I’ve run or been to, the atmosphere was totally different. We didn’t see any costumes during our run on the Spartan Race, which was surprising to me. The Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder seem to be a lot more playful, and the Spartan Race took itself more seriously.
I enjoy the crazy atmosphere of guys dressed like Catwoman, and the more laid-back attitude of the other races. The obstacles on this course were killer, though, and challenged me like I’ve never had before.

They haven’t updated the page with results and photos yet, I hope they do soon!

I’m gonna try to recover my body before we do the ROC Race this weekend!! I’m so excited.
Would you ever do a Spartan Race?
What’s your favorite obstacle course?
fitness · thoughts

This is November

Nobody told me doing squats would make my butt hurt. I’ve been squatting with weights, and holy crap, it is fun, but OW…the next day. I’ve been trying not to spend much on clothes, with Christmas coming up, but workout clothes don’t really count. In my head. My checking account thinks otherwise.

I got a pair of these compression pants from Old Navy, and they are so awesome. I already had one pair of full length black ones (I bought the long size which is perfect for me at 5’8″; I like the extra length), and these are almost as comfy. Only because I put them on and they were SO tight I was afraid I would rip them. Then I started hopping around and doing squats and they are perfectly fine.

Greg and I settled in for pizza and a movie the other night, and we decided to watch This Is the End.

Let me just say, if you liked this movie, that’s okay. I would love to hear why. But I thought it was bad. Real bad. It turned out to be a lot weirder than expected and kind of creepy! I’m into both weird and creepy, but I wished it were funnier. So…if you’re in the mood for a funny apocalypse movie, here’s a suggestion of what to watch INSTEAD of This Is the End.

This movie is fantastic!! I LOVE Simon Pegg, and this is hilarious and even a little sweet. I 100% recommend it, and I especially recommend the other two movies that are part of the Cornetto kind-of-trilogy, Shaun of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz.

fashion · fitness

Workout Style

I found this tank on clearance at Dick’s the other day, and I could not wait to wear it to the gym today. They were having an awesome sale, with an extra 50% off clearance, so I got two different colors. It’s so light and comfortable, perfect for running indoors. Also, it doesn’t get all squished up around my waist while I’m running, which happens with some of my other tops. Here’s what I wore today, with a bonus cat.

Top: Underarmour (similar) (save) // Pants: Old Navy (exact) // Shoes: Brooks (exact)

Yesterday, while I thought G was waiting patiently in the car while I went into the store for some things, he actually sneaked in and bought flowers without me noticing. I LOVE surprise flowers.

Last time he bought flowers, he had accidental perfect timing. He came home with them right after I had a major meltdown. I’d forgotten to take my pill the day before, and it was a very stressful week, and I started freaking out that my old college wouldn’t send my transcript. I was alternating between crying and throwing my phone across the room. Sometimes you just have those moments where one little thing sets off a Mega Sharktopus-crocosaurus-nado. Like everything had been waiting to explode all week. G came home to the aftermath of me fallen like a beached turtle on the couch, and he had a Reese’s and flowers in his hand. I don’t know how he did it.

We also had to get a new shower curtain this weekend, since our old one bit the dust. Actually, it was murdered…by mold. Gross. So now we have learned to air it out more, and replaced it with this lovely floral-patterned one from Target. Looks like it’s only available in-stores, although they do have the awesome world map shower curtain, which was our shower curtain in our first apartment.