Training: These Boots Are Made for Walking

Photo taken in the hotel after I regained the use of my frostbitten hands.

Photo taken in the hotel after I regained the use of my frostbitten hands.

You might have noticed that I haven’t posted about training in a few weeks, partly because I haven’t been training, but mostly because I was traveling overseas for business and didn’t feel like doing battle with the spotty wi-fi connections.

Last Saturday was the Where’s Wally (Waldo) charity run in London’s Victoria Park. More than 1,200 people registered, donned the famous striped shirt, hat and glasses, and braved the elements for the 5k.

Now, when I say “braved the elements,” let me explain that it was the coldest spring weekend in the UK in 50 years. When we arrived at the park, the wind chill was 19 degrees Fahrenheit and it was intermittently snowing/sleeting sideways. Perfect running weather. (Ha!) As the forecast had predicted mid-40s temperatures prior to my departure from California, I was completely unprepared and underdressed for the weather. Next time I encounter a situation like this, I swear I’m going to run it in my calf-length parka.

Lovely boots, but not really designed for high-mileage days.

Needless to say, with weather conditions being what they were, I didn’t get out for much running. However, I did manage to log an average of seven miles each day wearing completely inappropriate boots. Mind you, they’re perfectly ok boots for normal conditions, but when you’re logging big miles day after day… well, let’s just say that by the end of the week, I felt like I’d run a distance event.

On the plus side, as I was shaving my legs last night, I noticed that I suddenly seem to have the most defined calf muscles that I’ve had in ages. Who says that walking isn’t a good workout?

This coming week is spring break for the Tiny Kitchen Assistant, which means that I won’t have any sort of normal routine to speak of. I am, however, looking forward to the spring weather and getting back into a post-trip workout groove starting next week.

Question for my readers: who has done CrossFit? Opinions?

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2 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    Raj loves it. He says it’s a really supportive environment and works for people of all levels. He really enjoys the challenge and pushing himself in different ways. He’s missed the camaraderie of being on a sports team, I think. To me, it sounds like gym class and (bearing in mind that I have some lingering gym class trauma and hated it even more than I did math) am 100% uninterested in going.

  2. Alisa says:

    The gym class mentality is a turn off for me, too, as is the go-until-you-puke thing. That’s not a selling point. I know that it gets results, but I’m not sure that I’m willing to endure what it takes to get there.

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