Achieved: The Filthy Fifty

Hey there!  Hope your Wednesday has been fantabulous.  I have been on the go since 8:00 this morning and am currently looking forward a long afternoon nap so I will make this snappy.

This morning I woke up to head to a committee meeting for school.  It was supposed to begin at 8:00 and end at 10:00 so I signed up for Tristan’s 11:00am Crossfit class.  Problem was that the meeting ran a little late, which made me run a lotta late (for me) in getting home and changing and finally getting to Crossfit.  I stress if I can’t get places ridiculously and unecessarily early.  I did not enjoy showing up for class with two minutes to spare (and still being the first one there), but I am sure glad I made it!

Today’s Workout of the Day (WOD) was an endurance one called “The Filthy Fifty”.  It is bascially 10 different exercises that you do for 50 reps.  Easy?  Not so much!  It is expected to take between 20 and 40 minutes so there was not strength portion to today’s class, we got right into it.

The Filthy Fifty looks like this:

  • 50 box jumps
  • 50 jumping pull ups
  • 50 kettle bell swings (12kg)
  • 50 walking lunges
  • 50 knees to elbows (modified after 20 reps to roll ups on the floor)
  • 50 push press (35lbs)
  • 50 back extensions
  • 50 wall ball shots (14kg)
  • 50 burpees (yes, 50 after all the stuff above)
  • 50 double unders  150 jump rope singles

My game plan was to go slow and steady and to keep moving as much as possible.  I broke the reps into groups of 10 (or 5 when I felt really tired) and allowed for a small break between these mini-rep groups.  This strategy worked well most of the time with the exceptions of burpees.  Burpees are a whole different beast because they use so much darn energy!  I did 1 rep counts and tried to just. keep. doing. them. until I reached 50.

There are two things I really need to work on: knees to elbows and double unders.

  • Knees to Elbows:  These take FOREVER and it is part of the reason I get discouraged and move to a modification.  THe other reason is that my palms sweat so much that I was slipping off the bar after every single rep (even after using the grip gel).  Annoying.  Tristan told me the key to “getting” these is to get down my kipping.  GOAL: Learn how to kip.
  • Double Unders: I just have no idea what to do for these.  Do I jump higher?  Swing the rope faster?  Both?  EIther way I don’t do anything fast so I fear I will never get them- and with a triple times the rep penalty these are going to hurt my times until I get them right.

I finished, with the modifications listed above, in 36:07.  Not a second too soon.  It was a tough workout!

After Crossfit I munched on a Clif bar while I made my way to my school to catch up with some people I needed to talk to. I am sure they appreciated that I was still in my damp workout clothes with sweat holding my hair in place. You’re welcome friends 🙂 I didn’t really get anything done in my classroom, but Im not worried.  I work best under pressure.

Did I mention my first day of school is Monday?  As in next Monday, August 29th?  Gah!

Jack made my day when he suggested we have a Pizza Wednesday. Don’t worry, we still do Pizza Monday and last week Pizza Sunday too!

At Regina’s I started with a garden salad (peppercorn dressing on the side).

And a his and hers pizza: Half cheese (hers), half pepperoni (his).

I had two pieces and was full to the brim. Now I am in a pizza induced food coma and have images of me face planting on the couch for a few.

What’s your “arrival” style? 15 minutes early? Fashionably late? Do people being late (or early) annoy you or do you just go with the flow?


Dinner Envy

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday night! Since I am teaching summer school this week seems to be dragging, but it my only full week of teaching this summer so I think I can make it ;). Having the sun shining brightly each day on my way to school is good motivation to make it through the school day and the warmer weather is motivation for the killer Crossfit workouts I’ve been doing.

Today after school Jack ran me to Priscilla’s of Boston on Boylston St. to pick up my bridesmaids dress I will be wearing in August for my cousin Casey’s wedding. I am not going to post any pics because I can’t ruin the surprise for all the wedding guests! What I can tell you I sent a picture to Casey and she approved of it!

When I got home I whipped up some lunch based on Jack’s meal at the Cheesecake Factory last night. Have you ever had dinner envy when the person you are dining with order a meal that looks far more appealing than yours? That was me last night! He got balsamic chicken medallions with stir-fried vegetables and rice.

Today I made this:

Green Giant teriyaki stir-fry (broccoli, red peppers, water chestnuts) and whole wheat angel hair pasta. It was very filling and delicious. It only took 15 minutes to make. I am a big fan of quick and filling foods.

After lunch a nap was in order. I was trying to catch up on the Real Housewives of NY but they lulled me to sleep somehow.

Since my half marathon I have taken a mini break from Crossfit and this is my first full week back at it. My muscles are feeling it I’ll tell ya. Today my shoulders were sore and my hamstrings and quads burned walking up the stairs, but tomorrow is going to be a rest day so that got me going.

I ran there today but was super slow because my legs felt so tight. Actually, judging by the way passers-by were looking at me I very well may have been walking, but I made it to Crossfit with 10 minutes to spare.


  • 2 floor lengths each of bear crawls and walking lunges (Marc said it was a warm up for the WOD, I think it was torture)

3 rounds:

  • 15 jumping jacks
  • 10 double unders/30 singles
  • 10 jumping squats


  • 5 x 5 push press (80lbs max)
  • alternating with 10 box jumps (20 in box)

The box jumps were hard.  It was the third day in a row I had done them and I definitely felt them in my calves and shins.
WOD: 2 rounds

  • 50 double unders/150 singles
  • 100m bear crawl
  • 100m walking lunges
  • BONUS: 800m run

CONFESSION:  I saw the bear crawls when the WOD was posted last night.  I was immediately scared and thought about canceling.  Knowing I was taking tomorrow as a rest day, and knowing that I wouldn’t be the only one faced with the task of bear crawling for 100m in public, I decided to suck it up and go.  I am glad I did, of course.  Sometimes the feeling after finishing is what drives me to go in the first place.


  1. I needed to learn how to do double unders like yesterday.  Triple digit jump rope reps are just plain silly.
  2. Bear crawls did not hurt my shoulders the way I thought they would, they did have my quads SCREAMING though.
  3. Whoever though that running 800m, as a bonus, after doing 200m of bear crawls and 200m of walking lunges is insane.

Finish: 24:16.

And then I walked home. And I took the short route. Don’t judge me.

Now I am sitting on the couch waiting for Jack to bring home dinner. I know I am making it too much of a habit with the eating out (I don’t even think I need to tell you what he is bringing home), but I just still am not feeling the food shopping cooking.

What does the bright sunshine and warm weather motivate you to do?


Good evening!  As I sit here over my dinner, I am thinking about the class that I was just a part of.  Now, I want to preface this explanation by saying that I am complaining because the workout was a good workout, the kind where instead of stretching at the end I chose to simply lay on the floor.  Stretching uses too much energy after a workout like this.  I mean, I wanted to be able to walk to the car!  Ok, now I am exaggerating.  Let me explain.

Every Tuesday and Saturday I go to Avalon Crossfit’s bootcamp class.  This class is always different from a regular Crossfit class because it is usually done in a circuit with exercises that use primarily body weight (pull-ups and push-ups), cardio style moves (box jumps, shuttle runs), and things of that nature (walking lunges,  kettle bells, etc).  What I liked most was that I couldn’t know what we were doing ahead of time and it always kept you moving.  But to be honest, I felt like it was harder than a different way than a Crossfit class, which is why I liked it.  Am I making sense?

Well, today we were told they were trying to align the bootcamp a little more to stick to the Crossfit style of absolutely kicking your butt (again, I signed up for this 😉 ).  I like this because I do want to get faster and build my endurance, and this will be one way to help me do that!

Avalon Crossfit Bootcamp:

Metcon (metabolic conditioning) #1

“Meghan”– 21, 15, 9

Burpees, Kettle bell swings (12kg), double unders (attempts count)

OMG.  I thought I was going to die right there on the floor.  My arms were tired from yesterday’s WOD which included tons of push ups and mountain climbers.  And double unders?  Can’t do ONE to save the life of me.  I “attempted” each of the and only successfully whipped myself in the calf, ankle, and wrist each time!

“Meghan” Time: 9:07


Metcon #2

3 rounds:

  • 15 box jumps
  • 15 wall ball shots (14lbs)
  • 15 ab mat sit ups
Time: I forget.  six minutes maybe?
I was even crazy enough to go for the challenge:
  • 50 walking lunges (ouch)
  • 50 ball slams (15lbs)
  • 50 push ups (which I conveniently ran out of time for!)
I think Ali and the other girls in the class would agree that the whole workout was super high intensity and challenging.  It is kind of funny how bad you want to push yourself, even though no one is really keeping track of what you are doing for each round.  I mean, for some reason I couldn’t cheat on anything if I wanted to (and believe me I did).  I went all out for the entire time.  It. was. hard.  Metabolic conditioning (as explained here) is no joke!
I am very glad it is over and I can’t wait to do it again!
Off to prep for the Glee Prom episode!