The Sniffle Hit Parade Continues

I am feeling resentful! I thought my dino-chow and 9-hours-a-night sleep habit were going to ensure I didn’t get sick this year.


My head has been filled with goo for a week now, and this morning, I dragged my sorry ass out of bed for CrossFit Women because I just couldn’t bear to not workout again. I had a really hard time falling asleep last night – I’m just not appropriately tired when I don’t get to do my training.

I was excited about this morning’s workout because it was a nice combo of running and throwing around heavy things. My expectations were way, WAY better than my performance.

2 rounds for time:
800m run
15 DB deadlift, 45# DBs
400m run
15 DB push press, 25# DBs

I teamed up Erin and felt great for the first, maybe, 200m of the run. Then the wheezing started. I pep-talked myself the whole time: “Easy. Turn over your feet. Breathe… you can pass her. Stay on your pace. Move your feet.”

When we got back from our 800m jaunt, Crystal yelled, “3:43” which is probably the fastest I’ve ever covered 800m. I felt pretty good about that and hit the first set of deadlifts… not too shabby. The 400m run was agony. The outbound 200m, I was huffing like a freakin’ freight train, and on the return 200m, I realized I had to go to the bathroom. Badly.

My body was, like, “Whoa! Hey! Awesome! We’re moving again.” so I had a pit stop in the MIDDLE OF THE WOD. Who does that?!

My bathroom time kinda killed my spirit, so my first set of push press were lackluster, and I decided to scale back the remaining two runs to 400m each.


I finished in, like, 18:something.

We ended the workout with alternating sets of knees-to-elbows (which I HATE) and T-rotation pushups (which I LOVE). Felt great to get my chest to the deck again. Oh! And the forced rest has finally given my shoulder a chance to heal, so there’s a silver lining. The crowd goes… meh.

Overall: I’m pleased with the weights. Disappointed about the run. Glad I went to workout. Predict tomorrow will be another rest day. Eager to eat bacon bourbon brownies.

Is it Thanksgiving yet?!

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  • Aaron says:

    Good to see you this morning Mel! I'm glad your shoulder is feeling better. Don't worry about today, getting back into training after a break is always tough. Just get well!

  • Allison says:

    Who does that??

    Anyone who needs to and is in tune with her body.

    Overall workout = PASS!, not fail

  • Erin Clare says:

    I think it says a lot for your overall health and stamina. Though you weren't feeling at 100% you were still blazing through the workout. I'm a wuss and would have stayed in bed. I'm curious as to how you feel today? I hear from other CrossFitters that workingout while you're under the weather actually helps more than hurts. So… how you feeling today? Do you think that it did help?

    Also, do you think you can save me one of those Thanksgiving brownies??? Pleeeeze! 🙂

  • Melissa 'Melicious' Joulwan says:

    Aaron –> Great to see you back at the box, too. Be kind to your back, mister!

    Allison –> Point taken. Did you see my post the other day in which I admitted I can be a knucklehead? Thanks for the reminder!

    Erin –> Yes, you can have a brownie… if you give me the secret to catching you on a run. Any run.

    Today I'm feeling a smidge better, but honestly, I think it's because I remembered to take Mucinex DM. My congestion is breaking up and I can breathe through my nose again. I had stopped taking Claritin and Mucinex when I cleaned up my diet because I didn't seem to need them anymore. But I guess I got a virus — the nerve of germs. Anyway, not 100% yet, but definitely breathing easier this morning. I think I should be good to go for my Thanksgiving run around the lake tomorrow!

  • Melissa says:

    I spent all last week at home taking Mucinex D like it was my job, and I finally felt back and ready to Crossfit yesterday. It was so nice! Take some meds, keep listening to your body, and enjoy your Thanksgiving!!