You’d think I would have learned my lesson the last time I heard a voice in my head hope that the WOD did not include an exercise that I dread. Because every time that happens, we end up doing that very exercise… with a vengeance.
The first time I did that, I hoped that we wouldn’t have to do wall balls… and what did we do? 150 wall balls. Or then there was the time I hoped we wouldn’t have to do pullups, and we did 100 pullups.
This morning, a little voice in my head said, “I hope we don’t have to run.” “Shut up,” I thought back to myself. “Shut up… you’ll jinx it. You’re showing up and you’re gonna do what you have to do.” “Yeah,” replied the little voice. “But I still hope there’s no running.”
Argh. So what was the WOD?
AMRAP (As many rounds as possible)
Max rep pullups
This was a very hard WOD. Probably one of the hardest yet. Anyone who knows me also knows how much trouble I have with running. And there were several times I had to slow down and walk. By round 4 I had a stitch in my side, although not bad. I tried hard to keep up with two other girls that were going slightly faster than I was, so it was motivating. I could hear a voice in my head saying, “I’m not going to die. I’m not going to die.”
Zach fussed at me about my pullups (jumping, of course — but I felt much stronger doing them, like my arms were doing more work this time). He said I gave up too soon. We were supposed to start the next round if we stopped doing pullups for more than 5 seconds. I made it to 20 on one round, and Zach gave me hell, because all my other rounds were 10 or 15.
At the end of the workout, I had to sit and catch my breathe. I felt sick. Zach said, “You gonna make it?” I nodded. He laughed an evil little laugh… then told everyone to get a PVC pipe. Our followup workout was 3 rounds of 20 overhead squats and 15 sprawls. I nearly puked.
I finished 5 rounds + run / 70 pullups. Pullups were low, but I’m working on it. Great, but grueling workout. And for me, even though a little voice did not want to run, it was a good day.
The best advice for showing up to workouts… don’t think about it. Just show up, do it the best you can, strive for improvement, and know that sometimes you have bad days and sometimes you have good days. Let’s just hope that the good ones outnumber the bad.