Hiking Big Basin

Now that I’m officially a Northern Californian, I figured it was time to start adopting some new outdoor hobbies and enjoying the surrounding areas. City life is great, but sometimes you just need to breakaway and get into nature. So…hiking it is! This was the Big Basin trail, which runs about 10.5 miles and took us about 4.5 hours to finish. Along the way we saw two waterfalls and were surrounded by redwoods which are hundreds of years old. But what really caught me off guard was the smell. The air was not only clean, but smelled of trees and moss and sunshine and everything natural and good. I can’t wait to head out for the next hiking adventure!

For Sparta!

Spartan 2014_Mud Me
That’s me in the mud! This past weekend, Amy, my Fiance (!!) and I had the pleasure of running in the Miami Spartan Race! Let me just tell you, if you want to feel like a badass, running nearly 9 miles and conquering 21 obstacles is a surefire way to do it.
Spartan 2014_Wet Bun
Here’s Jim after finishing the swim. You think you’re going to mind immersing yourself in water and then having to run wet. But after just going through a bunch of dirt and mud? You really don’t…
Spartan 2014_Me over the wall
We had everything from 8 foot walls, to rope climbs, to filling buckets with rocks and carrying them over a hill, to swimming, to army crawling through mud. Nevermind an 8+ mile run. But honestly, it was SO much fun. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a challenge. You can do it!
Spartan 2014_Mud BunOur team name was Peer Pressure. It seemed fitting for the occasion. The best part of it was, we all stuck together through the race and made sure everyone was alright and we all couple complete every obstacle. This made it way more fun for everyone, and we were able to finish together as a team.
Spartan 2014_team photo after
And to top it all off, when you’re done you get a medal, permanent BA status, and a free beer. What’s to lose? If you’re looking for a race, keep an eye on Groupon, that’s where I found our tickets and we got half off the regular registration price. All. Around. Win.

Go be awesome!

xo. Brie

Crossfit for Noobs

So about two months ago I started Crossfit. I’d been doing bootcamp for the past year, in addition to running, yoga and Pilates. And now it was time to step it up! And so the research began. Which corssfit gym to go to? What’s crossfit form? What the heck is an AMRAP? WHY DO THEY SPEAK IN ACRONYMS?!?

For the record, kipping hurts your hands SO bad when you first get started…

…I was a bit confused.
Thankfully, my roommate knew some people who go to a local box (that’s what they call a gym) and we decided to try it out. And I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, that ish is hard! I never thought I’d be doing any Olympic style lifting, well, ever. But there I am doing those deadlifts and hang power snatches now! It’s pretty rewarding.

Where’s this going? Don’t worry. This isn’t about to turn into a crossfit blog. But for those of you thinking of maybe trying it out, Here’s a few helpful things I found on my first day in the box.

WOD = Workout of the day
Box = Crossfit gym, aka, large suare room full of things that look like they belong in a torture chamber.
Rx’d = As prescribed, aka, you did the weight and reps that the xfit gods decided upon in xfit heaven.
AMRAP = As many rounds as possible, aka, keep going till time runs out or you die, whatever comes first.
EMOM = Every minute on the minute, aka, get it done as quick as possible to get as much rest between rounds as you can.
MetCon = Metabolic Conditioning, conditioning the muscles to be more effective at burning fuel and producing energy, aka, it’s gonna suck…

That’s all for now, my arms are tired…

xo. Brie

Hardcore Parkour!

So I tried out a new workout today – parkour! For those of you who don’t know, parkour is a type of freestyle running where you basically pick the hardest and most creative way to get from point A to point B (ok, so that’s my “general idea” definition).

Now, how parkour is supposed to look, and how I felt I looked (obvs) is like this:

But, I’m pretty sure I actually looked like this…

Oh well…at least it was fun!

xo. Brie