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q&a

I apologize for my blogging absence. I blame this tragedy:

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I’ve been mourning. Blake stole my man.

Lauren from Golden Ring Runner recently tagged me in a Q&A post. I met Lauren at the Healthy Living Summit last month. She is seriously the sweetest person ever. I thought this might be a fun way for you guys to learn a little bit more about me!

1. What’s your current running/fitness goal?
I recently started CrossFit, and I have a bunch of CrossFit goals. I’d love to be able to do a WOD, at Rx (as prescribed). I’m still using lighter weights for my workouts.

2. What’s your guilty pleasure running song?
“Stronger” by Britney Spears. It gets me every time.

3. Do you have a favorite post race meal/restaurant?
Lately I’ve been digging protein smoothies after my CrossFit workouts.

4. Do you have siblings?
Yes! I have a younger sister (she’s 19) and a twin brother. People often ask us if we’re identical. I’ll let you ponder that one.

5. Are you right or left handed?
Right handed.

6. Favorite meal of all time?
“Spicy Tofu” at a local Thai restaurant. The sauce in this dish is AMAZING. I would probably give up a kidney for the recipe.

7. Where would you want to retire?
To the house next door to Ryan Reynolds. Or I’d settle for someplace where people will hand deliver fluffy puppies and dark chocolate to my door daily. Does a place like this exist?

8. Favorite day of the week?
Right now, it’s a tie between Tuesday (it’s my day off from work) and Sunday (FOOTBALL!).

9. What did you want to be when you were little?
A TV news anchorwoman. I think I just wanted to wear skirt suits.

10. Cat or dog person?

11. Ever have major surgery?
I’ve had a few surgeries in my lifetime. My most recent surgery was LASIK eye surgery three years ago. It wasn’t major in terms of recovery, but it was major to me since I have perfect vision now! 🙂

My 11 random things:

1. I always eat all of the brown M&Ms out of the bag. I think they taste better.

2. I can’t wink. I’m not sure why, I just can’t. It’s a total bummer when a cute guy winks at me and I can’t wink back. At best, I can give him an awkward series of blinks.

3.  I say “I love you” to my dog like a zillion times a day.

4. Fall is my favorite season. I’m kind of excited that summer is coming to an end.

5. People always think that I’m a lot younger than I am. I’m 26, but people usually think that I look like I’m 20. I hope this is still the case when I’m 40.

6. I didn’t go to Disneyworld until I was in high school. I recently went back to run my first marathon there!

7. I can’t stand the feeling of wet wooden spoons. Whenever I was younger and had to do the dishes, I made my brother wash them.

8. I wish it was acceptable to wear yoga pants all the time.

9. I drive a station wagon. And I love it. Not in a creepy kind of way.

10. I am one of the most indecisive people ever.

11. I don’t like shopping. (gasp!) See #10.

11 MORE questions for me

1. What is the oldest piece of clothing in your wardrobe (that you actually wear)?
My sports bras. It’s definitely time for an upgrade.

2. What is your favorite drink?
Cranberry lime seltzer water or a good mojito.

3. What’s your favorite race distance?
10k.

4. If you could give your teenage self just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Spend less time worrying about everything. Be yourself and do your best.

5. What did you study/major in college?
Psychology. I loved studying it, but there isn’t really anything that you can do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology that pays well or that doesn’t make you feel like you’re a glorified babysitter (maybe that’s just me). I would like to apply my psychology background to a job in nutrition someday.

6. Cilantro – love or hate? (I’ve determined that there is no in between on this issue)
Love it.

7. Brandon or Dylan? (Inspired by the Old Navy commercials)
Is this a 90210 reference?

8. Have you ever run a relay? If yes, which one? If no, why not?
I haven’t! I’ve read a few recaps from bloggers though, and they look like fun. I haven’t had the opportunity to run one yet.

9. How did you celebrate your 21st birthday?
I was in Worcester, Massachusetts for the summer before my senior year of college there. My twin brother came down, and we went out with a bunch of my friends and my boyfriend at the time.

10. What movie(s) could you watch over and over again?
Good Will Hunting (and pretty much any other movie starring Matt Damon).

11. How often do you update your blog?
Right now, like never. I’d like to find more time to focus on blogging.

Now it’s my turn to tag some other bloggers. Check these ladies out!

Leave an answer to one of the questions above or one random fact about yourself!

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why i was afraid to try crossfit & why i’m glad that i finally did

For the past few months, I’ve been reading about CrossFit on several of my favorite blogs. I always find out about great things on blogs (after all, that’s how I was introduced to greek yogurt and nutritional yeast), so I looked into it.

I watched this video a few times, and it both intrigued me and scared the sh*t out of me at the same time.

WHAT THE HELL ARE THOSE PEOPLE DOING? I can’t do ANY of that. Pushups? Nope. And I certainly can’t do them on a set of rings. Pullups? You’re kidding, right? And those monstrous weights that they’re lifting? I’d probably be dying lifting 1/4 of that weight.

But I kept reading posts by other bloggers that raved about CrossFit. Clare, Katelyn, and Tina posted about how awesome it made them feel. They wrote about what a great workout it was, and what an awesome community they felt a part of. I was still intimidated. I thought, they’re probably better athletes than me. Then one of my coworkers mentioned that she did CrossFit. She’s a normal person, and she’s still alive. She encouraged me to contact the owners of her box (aka CrossFit gym). I finally e-mailed them and spilled about how nervous I was. Their response:

Meagan,

Thanks for the interest. The workouts can be intense but the trainers will scale the workouts to every clients individual level. Our goals to build you up so you want to come back. You can come in to check out a class and try out a baseline workout. 530pm-6pm is usually a good time. Drink lots of water prior to coming in.

So last Wednesday, I went. I met with one of the trainers there, Mike. He showed me around and explained how they structure their workouts. Then it was my turn to workout.

The whole thing took me 10:01. And you know what? I was proud of myself. I felt exhausted, but great. In 10 minutes, I got in a total body workout. After signing up for an unlimited monthly membership, Mike said he’d see me the next day. “If I’m not too sore!,” I joked back. He told me to come back even if I was.

So I went back the next day. And the day after that. I can honestly say that I love CrossFit. Yes, there are people there that are much stronger than I am. But no one cares and neither do I. Everyone is there to better themselves and to become the best that they can be. Everyone encourages each other. When I feel like I’m dying in the middle of a push press or thruster, hearing someone yell, “You’ve got this, Meagan!” builds my confidence enough to bust out one more rep.

So thank you to Clare, Katelyn, Tina, and my coworker Kaela who inspired and encouraged me to try something that I was afraid of. I hope that if you are on the fence about trying something new, that you’ll jump in fearlessly too.

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