I often say that the two things I miss about living in the city is that I live “so far” from Panera and Target. It’s almost a 10 minute drive!!! Haha. We rarely leave our little Northwest neighborhoods during the week. Don’t you terrible for us??? Good news… they’re putting in a Panera less than a mile away, on the well-beaten path between our house and Sprouts. And we dropped in at Target on the way home from a birthday party this weekend for some essentials:
My little brother alerted me that Target had a sale on the lovely Taylor Swift Diet Cokes — $1.69!!! We limited ourselves to three, but it was difficult. Those tall skinny cans are so cute. And so full of delicious chemicals. Yeah, I just can’t get into wine, so I’ll have the occasional DC, and I’ll like it!
I also got this infinity scarf modeled below in the Ikea warehouse area. Doesn’t it look very anthro? I saw someone at the birthday party wearing it, and went out and bought it immediately. I reasoned with my husband that it was saving at LEAST $50 to buy it at Target. Plus scarves really help my winter clothing dilemma. I haven’t developed any insane muscle in my neck… yet!!!!
We finally caved and decided to buy some quality Ikea dressers. You know I’m a Craigslist lover, but we always run into the issue that nothing fits into our car. (I actually talked someone into delivering our bed frame from the Springs for $50!!! WORTH IT!!!). But not having any dressers was starting to stress me out. And it was causing our Boykin to eat more socks since they are more readily available when we don’t have decent storage. I’m not talented enough for Ikea Hacks, but this pin convinced me I could make a little change or two to make it look “not as Ikea.” Kevin put one together last night during the Broncos game, but he still has one to go. I’m not touching that!!!
NO MORE PLASTIC DRAWERS. Oh my word. We’re like in our mid-thirties!!! So happy to have them out of our room. Slow & steady progress in the house!! There’s always soooo much to do!
Yesterday I was also on the hunt for a rower!
And I found a very lonely one… in a front of a window overlooking a lake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rowing machines don’t typically get prime real estate in gyms. The only other one I found in our hood was UNDERNEATH THE STAIRS. Seriously. In a spot where you have to wonder if it’s actually legal!!
So why was I looking for a rower? My mom kinda talked me into doing this:
The Concept 2 Holiday Rowing challenge! I actually kind of hate rowing. I DREAD it when it comes up in workouts, but I figure if I did this challenge — 1000′s and 2000′s would be a piece of cake. Concept 2 also donates money to charity for every 1000m you row so that’s pretty cool!!!
My current rowing records:
1000m row – 3:46 (11/4/13) I also got exactly 3:46 as part of a wod last week. Couldn’t even get one second off, but it was early in the am!!
2000m row – 7:56 (10/29/13)
I’m not 100% committed yet because I would have to join another gym on top of CrossFit. But it’s a very cheap neighborhood rec center and I may just get like a punch card. I can also row some during open gym at CF, but it doesn’t work very well for my schedule. Plus 100,000 meters is a LOT!!!!! I’m going to stocking up on podcasts and audio books for some of my leisurely rows.
If I do this challenge, I also definitely want to try rowing a half marathon sometime. Just for fun. Maybe my mom and I could do it together somewhere. Run a half marathon with my dad and row one with my mom!!!
I loved this quote on the benefits of rowing — (similar to long distance running, really, but lower impact, for sure!!)
Beyond the physical benefits, there are mental benefits to training indoor rowing. “Mentally rowing makes some very tough men and women,” says Crosby. “Those monitors don’t lie and hold you accountable for every stroke. For your other workouts or competition, rowing teaches you not only how to pace yourself, but how to ‘empty the tank’ when you need to. via Breaking Muscle
It makes you mentally tough because it’s so boring. If you have a 2000m row in front of you, you know you’re going to be on there almost 8 minutes. And that feels heartbreaking!!! I guess I’m going to learn to muscle through that. Or listen to music.
Have you ever tried indoor rowing? The NY Times thanks CrossFit for its recent resurgence in popularity. That’s obviously how I became interested in it. It was so crazy seeing the competitors row a half marathon in the Games (Concept 2 Rower rep talks logistics here). I’d also love to try one of the Orange Theory workouts someday that incorporate rowing!
What piece of furniture in your home would you most like to replace? Dressers were #1 on our list, but we definitely are still trying to decide on a bed for our guest room. Sorry to everyone who has been sleeping ont he futon this year. We chose dressers first!!