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Posted on Sep 27, 2012 in Working Out | 33 comments

Jelly Legs

So last night I made my (not so) triumphant return to CrossFit. I’ve been admittedly lax in my workout efforts since my car accident(s), citing my whiplash injuries as the reason I wasn’t trying very hard in that department. Well, while it’s true that I do still have some soft tissue injuries that I’m getting treatment for, I am certainly not completely debilitated. And shoulder/neck tension and discomfort considered, it’s no excuse for a total lack of exercise. So with a little bit of (necessary) prodding from my coach at CrossFit Annandale, I saddled up.

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Please ignore the atrocious mess that is my room.

At least it gave me an excuse to try out some of the new CrossFit-targeted workout clothes that my awesome friends at New Balance sent me!


They hooked me up with a couple of Getback Racerback tanks. Not only is the back of this tank pretty flippin’ sweet, but the built-in shelf bra was surprisingly supportive. I didn’t wear any kind of additional sports bra with this tank and I felt totally fine jumping rope and whatnot at CrossFit. Kind of crazy, considering my rather ample front-end. I was definitely impressed!

They also sent me the Fitness 8-inch Shorts, which are seriously like the most unflattering length ever but are also CRAZY comfortable. And the length, while I don’t feel it does anything for my leg aesthetics, was pretty perfect for working out. No ride-ups, plus it has pockets! They’re also high-waisted, so I didn’t have to worry about my pooch or muffin top spilling over when I was squatting or anything. Hahaha, I am so attractive.

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And, of course, what NB ensemble would be complete without shoes? They sent me a pair of their Minimus 20V2 Cross-Training shoes to try out. I am way in love with the color, and was blown away when I picked them up because they are SO light. Lighter even than the Reebok RealFlex shoes I received at the Healthy Living Summit.

In comparison to those Reeboks, however, the NB Minimus is also less flexible. Which I guess isn’t really a terribly important component of a CF shoe, but it is something that I guess I like. I was also just a smidge disappointed in the craftsmanship of the Minimus. They fit well and were great to use during CrossFit, but there were some manufacturing details that looked a little messy: puckering where the sole meets the upper, loose threads, and whatnot (as pictured above). Regardless, they are light on my feet, though I’ll definitely need to wear them more than, um, once, in order to give a full review on how they feel.


As for the one non-New Balance item I was wearing? My sister gave me this awesome Under Armour triple-band headband (she gave me two, actually), and I loveloveLOVE it. I provides the hair coverage of a thick headband without making me look like a thug or a seller of bavarian cookies. And even if the third band slips back because it’s too far back on my head (which I need to keep my bangs fully slicked back), the first two stay firmly in place.

But okay, enough product shilling, hahahaha. Onto the actual workout:


So evidently I made the poorest choice in the history of choices and returned to CrossFit on like the worst possible day. Because the WOD was RIDICULOUS. It was a three-part WOD, which I had looked up on the website previously and thought we had a CHOICE of the three 8-minute WODs: A, B, OR C. As it turns out, NOPE. I WAS WRONG. We did them ALL. IN A ROW (with a 4 minute rest in between each part).

I didn’t really end up doing the same workout as anybody else because the coach was super attentive to me and modified pretty much everything so that I wouldn’t strain my neck/shoulders. Basically, this meant turning everything into some variation of a squat. Ergo, jelly legs today.

My injured weakling substitution props

Here is how my workout broke down:

Part A: I used a PVC pipe instead of a barbell to mimic the movement of thrusters (5 reps), then did 10 goblet squats by holding a kettlebell upside down and squatting to replace the power cleans. Then I did 15 box dips instead of pull ups. I made it through 3 sets with two extra thrusters in 8 minutes.

Part B: Instead of kettlebell swings, I did another set of 10 goblet squats, which at this point were nearly impossible. My body has never felt so heavy. Then I did the 30 walking lunges that were prescribed in the WOD, and did 20 single unders (er, regular jump ropes?) instead of 40 double unders. I made it through 1 set, plus like 5 extra squats. I felt really lame.

Part C: Instead of burpees (my nemesis!), I rowed 150 meters. This was the part I was most excited about because it meant I didn’t have to do burpees, hahaha. Then instead of push-ups, I did box dips again (20 this time). And then instead of sit-ups, I held a 30-second plank. I was actually really proud of myself for being able to hold a plank for 30 seconds! I know it sounds CRAZY weak, but my max plank time from before was like, 12 seconds. I am not lying. Core strength has never been my (literal) strong suit. I made it through 2 sets and like, 2 extra squats. Again, felt very lame.

So, there you have it. I know that I’m not at my best right now, that I’m “injured” and “recovering” and stuff, AND that this was a particularly ridiculous workout for me to jump back into. But while I still got my butt handed to me by this workout (I’m thinking that post-CrossFit nausea is just going to be a thing I need to get used to, since evidently it’s going to happen every time, haha), I felt kind of pathetic that it did. Especially considering it was so modified. I know I shouldn’t beat myself up too badly (my lower body is hurting enough on its own today, haha), buuuut I may or may not have cried a little in the car once I left the gym. Only for like, 15 seconds though!

Ah well, once I have regained control of my quads and as my injuries continue to heal, I’m sure it’ll get easier. Or, you know, at least I’ll get used to being so bad at it.


  1. Your blog is working again at my office!! This is the most exciting day!

    That tank is really cute! This is awkward, but do you feel like it gave you ridiculous cleavage? I’m always trying to find workout clothes that won’t show off too much of my chest.

    • Yay! And yeah, I mean, there’s inevitably always a little bit of cleave with me when I bend over and stuff, but it really wasn’t too bad. Well, I guess it would be more appropriate to ask the other people who were there, since I was too busy trying not to cry to pay attention, hahaha.

    • Omg, maybe we had the same work internet glitch! I could see big websites but like not blogs or smaller sites. CRAZY.

  2. Ahh Gretchen, you’re the only blogger who has ever made me want to go to a Crossfit class. Seriously, if your place ever has a bring a friend day let me know!

    • First class is always free anyway, so we DEFINITELY need to make this happen! šŸ˜€

      • Yes please! As soon as my busted thumb is all better – sometime towards the end of October!

  3. You look so great in your outfit! Good on you for pushing through that workout!! Your posts are inspiring and encouraging (especially your bikini post – thank you SO much for that)

    AfterI work in a chiropractor’s office and I wanted to let you know that after a car accident, a chiropractic exam is a great way to see what is going on with your body. I have seen many people heal faster and more completely – because everything is in align! BUT, that all depends on your view of chiropractic. There’s always the age old argument of it being good/bad. Here is our website Atlaschiropractic.org, if you are interested.

    Hope you feel better!

    • Thanks Christine! I’ll definitely look into that!

  4. Girlfriend, that tank is ADORABLE. Glad you were able to get a good (modified) workout, and hopefully take some of that stress and worry away. I’m inspired by you for making the choices to get active!! šŸ™‚

  5. Great job getting back in the groove. I love the color of your New Balance top! It looks great on you.

    Good luck with everything šŸ™‚

  6. I’m glad you went to Cross Fit even though you didn’t really want to. Even if you modified the workouts and cried (a little) the important thing is you went! Keep it up šŸ™‚

  7. Let me preface this by saying that I think that the workout you did was totally awesome, and I don’t think I could have done even half of what you did — my arm strength is nil. And WOW. And double wow. I’m wowed, is what I’m saying.

    But can I ask a very respectful question? Do you actually enjoy Crossfit? If you spend your time feeling lame because you’re not up to the other people (even if that lame feeling is not totally reasonable) and you feel sick afterwards and you cry, are you having fun? Or anyway, as much fun as you could? I do not at all mean to discourage you, I am only respectfully asking.

    • Your question is absolutely respectful, so don’t worry there! It’s funny you should ask, because as I was reading over this post I definitely realized that I make it sound like an entire hour of agony. But it’s weird, I did feel sick, and I did cry (then again, I’m always crying, hahaha) but I still like doing it. It’s a totally weird relationship to have with it, but it does make me feel badass WHILE I’m in it. It’s just afterward when my body was quivering and I was thinking about that I started to get discouraged about it. I can understand why CrossFit is addictive, because even though it sucks and is really hard, it’s still kind of fun. It’s a very strange relationship, hahaha.

  8. Whoa, that workout sounds awesome. I literally just wrote it down so I could do it tonight!

    • Every single other person at the gym was talking about how crazy it was. Whew! Quite the day for me to jump back in…!

      • I did end up doing it last night. It was pretty toughand I did have to modify some things. I used 70lbs for my cleans and thrusters and I did inversted rows instead of pull-ups and I skipped 80 times instead of 40 double unders (I can`t even pull off one of those. I tried.)

  9. Just have to comment on great you look in your workout outfit! Your blog consistently inspires me šŸ™‚

  10. ADORABLE workout outfit, Gretchen. (Also, is it awful that every time I type your name, I think of Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls? …please don’t hate me….)

    • Um, I don’t think my father, the inventor of Toaster Strudel, would be too pleased to hear about this.


  11. Is it wrong that I was so excited about the headband that I almost forgot to write…congrats getting back to Crossfit! Ugh. Priorities.

    You are looking good! Love the outfit. šŸ™‚

  12. Love love LOVE your outfit!!! You look great-awesome job getting back to working out! Hope you are feeling better!

  13. I LOVE that headband!! Where can I find it online?

    • Unfortunately they’re not on the website as far as I can see yet, but they probably will be soon! (My sister works for UA so she has access to stuff before it’s released in stores.) I’ll keep you posted!

  14. You should be proud of yourself for going to Crossfit! I work out 5 or 6 days a week (lifting 2 or 3 times) and am pretty strong…but am way to wimpy to go to a Crossfit box! We all have those days where we feel like crap (I had one today in fact) so just tell yourself next time will be better. You are seriously brave girl!

  15. You go girl! And thank you for posting this! I just started running again after a verrrry long time of not doing anything, and today was my first “long” run of 1.5 miles (it was rough, but I did it). I love the new top btw (!), and just following your blog is motivation for me to keep up with exercise and losing weight. You’re looking great!

  16. I loveee the shirt [main reasons, the back straps and color] and the headband! I totally have been meaning to get into CrossFit but I haven’t found a place that won’t blow my bank account :/

  17. Hi Gretchen, Long time follower first time poster šŸ™‚ I was wondering your thoughts on the 8 inch fitness shorts. I want a longer pair of shorts to wear with my team sparkle skirt but I can’t do the botty biker short things that are EVERYwhere these days. Would the New Balance work? Or are they a loose type of fit? Thanks!

    • I think that these would be a great length for that! They aren’t compression shorts or anything, so the fit might be tighter or looser depending on how pants usually fit. I have big ol’ thighs so they’re still very fitted (but not squeezingly so), but on the model on the website they show up as fairly loose? I know the ones that I specifically have would definitely work, but maybe it’s the kind of thing you’d size down on if your thighs are slim (and thus I hate you, hahahahaha.)

      • Thanks! I don’t have small thighs by no means… and calfs at that. I have Marching Band to thank for that!

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