Happy Wednesday! I’m blogging in the sunshine between classes. I have a few food pictures and a few recent workouts to share today.


Monday morning, since I didn’t have class, I went out to brunch with friends.


I got a brie omelet with green onions and mushrooms. YUM. This may be a new favorite brunch plate, because I also want to try the goat cheese omelet!


I debated for a while whether to get hash browns or fruit. Next time I would do fruit-I guess I’m not a huge hash brown person, although these were good ones.

At breakfast, I’ve been making instant coffee a lot lately. It’s actually pretty good if you make it with just milk and no water. If I want less of a caffeine kick, I’ll do half a pack of it.


A giant cup of milk has been surprisingly filling, so I’ve kept the rest of breakfast a bit lighter. Whole wheat english muffin with cream cheese and eggs.


Yet another freezer meal-grilled chicken, balsamic brussels, and mashed yams.


I completely forgot to thaw a lunch for today, so I went to the dining halls t breakfast and grabbed the essentials for an egg sandwich-whole wheat english muffin, cream cheese, and hard boiled egg. Served with some grapes.


And then dinner last night was basic but solid. They had my favorite cabbage-miso salad, plus lemon caper salmon. There were also stuffed peppers but I wasn’t a fan, mostly because I don’t really like peppers.



Monday: 1 rep max front squats at Crossfit. I PRed at 165#! ONLY 5# PR but I’ll take it! The conditioning portion was a little running, kettle bell swings, and fairly heavy dumbbell push presses.

Tuesday: Crossfit-over head squats and toes to bar (knees to elbow) for strength, and a pretty tough conditioning workout.


10 Wall Ball (14#)
20 Double Under
10 DB Snatch (25#)

I did actual double unders- and those gassed me! I’ve randomly made a double under breakthrough recently, and they’ve been pretty good. The downside? I whipped myself. A lot. Pretty badly. I think it’s a cute look.

I was supposed to do a tempo run that evening but I had a lot of school work. I have a race in 1.5 weeks and I’m feeling pretty unprepared!

Wednesday: 6 mile run. Since I skipped my tempo run, I picked it up a bit at the turnaround point, and did a mile at a fairly fast clip (definitely not race pace though). So….a week and a half to get fast…?

How do you work on speed?

4 comments on “First PR of the Year

  1. Sky @ Blonde Freedom

    165# front squat PR is awesome and exciting!! I’ve recently been able to start jump roping again since my stress fracture has healed. Monday we had double unders and for about half the workout I was only able to get 2-3 at a time. Then something clicked and I was able to knock out around 8-10 before I messed up again! But whipping yourself is the worst. One time it took the breath out of my stomach and I had to kneel over since I whipped myself so hard haha

    1. astottler Post author

      That’s awesome! And wow-I can imagine how terrible that must have felt! It also amazes me the places we can manage to whip ourselves! How is it possible to even whip a hand or stomach? Haha.

  2. Rina

    Congrats on your PR and double under breakthrough! 😀

    Eww, I hate speed work, but when I have to do it, I keep it a mix between 800s, 400s, and 200s, and tempo runs. Honestly, 800s and 1-mile repeats are much more comfortable for me than 400s and 200s, so I tend to do those more. I do need someone to kick me in the butt to do speed work, though.

    Do you do 1-mile or 1.5-mile tempo runs? Or 2-3 mile tempo run?

    1. astottler Post author

      For tempo runs I usually do 1 mile fast in the middle of a 3 or 4 mile run. I hate the longer repeats! For some reason they are so much mentally harder for me, but maybe if I actually did them regularly it would be better!

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