The beauty in routine.

“A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.” ― Rumi,

Is routine boring?

It feels rebellious to break from the everyday. To go off and explore new places or revisit those long ago places worn thin in the memory only to be rediscovered. Airports have a feeling of complete abandonment and freedom. Once you’re through security it’s as if you’ve tagged safety and you’re in some kind of untouchable time out, free of all responsibility where you’re only single obligation is to make it to the gate in time for your flight.

It’s exciting to plan and pack for a trip. To anticipate all the memories ahead, the old friends you will see again and the new ones you will meet for the first time. The being out and about in new places. The adventure. Oh, the adventure. When you’re navigating in your new place everything is a new decision. Where do you get your morning coffee? How do you do your laundry? Do you eat out? Sushi or burger? How do I get there from here? Where do you buy your food if you want to cook? Where’s the nearest pharmacy? Did they say left at the stop sign or right? Should I hit the WOD at the local box? Did we pass it? !@%$#@^$#@ where is this place?

Imagine trying to navigate it all before smart phones. Actually having to stop and ask someone how to get there from here. My phone was exploding over vacation. Between the texts – we r here, where r u, meet you there, what time are we meeting, who else is meeting us, waiting for you, still waiting…

To the quick phone calls, to the Googling and mapping. Oh the Google mapping. In .5 miles take a light onto Krauss Dr., your destination is on the left.


I actually have one sibling who refuses to text. That was fun.

While adventure is necessary, I also love to come home again.

There’s comfort in routine. There’s a reason why people park in the same spot every day or enjoy wearing a uniform to work. It takes the decision making out of the mundane. You can relax and focus on other things. It feels good to be back in my routine. One of the things I’ve missed most is my daily WOD at ACF. Yes, the community, always the community, and within that lies the ability to walk through the door and lose myself in the absolute discomfort of a Thruster or Burpee or 129th front squat in the complete comfort of a familiar place that feels like home.



Hokey Pokey

30 Reps For Time:

1 Rep Consists of:

Squat Clean (135/95)

Right Foot Lunge (put your right foot in)

Stand Tall (take your right foot out)

Left Foot Lunge (put your left in)

Stand Tall (take your left foot out)


Completed: in 17:57 at 65lbs. Holy, this was hard. Truly thought I could not do it. But did it nonetheless. This should be the mantra for this blog: Thought I couldn’t do it, but did it anyway. Thought I couldn’t do it, but did it anyway. Thought I couldn’t do it, but did it….


3 Sets – 20 Weighted Anchored Situps

Home is where the Heart Lives.

where to from here

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi


Burgener Warm-Up and Skill Transfer


I. Power Snatch

3 – 3 – 3

Completed: at 45lbs. 55lbs. Then 65lbs. The thing about this movement, if I learned this right, it’s not about how heavy you can go, it’s about learning the form so you can eventually go even heavier. My form needs a lot of work. So no need to go heavy. Lots of work to do on form for now. The good news: the terms, the name of the movements, it’s all starting to sink in.

II. 5 Rounds for Time:

30 Lunges (Total)

10 Ring Dips

*15 Minute Time Limit

Completed: in 8:30. Glad I made it today. Wasn’t thinking I would. Feeling grumpy. Feeling stagnant. What IS it about Mondays. The cliche continues to elude.

Team WOD


Group Dynamic Warm-Up


I. AMRAP in 30 Minutes with Partner:

Push Press (135/95)

10 Overhead Lunges (45/25)

20 Grasshoppers

Completed: with the most awesome team ever.  9 rounds total. Press at 75lbs.

*Only 1 athlete moving at a time. Partner 1 must complete their round before Partner 2 can go.

II. 3 Sets:

10 Weighted AbMat Situps

10 Hip Extensions

It is what it’s all about

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill


I. “Hokey Pokey”

30 Reps For Time:

1 Rep is 1 Complete Sequence of the Following Movements:

Squat Clean (135/95)

Right Foot Lunge

Left Foot Lunge


*25 Minute Cap

Completed: in 17:54 at 55lbs. Woweeeeeee.

II. Within 5 Minutes of Completing the “Hokey Pokey”:

For Time:

50 Burpees

Turns out, the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about. The Burpees after almost seemed like they didn’t even happen. Was still so focused on the fact that I actually completed The Hokey Pokey. Because at the beginning of the WOD it looked next to impossible. This happens a lot. Not sure if it’s just me. But at the beginning of class, I read the white board and process the Workout of the Day and more often than not think to myself; seriously? There is no way I can do that.

Like, almost every other day this thought goes through my mind.

And then I wonder if anyone will notice if I just leave. Because, well, I get scared. Or intimidated. Or tired. Or feel too weak. But what does end up happening, thankfully, is that I don’t run screaming from the building, but do dutifully set up my weights and take a deep breath, and just 3, 2, 1, Go. To the best of my ability. One step at a time. Every, single time. And what happens after that, is something really quite amazing. I complete the WOD, and feel incredible for having done so. It is the absolute best feeling. Totally addictive. And worth every fretting moment prior. Just walk through the front door, Mary. Is what I say to myself. Just walk through the door.