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Today: WOD bless America.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]Happy Birthday, America!

Before celebrating our freedom to grill, swim, eat corn on the cob and play Phase 10, Nick and I hit up Crossfit Southie for the Lumberjack 20.

From Crossfit Southie’s website:

On Nov. 5 at 1:34 p.m., a terrorist named Major Nidal Hasan attacked fellow soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood, Texas. When the shooting ended, he had killed 12 soldiers and one civilian and wounded 43 others.  Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, of Mountain City, Tennessee, Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka, 19, of West Jordan, Utah, Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Spc. Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Minnesota, along with eleven of the wounded were active CrossFitters in the 20th Engineer Battalion, home to Lumberjack CrossFit.

The Lumberjack 20:

I am as new as new can be to CrossFit, and still have so much to learn, but I really like the concept of hero workouts, which honor America’s armed forces.  How appropriate for the 4th of July.  My partner for today’s workout (we shared equipment and staggered our starts, so that one of us was running what the other was performing box jumps, pull ups, etc.) is also new to CrossFit, which really put me at ease.  I kept telling myself that I was a runner, and to treat each 400m as a recharge before the next movement.  It sort of worked.  Mostly.  We scaled back on the weights and were able to finish in 29:04.

My red, white and blue Sparkly Soul headband arrived just in time for America’s birthday.  I may have felt like death when I finished the WOD, but um… at least I was well accessorized.

The cooler’s packed, the watermelon beers are chilling and Clark has his life vest at the ready.  It’s time to celebrate.  Happy 4th, friends.

Also On Tap for Today:

What’s your favorite workout accessory?  

Today: Stick it.

You’re either going to thank me or curse me for this one, but honestly, I couldn’t keep this dessert to myself.  S’mores.  On a stick.  Yes, really.  I love coming up with really good/really bad ideas.

It will take you no longer than 5 minutes to whip up a few of these little guys, and you’ll only need four simple ingredients, including the stick.  Break out the marshmallows, dark chocolate, and graham crackers.  A few easy steps and boom!  You’re the most popular person in the room.

  1. Grind down graham crackers in your food processor (or crush them by hand, or with a rolling pin, in a plastic bag)
  2. Melt dark chocolate and stir
  3. Stick your marshmallows… on a stick
  4. Dip the ‘mallows into piping hot melted chocolate and roll in crushed graham crackers
  5. Set on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cool in the refrigerator before serving
I brought a batch to the Cape this weekend for my family’s 2nd of July celebration (they travel well in a vase), and a second batch for our post-race 4th of July cookout today.  If I could justify making a third batch for tomorrow, I would.  I’m working on it.
We had a fabulous Fourth– a great (hot and sweaty) race at Patriot Place, lots of pool time and cooking out at my parents’ house, gorgeous weather, and fabulous company… complete with Clark’s favorite pug, Murphy :).  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s birthday.  I wish it could be summer forever.
Also On Tap for Today:
What’s your favorite snack on a stick?

Today: God Bless the USA.

I hope you all had a fabulous 4th!  We kicked off America’s birthday bright and early, heading to the starting line for the inaugural Harvard Pilgrim 10k in my hometown of Foxborough, Massachusetts.  Some people spell it without the -ugh, but ugh… I find the longer version more civilized.  As we headed down West Street to Gillette Stadium, we found ourselves in a stand-off with a wild flock of Canadian geese.  I thought about running them over (I mean, helloooo, Canadians, this is our day…. just kidding, obvi), but instead I honked like a wild flock of humans and the offending fowl eventually moved.

Wouldn't this be great pro-immigration poster? Come on in, vacancy!

The sun was blazing and the temperatures neared 90 during the race, but it was extremely well organized and a great deal of fun.  I liked running through my hometown– so much has changed in the 10 years since I graduated high school, and yet so much remains the same.  The course followed the stadium access road to North Street, where we passed Lawton’s Family Farm.  [Incidentally, you can find the Lawton’s Foxboro Cheese at many farmers’ markets in the city, including the SOWA Sunday Market, just around the corner from us.] Situated just after the first mile mark, the farm smelled… well, ripe.  And manurey.  Let’s just say I was doing a lot of mouth breathing.  It’s really pretty over there, though.

We ran past a number of new developments and the town’s new public safety complex.  It’s amazing how much that part of town has changed.  As I ran up Chestnut Street, the lead runners were on their way back to the Stadium and maaaan, they were cruising.  I loved how all of the runners slowed to clap and cheer them on.  I don’t remember much from miles three or four, other than that it was still blazing hot out.  And that I had underestimated how many songs I’d need on my race playlist.

I felt like I might expire as I approached the Common, but since there was a crowd of people cheering there, I shamed myself into running a bit more, waiting until Baker Street to walk for a bit.  At the corner of Baker and Garfield Streets, a family was running two hoses in their yard, inviting runners to cool off a bit.  Just a bit further down the road, people were gathered at Carl Annon Court, including an older gentleman wearing an “American Legend” tee shirt, cheering us on as were ran by.  This stretch was my favorite part of the race.  Welp, besides the end.

All smiles (but where are my eyes?) at the finish line, with Nick and my sister Andrea.

As I approached the Stadium, the excitement of crossing the finish at the 50 yard line was great motivation.  That, and the prospect of an air conditioned car, which would transport me directly to my parents’ pool (don’t worry, Dad, I parked the car first).  I entered the stadium through some sort of inflatable helmet thing (I think… I am really not sure) and ran across the field to the finish, where Nick and Andrea were waiting.  I felt really strong, but really sweaty.  And a little hungry.  But very patriotic.

Clark knows how to keep cool.

We enjoyed a bit more grilling, some Phase 10 and swimming, and then headed back to the city to watch the fireworks from the roof deck.

We've got that boom boom pow (with the Expressway in between).

All in all, I’d say it was a lovely 4th of July.  I hope you and yours– American or Canadian or Egyptian or otherwise– had a happy and relaxing weekend. And I hope your 5th and 6th of July are just as good.

Also On Tap for Today:

How did you celebrate America’s birthday?  Or, for our neighbors to the north, Canada Day?