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Hey all! Sorry I’ve been missing you and haven’t blogged in a few weeks. It’s been a fun past 3 weeks though and I’m just now coming up for air!

Hammer and I have had company, lots of visitors, starting the last weekend in June up til this past weekend. And check this, we’ve done and seen a lot of fun stuff thanks to our company! Oh, and kept our house pretty neat and tidy! 🙂

Weekend of June 29th: Michael & Carrie visit

One of Bryan’s oldest friend came with his wife to visit us Saturday from Philly for a perfect day of BBQing steak and crabs on our roof deck, music, drinks, and a HOT walk to the Orioles and Yankees game that night. Sadly the Yanks didn’t perform well, but we had the best night.

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Sunday morning involved brunch – enough said!

July 4th week: Kelly came to Bmore

Bryan’s sister came Wednesday night and stayed with us through Sunday. I was so, so excited when Kelly told us she could come! It was her first time visiting us here in Baltimore and we did a little bit of everything and took her everywhere! Walked to dinner in Fed Hill, July 4th partner WOD at Crossfit, fireworks on the harbor, Wegmans in Columbia, movies at home, Washington DC for the Natural History museum and lunch, All-America Lacrosse game at Towson University, a walking tour in Fells Point where we hit up a new to us restaurant, gelato place, and a bar with over 100 beers on tap and more bottles than you can imagine, and last but not least – the National Aquarium!

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Somehow I managed to take very few pics this weekend… probably because we were having way too much fun! I was sad to see Kelly go Sunday night and Marley was even more bummed!

Tuesday-Thursday of last week I traveled to NYC for work. Talk about a whirlwind! We worked plenty hard and got some great stuff accomplished, but I had a chance to visit the site of the World Trade Centers while I was there and went for a couple runs in Central Park. Can’t beat that!

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Friday night we went with a big group from Crossfit to the Orioles game. It turned out to be a good night after pouring all day thankfully. We had dinner at the park – crab mac and cheese hot dog anyone??

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This past weekend (July 13-15th): Henry’s first visit!

Saturday this little face made his first appearance in Baltimore.

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Henry James is my newest nephew. He decided to come visit and bring his mom, dad, and Gramma along. I was pretty excited for my sister, her husband, and my mom to come – even if it was only for a couple short days.

It was the perfect weekend of just hanging out! Dinner on our rooftop deck again, Django Unchained with everyone piled on the sectional, a trip to the Under Armour Factory store (gotta do it!), and a run with my sister! Perfect weekend – yet again – no pictures!

But boy am I’m tired now. Visitors and traveling for work all while the heat and humidity has been cranking here in Baltimore. I’m beat – I don’t know about you, but I’ve been snoozing my alarm a lot lately! 🙂

What have you all been up to? Oh, and this week was officially Week 1 of my marathon training! (Oy!)


My first CrossFit competition

One of the very first things I tasked myself with doing when I officially moved down to Bmore in February: find a gym. I knew I wanted it to be a CrossFit gym for sure. After working out with Master Trainer and others over the past 5 years I knew I wanted to be in a coached setting. I love lifting. I love other people telling me what to do – it takes the guess-work out of it. My body responds well to it. And I sure do love a good, friendly competition. Working out with others pushes me way harder than anything else. CrossFit seemed like the logical move for me and I even convinced Bryan to join with me.

Enter our gym: CrossFit Federal Hill. It’s new. It’s full of people our age. The coaches are good at what they do (and in good shape, which I think is huge). And it’s not even a mile from home. We’ve been going 3-4 times a week since February (seriously we started on the Friday after I moved down – I need exercise in my life!). And when I found out about a CrossFit competition back in April I knew I wanted in.

The Atlas Games: It was local. It’s a competition (which I love). And someone along the way compared it to signing up for a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon – you sign up to do your personal best and we all know I love a good running race. I was sold! I signed up immediately (for the Women’s Scaled division) when registration was open one Monday morning. $60 later and I was like, um shit, what am I getting myself into?

I didn’t do too much to prepare – just kept up my gym workouts and added in runs a couple weeks beforehand (as I mentioned last week). I tried to keep my meals as clean as possible for the 30 days before competition day and limited the beer intake to weekends only (mostly!).

A week prior to the competition they started posting the workouts and that’s when the nerves started. I was anxious, but more because I didn’t know what to expect. I only practiced one move from all 3 of the workouts… I wasn’t about to psych myself out. If I started doing the workouts I would’ve started over thinking it all too.

So here’s how the workouts went down:


WOD #1 (my heat was at approx. 11am)

10 Minute Time Cap to complete:

21 reps, 15 reps, 9 reps of both:

  • Thrusters @ 55 lbs
  • Jumping Pull-ups


  • Max # of reps of Sit-ups in remaining time

Score = # of situps (93)

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WOD #2  (approx 1:30pm)

10 minutes to do as many reps as possible of:

  • 10 Kettlebell Push Press – 1 KB per arm @ 18 lbs each
  • 10 Front Rack Barbell Step Ups  – 20″ box @ 55 lbs
  • 10 Burpee Box Jumps – 20″ box

Score: # of reps = 3 rounds + 17 reps = 107 reps

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WOD #3 ( 4:30pm)

7 Minutes total:

  • 4 Minutes to establish Max Snatch into Full Squat + 3 Overhead Squats (I managed to complete 55lbs, 60, 65, and 70 with a second to spare!)
  • 1 Minute Rest and Barbell Set Up
  • 2 Minutes to complete Max Reps of Deadlift @ 95 lbs

Score: 2 parts, max weight, 70 plus deadlift reps, 40 = 110





I ended up placing 28th out of 58 and I couldn’t be more pumped. I had no idea what to expect so I’ll take it!

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE! I can’t explain it really – it was a long day, a HOT day (we spent most of the day outside under tents waiting for our heats), and definitely a tough day, but I loved every second of it. I love my CrossFit teammates and coaches. We were running deep at Atlas Games and they just are the best cheerleaders. And that includes Hammer. He took amazing care of me all day, he’s my biggest fan, and the best husband a girl could ask for!!

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Here’s the proof that I made it home alive and I’ve got my Competitor shirt to prove it!

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