Thursday, December 8, 2011


Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts. 

Today has not gone at all as a normal Thursday would go. However, it has not been bad, just different. I got up and ready to go to work this morning, and it was 26* outside. I tried to start my car, and much to my dismay it would not start. I tried a few more times, about 5 minutes apart, in hopes that maybe it would start. No luck; the lights and radio came on, but nothing else was happening. Then I thought, Well, maybe it's because I'm parked uphill and only have a couple gallons of gas; maybe it's just not getting any fuel. So I bundled up and ran to a gas station to buy a gas can and some gas for it. The attendant said something about this not being a great way to start the morning, but I told him and reminded myself that my car was still parked at home (thus I wasn't stranded, for which I was thankful) and I got to watch the sunrise while on my unplanned run. Plus it was some unplanned conversation with God, quite possibly the best way to spend time.

After fueling the car, I tried again. To no avail. So I called my uncle; I'm so thankful I have family nearby for days like this! He thought maybe it was the battery and that a jump start should fix it (at least for the time being). It was finally after 7 (the first time I tried was before 5:30), so I waited outside until a guy who had earlier started his car to warm it reappeared. I asked for help, and he helped me. I was so thankful he was willing to be late to work in order to rescue a damsel in distress :-) I do love to be rescued, especially by nice, cute boys!

The jump start did the trick, and my car started and ran all the way to work. Now I just have to get a new battery, and obviously the sooner the better. Too bad I don't have enough time in the day.

My run/walk ended up being 2.5 miles and thankfully not too cold,thanks to the wool socks, sweats, sweatshirt, jacket, and lobster claw gloves—not my normal run apparel.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

At the end of the day, I met Anna M at CrossFit Music City for a workout. It was pretty different from most of my other workouts, and I am glad I went. The guy who was leading our class wasn't the most encouraging—I am not used to that and didn't appreciate it, but it wasn't the end of the world. Here was our workout:

  • Warmup however you want (we did some stretches, stick pass-overs, jumps with a jump rope, and a few hundred meters rowing)
  • 10×200m rows in 48sec with 30sec rest (8min work, 5min rest); I did each between 47.7 and 48.9 seconds—if you failed to make your time, you were penalized 10 burpees per interval missed
  • 33 squat thrusts (thanks to Will for the name, since they didn't tell us what they were really called), 65lb; this took me 9+ minutes (evidently everything at CrossFit is about time and moving a lot of weight—not about doing it right) and was way too much weight (Will said 35–45 would have been a good amount).

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