Overhead squat

September 8, 2014
by Alex Meyer

One Year of Crossfit (Some perspective)

As I was sitting at the competition this weekend, a I had a myriad of emotions. There was exhilaration when I finished before other girls in my heat (I know, that’s a little petty, but who isn’t competitive in Crossfit?). There was anger when I couldn’t seem to hold on to the barbell, and therefore, didn’t get as far in the clean ladder as I knew I could. There was surprise when I was able to pass a fellow competitor running with a wall ball. Then, there was disappointment when I couldn’t seem to push up my placement in the scaled division.

That’s something to love about Crossfit – it really does keep you on your toes.  Continue Reading →


September 3, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Wedding Wednesday: 5 Reasons to Go to Pre-Marital Counseling

Another Wedding Wednesday for you – but today, a slightly more serious topic. I’m hoping it’s still interesting to you, since I know it was to me!

Phyll and I recently completed our pre-marital counseling class at our church. We go to Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, and although we haven’t gone for long, I really love the church. They are very welcoming to a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds – I never feel like anyone is judged. When we were engaged, I knew that I wanted to get married in a church – it was pretty important to me. It was also important to me that we get married at our church, not a random one that was convenient for our ceremony or reception. Continue Reading →


September 2, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Scenes from the (Long) Weekend

How was everyone’s Labor Day? We took the long weekend to relax, but also to get some things done. It was a pretty nice mix, if you ask me. I’ve got a couple pretty busy weekends coming up, so it was nice to take some time and relax before the insanity of September really takes off. I snapped some pictures throughout the weekend though, and I thought it would be a nice way to “recap” what I did.

Friday, my mom and sister came to visit. My dad stopped by to show us his new toy … a Porsche. Continue Reading →

Mat Games

August 29, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week: Prepping for Competition

It’s Friday! You know what that means? We’re officially 7 days out from my next competition! I’m happy to report that I am not nearly as nervous for this competition as I was for my last one. I think that’s probably because this is now NOT my first competition, and also, there’s nothing in the workouts that’s freaking me out (unlike the last competition – those were some odd movements!). Although, we are still a week away. Maybe my nerves will come up next week?

Something that’s probably helping, though, is that so far I’ve been able to try out 3 of the workouts on my own. Two of which, I did this week. In one day. But you know, whatevs. I had to take two days off mid-week, so I decided I could handle two WODs in one day. Continue Reading →

Prickly Pear

August 27, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Thinking Out Loud Thursday (Monte Cristos + Beer)

Come one, doesn’t that sound like just the tastiest combination?

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Rewind …

Good afternoon, all. How’s your week been going? Things have been busy-busy around these parts. So much so, that I’m pretty sure my first thought today is …

Is it seriously Thursday already?

What happened to all of the other days? Continue Reading →


August 22, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Five Things Friday: Blue Diamond & Bravery

Happy Friday everyone? How was your week? I’m happy to say that mine was not as loooong feeling as it was last week. Regardless, we have some fun plans this weekend so I’m excited that it’s finally here! No huge plans, but lots of little things I’m looking forward to. Hopefully I’ll also get some more wedding planning done. Maybe.

Thank you to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post. Once you have a blog for awhile, you can start to really wonder about some of the inspiration behind it – but you all made me feel great about my “random” post and my struggle to “figure it out”. Love you all, my awesome Blends icon smile Five Things Friday: Blue Diamond & Bravery .

Today’s post is dedicated to some fun favorites I’ve stumbled on this past week or so that I wanted to share with you. I’m linking up with Katie and Clare AND Heather, because … link-ups are cool! (Just like bow ties. Bow ties are cool, too.) Continue Reading →

Crossfit Frozen

August 21, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Thursdays are for Thinking out Loud

What do you do when you feel like blogging, but don’t know what to blog about? While I have a million posts up my sleeve, I just wasn’t in the mood to write a single one of them last night. I had a ton of random thoughts happening though (lack of focus = why I didn’t want to blog about something I had planned?), so what better link-up to join in on today than Amanda’s “Thinking Our Loud” Thursdays?

Thinking Out Loud2 Thursdays are for Thinking out Loud Continue Reading →


August 19, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Recap: Crossfit 424 Throwdown

Soooo … remember how I talked about my first Crossfit competition? You don’t? Well, maybe that’s because the recap post never made it up on the blog. Kind of like the Dam to Dam recap. Honesty moment: the Dam to Dam recap isn’t gonna make it up. I do believe a certain amount of what I preach about posting timely content. However, I’m going to break a rule and post about the Crossfit competition for a couple of reasons. One, because it was absolutely terrifying for me to do (and I need a boost against fear right now!) and two, because it was my first competition, and I don’t want to forget those feelings and memories. While it would have (obviously) been better for this post to go up a week post-competition, now will do just fine – especially since in about two weeks, I have another competition, which I imagine might cloud my memories of the first one. Continue Reading →


August 15, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week: Facing My Fears

I think it was as I was walking out of the box last night and realized that I had done the WOD incorrectly, that it occurred to me – I am pretty ready for this week to be over! It wasn’t inherently bad, by any means. I couldn’t pinpoint any specific issues with it. It just seemed loooong. You know? Just one of those weeks.

My workouts this week were pretty good! You know, except for the mishap with the WOD I did wrong. Oh, and the thought that I might lose the cookies that I ate a little too late in the afternoon as I completed Wednesday’s WOD. Otherwise, allllll good icon smile Workouts of the Week: Facing My Fears . Continue Reading →


August 13, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Raving About: Reebok ZJet Run {Review}

Disclaimer: I received these shoes in exchange for an honest review on my blog. As always, my views are 100% my own, and 100% honest. You can read my full disclosure statement here.

If there’s one thing I know about people who work out a lot (and I know a lot of things) it’s that we love our gear. I spend way more money than I should on new gear for my WODs, for running, and for exercise in general. In fact, my non-working out wardrobe has also gone the way of workout gear since I became a runner and Crossfitter.

When Finish Line reached out and asked if I would like to try out a new pair of Reeboks, I jumped at the chance. They’ve been putting out some really awesome shoes lately, so I knew whatever I ended up receiving, they would be a good addition to my collection. The day they came in the mail, I couldn’t have been more excited. I mean, check these out! They’re called the ZJet Run (these are the women’s model … cause you know … I’m a girl … shocker). Continue Reading →

Fear of Missing Out

August 11, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Fighting the Fear of Missing Out

Who can believe that it’s already the second week in August? It’s crazy how time flies. I remember at this time last year I was having some serious internal debate about my fall racing schedule. I had promised some Blends that I would run a half, but was thinking about taking it up a notch. Should I go for the full marathon? I wasn’t sure I was ready. At the same time, I had already maintained my 10+ mile runs through the summer from some spring half training, so I felt pretty confident I could increase with little issue – but I was so, so scared. Eventually, I went for it and signed up. I trained, and I finished. It was a great moment for me!

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August 8, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week: Testing My Limits

Happy Friday! Who’s ready for the weekend? I know I am – I need to catch up on some sleep. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen given we have a big wedding to attend this weekend, but I’m going to try and sneak in some naps when we’re not there icon smile Workouts of the Week: Testing My Limits .

This was a tough week at Crossfit. We started out the week with a WOD that really tested my mental toughness as I fought to finish – as much as I really, just wanted to walk out the door. Honestly, it was harder for me than any of the Open workouts even were – and that’s saying something. Here’s a rundown of how the week went! Continue Reading →


August 7, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Trying Something New: Zoo Brew

I’ve been massively sleepy all day today, but it was totally worth it – because last night, we got to go to Zoo Brew for the first time! Zoo Brew is an event that Blank Park Zoo (here in Des Moines, Iowa) puts on each summer. On Wednesdays, they keep the zoo open late for an “adults-only” (21-up) social. Each week has a theme, with a different band, and drinks and food for sale. The concept: see the animals with a drink in hand and some good tunes in your ears. A few months back, my friend LaDonna saw that they had a deal on Groupon for a group rate, so she invited us. I’d been wanting to go since moving to Des Moines, so I was all in. Continue Reading →


August 5, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Currently: August

Oh hey – remember me? I know that lots of people hate it when bloggers assume that people have noticed that they’ve been MIA, but I truly have been – and I know for a fact that some people have noticed. We had some stuff happen at our house, but I won’t be blogging about it – I don’t want to. I gave it a lot of thought, and apparently I do have a line when it comes to personal stuff on the blog. All that matters, is that we’re gonna be fine.

On a lighter note, I have soooo missed blogging! I have a ton of posts in the queue that I’ve been bursting to share, and I’ve missed all of my friends who I only get to speak to on the interwebs. So, let’s catch up on what’s current with me, eh? Continue Reading →


July 9, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Let’s Talk About: Crossfit Misconceptions

Now that I’ve been doing Crossfit for nearly 10 months (say what???), I’ve received my fair share of comments about it. I know there are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there, and I do my best to dispel them. Sometimes it’s hard for me to relate since I’ve been reading blogs about Crossfitters, and participating myself, for so long. However, I know that as a sport, Crossfit isn’t well understood. When I told people I was a runner, that was something that they could relate to. Everyone has a friend, sister, or parent that’s a “crazy runner”. But WODing? Not so much! Continue Reading →