I need to start out this post by saying: YOU GUYS RULE!!!!!
Thank you SO MUCH for all of your wonderful comments and suggestions on my previous post. I was kind of bugging out about running and CrossFit, but now I feel like I have some direction with how to balance the two.
A few things that you guys mentioned in the comments that were especially helpful to me and I thought would be helpful to others:
February issue of Runner’s World. It includes an article called “Totally Fit” about the combination of running and CrossFit. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to check it out. I have a feeling it’ll be really interesting.
CrossFit Endurance: This is EXACTLY what I needed! The website gives you an endurance workout everyday that you can do 3+ hours before or after a regular (strength & conditioning) WOD, and you have the choice of a single sport (running, biking, swimming) or multi-sport for them. I also found this sample schedule in the FAQ section that lays out a week’s worth of workouts:
Single Sport (SS):
M: Str on / CrossFit on / Endurance WOD off
T: CrossFit on / Endurance WOD Short Intervals (SI)
W: Str on / CrossFit on / Endurance WOD off
Th: CrossFit on or off / Endurance WOD Long Intervals
Fri: Str on / CrossFit on or off / Endurance WOD off
Sat: CrossFit on or off / Endurance WOD off or Tempo / Time Trial
Sun: Endurance WOD: off or Tempo / Time Trial
I also loved that almost everyone who commented and regularly does CrossFit and runs said they’ve run less for training, but have gotten stronger through CrossFit and seen improvements in their race times! This makes me so happy to hear!
Again, thank you guys so much for your help. I feel so much better about the situation, and I’m planning to chat with my CrossFit coaches tonight about the best way to arrange my workouts, so I don’t have to cut back on my CrossFit time, but I can also train for the half marathon.
Last night’s WOD was a fun one!
WOD: “Bear Complex”
5 Rounds of
7 sets of the following sequence:
Push Press from Back
What made this workout so hard was that you couldn’t put down the bar between rounds, not even to re-grip, so you had to do each exercise in sequence seven times without resting. You could rest as much as needed between rounds, but you increased your weight on each round, so the sequence got more and more challenging.
I started out using the 15-pound bar with no weight, but then managed to work my way up to 45 pounds. I ended up taking a long break after my 5th round, so I did a 6th set with 45 pounds just for fun. After all of that rest, it was actually “easier” than my 5th round!
I took Bob Harper’s advice and went “lean and green” with my dinner last night. In the mix: mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, orange bell pepper potatoes, canned tuna, balsamic vinegar, and truffle oil.
On the side: kale chips!
After dinner, I ate a piece of peppermint chocolate that Kelly sent me for Christmas. She got it from Rescue Chocolate, an organization that donates 100% of the net profits to animal rescue organizations around the country. What a neat idea! Tasty chocolate, too!
Upper Crust Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered the Upper Crust Giveaway yesterday! Here’s your winner:
BBQ chicken pizza is so wonderful.
Congrats, Kaitlyn! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Upper Crust location to which you want your Eversave!
Off to the park with Murphy!