Events I've Completed:

Run for Rescue - 4/30/11 - 5k - 29:05 (finished 2nd in my age)
Ojai to Ocean - 6/5/11 - Half Marathon - 1:56:37 (Ran with Lisa!)
Megan Savage Memorial - 9/24/11 - 5k - 31:16 (Ran with Bill!)
Beach Derby 10k - 11/6/11 - 56:40 (Ran with Nikki!)
RnRLV - 12/4/11 - Half Marathon 2:18 (Ran with Nikki!) Got sick by race end. Sick three days.
Surf City - 2/5/12 - Half Marathon - 1:55:02 (PR) Ran with Lisa and Sarah
Battle of the Boxes-2/23/13-5:04 Mini Helen-8th place overall team finish
Crossfit Open 13.1-131
Crossfit Open 13.2-232
Crossfit Open 13.3-183
Crossfit Open 13.4-54
Crossfit Open 13.5-49
Battle of the Boxes: Unknown Edition- 3rd place finish!


Crossfit Open 2014!

This is my before photo. I weighed 15 pounds more, was exhausted all of the time and wasn't getting better at crossfit, running or life. It was time for a change.

My before photo

My before photo

Monday, October 3, 2011

Crossfit and Running

About two years ago I discovered Crossfit.  It's an amazing way of exercising your entire body, getting your weights and cardio both in at one time.  I worked out for about a year, loving all of it except for the runs.  I hated running.  So after a year, I decided to embrace the part I was hating the most.  I quit Crossfit and starting running exclusively.  I followed training plans for a half marathon and then actually ran a half marathon!  I was hooked!  I loved running and I love racing!

Fast forward 10 months and I've decided I need to add weight training back into my workouts.  I have been having some hip pain and even a bit of knee pain which I'd never experienced before.  I debated between yoga and Crossfit and decided that Crossfit offered me both range of motion and strength.  Plus the gym where I worked out is offering Crossfit Endurance.  It's a class built for runners!  They give you a program depending on your goals and it's all about, you guessed it, running!!  Woo hoo!  Now I  will be doing some form of Crossfit five days a week.  The Endurance classes focus on speed training, something  I hadn't been doing.

I did my first Crossfit class today after not lifting one weight in the past ten months!  Let's just say, Wow! I'd forgotten how it feels to be a beginner.  I know I'll be sore tomorrow, but I purposely scaled the workout down a little so that I'd still be able to run tomorrow.  But I am so excited to be doing something new again.  That is one of the things I've discovered about myself.  I will never be one of those people that can say I've been doing one thing for 5 years or 10 years.  I love variety.  I love trying something and feeling like I've mastered it enough to be ready to move on.  And I think that's why I was ready to add Crossfit back into  my schedule.  I don't want to burn out my love of running.  I want to have enough other variety that I still look forward to my running days.

How about you?  What do you do to keep things fresh?  Have you been running for years or are you a newer runner?  Do you do anything else or do you just run and are okay with that??