Dinner in Cardiff by the Sea, CA. The best name for a city ever.
Somebody recently asked about how I incorporate running and Crossfit training together. It’s a marriage of two completely different sports, yes indeed! They probably fight a lot. Whenever I talk about running at Crossfit Jai people start to back away from me and pretend like they’re stretching. Some even resort to doing muscle-up attempts. They dislike running with a passion.
Here’s where my stubborn and annoyed streak comes in. I am not a fan of going all-out cult-ish with anything. The whole Paleo thing? Dude, I can barely say one syllable of the word without rolling my eyes. But wait a minute Joy, you are such a hypocrite because you’re totally vegan! Yeah, but I get just as annoyed with being vegan. I just happen to have more energy, a kick-ass immune and digestive system, and glowing radiant skin while acting annoyed. Wink, wink my paleo friends. I’ll write about being a vegan Crossfit chick in a future blog post. Spoiler alert: it involves me geeking out about plants. Again. P.S. I adopted a few more succulents today and my husband totally caught me. I feel like a drug addict hiding my addiction. Damn you, IKEA. Every knock at the door has me wondering if ‘Hoarders’ has finally found the crazy plant girl.
Back to my point (did I have one?): I do what feels great for my body and what makes me happy. I’m the type of person who loves a new physical challenge but I’m not about to start swimming or mountain biking. I find activities that light my fire. There’s a difference between a challenge that pushes your limits as you feel the love/hate thing going on, and a challenge that you hate so much you’d rather poke your eyes out because you’re bored to tears and could care less if you ever do it again.
I love running for a ton of reasons but my point is: I’m not giving up running just because I drank the Crossfit koolaid. Which, to be honest, is a bit tough because Crossfit can start to take over your life. My weekly workout schedule includes 2-3 days of running 6-7 miles at a time plus 3-4 Crossfit workouts. Occasionally I’ll squeeze in a power yoga class because I have the tightest hips in Colorado. I have a medal to prove it. And if TJ tells me to point my toes forward one.more.time. while I’m doing squats he’s going to kick me out of the gym.
When I’m training for a marathon I increase my mileage on the weekends and do long runs on Sundays. But recently a friend of mine sent me a training schedule that includes regular Crossfit WODs and ‘endurance’ Crossfit WODs to prepare for a half-marathon or marathon. In other words: NO LONG RUNS! I will do more research and report back. I hope it’s not too good to be true because 1) I really don’t enjoy the thought of poking my eyes out during long runs and 2) ice baths and I are not friends.
What’s your favorite workout? Anything new you’ve recently tried and loved or hated?