Sunday, August 2, 2009

Does Crossfit Kill your running?

WOD:
5.4 miles (hilly)
Time: 51ish minutes

So before starting Crossfit I was logging a consistent 15-25 miles of running per week. I had a great group of girls to run with and we pushed each other pretty hard. Over the last year I had set PR's in the 10miler, 5miler, 5k, and mile. I've done road runs, trail runs, sprints, etc....

Since joining CF, my running buddies have ditched me for marathon training, I joined another running group, but only made it a few times because of work so far. (this should change with new job). But, my running since joining has gotten slower, and slower, and slower...

Today's run, while from the get go challenging, was painfully slow. 5.4 miles in 51 minutes is embarassing--especially for a girl who rana race in may and clocked 6.5 miles in that same time on hilly course. My time for the race in Raleigh on July 4th, wasn't horrible, but it was only 4 miles...you can mentally and physically muscle through that--more than 4 or 5 (and doing alone) is hard.

My legs feel different than they did 5 months ago, as they should. I'm not sure if need orthodics anymore. I think they might be doing more harm than good to my stride. I need new shoes AGAIN, i think. Running alone with music after a year of having friends push you forces you to dig deeper into your soul for some serious motivation. Self-motivation to SERIOUSLY work had has never been my forte. I can self-motivate to get to the gym, get up to run, but once I start the work, it is a whole different story. Half way up the steep hill, i wonder, why the hell am I doing this on the most humid Sunday morning of the year? I could be lounging in my pj's drinking coffee and reading the paper...I couldn't come up with a good reason except: 1-do not embarrass one's self at the north face challenge, 2-I'm crazy.

So, the NF challenge is coming up in mere weeks. I think i'm going to have to scale down from a half marathon to the 10k, and work on my time for the Army 10 in October. If anyone wants to join me for some training runs, let me know.

Running is back on the calendar....

5 comments:

Adam said...

Sorry to hear about the running troubles, what are orthodics?

Christine said...

I don't think CF is killing your running. That said, I notice that my cardio and endurance are better when I am consistently getting 4 metcons a week... whether that's from CF or adding in my own.

Don't discount the other factors such as weather. There is a reason that Congress ditches DC for the summer...

Chip said...

Hey! Sorry about the running. BTW, update your counter...it is one day off. Today, I will be home in 99 days - not 100!

Jason B. said...

E...I need to start training for a 10K at the end of October so once I get out of training in 3 weeks, I am up for a run. (Only if you have patience with a snail.)

Erin said...

Thanks for the comments guys!
@ Adam---Orthodics are these insoles you get for your shoes...they are prescription to help your stride/back/feet etc. I needed them to fix my stride after my 3rd knee surgery! Now I'm not so sure..I think I might be strong enough to not need them.

@ Christine- So do I add met-cons or sleep? Your comment vs. the link you sent me earlier about over training and fat gain...now I don't know how much is too much. I do know i need more sleep!!

@ Jason-I'll drag ya out for a run, don't worry! If nothing else start adding a mile before or after class a couple times a week. That will help build a great base.