If you’re into healthy living, then you undoubtedly know that there’s a bit of a war going on between endurance athletes and CrossFit/HIIT athletes. And as I’ve mentioned before, this drives me crazy. Mostly my annoyance stems from the fact that anyone feels the need to judge others for the method of staying fit they choose. As long as people are getting of the couch, that’s great in my book.
My second complaint with this anti-CrossFit/anti-endurance sport attitude is that I really don’t think they have to be mutually exclusive of one another, if you don’t want them to be. I’ve followed Jess at Blonde Ponytail, Kovas at Midwest Multisport, and Tasha at Healthy Diva, among others, who are all great examples of people who are combining the two schools of thought into one fit athlete.
Lately I’ve done my own experimenting with CrossFit and marathon training. I bought a Living Social deal a few months back for a local CrossFit box, along with a couple of friends. By the time our schedules all meshed and we could get started, it was the beginning of January, which also happened to be when I started ramping up the miles and speedwork for my March marathon. Perhaps as silly a time as I could find to embark on a new strength training regimen, but I didn’t want to wait any longer.
My findings? I think you can do both marathon training and CrossFit, as long as you let one take the bigger priority. In my case, of course, marathon training is number one on the list. CrossFit, for me, is a way to gain some muscle, work on weaknesses, and thus enhance my running.
With this being the case, I am going to CrossFit just two times per week. I aim to do it on the same days I do speedwork so that my easier run days are truly easy days. It helps that I know I am one limited chick when it comes to CrossFit style training, and I check my ego right at the door when I walk in. I don’t have a competitive bone in my body with CrossFit, so I am focusing on technique and not pushing myself to any point where I might invite injury. So far, I am really liking it.
My 30-day Living Social deal will come to an end before long, and as much as I have enjoyed CrossFit, I won’t be joining on at regular prices. I’d love to, honestly, but we already belong to an amazing gym system that we’ll never leave (I need a pool and Mr. Z. needs his basketball courts), so I can’t justify the extra expense. I am, however, considering investing in a few key pieces of equipment and setting up a CrossFit shop at home, then grabbing the WODs online each week.
So that’s how it’s gone down for me. We are all an experiment of one–what works for me isn’t going to work for you. But let’s get over ourselves and not judge each other for our approaches–what do you say?