I have a confession to make: I am terrible at cross training.
I bought a bike when I trained for my first marathon in 2015. I rode that bike approximately two times during my training season. For some reason, I find it really hard to transition out of running and into a different activity. Now that I have a 130 day run streak to maintain it is even harder. I know that cross training is really important and that if I want to get stronger I have to actually do something like lift a weight every now and then.
But here’s the thing. I don’t like the gym. I don’t like the membership prices, I don’t like the awkwardness of all the people, I don’t like being talked to. So it is hard for me to get motivated to go work out.
The other night my boyfriend casually suggested we try a CrossFit workout. He’s been going off and on for a while now, but hasn’t mentioned it as something I might be interested in. I was reluctant because honestly CrossFit scares me and I’m worried I’ll injure myself or won’t be able to run. The excuses are endless!
So on Friday night, I sucked it up and joined him for a work out at Noble CrossFit. I was very intimidated to say the least, but I admit that having him there helped. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gotten out of the car.
I assume it is like this anywhere you go; the coaches / trainers have the ability to set you at ease or make you feel worse. Well, at Noble, I felt instantly welcomed and while I was not immediately at ease, I did get a lot of support throughout the entire workout.
It was a class of about seven people total with three coaches present. At any point in time, there was a coach right there willing to answer any questions I had, check on my form, and offer encouragement.
Friday’s workout was:
6×2 sumo deadlift
11 min AMRAP (as many reps as possible)
– 9 weighted step ups 24/16 24/20 (I didn’t use weight)
– 16 v-ups
As part of the sumo deadlift, I started with low weight (10 pounds on each side) and worked my way up. I ultimately ended with a total of 105 pounds (bar included)! Way more than I would have even thought possible on my literal first day.
The next day (and even that night) I was SORE. Like, muscles I didn’t even know I had were screaming at me. Running a mile was hard, but I did it. The next day I wanted to get a long run in and I was nervous because I was still SO sore.
Well, I headed out for a 10k and ended up pushing for 7 miles and it was a great run. It felt really good and I didn’t have the normal end of run fatigue I normally do when I know I am close to the end. Also, it was my fastest 6-8 miler. I’m not saying that it’s because I did CrossFit, but it was a nice change.
Will I go back? Absolutely! I loved it and I can totally see why so many people do it. It’s crazy that something I was so afraid of / uninterested in is actually really cool.
On Friday, I told one of the coaches: I hate it and I love it. I hate it because it’s hard but I love that I pushing myself and proving that I can do it!
If you have ever thought about trying it and live in the NoVa area, you should check out Noble. The people are awesome and you can try a class for free. You have nothing to lose!
What’s your cross training method of choice? Have you tried CrossFit?
Let me know in the comments!