Cross Training with CrossFit

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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!


  1. I’d be interested in trying it, but like you I don’t do well with people 😉 If we lived closer together, we could go be nervous and awkward together! haha

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