Wednesday, July 10, 2013

CrossFit and Running

I love CrossFit.
I also love running.

I happen to have  a half marathon coming up in less than a month, and the longest run I've been on was a hot six-miler that felt like death (might not have helped that I had been mountain biking the day before and my legs were shot).

(don't be fooled by the smile)

Needless to say, I've been having a bit of a hard time balancing CrossFit and running lately.

I'm paying so much for CrossFit that I feel like I need to go pretty often. I don't want to miss out on anything, either!
Whenever I'm not going to CrossFit, I feel like I should be running.
And I'm 100% guilty for not doing nearly enough stretching (I don't even know where my yoga mat is).

It doesn't exactly help that one of my not-so-great qualities is indecision. I am the world's most indecisive person and can't ever decide what to order at a restaurant. Don't even get me started on everything else in life!

So today I'm trying to take a step back and figure out how I'm going to get my butt across that finish line on August 4th, while still going to CrossFit fairly often. I'm also on the lookout for some relatively short yoga videos to do, because let's be real, an hour of yoga sounds like absolute death to me right now because I know it's going to hurt. A lot.

Right now my general game plan is to go to CrossFit 3-4 times a week (depending on the workout, how I feel, and how sore I am), run twice a week (one shorter and one long), and STRETCH after every workout. I would like to fit in half an hour of yoga in there somehow too.

Who knows if this is going to work! Now I completely understand why people have so much trouble training for endurance events and doing CrossFit. If you want to be good at one of the two, you kind of have to put the other on the back burner.

So here's to praying that I can still keep doing what I love and not overtrain while doing so.

any tips from those of you who love CrossFit and running?
best site to find good yoga videos?


  1. My favourite (free) yoga videos are from YogaZone and you can find them on YouTube :D

  2. FInding that balance can be tough. I just recently changed my training plan and hopefully I will be able to balance strength training, yoga and training for an ultra.

    Good luck on the 4th! That happens to be my birthday!

  3. It is hard to find balance. I also love doing yoga too. I always try to do a little bit of yoga after a good run, just to stretch out my muscles a little. And, I'm debating whether to run a half marathon too in October. The most I've run at one time is 6 miles. You have any tips?

    Good luck on your half and have fun! =)

  4. I actually think this is a pretty "good problem" to have. I say this because no matter how you work things out, you will be SO active. Maybe you can do things in CrossFit that focus more on strengthening your running muscles? Or just do what you can, and have fun with it :)

  5. We just hired a crossfit endurance coach at my box and I've been following his workouts for about a month and a half. I just did a half marathon this weekend and did much better than I thought I would, since I've been hardly doing long runs with my marathon training group and doing a lot more crossfit instead. I would suggest checking out the crossfit endurance website, they have a good general training plan and also information on efficient running form. I'm also writing about my marathon journey on my blog :)