Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted. My life has been a little hectic with a little business travel plus midterms. Now that my midterm is over I can finally join the real world again and enjoy summer! I don’t feel like I’ve done anything “summery” yet. And by “summery” I mean laying at the pool, back yard bbq’ing, taking a vacation, etc. This weekend I am going on a float trip and hoping to soak in the sun!
So you might be thinking — what?!?! from the title of this post. Trust me so am I. My running buddy and fitness motivation, Jeni, talked me into trying Crossfit after our last run in June. I was a little skeptical for a couple of reasons. First – I HATE pushups. And trust me – you do a lot of push ups. Second – It seemed like one of those fitness trends and I hate to be one who just jumps of the bandwagon just because. And Third – It looks intimidating!
But I didn’t have any other races planned, so I figured I would try it out. After almost a month of crossfit this is what I can tell you:
- I’ve been sore since Day 1. There hasn’t been a day that some part of my body hasn’t been sore. Granted it is that good sore feeling. The one that makes you feel like you are getting stronger. So I’m still waiting for the soreness to stop…if ever…
- The workouts are short, but intense. This isn’t 60 minutes of cardio or 60 minutes of anything for that matter. At first I was a little frustrated that I felt like I was standing around a lot, but I’ve come to realize this might be a perfect addition to running. It isn’t 60 minutes of cardio, so I can still go on a run and not work my knees to hard.
- The atmosphere is welcoming and inspiring. Now I don’t know if this is across the board or just at the Crossfit I go to, but the people I work out with at Crossfit Flyover are awesome. I never feel intimated. People even cheer for you to finish your workout. It is so motivating and really makes me want to come back each day.
- Lifting isn’t all THAT scary. I have never been a heavy lifter. It’s scary. I am getting more and more comfortable with the weights every day.
- It brings out your competitive side. Each workout has some sort of goal. To do as many reps in a certain time period or reach a certain number of reps. You are not only competing against others, but your time or reps from last workout.
In summary, I really like Crossfit for what I need right now. I am undecided about my future in Crossfit, but I love that I’m getting stronger and I know it will really help my running in the future. I am planning on doing another run in the fall, so my runs are about to ramp up!