The weekend leading up to Marathon Monday used to mark an annual tradition of me telling friends, family, and anyone else who would listen that I could and would run the marathon. Sometimes I even made halfhearted plans to head out to Hopkinton the next morning, only to scrap them in favor of watching the Sox game, cheering on the runners, enjoying a mid-morning beer, and taking an early afternoon nap.
This was before CrossFit. I was a soccer player, ran a few road races, and viewed endurance athletes as the pinnacle of fitness. Don’t get me wrong, everyone running the marathon tomorrow should be very proud of their athletic achievement, but I’ve learned that traditional endurance training will not necessarily make you faster, or fitter (note picture at left).
Since I stopped running 80 miles a week, and learned to squat, press, and deadlift, my mile times at all distances have improved. I’m still jealous of everyone running tomorrow, but now it’s not because of how fit they are, but because of the feeling of accomplishment they are about to receive, upon overcoming the mental and physical challenge that is a marathon.
Congratulations and best of luck to Haley Byrnes, Jim Cushing, and any other members of CrossFit Fenway who may be running the marathon that I’m forgetting.
April 19th, 2010
Skill: 2 rounds:
10 Overhead squats
10 Ring dips
Strength: High bar back squat 5-5-5-5-5
WOD: With a 10 minute running clock complete 10 Turkish get-ups (5/side, 24kg/16kg), followed by as many rounds as possible of 10 kettlebell swings, 5 pull-ups in the remaining time. Your score is the total rounds completed of the couplet.
The Red Sox are at home Monday for their traditional 11:05 AM start. Between that and the 114th running of the Boston Marathon parking at CrossFit Fenway will not be available during the noon class. We should have parking for the rest of the day, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.