I like to have my cake and eat it too. For example, CrossFit and marathon training. Most sane people would probably choose to focus on one or the other. I don’t want to give either up, so instead I am trying to balance both. I have worked out a rough schedule for myself that includes CrossFit three times a week, one tempo run per week, one distance run per week and one trail run with the Denver Trail Runners (DTR) per week.
This is the first official week that I have stuck to this schedule, and the first official week that I went to DTR. I went several times last summer, but last summer I was in excellent running shape, averaging about six days of running weekly. Even then I was barely running with the top pack of women trail runners at DTR. Needless to say, I entered Thursday’s run with the mindset that I was probably going to die and finish in the back. The run was at Lair O’ The Bear, one of my favorite Jefferson County Open Space Parks. If nothing else, I knew the run was going to at least be pretty.
I was right, and I definitely was in a lot of pain from the week before. I was still hurting from four days of running, four days of CrossFit, and a fourteener from the previous nine days. I was especially hurting from CrossFit on Tuesday, the Operation Redwing Memorial Workout. It was 5 rounds of 28 repetitions of kettlebell swings, box jumps, walking lunges, burpees, ball slams and sit-ups. I kind of died. Don’t worry, it only took me an hour. Actually I was just under an hour, but I was really just happy I finished. Small victories.
Back to Thursday’s run, I made it five miles, albeit a painful five miles, and I felt pretty good about it. I decided to take Friday off, which was definitely needed. Today I have to run ten miles, and I’m not exactly looking forward to it. This might just be my first and last marathon. Here we go!