There has been so much negativity being sent to those who Crossfit. I am not here for that .
I was a Crossfitter , I drank the Kool Aid – I became addicted !
Yes it really does have it’s own religious following .
But , I was also a runner and I failed at running when I was so invested in Crossfit. I neglected the sport that I loved , I did not train properly for races and I got hurt. Do I blame Crossfit ? Not at all , it was my choice.
Let’s back the story up – I started CrossFit in January of last year . I was only a casual member but very quickly moved up to going 6 days a week. I loved beating my times , lifting heavier weights and challenging my body.
I competed in 13.1 and did OK for a newbie.
I loved it and I loved all the people at my box- they were family.
What happened to my running family though ? Did I neglect them , forget about them ? Kind of!
Then I realized I had half marathons to run and I did not train at all!
I ran the Goodlife half marathon in May of last year and it was horrible , however I did PR it , but it hurt and I sucked at it !
Then I ran the Scotiabank Half in the fall of last year and I was hurt .
I went to my sports therapist and he basically said to me , Run or Crossfit – pick one – not both!
I had to really evaluate this but clearly I love to run and that is what got me into shape post weight loss.
I chose Running.
I quit Crossfit , my Twitter feed lost some followers and I lost Facebook friends.
Was I ok ? Absolutely .
Yes it felt weird not going to the box anymore , but I saved a hefty chunk of money as well – running is free!
It took a solid year before I realized I didn’t have to label myself as anything “Crossfitter” “runner” whoever , I’m just me .
I did learn how to lift properly and with that knowledge I still lift at my gym for cross training . No I don’t push myself like I would have if I was in a class , but hey – I still lift – minus the title!
So what happened with running?
Well , I became an Ultramarathoner ! I ran 35 miles and 9 hours and 40 minutes straight at the Run Under the Stars Race this past June.
So in the end , chose an activity or sport that you love and run with it . Embrace it . Enjoy it . Do not let social media dictate who or what you should be . We aren’t all “cool kids” . We all excel at different things and that is ok.
Go out there and Be a Better Crossfitter , Runner , Bodybuilder or Bikini Figure competitor.
I am me and that’s ok.