Is it just me or is this week just draaagggging along? It really feels like it should be Thursday today.
So, you may be shocked to learn that I haven’t worked out the past couple of days.
Or, you may not be shocked because you read Monday’s post about last week’s workouts and saw it coming.
I’d had such big plans for this week, too. I was going to switch around my schedule a little and do CrossFit Monday through Thursday, running to the box on Monday and Wednesday (or Tuesday and Thursday depending on the weather), rest on Friday (I really, really, really need to give up Friday CrossFit – it makes Saturday’s long run too difficult) and do my long run on Saturday.
Flying Pig is 25 days away and I don’t think I’ve managed more than 10-12 miles in this whole training period! This winter has been brutal and my motivation for running has truly been sapped out.
I have, however, been enjoying CrossFit (a little more than running – shhh, don’t tell) but even some of those workouts have been draining. Not that they’re not supposed to be but still – a good workout is one thing, a workout that makes you want to stay in bed for 3 days afterwards is another.
So, I’ve rested (thanks, Carla, for being my sounding board!). And, I actually needed it. Shocker, I know.
A friend of mine, in response to Monday’s post, suggested that I don’t do CrossFit if I want to be a distance runner. He suggests that it interferes with speed days, hills days, or long runs because I go to deep, or push too hard, during the WODs.
And I do push hard during the WODs. I do. I can’t help it. I want to improve. I like having muscles.
He’s right, I think, up to a point. I just have to figure out where that point is for me.
BUT, that being said, there are many schools of thought on how CrossFit can actually compliment and even IMPROVE a runner’s skills.
So, who do I want to be? Do I want to be a runner who CrossFits or a CrossFitter who enjoys running? Maybe 4 days of CrossFit really IS too much – although, honestly, I haven’t done 4 days of CrossFit in a row since I actually COULDN’T run and I haven’t done it yet since I’ve been back to running so I can’t truly answer that question at this point.
I think right now, 3 days of CrossFit is a little too much for me when it comes to balancing it with running. Especially since I’m running in the afternoon. (Time of day really DOES make a difference!) So, I’m going to drop it down to 2 days a week – at least until I get through Flying Pig.
And this time, I’m actually going to REST post-marathon. Like, seriously, do NOTHING for a week. I didn’t do that after Mississippi Blues. And, I jumped right into a training plan THE WEEK AFTER THE MARATHON. Not doing that again. I’m certain THAT didn’t help.
Then, I’m going to rethink my training schedule and decide who I want to be.
I’m still seriously thinking about that 50k in October but that will require a LOT of mileage to be covered to train properly. Thankfully, I won’t have to jump right in to an extensive program. A 16-week training plan has me starting mid-June which gives me plenty of time to rest before I start back up.
Perhaps I should ask my CrossFit box if they have any CrossFit Endurance coaches and go that route?
So much to consider. But, first things first – I’m a runner who has a pretty big run coming up right around the corner. I need to focus on that.
Talk to me: Are you a single sport or multi-sport athlete? How do you balance your training? Do they compliment each other (for example: swim/bike/run peeps)?