Spring has sprung (a leak it seems, if you ask the weather!) and you know what that means: Running Season! For many of the athletes at Novem that means we’re already counting down to our first race days. Personally, I am an “on again/off again, slow & steady” runner (a handful of 5ks, Mud Runs, …
Spring has sprung (a leak it seems, if you ask the weather!) and you know what that means: Running Season! For many of the athletes at Novem that means we’re already counting down to our first race days. Personally, I am an “on again/off again, slow & steady” runner (a handful of 5ks, Mud Runs, Spartans, and Broad Street); nevertheless, I have come to trust and respect the training process required to build the strength and stamina for that long distance run! For many would-be runners, the training programs can seem daunting for any length of race and I have heard many CrossFitters worry that taking on a long run would interfere with their WOD Life. WELL, rest your hearts at ease, my friends! We can continue our lifting and conditioning while we amp up for that run – we just have to adjust our goals (and our schedules) accordingly.
The biggest hurdles to face at first are: energy and time. So we must start by understanding our own goals for this training time-period and adjust. This is our NEW cycle! Scheduling your WODs and your runs for the week will make life that much easier and ensure that you’re not overloading yourself.
Next: for right now, its best to temper your expectations of your strength gains. The key is talking to the coach and scaling/modifying to incorporate strength training at a level that elevates your running performance, instead of draining it.
Finally: enjoy being able to “spice it up!” By definition, CrossFit is “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity,” which can be a nice break from the consistent and repetitive movements in running. Incorporating CrossFit will help to strengthen smaller complementary muscles groups that we may not necessarily be targeting while running. And let’s face it: cross training just makes running more fun!
Besides giving your coach the heads up that you’ve begun your race training and when/if you’ll be scaling your workouts, you could surely get some honest-to-goodness expert advice by talking to some of our seasoned Novem Runners. Joe, Lesha, and I would be happy to connect you with one of our many racers.
Congrats on taking on this epic endeavor and I look forward to training along side of all of you. Broad Street Run 2017, here I come!
Here’s a quick perspective from Runner’s World on the WOD/RUN lifestyle:
Looking for a more in-depth perspective on mixing both? You could check out the book Unbreakable Runner, by CrossFit Endurance™ founder Brian MacKenzie and veteran journalist T.J. Murphy where they “examine long-held beliefs about how to train, tearing down those traditions to reveal new principles for a lifetime of healthy, powerful running.”
Coach Rachel Redden