I used to run…a LOT. When I first started blogging most of my posts were about training for half marathons, and long before I started blogging, the year I turned 40 I ran a full marathon. So, I am no stranger to running.
Funny thing is, I never really liked it. I did it, but I’m pretty sure I never hit that runner’s high you hear about. Every run was a challenge. It didn’t seem to get easier and any improvement seemed minor. My fastest half time was 2:29:55, just under my goal of 2:30. See here for that race recap. That half was pretty much the last time I ran any great distance. Just after I joined CrossFit I signed up for another half and started to train. I got 2 runs into my training schedule and finally accepted the fact that I don’t like running and decided to stop. I sold my bib for the race to a friend and haven’t looked back. I don’t miss it at all.
Now, the only time I run is when it’s programmed at the gym. Yesterday was one of those days. The WOD was Jerry:
This was the first WOD of the summer with a lot of running in it. There was one earlier in the spring, but my back was still bothering me, so I rowed instead. Lots of people cherry picked and skipped it. I must be going crazy in my old age, because I changed my schedule around so I could go to the gym and do this WOD. I’m not sure why I did that, since I know running is not a strong point for me. I guess I did it to prove that I could.
The first mile took me 10:40. Not blazing speed by any means, but around what I was expecting. The row started out not too badly. I just focused on keeping my split time in a zone and keeping my strokes per minute lower rather than higher to try to conserve some energy. That row was not fun, and my legs were screaming at me towards the end, but I finished in 9:55.4, which isn’t too bad considering the only other 2k row I did was just a row by itself and it took me 9:42.4. The last mile run sucked HUGE! I ran the first half mile non-stop and then walked a few paces at the turnaround just to catch my breath. That last half mile was awful, but I knew it would be over soon and I just kept my eye on the driveway of the gym, knowing every step got me closer to being done. In the end, I finished the WOD in 34:11. The last mile was definitely slower, but I didn’t make note of the time I left the gym to know exactly how long it was.
I was not fast. It was not fun. But I finished.
My legs are very sore today. Hopefully today’s WOD will help loosen them up. This is what I have to look forward to tonight:
We did this one back on March 10th and I liked it. My pistols are coming along, although I don’t think I’ve done them since then so hopefully my legs will be able to handle them after the rough week they’ve had.
Tomorrow I’m hoping to head up to Wasaga Beach and watch my fellow CFNC members compete at the UG Series Beach WOD. The weather is supposed to be great so it should be a fun day enjoying the sun, the sand, and cheering on my friends.
Happy weekend, everyone!!!
Anyone out there dislike running as much as I do?