Running Rehab

Ever heard the song ‘Addicted’ by Kelly Clarkson?
I feel like it describes my relationship with running lately. 

“It’s like I can’t breathe
It’s like I can’t see anything
Nothing but you
I’m addicted to you
It’s like I can’t think
Without you interrupting me
In my thoughts
In my dreams
You’ve taken over me
It’s like I’m not me

I’m hooked on you
I need a fix
I can’t take it
Just one more hit
I promise I can deal with it
I’ll handle it, quit it
Just one more time
then that’s it
Just a little bit more to get me through this”

The other day at work, someone asked me why I loved running. 
and I stumbled trying to find the words. 
Why do I love running?
Deep down, I know the answer.
It’s my ME time.
I can go out for a run and think about everything,
or think about nothing and completely zone out.
groove to my music.
be angry.
be happy.
just be me. 
It’s my antidepressant.
happy running moment
but lately…
it’s felt a little toxic.
I feel like I need to go to Running Rehab
I’ve been feeling very sluggish during (most of) my runs.
Just haven’t been digging any of my runs, especially the long runs.
so my confidence has suffered big time.
Ogden Marathon is only 4 weeks away and I’m a little (ok… a lot) nervous.
Tyson (my Elevated CrossFit coach/trainer/WOD-god) had a heart to heart with me earlier this month.
He said I’m doing too much.
I’m running as if I’m not doing CrossFit
and I’m doing CrossFit as if I’m not training for Ogden.
(does that make sense?!)
I’ve been running 5-6 days a week, varying mileage, but on average 30-40 miles per week.
and I’m CrossFitting 4-5 days a week. 
(If ECF was open on Saturday and Sunday – I’d probably go 5-6 days a week – no joke)
My problem…
and Tyson has warned me if I keep working out the way I am right now, I’m going to end up with an injury that would sideline me from running and crossfit.
and seeing as how well I deal with injury (evidenced here & here) something has got to change.
Tyson wants me to try CrossFit Endurance.
All of my endurance running friends, read THIS (CFE FAQs).
Am I 100% certain this is the right thing for me?
absolutely not. 
Tyson got an earful of my craziness a few weeks ago.
All my excuses, explanations, but-what-if-I…
He said that if I continue training (running) the way I have been (for t
he last 4+years), I need to cut WAY back on CrossFit training. Like, only once a week, at least until the marathon is over. 
And I’m not okay with that scenario, either. 
I’m LOVING CrossFit. I love how my body has changed. 
I love that my mindset has changed enough to realize there is more to fitness than mile splits & race PRs.
With CrossFit I’m realizing that my body is capable of SO much more than just running. 
I can squat, clean & jerk, deadlift, do pull ups, and (boy!) pushups.
So… I’m going out on a limb and trusting Tyson.
He’s formulating a CrossFit Endurance training plan for the next 6 weeks.
I actually started this plan 2 weeks ago… so I’ve already completed 2 weeks of CFE training.
If you follow me on DailyMile you may have noticed the significant drop in mileage.
I’m excited & terrified at the same time. 
I want to go back to LOVING running ALL the time.
Honestly, there have been a few days where I just want to run (especially when I am stressed), I miss the morning routine. But this makes the days that I do get to run that much better.
Every run has a purpose.
 There are no junk miles. I have 3 runs a week, one SI (Short Intervals), one LI (Long Intervals) and one TT (Time Trial or Tempo). I have to PUSH myself on every run. 
Last week, after I’d made up my mind about going for CFE (CrossFit Endurance) Training, I went to the gym to run a 10k on the tready (aka hamster wheel).
I don’t know if it was all mental or what (the mind is a powerful thing, ya know.).
 But I had a FRIGGIN’ awesome run. I ended up running 6.1miles in 51:55 which equates to 8:30 pace. 
(pretty damn spectacular for me! ha!) I felt like I was on a high all day long. 😉
Tyson assures me I can get my sub 4:00 at Ogden.
I just need to be SMARTER about my training. 
(and trust the CFE plan)
and trust Tyson. 😉
So… here’s to new beginnings and new training plans and being a bad-ass RUNNER & CROSSFITTER!

11 thoughts on “Running Rehab

  1. kara t. says:

    Thank you for putting into words how I have been feeling. Even though I haven’t been running those kind of miles, I have found that since I have started crossfit I find the redundancy of running to be too much to bare. Powering through a hard WOD does just as much (if not more) for me than a long run. After the disaster of my last race I have realized that it’s okay to take a break from distance running to work on other parts of my fitness and I can come back to distance running when I am good and ready. And stronger :)One thing that I LOVE about Crossfit is it teaches you to be a bad ass. So remember during your race that you are a bad ass and you can keep up any pace for any amount of time. Sub 4, I can almost taste it for you!


  2. Amylee says:

    I think this is SO SMART. At the beginning of the year I started running only 3 days a week and it has been glorious. I have loved every run, and my legs always feel fresh and ready. I can push myself harder and I enjoy it more. I believe it was keeping me healthy (well, until that dumb 20 mile treadmill run, but I think that’s because I suck at running on the treadmill). I think this will 100% help you achieve your goals for Ogden. YAY! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see you kill it.


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