CrossFit and Running
In the past year I have taken a bit of a step back from running and have added CrossFit int my life. The change has been great for me mentally and physically. One of the drawbacks of running is that when you run you are repeating the same movement pattern. This can make you susceptible to overuse injuries.
When I was running I dealt with some nagging injuries, peroneal tendonitis and piroformis syndrome which kept me away from running for a bit. These injuries were brought on by running. They were probably imbalances from running on the same side of the road during marathon training where the slight curve on the side of the road causes your running gait to be slightly off-balance with every step.
They were overuse injuries from repeating the same movement over and over again. While I am not saying that you should stop running I am saying that for me my body has welcomed the change in movement and also the strength gains that I have been making since I started began to train differently. The strength that I have gained is having a noticeable impact on my running as well because my legs are feeling much stronger with each stride. Sometimes we just need to mix things up and try new things to refresh how we feel. What new things have you been trying to keep your running fresh?
I had said I would never do CrossFit. Never say never. Now I am hooked! I love going to CrossFit and getting a a$$-kicking workout in one hour. I love being with the group of athletes in the training area. It reminds me of my days training in the weight room with the crew team in college. I love learning all of the new (to me ) lifts and challenging my body in a way that I haven’t done before. And, I love that CrossFit has benefits for my running because let’s stop kidding around, this girl will never stop running, especially now that spring running and skirt weather is arriving in New Hampshire.
Benefits of CrossFit for Runners
Here are some of the great benefits that CrossFit has for running:
- It strengthens your whole body not just your legs.
- According to Shape.com, “Working your entire body will also help you lose overall body fat, which may increase endurance and speed.”
- Since you will be working your whole body you will have less imbalances making running injury less of a possibility.
- Improved running form due to improved overall strength and coordination of different muscle groups.
- CrossFit has benefits for the mental challenges of running because of the intensity of the workouts. This can be applied to the challenging parts of racing and training.
- Flexibility is improved because of the functional movements included in each workout.
I plan to do a ton of running especially now that the weather is starting to “warm” up in New Hampshire but CrossFit will continue to be a part of my training.
Here are a couple of workouts that we did recently to give you an idea of what you might get to do at CrossFit.
- Partner Workout: 40 Power Cleans, 3X40 Burpee Box Jump Overs, 40 Kettlebell swings, 2000 meter row
- Partner Workout: 2x 400 meter run, 2×400 meter row, 2×400 meter ski erg, .5 miles bike
- 5 Rounds 1 minute each exercise: Box jump overs, pull-ups, overhead squats, ring dips, kettlebell swings
Would you consider adding CrossFit into your training plans for running?