I am an injury prone runner.
I feel like there should be some sort of support group out there for those of us who are constantly battling some type of injury.
I mean this with total sincerity.
Anyway, after my recent surgery and return to running I somewhat prematurely signed up for a half marathon. Blame wine 🙂 I knew the only way to get through it would be to get a good physical therapist. So I found one.
And discovered another sad truth about myself.
I am weak.
He devised a PT program for me that revealed just how badly I needed strength training in my life. Every week I would have some tweak and he would fix it with one exercise or another, whereas I would normally just rest it. I knew this was the key if I want to continue running.
I have a friend who does Crossfit and after asking her a little bit about the workouts, I thought it might just be the answer.
So, I contacted a local Crossfit gym.
The owner was so warm and welcoming when we met to discuss my goals. The next thing I knew I was signed up for 10 weeks and this included a nutrition challenge as well. I thought, “Well, here goes nothing.”
I had to do 3 intro classes with him and I could not believe how much these sessions kicked my butt. You think you are in shape until you realize you are not!
Weightlifting has been quite challenging for me. Again, I am weak. I just know this means I have to keep doing it.
I am in my 8th week and I am happy to say that I have given myself so much grace. I just keep telling myself- “Remember when you started running and you couldn’t even run for 5 minutes straight? or another one of my favorites, “Just embrace the suck and be ok with being bad before you get better.”
The days I do crossfit also allow my foot a bit more rest than the normal pounding of running.
Right now I am shooting for 2-3 days a week for Crossfit and 3-4 for running.