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Crushed it with CrossFIT!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

So after weeks and weeks of training the day of reckoning finally arrived. My wife and I jumped in the Jeep and headed to Virginia Beach for the Shamrock Half-Marathon. It was a quick 2 hour 40 minute drive and before I knew it I was picking up my bib number and walking through the expo. As I did I started to get the feeling that I might not have prepared well enough.
Most of my training consisted of CrossFit WODs and short (2-4 mile runs) early on. A few weeks out I added longer runs (8-9 miles) once a week. I started second guessing my training and how well I would perform on a course I had never seen. As I walked around the expo I saw some people who looked like serious runners and some that looked as though they were there to walk either the 8K or the half. I regained a bit of confidence in the fact that if nothing else I wouldn’t be the last one in.
After the Expo we got ready for dinner and went searching for CARBS! I had carb-depleted for the previous two weeks and I was ready to get some pasta in my body. A friend of mine who lives in the area suggested a place called Aldo’s and it was FANTASTIC. I would highly recommend it if anyone is heading to VA Beach. It hit the spot.
With a belly full of carbs and my mind thinking about my training I was all set to sleep…or toss and turn thinking about the run, but you get the picture. 0530 came quickly and we hopped out of bed and got ready to run! When I got into my assigned corral and looked around, I starting questioning my training again. Was CrossFit-focused training going to be enough? My wife was a couple corrals behind me so I figured if I fell behind my group I could tell her that I was waiting on her…although I don’t think she would buy it.
The game plan was to hit an 11-minute mile pace and stay there for the first seven miles. After that I wanted to pick it up to 10:30 and kick hard the last mile. The goal was to finish in less than 2:30. I started off and felt great. I looked at my watch as I passed each mile marker and I was dead on pace. My 5 Mile chip time was 54:58 so I couldn’t complain. As I approached mile 7 I started to realize that I wasn’t as tired as I thought I would be…it was time to step it up and see what happened. As I picked up the pace my CrossFit brain kicked in. I felt as though I could do anything…I passed 8 miles, 9 miles, 10 miles and then out of nowhere the CrossFit competitor in me came out. I was no longer running to finish I was going to leave some of these experienced runners in the dust. I starting picking people in front of me and began reeling them in. One by one I started passing the folks that I was following all morning.
The final mile was awesome. I started thinking about my CrossFitting Spark Peeps. I knew that Tim would be well in front of me but cheering me on. I thought about Tammy finishing her first half in 2:17 and wondering if I could catch her. I figured Anna would run this thing, give birth, and then get running again…you get the picture. I had a team behind me and I wasn’t going to let them down. I started to cruise and I crossed the finish line in 2:21:54! Eight minutes under my goal and a great time to beat the next time I run a half. I know that CrossFit helped me crush my goal and it will help me next time as well. The mental toughness I gained from those WODs and the peeps here made all the difference and gave me an edge. Thanks for the motivation and the support.

Yuengling sponsored the run and there was nothing like the taste of cold beer at 10:00 in the morning…it was pretty sweet!


The taste of victory!


The after party was awesome!


It was an awsome day to crush a run.


The wife crushed it as well!

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  • SNWALKER1015
    Wow Coach!! thats soo awesome! Your CF SP peepes are very proud of you. You gave me so much motivation for my upcoming events. THANKS
    3337 days ago
  • ORCHIDLADY56
    Way to go, Coach!
    3337 days ago
  • HEALTH-E-CLARE
    Awesome job Coach, you did an awesome job on your first half. It's exciting to know that Crossfit helped you so much, since I just started Crossfit and have my 5 half coming up in a few weeks (hopefully)

    The post run beer always tastes amazing. Great Job!
    3338 days ago
  • RAYNEVALO
    Awesome job and I knew you would rock it! Thanks to you, my morning has started off with great motivation!!
    3338 days ago
  • COACH_CUJO
    Thanks for the comments everyone. We really enjoyed the day...and the beer.
    3338 days ago
  • CCHELLEZ
    Awesome!
    3338 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10713018
    Congrats!
    3338 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5826541
    I have a serious complaint about this blog... That there isnt more than one like button!!!! Dude u totally OWNED this run! seriously, i have been having a feeling that there is something to doing alot of intensive strength training as a part of accentuating your endurance.

    While im not very experienced in this, my own personal experience was that when i was recovering from a running injury, i did alot of cross training, squats, weights etc... And all said and done, when i did my next half marathon, my times weren't too far off.

    I have also heard of Crossfit Endurance promoted at Runners World magazine.... Yup, CF is here to stay!!!

    Great job on the run, you have alot to be proud of Coach!
    3338 days ago
  • KRISKECK
    Awesome! I was there too! But you were a lot faster than me and you've inspired me to do Crossfit! -- Kristin
    3338 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4043450
    Congrats!! Great job and great recap!!
    3339 days ago
  • TPELL21
    A gripping tale! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for providing us (your humble CF Sparks peeps) with such motivation.

    Great job. Congrats. :)
    3339 days ago
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