I’m still here. Somehow I haven’t managed/wanted to blog for a couple of weeks. Real life is a bit chaotic at the moment and Run to the Beat was such a terrible race for me that it’s taken me a while to stop being pissed off at my legs.
I’ve done Crossfit 3 times a week for the past two weeks and not run as much. I’m achy all over but in a good way and dudes – I deadlifted 90kg the other day! :)
This morning the boys went rock climbing and I decided that the mind and the legs needed a long run, so I took out my new compression socks and had a lovely 18km run.
The legs are not moving as well/fast as they could but I’m thinking I probably cannot expect them to after all this Crossfitting. While my body adjusts to 3 Crossfit sessions a week instead of 2, I’m cutting my legs some slack when it comes to running. And I’m stretching, and foam rolling and wearing compression socks even when not running. Gotta be good to the body and I’m sure it’ll be good to me :)
A friend of mine sent me a link to an article today about something called Rhabdomyolysis. I had never heard about it, it’s a condition where muscle tissue breaks down and a protein is released to the blood stream that damages the liver. Apparently it’s a common Crossfit ‘injury’. Apparently it’s the reason why Crossfit sucks and no one should do it.
While it was interesting to read about it and awareness is never a bad thing, it’s amazing how Crossfit has so many haters. In the end Crossfit is just exercise like any other exercise – if you do it right and respect your body, it’s good for you; if you don’t know what the limits of your body are and are stupid and overdo it, then it’s bad for you. Just like running 50km would be bad for someone who does not do it on a regular basis…
In my year of Crossfit I have never seen anyone pass out or throw up. Of course people work hard, they sweat, they swear, they lie down after the WOD (work out of the day) but then they get up with a smile on their face and get on with their day.
Many Crossfit workouts have a rest period in between exercises and if they don’t, we are always encouraged to stop and take a few deep breaths in between when we feel we need it. None of us in my box are trying to be the World’s Fittest Crossfitter so everyone works hard but the fun factor has to remain – after all, I’m pretty sure most of us do Crossfit because it’s fun.
And when we lift weights, the coaches always tell us when we are loosing good form – that means the weight is just a bit too heavy for us and we need to decrease it. I’m pretty sure I could yank up a 100kg deadlift but I’m not going to try until I can do 90 with perfect form and in a controlled manner. Only then do I know that my body is strong enough to do it without getting injured.
In everything we do – we need to take responsibility for our own health. None of us should aim to run a marathon before we can run 5km, none of us should aim to lift our bodyweight before we have lifted half of it.
What do you think? Is it easy to listen to your body and pace yourself or is it hard? Do you tend to overdo it in a group environment or do you know your own limits?