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On Crossfit and running and knowing your own limits

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! πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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?

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    September 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I saw that Crossfit article too, and I have to admit, rather than a case of “Crossfit brainwash” like it essentially labelled the physio who suffered from rhabdo, I think it should have been written with a “Pay attention to your body/do not ignore warning signals/there is difference between muscle soreness and something is wrong pain” slant. It is just too easy to villainise trendy things in my opinion!

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      September 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      The haters do love anything trendy. And people who don’t exercise are the quickest to criticise “extreme” sports like long distance running or Crossfit 😐 Oh well, they don’t know what they’re missing πŸ™‚

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    September 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Well, right now I am listening to my body and have decided to take it easy as it is Monday morning. Does it make me a bad person? I wish I were as healthy as you!

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      September 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

      There’s no such thing as being a bad person. Guilt and exercise just don’t go well together. Exercise because it makes you feel good but if you have to skip a day or a week, don’t feel guilty about it – sometimes life just gets in the way and it’s ok. Just when you can again, get back into it.

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    Metropolitan Mum
    September 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I think I know my limits very well. I am all for a gentle approach – that’s not always been the case, but as I grow older, I begin to be very forgiving and gentle with my body. It’s a good feeling xx
    PS: Don’t be mad at your legs. They’re fab!

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      September 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      You’re right, I can’t be actually mad at my legs – I can’t keep pushing them to do more and more and then no wonder they sometimes just take a break.

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    September 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Good to see you back πŸ™‚

    There are so many people out there who bitch about crossfit after seeing some youtube videos of people doing lifts with bad form.

    As someone who sent into CF having never lifted before, done proper air squats or anything else, the only injuries I have suffered have been the normal burpee knee and the other collar bone bruies whilst learning cleans I kind of miss that badge of honour now I am better!)

    Yes I hurt a lot of the time but not injured hurt.

    It is all about the coaches, find a brilliant one and you are sorted, do it at home alone and yes you run the risk of hurting yourself.

    It is so much about knowing your own limits, I have now sussed I need to ‘con’ myself with weights as for me 75% of this is all mental. I don;t count what I am putting on as I freak out. And if (like on Thursday) I was doing cleans and fell on my arse I have to get up and try straight again.

    I also learnt the lesson early on when I am doing snatches and cleans I have a tendency to end on my arse at least once so after a collision with a wall I now make sure I have plenty of room around me πŸ˜‰

    I do also think that all those 20 somethings out there possibly do go into it fuller on, they have the time to do so! I am limited by time and life in general.

    But yes good to see you back and enjoying CF so much again. I am now obsessed with doing cleans well and believing in my technique. (I am ignoring the fact I am in a comp in 3 weeks #denial)

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      September 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Oh you brave woman you are competing! That’s is so ace. My plan is to start competing once I qualify in the over 50s age group πŸ™‚

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