My CrossFit journey started in early 2014 when a work colleague starting telling me stories of these crazy workouts and challenges she was undertaking to get fitter and lose weight. Having joined Cooee CrossFit after being nagged by her sub 3 hour marathon running husband who had already joined and was loving it, she started on me! It would “suit my personality” she told me.
Having watched some of the results and inwardly knowing I had to improve my core strength to assist the marathon training I was about to undertake for Tokyo in 2015, I contacted CrossFit (Access) Morley in March and was invited in for a session. This led to undertaking the Fundamentals (On Ramp) course with Kelly Curtis and then I was in!
I felt welcome by the community straight away.
I did however find that I needed to learn a lot of the lingo and movements, but luckily the world wide web and YouTube were there to help.
Appointing a running coach, I started marathon training in October 2014 on a program to get ready for Tokyo in February 2015, all the time doing a couple of CrossFit sessions a week. Slowly my technique and form improved, with some gains in flexibility.
Recovering from the shoulder injury, I sensibly “scaled” the movements, focusing on being able to complete the WODs by taking form and my PHYSICAL AGE (NOT MENTAL AGE) into consideration. I told myself and everyone else, that “I was there to improve my running”.
Having completed seven marathons since, including running a PB in Boston last April, I can honestly say I am “stronger for longer” in my marathons which I put down mainly to strength training via CrossFit.
I am enjoying the CrossFit coaching even more now that coach rotations have been put in place and I expect to make more gains in the Box now that I have lifted attendance to three sessions a week.