I know all six of my readers have been on pins and needles waiting for my report - did CrossFit keep me prepared for a half marathon?
The report is in...and yes...alarmingly, yes...CrossFit did make me completely and utterly prepared to run 13.1 miles. In case you missed all the other posts - I ran about 30 miles all year long and did alot of CrossFit in preparation for this half-marathon....haha...who am I kidding? I did nothing to prepare for the half, and only did CrossFit because it is so totally awesome and way better than just running on any day - even a sunny day where the temperature never gets above 70 degrees and the wind is always at my back. Yep, CrossFit rocks more than that most perfect run. But, I digress....
While I did have a small amount of knee pain that went as quickly as it came, muscular/skeletolly speaking, I never felt better. My legs and my lungs were literally taking a jog around the park. (And for the record, "skeletolly" is not a word but it really should be).
Unfortunately, the other stupid things I did along the way almost ruined the whole race for me.
For example - I didn't look at the weather report prior to packing for the race. This one should have been easy, but in all my non-preparation for this event, looking at the local weather report wasn't ever on my radar (no pun intended...I promise). I brought long sleeves, gloves, a fleece, ear warmers, and long sleeves. I mention the sleeves twice because by the time I finished the race it was nearly 80 degrees. And I was in long sleeves. Around mile 5, I **almost** convinced myself that I was in good enough shape to run in just my bra. Like I said, I **almost** had myself convinced.....it was cold in 2011, I just ASSUMED it would be cold again...
- Hydrate. At least once. Before mile 7. Again, this should have been easy, but at some point between mile 4 and mile 6, I convinced myself that passing every water stop was a good idea. It did not help at all that those miles were where all the crowds were...and that my watch had me clocking a sub-9 minute pace. I really didn't want to stop the momentum. Unfortunately, my lack of hydration caught up with me at mile 10 where I stopped. Dead. In. My. Tracks. Hunched over....holding the aching cramp in my sternum...police and medical personnel staring me directly in the face. Had they come over to check on me, I would have quit right then and there. But, they never even asked if I needed assistance, so I dug DEEP and began a slow jog....trot...walk...method that I would continue for the next 3.1 miles.
- Thinking that Pandora was a good option for music. During my only two training runs for this event, I switched back and forth from the Missy Elliot station, to the "Call Me Maybe" station. It got me through those two dreadful 12 mile runs....so I was certain it would get me through another dreadful 13.1 miles. Except that either Verizon sucked, or my iPhone sucked because I got 3/4 of the way through "Call Me Maybe" during my first mile and then heard dead silence for another 4 miles. Dead silence. For another 4 miles. Then I got 4.5 miles of Missy Elliot...and the rest of the race...dead. silence. It was miserable.
I finished....in a respectable time and much faster than my 2011 time. Had I not made those elementary mistakes above, I would have been much happier with my time. And, had it not been for CrossFit, I would have never made it beyond mile 2. I'm pretty sure of that.
So, thank you CrossFit for making me stronger and happier than I ever thought I could be. And thank you to the police and medical personnel at mile 10 for not helping me - because had you been doing your job, I probably would have been carted back to the race start in the back of an ambulance.