Since I began CrossFitting back in January, I have definitely noticed a lot more muscle tone than when I was just lifting randomly on my own. CrossFit has made me WANT TO lift heavy weights and each day I cannot wait to see what my body can do. Whether its lifting and working on strength or doing a CRAZY endurance workout of the day (WOD). I have the endurance to run 13.1 miles at a below 8 minute per mile pace. Doing 400m sprints with a mix of box jumps, burpees, power cleans, etc. is a a whole different story. I tend to think that these WODs are the ones I should be particularly strong at but I am not. I actually think it takes me longer than the people that don’t run long distances.
Anyway, I have been thinking lately about marathon training and CrossFit. I see some of these elite CrossFitters like Christmas Abbott and Miranda Oldroyd and am jealous of their bodies. I no longer envy the bodies of just skinny girls. I now am striving to have the body of a strong, fit woman (not that I am saying skinny isn’t beautiful. This is a judgment free zone!)
My dilemma is that I do not think I am going to see the gains and muscle tone that I want with CrossFit while I am training for a marathon and running 30-50 miles a week. The bodies of CrossFitters and the bodies of endurance and long distance runners don’t usually look the same. Do CrossFit and long distance running not mix? Help! Can I be both a CrossFitter and Marathoner?
Any marathoners out there that also CrossFit? I really would like your opinion on this subject. I am stuck. Do I train for my first marathon and then convert to full time CrossFitter and stick to running shorter distances although I do love the half marathon distance? Or do I settle with smaller muscle gains and continue to run long distance? Or do you know the answer to achieving both!?