The CrossFit Endurance workout that popped onto my schedule for the day was a 5k run as fast as you can! My initial feeling about this was that I’d just lean forward, pick up my legs, and I’d be able to break 20 minutes. It was a cold day (about 38 degrees) so I took a little time to warm up before hitting the “go button”. What I found was that my speed was coming in waves. Meaning that I’d get down to a 6:30 minute/mile and then slow to a 7:10 minute/mile. The difference in pace felt like it was due to running mechanics inefficiencies more than anything. I’d simply lose my Pose form and start using too much muscle which in turn slowed me down.
Once I hit the 2nd half of the run I realized that I’d really have to push hard if I wanted to come close to getting a sub 20 minute time, so I cranked it hard, and pushed my lunges and legs to the max! Unfortunately I hadn’t pushed my pace enough during the first half of the run and couldn’t make up the difference on the second half. I finished the run at just over 21 minutes.
This type of training for time is very foreign to me because in the past years I would train for distance and run as fast as my body felt like running on that given day. I actually prefer that method, but I’m trying to accomplish greater results in less time this training season (50 mile ultra marathon and an ironman). I’m also interested in testing the results of the CrossFit Endurance training because I’ve had amazing success with the regular CrossFit training! If you’ve had any race experience using the CrossFit Endurance training leave a comment and let me know how it worked for you!
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