It all started one fateful day last December. I was watching a rerun of the CrossFit Games and told the Saltines, mostly in jest, that I was going to try CrossFit. As usual, there were many jokes, but they were supportive in spite of seeming unsure if I was serious or not.
As I pursued my CrossFit dreams, my real-life running friends had some things to say:
“I hate CrossFit because my old running friends can never run with me – they are always rehabbing a CrossFit injury.”
“CrossFit is unsafe.”
“CrossFit is like a cult.”
This was, quite frankly, a little rich coming from ultrarunners who I’m pretty sure have been accused of similar or worse themselves.
This also explains my intrigue.
Aside from cults, which I am wholeheartedly against, I routinely do things that other people say are unsafe and sure to lead to injuries. I have, despite others’ assertions, remained injury-free (knock on wood, please don’t jinx me) and safe since I started training for ultras. That’s over three years of running (or hiking, whatever) up and down mountains and consistently running over 100 miles per week for almost a year. Therefore, logically, it was clear that CrossFit would be perfectly safe for me to try. In fact, the potential obstacles made it more alluring. But I didn’t want to give up my running goals. Enter the CrossFit Endurance training plan, which uses the principles of CrossFit to improve your running performance. Perfect! I had to try it. But should you?