Five rounds for time of:
400 meter run
95/65 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
Compare to 14Mar12.
This time last year… Billy wrote on the Conundrum.
Who knew a simple Groupon could have such an impact on my life?! I was one of the WOC members that came joined Crossfit Chicago through the Groupon promotion held last year…and boy am I ever so glad that I did!
Last summer I was training for the Chicago marathon, and I had just started CFC. I recall that when doing our longer runs for marathon training– I felt different running…I felt strong. I am one of those weak runner girls, sure I can run forever but arm or core muscles… yea what are those?!
I knew I had done my preparation – trained for the marathon properly and enhanced my training with some strength from Crossfit. I knew I wanted to run fast but didn’t set a goal. All I knew was that Boston just up’d their qualifying times by 5 mins for my age group. No more 3:40 for a qualifying time… it was now 3:35 to qualify for one of the world’s elite marathon races.
Smooth sailing through miles 1-15 with sub 8 min miles keeping a steady pace. Mile 18 hit and so did the sun – I slowed down. Miles 19-24 were awful – just miserable – but that’s what a marathon is… it’s a 20 mile warm up for a 6 mile race. The last 6 miles are all mental – its pure drive and motivation at that point.
My twin sister joined me for the last couple of miles… she runs marathons too so she could understand the hell I was going through. But I didn’t want to quit. Crossfitters never quit! I remember telling myself “You’re strong Carina… you’ve done deadlifts, wallballs, power cleans and all these other things I had never done before – this is just running…put one foot in front of the other and keep pushing through”
Finish time 3:34.57. That’s a Boston Qualifier by 3 whole seconds! I have no doubt in my mind that it was my work with Crossfit that not only let me see such a huge improvement from my last marathon but that pushed me through the end. At that point, muscles I never had before were called on to get me through, and I formed those from Crossfit.
CrossFitters are tough people – theres no denying that – and the support that this community has is one of the best aspects that I enjoy about this place. Everyone is in it together – no matter what it is. And when we’re doing that last rep where you didn’t think you could push any more, or when I’m running that last mile where I didn’t think or want to go anymore – there’s the thought of the CF community and all these tough people rooting for you no matter what.
I’m going to miss CrossFit Chicago. It has definitely made an impact on my life. I’m moving back home to Texas this week and CFC is one of the things I’ll surely miss most. I’ve enjoyed every minute spent here… yes even the ones where I have to do the elementary squat work on the wall…darn those runner hip flexors! I’m going to miss my WOC ladies – we’ve come a long way… that’s for damn sure and we still have a ways to go – but we’re in it together!
I’ll be in Austin, Texas – if anyone is down there drop me a line on FB. I’ll still come stalk the CFC blog. And no matter what box I join down there… I know it’ll never compare to what we have goin’ on here. I’ll miss yall! Till next time!