Re: The Crossfit cop-out?
The lack of lots of heavy lifting bothers me. So I lift more often. If you want to run more, then run more. Many people do.
I hate running, I like lifting. I also like rowing.
"The key thing I think running brings us is the opportunity to keep our heart rate up and maintain it at a contest level for an extended period. Doesn't this help overall endurance?"
And how does any steady state activity not do the same thing(rowing, swimming, elliptical, etc)?
I've had good carryover from non-running fitness work onto the field(rugby, lots of running) without the added impact on knees and ankles from pounding the pavement.