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Old 10-29-2005, 01:11 AM   #1
Beth Moscov
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So, I did it. That is the bottom line. I completed a half marathon last Sunday morning. Whoa.

For those who didn't see my thread in community, I decided to train for a half marathon mostly because I hate running, I avoid running, I suck at running (used to). My weakest link in the ten fitness criteria is my cardiovascular endurance as well. All my life I have been involved in sports that are over in 8 minutes or less. So, after months of saying to myself, "I need to improve my running" but succumbing to mental weakness and not doing it - I got it together.

I ran my half marathon and beat my goals. I came in at 3 hours and 30 minutes - not fast but at a consistantly fast pace based on my average pace during training runs. I also ran the very steep hill at mile 7 which was a personal goal and no one else around me did so. I am most proud of that. (I also successfully raised the money for the charity I was working for and that was a big stretch for me too - as a whole, my program raised over $14 million dollars for leukemia and lymphoma in just that race)

Lessons learned:

1. I still don't like running. But I can get to a place where I really enjoy it somewhere out around mile 6.

2. The endorphin high from running hits me at one hour and 15 minutes no matter what my pace. The endorphin high from CrossFit workouts hits me about minute 3-5. I think this is an indication of hormonal release and is very interesting.

3. As my runs got longer, even though I was still doing a base level of crossfit wods (2-4 times a week), all my other fitness measurements went down. My personal bests in all other areas dropped. This was particularly true for strength measures. Clearly, even three months of focused training, even though it wasn't at expert paces, created a "specialist" effect in my body.

4. Facing my mental issues around running was a HUGE learning experience that will serve me well in all aspects of my life. I do not regret doing this in anyway because this is so huge for me. Especially as I get older, I see how much the mental game plays in elite fitness as well as in fitness for folks like me that like to compete just to test themselves.

5. After the initial week of crossfit, I have never taken more than a day or two to recover. Soreness might be there but recovery is quick. My personal theory is that this is related to that endorphin high/hormonal response. With the run, I am still having trouble walking. My body feels exhausted and depleted. I am just barely able to squat now, almost a week later. Sure, I am a beginner, but I don't feel depleted from CrossFit workouts. It seems to me that some sports have damage to your body that isn't one that creates more strength after healing. To me, with my body, running seems to be hard on me - particularly the knees.

So what is next? I will probably keep up a long run every week or so to maintain my endurance and because I now have a favorite run through the woods. But I am looking forward to going back to pure crossfit (with BJJ thrown back in sometime in the next weeks). I am curious what will happen to my body when I get back in fully.

Maybe another testimonial.

Oh - by the way, the race was so FUN! I had a total blast. What a party!
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Old 10-29-2005, 01:28 AM   #2
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Awesome! Congratulations Beth :happy:
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:09 AM   #3
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Beth that's awesome!

Now I feel guilty for avoiding running.
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Old 10-29-2005, 04:26 PM   #4
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Beth, that is seriously cool. I hope you realize how badass you are for tackling one of your "weaknesses" head-on. I am so impressed...way to lead by example. Nicely done.
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:17 PM   #5
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Great job Beth. A 13.1 mile run by a non-runner is nothing to sneeze at. Your discovery of a lengthy perod of DOMS after long distance work has been my experience too. A fast Helen leaves no trace after a few minutes of recovery but a full or even half Ironman leaves me sore and unable to train hard for weeks. Still, long distance racing is what I do...well, maybe not so much any more. I am going to concentrate on the much faster Olympic distance tri's and maybe just the occasional long course (half Ironman) race each year and work on racing with greater intensity. This seems much more suitable to the CF way.

Are you going to Golden, Co? If you do perhaps we can go for a run pre or post workout.

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Old 10-30-2005, 01:02 AM   #6
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Eugene,

It isn't so much DOMS, but really weak legs. The big issue is that I ran down that hill I ran up and I know I hurt my knees when running downhill. One of them practically gave out under me and I had to sit down for a few minutes. I ended up walking the last three miles of the race because I could not run or my leg would give out. Though, I ran the last 400 meters when crossing the finish line. (I heard someone say it was only another 400 meters and I thought - "hey, that is a crossfit distance. I can do that much")

So, I am taking glucosomine and resting and icing and hoping I haven't damaged my knee seriously. It does feel better now but still really shaky.

Any ideas? (I should post this in injuries I guess but I will repost it there if this gets bad enough to be bugging me in another week)

Oh - I will be in Golden. We can talk about that run in another week when my knees stop hurting. But you have to promise to go at my very slow pace as I am working back into physical health. To be honest - I would be honored to run along with you. Maybe we could get someone to take a pic.

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Old 10-30-2005, 01:27 PM   #7
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The honor would indeed be mine Beth.

Your ice idea is a good one as is rest and a gentle reintroduction to running. Your post run sensations are not unsual and are experienced by many who run that far. Which of course begs the question as to why we do this.

I have found that inversion boots and hanging upside down unloads the knees (and stretches the spine nicely too) which always makes my knees feel better. I use the Costco glucosamine in the cherry flavored liquid and choke some of that down every morning and I have not had problems with my knees in a long time. Proper shoes, proper form, proper warm up and cool down and continued work with all the various knee intensive exercises (wall ball, air squats, thrusters and the like) seem to have helped my knee health immensely.

I look forward to seeing you next week. I'll be there with bells on and computer in hand.

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Old 10-30-2005, 06:16 PM   #8
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Beth, you're my hero!!!

I also think I suck at running, but I enjoy being able to do it mostly to shake my fist at the universe for making me so non-athletic in my pre-crossfit life. ;)
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Old 11-07-2005, 06:32 PM   #9
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Way to hang. The whole purpose in running the first 10 miles is so you can experience the experience of the last 3.1. Sweet.
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