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Old 12-13-2005, 04:47 PM   #11
Larry Lindenman
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I cringe everytime I see "Run 5k" but I do it because I am commited to doing every WOD as written. Additionally, You've got the founder of the system giving you a free program...why mess with that unless you have a compelling reason. Do the written WODs for a month and see if you don't see a flow.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:22 PM   #12
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Agreed. The flow is there. You just have to follow it.

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Old 12-14-2005, 04:14 PM   #13
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I cringe everytime I see "Run 5k"

So what do you do when it says "Run 10k"? We haven't had one of those in a long while.
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Old 12-14-2005, 11:30 PM   #14
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Mike,

Thanks for the reminder! I really wasn't anticipating that!

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Old 12-15-2005, 02:41 PM   #15
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I lay in a fetal position and suck my thumb, then I lace up my shoes and slog through the run!
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:25 PM   #16
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Larry, I can so relate!
Many's the WOD I go into thinking "oh man, I don't wanna do this..."
And last week I found myself thinking "maybe I'll just do a set of swiss-ball preacher curls and call it a day..."
But I slog through. Slog through I do.
And (pointing back toward the main theme of the thread) there is method in Coach's madness, and huge value in doing the WOD rather than inventing one on your own.
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Old 12-15-2005, 08:31 PM   #17
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I lay in a fetal position and suck my thumb, then I lace up my shoes and slog through the run!

I reserve that sort of behavior for the 3 bars of death.
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Old 12-16-2005, 07:39 AM   #18
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Great thread. It touches directly on what I value most about the program.

Back in college easily ran 40+ miles of hill trails weekly. Trails that most folks get tired hiking on. I swam and did calisthenics on the side. I was quite fit. (Skinny, not very strong and lacking in total capacity of course, but I had enormous energy, low body fat, etc.)

In the time it takes to do the WOD and some extras I have a career and a family and have much better all around fitness (nothing new here, I know.)

Having said all that; the best part of the program for me is the mental challenge of having to do it when I don't want to. Everybody trying to sell you a fitness system says it will change you mentally and I guess that's true to a point, but, Crossfit has something hard for me to do that I don't want to do every week. If I chose my own workout I would be giving myself an easy out much of the time.

The crossover to dealing with other challenges in life has been dramatic. I tend to just get into things without near as much worry or procrastination. The thought process is essentially 'well, this is what i have to do so i may as well start.' I don't say to myself 'well, that looks ugly and i might mess it up so i'll do this instead.' This is still my first year in the program but the benefit has been enormous.

Thanks Paul and David.
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Old 12-16-2005, 07:08 PM   #19
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Ok, I'm now doing the WODs and that's fine. It just took me a while to accept that someone tells me how to train, as I've been telling others what to do for years. My ego is in pain more than my body.
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:07 AM   #20
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Excellent choice Paul. You still have the ability to dictate what you do, just use the WOD as your GPP program and train any way you want with extra workouts. Ramp up slow. Most CFers practice a sport or skill other than Crossfit. You will find CF ideas bleeding into you other practice. One of the advantages, that most people over look, is the WOD usually takes about a half hour, including warm-up. Plenty of time to play with other things.
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