As I’m typing this up, I’m having the current debate I have almost every night now that my 10k training has truly picked up. CrossFit or running in the morning? I’m used to the morning CrossFit classes, and on those days, I honestly would have no issue getting a fartlek or hill run in during my lunch, or after work since those are shorter runs, but now that my programmed training runs are about an hour long, I no longer have time to complete it in its entirety on my lunch hour, nor do I have the motivation to run after work. Hello sweat pants and HGTV! If I want to get my 3 officially programmed runs in during the week, they have to be in the morning. It’s just how it has to be.
So each night I’m stuck in this ginormous debacle. If I don’t go to CrossFit on day x and go the next day, I will feel guilty. My typical schedule was every other day, not every 3 days, as it has been lately. The one word I need to focus on in the previous sentence is the word “was.” That was my CrossFit schedule, and now, with the race a month away, I have to remind myself that this is my focus at the moment.
I really have no right to complain over whether I run or CrossFit each day. I mean, if that’s my only worry I have, than I have it pretty easy, but it’s still a struggle I have of balancing the two. I haven’t overdone working out, and I am actually proud of how I’ve juggled both workouts.
At the end of the day, even though I feel guilty, I have to remember and stay focused on the fact that I’m training for a 10k race, not a CrossFit competition. When I was training for the Rookie Rivalry CrossFit competition, I focused on CrossFit and not so much on running. I didn’t feel guilty because running isn’t a team sport and I wasn’t really letting anyone down by not showing up for a run since I run alone. CrossFit focuses a lot on the community both in your box and in the community as a whole, so to not be going as much as before, I do feel guilty.
I think once this race is over, I will happily bring a different type of running schedule into my weeks. I want to get my 3 days of CrossFit in, and I want to get a handful of runs in. In order to do that, and the most beneficial for my running, I think is to have a variety of runs each week. A long run, a fartlek run, hills, and a recovery run. Each week maybe I’ll pick and choose 3 of those above runs, and each week just switch it up and have fun with it.
So yes, you might look at me and think I have my shit together and I’m just another cool cat, but really, I have an inner fight each night about the next day’s workout. Send me a shrink.
How do you handle balancing workouts if you feel committed to multiple groups?