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Speed & Endurance (S&E) {4.17.13}

The best partner there ever was!  -Open wod 13.3 at BBCF

The best partner there ever was! -Open wod 13.3 at BBCF

I have been wanting to touch on this subject since I got into it about 2 months ago.  When I first started Crossfitting in August of 2012, there was a “Running Club” held on Tuesday nights (I think it was) and I went to it a few times in hopes of just helping my goal of losing weight faster.  I wasn’t interested in becoming a better runner or even interested in “liking” running.  I just wanted the extra endurance to enhance my workout routine.  Well, that soon ended around Christmas time and came back with a new face.  It is organized and more importantly, programmed to help the participants improve their running while working on form at the same time.  I never realized how much was entailed in the act of running.  We’ve worked on drills that improve our strides, foot placement, arm placement, head placement, lean, etc.  I never thought I’d be into this class as much as I’m into Crossfit.  I’m hooked!!  How is this happening?!?

Our box, BBCF started a Speed and Endurance team/group that is held on Tuesday & Thursday nights.  It’s held by our Coach (and friend/athlete), Josh Cagwin.  He recently got certified and has taken classes that have enabled him to facilitate this class and is very thorough on the fundamentals of running.  In just the 10-11 weeks that Matt and I have participated, we have noticed an extreme improvement in our running, not only in the class but in our WOD’s as well!  Now that’s something to be proud of!  We both have mentioned it to each other saying that we never realized how much of a role that form played in our running.  We now find ourselves running/striding with more ease, while also running faster and smoother. We’ve learned proper foot placement and great breathing techniques as well.  It’s all good stuff!!

Wod at the OPEN.

Wod at the OPEN.

We’re really happy our box puts on a class like this because it gives us (and everyone else) the chance to reach goals quicker, whether it be for weight loss reasons, or for strength, speed, or improving endurance, or whatever the case.  It’s just really great that we are given the opportunity to be a part of something like this.  Matt and I both look forward to it on those nights because I think the main reason is because we have seen improvements in our running, week to week.  That’s where the motivation kicks in, therefore resulting in “the itch.”  We’re lucky to have the team of coaches we have at Boombox Crossfit.  The programming is incomparable!!!  They’re all so awesome and truly, genuinely care about the craft of Crossfit and how it helps and enhances the lives of others.  We’re lucky.

Having been a participant in these running nights, religiously, I can now say with a smile that I can run an almost 8 minute mile!!!  My fastest time Continue reading

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