“Do you plan to keep running?”
I balked at his question. “Well, yes, of course.” Thinking, I don’t intend to stop one exercise because I enjoy another.
But, that got me thinking further, are exercise enthusiasts all too specific nowadays? Can I call myself a runner and an avid CrossFit participant?
My verdict: YES!
I’m an athlete.
To me that means being active and moving whether it be for a 7 mile run or burpee/front squat WOD. And, thanks to Amy & Pam’s suggestions, I updated the blog description from former athlete to an athlete. Although my eligibility has long since expired, I still consider “athlete” to be the best description of me.
Guess what movement is fundamental to most CrossFit WOD’s?
The other strength exercises suggested for runners include the back squat, pull-ups, push-ups and kettle bell swings.
Again, fundamental movements found in almost every WOD.
I know since incorporating CrossFit style workouts on my own, my strength and flexibility have improved drastically which translates into stronger running. My hips are finally getting more flexibility for functional movement which I hope, means fewer running injuries in the future.
Joe said it best when stating that a CrossFit workout won’t replace a long run or bike ride necessary for marathon or triathlon training, but it’s the best form of strength and conditioning.
Although non-specificity in many exercises may indicate I’m a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. I think that approach will stave off boredom and any physical plateauing I might experience as a one-trick pony (how many more cliches can I throw in this paragraph?!)
What are your thoughts on specialization?
What adjective do you use to describe you?