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Hero Workout or Marathon?

February 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

If you’re a regular here, you know that I spent the better part of my athletic career in endurance sports… and you may also remember the year of the marathon in 08.

Now, after a year of starting cross fit, I no longer have any desire to complete another marathon or even a bike race, but that is a story for another day….But, the short story is that these endurance events take SERIOUS training that I just don’t have the time or energy for anymore!!

However, when Hero workouts come up at CrossFit, I actually get excited. They are usually harder/longer/heavier than a regular workout would be and extremely challenging.

On Saturday, I had the amazingly difficult pleasure of doing “Bull”. If the name alone doesn’t scare you, then, check out the workout!!
2 Rounds of…
200 Double Unders
50 Overhead Squats at 135/95
50 Pull-ups
Run 1 Mile.


Holy Crap, that is a serious workout!!!!! I went into this workout with the mindset to finish, NOT to even attempt to do it prescribed. Sorry, I didn’t take any photos, but, I was nearly crying at the end. My Overhead Squat max is 115, so the thought of 95 pound overhead squats for 50 reps was NOT EVEN IMAGINABLE {for the record, I did 75}. Nor was the thought of doing 50 pull-ups after completing 50 OHS. Pictured above is what happens to my hands any time I exceed 50 reps! And, we had done 100 the previous Monday, so, it wasn’t going to be happening 4 days later. So, instead of pullups, I did upside down ring rows (with my feet on a box). I cannot describe how difficult this was to do, much less finish. It took me 53 minutes and change to finish and it is seriously one of the hardest things I have ever done. Harder than any marathon and requires a heck of a lot more skill and strength to complete. Knock on wood.

In an article entitled, “Silly Bullshit” by Mark Ripptoe in the CrossFit Journal, July, 2007, the following quote struck a chord with me:

“How running 26.2 miles at one time ever got to be associated with a Good Thing just beats the absolute hell out of me. Yet it is held up as the sine qua non of physical accomplishment. Why, the very term “sports medicine” actually means “treatment of running-induced overuse injuries”. Long slow distance training–or LSD, as it has come to be called is not only a poor way to lose bodyfat and gain cardiovascular fitness; it may be the single best way to lose muscle mass ever devised and it has never made anyone stronger.”

You can read the entire article here.

But, this got me thinking, how much stronger I am now than I ever was when I was running 5 days a week, and how much LEANER I am Now than I was then.  This is a result of following a ZONE/Paleo diet along with 4-5 days of crossfit style training every single week!  And, before crossfit, all I could think about was running 345 marathon.  I know I could do this now, but, do I want to?  Nope.  Too much risk of injury, too much risk of not being a happy healthy mommy with that kind of mileage, too much running. period.

What’s next for this almost 40 year old Fit Mom?  I have no freakin’ idea, except that I will be a super,  strong lean and fit mommy for my kids!!

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