Friday, 8 December 2017

The Holidays are coming

It has been a long time since I posted a fitness related update, but I wanted to share a little about what has changed for me over the past year or so.  Last January, I did my first fundamentals series in crossfit and was instantly hooked.  Rehabbing my hamstring by then had been more than a yearlong venture, and I just wasn’t feeling the level of improvement I needed to continue (scheduled) running.

Enter crossfit.  The classes and heavier weights allowed me a way to unload the constant stress on my hamstring I was seeing running and cycling and focus on a new for me dynamic: Strength.  I am by no means as strong as other women in my classes, but I do believe I have improved considerable over the past year or so.  The mix of routines also allows me to continue long(ish) runs on Sundays without feeling too attached to a training plan or race goal.  I really love this new approach. 

For the most part, I enjoy my runs much more and the variability of WODs helps me avoid the boredom I get in other fitness classes.   In January, I will be doing my first scaled team competition and I cannot wait! New Year, new goals, new plans.  I have actually sussed out a box in BC for the first week of January when we will be vacationing with my parents.

The main reason I feel a urge to post this, is to emphasize that over time, your fitness goals evolve and change and that is just fine.  Through injury, I felt very disconnected from my running community.  This feeling was not dissimilar to my initial post-partum months.  Over time, I have come to realize that it is ok to step back from running. The community I have found through crossfit is proof that fitness can open so many social doors for you (as can book clubs, wine clubs or whatever fills your boots J)

If you are feeling down on yourself for taking a step back or away from a sport you love I hope this resonates with you.  As we enter the busyness of the holidays it can be hard to stay on top of all the things (fitness, family, friends, etc).  It is ok to let things slip in any direction.  Take a “me night” in lieu of an outing if you are feeling the pressure.  Skip the am class if you were out late the night before.  Put yourself up there with everything and everyone else demanding your attention.

Much love!