For those who know me, they know that running is not my thing. When I first heard the gym was doing a running challenge my immediate reaction was that there was no way I was going to participate. I was always the slowest runner in school and throughout my entire life whenever there was a running activity. However, after talking with Tina and a few others, I decided that if I did the challenge I would hopefully improve with my running, even if it was a little. The nine weeks of the running challenge was the hardest thing I have ever mentally (and physically) done. I had to run even when I had no energy left after class, and in 100 degree weather on vacation.
I ended up winning the challenge! I now have more confidence in my running and I don’t avoid it in workouts. I even run 3-4 times a week on my own. I could not have done it without the help of all the BIG family who offered to go for runs before and after class with me. There was also a bunch of friendly competition that helped me along, especially with Trimble and Sager! Now, I’m even looking forward to the next running challenge!
Fast forward seven weeks and to how nervous I was for my first competition, “Beat the Streets”. Luckily, I had Sager as my partner. The week before, we had practiced that infamous WOD 3 (Waterfall). The time cap was 14:00 minutes with one partner working at a time. In our practice run, we decided that I would go first. I had a really hard time with the Clean and Jerks and by the time 14:00 rolled around I had just sat on the rower. On competition day we switched and had Jason go first so that at least one of us could finish. I started the row with little time left on the clock. My energy was depleted and my hair was a wild mess. I felt like I had nothing left and there was no way I could row 30 calories in the time remaining. I closed my eyes and just kept reminding myself I was done after this row. I remember at one point Jason telling me that I was, “giving him 80% with my row and he needed me to give 110% so I could finish.” That was the hardest and fastest I have ever rowed in my life. I wasn’t even sure I had made it in under the buzzer. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner who didn’t care about winning, only about me pushing to do better.
One of my favorite experiences with CrossFit is the community that has developed; everyone helping each other to be better one day at a time. What the infamous photo from that day shows is that I couldn’t have done it without the BIG family, Sager, the athletes from the other CrossFit communities, and my family. All of them surrounding me and cheering me on!