Last week, I mentioned I finally got my kipping pull-ups down. I was thrilled but…I think after going from 0 to 75 pull-ups in one workout was harder on my body than I realized. Couple that with the CrossFit competition the weekend before that, and my body is pretty beat up. I didn’t really think to give it extra rest; I should have known better. I’ve been feeling worn down and then in yesterday’s workout, something in the corner of my chest near my shoulder just felt really off during pull-ups and was super painful. I stopped and subbed out dips for the pull-ups, but it still hurts to use that arm with any pressure, like pushing a soap dispenser or pushing myself up in bed. Ugh. I’m not sure what I did – I’m hoping just a strained muscle that needs a few days of rest.
But, this may be a blessing in disguise. I’ve been really struggling to find a workout routine to balance CrossFit and running. I like running in the morning when there’s no traffic, but if I’ve done CrossFit the night before, it’s hard to get up to run. And even if I’ve done CrossFit in the morning, sometimes my body is still too beat up to really run. And if I don’t feel like working out, CrossFit is easier to get motivated to do, knowing I’ll see lots of friends there and the workout will get me going, once I get going. And sometimes, I’ll plan to run and then see the WOD and it sounds so fun, I don’t want to miss it. I honestly cannot believe I’m picking CrossFit over running these days…but I really do love it. And I’ve been doing it 4-5x a week.
However, I just don’t feel myself when I’m not running. It’s like something’s missing. So, I’m trying to figure out a way I can balance all of the workouts I want to do, keep my body healthy and not over do it.
Here’s my game plan: Make a loose workout schedule that has better balance. Here’s what I’m thinking.
M – CrossFit
T – run
W – CrossFit
Th – run or rest, depending on how I feel
F – CrossFit
S – run
S – Recovery day: yoga or foam rolling
I really wish CrossFit posted the workouts for the week in advance rather than the night before so I could plan my workouts better. I’m planning to do CrossFit MWF since that’s the only days they have morning classes and life just feels less hectic when I work out in the AM. And if there’s a morning that the WOD doesn’t sound great (for example, I have a general rule that if there are snatches in the workout, I skip that day), I think I’ll do yoga or take an extra day of rest. I really wish Top Tier had bootcamp in the mornings because I LOVE their bootcamp classes… but working out at night and then trying to go back to the AM schedule is just too brutal. So I’m thinking on any nights I end up doing bootcamp for whatever reason, I’ll do yoga the next morning or rest just to be kinder to my body.
It may not work well for me to be so unstructured about rest days but I always have a day during the week where I’m just like NOPE, not working out, no matter what workout I had planned on doing. In the past I’ve usually had a set rest day (Fridays were sacred), so we’ll see how it goes having unplanned rest days and just playing it by ear. I may need to implement a holy rest day again.
Do you struggle to find balance with workouts? How do you manage it? I think too much of any workout is probably not a good thing. I’ve been in phases where I all I did was run run run and neglected strength, and I don’t think that was good either since I struggled with overuse injuries.
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