20 Minute AMRAP
How many of you would have deadlifted before your exposure to CrossFit? Probably not many of you out of concern for hurting yourself because you didn’t know anything about technique and you didn’t want to look like this guy:
But remember, deadlifting is just as natural as running, you are just picking an object up off of the floor. So why do so many people run without a second thought to technique?
And they further compound the situation by running with poor technique (heel striking, slouched posture and unnatural gate) mile after mile after mile. Doing this to “get better” at running is only making things worse. Don’t get me wrong, if you want to run a long distance to test your physical and psychological mettle, go for it, but do your homework first.
And no, that doesn’t mean run more, especially if you haven’t improved your running technique.
Put another way, would you enter a strong man competition where you have to lift 800 pounds if you can’t keep your back tight at 200 pounds? No, because that is insanity. The same goes for running 5k’s and marathons. If you heel strike half way through a 400m run, it’s probably going to get worse after a mile. In addition, long distance running is extremely taxing on the body, which means that on top of improving technique, you also need to strengthen your body so that it can withstand the next 26.2 mile beatdown.
Keep in mind, endurance athletes are specialists– they have sacrificed many of their other components of fitness, like strength, power and flexibility in order to max out their cardiovascular respiratory endurance and stamina, which goes against the fundamental idea of CrossFit and being a well-rounded athlete. If you are consistent with your CrossFit training, eating clean food and drilling your running technique, you shouldn’t have to add 15 hours a week worth of running to your schedule. You should be able to just go out and run. You might not be the best, but that’s not what we train for.