going against conventional wisdom is enticing albeit scary

Yesterday when I went in for my info meeting with the Kzoo CrossFit folks, we talked about the endurance program.  I explained I am training for a marathon in Oct.  The coach/trainer for the program asked me how many miles I’ve run and when I told him I had recently done a 1/2, he said “Great!”

Awesome, I thought – this is going better than I thought.

But his next sentence threw me for a loop.  He said, “if you can run 13.1 miles you can already run 26.2.  Easy.  It’s just a mental block.”

Ummm – what?!

Here is my future training plan, beginning Aug. 27th

here it is!

Sorry if this is tough to read but here is what is says:

M – work out of the day (WOD) and a run


W – WOD and a run

TH – WOD and a run


S – LR

All of the runs during the week are interval training and some of his descriptions sounded fairly intense.  It will be tough.  But get this – my LONGEST run of the whole entire training season will be 13 miles!  WHAT?????  I’m sure he could see the disbelief on my face but he told me if I trusted him then it would work.

This part is the hardest thing for me to believe.  It completely flies in the face of conventional marathon training of a 10% increase each week in mileage.  But it appeals to me too – I like to be a bit of a rebel.  It’s important not to discount the WOD’s.  We will be focusing on  A LOT of core work.  I said I wanted my overall fitness to improve and he said it would.  I will also get some gait analysis and essentially COACHING!  I was thinking about all of this and decided to commit on the spot.  Why not?  I explained I didn’t want to walk any of the marathon and he said I wouldn’t have to.  It IS a bit nerve-wracking but exciting too.

I’m also looking at transitioning to a new shoe

why are new shoes so enticing?!


the price point is awesome – $90 and they have some cute colors.  I am trying to figure out if I will still need actual crossfit shoes or if these will be enough.  I’m trying to make up my mind…

All in all, I’m looking forward to training – it’s with a group and I think this will help in my motivation/commitment.  More than that, I think it will be cool to meet new people all training for a similar goal!


Oh and last night on a late night walk, look who I saw?

pretty nifty, eh?


10 thoughts on “going against conventional wisdom is enticing albeit scary

  1. You have to trust him on this, it’s totally true, if you CrossFit and can run a half, you can run a full. It’s all mental at that point and staying at your 40% pace.

  2. umm, has this guy ran a marathon before? if not, im going to go ahead and say he doesn’t know what hes talking about! but, i believe you will be super fit and improve your overall strength, etc. i just REALLY think it might be a good idea to run more than 13 before you run 26.2…. super proud of you for going and committing though! I hope it works! xoxox

  3. I would be super nervous to have my longest LR only be 13 miles. My last marathon I ran 2 x 22 miles & 2 x 24 miles. The lower mileage seems to work for the Hanson’s team and Desi Davila so I am sure that you will be fine.

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