I started running in 2010 after my sister-in-law convinced me to do a 5K. What felt like an insurmountable feat sparked a passion for running. Since then, I have run multiple races with distances ranging from 5Ks to a 100K 2-person relay. I particularly enjoy trail running and exploring the beauty of being out in nature. I’m not a treadmill runner at all, so living in a city that affords me the opportunity to run almost any day I want is a true blessing.
I was very intimidated by CrossFit but had always wanted to try a class, so I signed up for a Fundamentals course. After the first class, I was hooked (and sore!). I’ve never been someone who runs 5 days a week, so I needed some variety in my workout routine. What I didn’t realize at the time were the benefits that I would reap as a result of using CrossFit to train. Each runner is different, but for me, I’ve been able to follow training plans with very low volume mileage, while maintaining CrossFit programming designed to build endurance and strengthen my body in a way that reduces the potential for injury. I absolutely recommend CrossFit to even casual runners…and running to casual CrossFitters!
What is your favorite thing about running and CrossFit?
The thing that is the most special to me about both running and CrossFit is community. When you join up together over a shared goal, be it finishing a WOD or a training run, participating in a CrossFit competition, or running a trail race together, it feels great to be able to share that with others.
What is your favorite WOD?
I love the hero WODs. It’s inspiring to hear the stories of the men and women for whom those WODs are named, and truly an honor to be able to complete those WODs in their memory.
What is your least favorite WOD?
Anything with handstand push-ups or overhead squats!
What is your favorite run?
I’ve been fortunate to be able to have some great race opportunities all over the country. One of my favorites was a recent half marathon I ran in Glacier, MT. I trained pretty hard to prepare myself for elevation and weather, two things we really don’t get in SD. It rained on course, but I love running in the rain, so it was a great way to refresh after a steady climb for the first 5 miles. For my day-to-day, I like to vary my terrain, so everything from the mountains to the beach, and some of the urban routes in between!
What’s up next?
I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow Carlsbad and Vista CrossFit members to help serve as their running resource. Be on the lookout for group runs, races, running tips, and even post-run social outings. I’m available to answer your questions about all things running, whether you’re just getting started, or looking to get some tips on training for your next ultra!