Wednesday, November 7

I loved this article from the NY Times: Who Says Allie Kieffer Isn’t Thin Enough to Run Marathons?

Allie Kieffer tried for years and years to fit into the accepted model of what a marathon runner should look, eat, and train like, but it wasn’t working. She was constantly battling injury and gave up running for years.

But eventually she missed running and decided to start back up with no goals, just for the enjoyment. “She made friends jogging in Central Park. She joined CrossFit, unheard-of in elite running, a sport whose athletes are not exactly known for their bulging musculature. She began running more miles than ever, she was healthier than ever, and she was happier, too. And then something unexpected happened: She got faster. Much faster.”

And then she took fifth place in the New York City Marathon last year and seventh this year.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Oh, another article proving everyone should do CrossFit.” But trust me, that is not the point. The point is that the old way, the accepted way, the “best” way might not be the right way for everyone. This about doing what you love because you love it and not trying to fit into a mold. This is what Allie did.

“In doing so, Kieffer has given us a powerful example of what can happen when we stop trying to force ourselves to meet preconceived notions of how to achieve success — especially unhealthy, untrue ideas — and go after our goals on our own terms. When we focus less on fixing what we consider to be inadequacies and more on reinforcing our strengths, we can realize potential we didn’t even know we had.

“‘Sometimes, the act of trying takes so much energy that it can prevent you from actually doing the thing you want to do,’ Brad Stulberg, the author of Peak Performance, told me. ‘If it starts to feel like performance shackles, you’re going to want to say screw it, to break out of rigid patterns and rip those shackles off. And only then are you able to really achieve what you were trying for the whole time.’”

It is so easy to get caught up in the trying. If you feel like it is a chore to get to the gym and you aren’t enjoying what you are doing, something is off. And then there’s the “you need to look a certain way to do certain things” argument.

“Kieffer’s story also proves that we can achieve far more when we value all women’s bodies less for how they look, and more for what they can do.”

I' put a lot of quotes from the article in this post because I think this stuff is important and I’m not sure how many of you read the full article, but trust me, this one’s good. Take a couple of minutes to read the whole thing and hopefully you start to think about what is right for you, and you can start enjoying the things you love again.

P.S. Allie would definitely be considered thin in the everyday world, but compared to elite marathoners, she is much bigger.

Workout for Wednesday, November 7
Tabata Strict Press (45/33)
4 Rounds with Rest in Front Rack
Rest 1 minute
4 Rounds with Rest Overhead Locked Out

16 min AMRAP
Knees to Elbows
Calorie Row

CrossFit 616