I started doing CrossFit this Autumn. I didn’t do it to cross train, I just did not want to run in the cold. Germany is known to have some brutal winters, and I wanted to avoid cold running at all costs! So, I joined a group of women in Schweinfurt, Germany to do CrossFit.
I must admit that at my first session was more than intimidating. I didn’t think it wise for my middle-aged self to be jumping on 24-inch boxes, climbing ropes and lifting 100 plus pounds. I was sure there was an age cut-off to this particular sport and that I had passed it! But my friend Margaret, who is kind and patient, helped me get started and motivated me to do more at each session. We met three to four times a week and did workouts that I never would have imagined I could accomplish! The workouts ranged from sit-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, farmer carries , burpees to lifting heavy weights. I wasn’t sure about what CrossFit would do for my body because I was not losing any weight. I was however, losing inches. I could feel more muscle on my body and I could still wear my same clothes. So, I guess this CrossFit stuff was not as bad as I had thought!
So when spring came and I started to transition back to running, I noticed something amazing — I was able to run faster! I felt stronger. I knew for sure that I was still a runner and that I loved running even more. I guess the old adage is true about taking a break from something you love in order to rekindle the love affair.
This week, I say goodbye to many of my CrossFit team mates, as some return to the United States or other parts of Germany. I wish them well and hope they can continue training and sharing their knowledge of CrossFit with others. CrossFit helps people not only reach their fitness goals of a smaller dress size, but empowers women as they learn they are stronger than they imagined — and those dead lifts and squat presses can prove it.
Blessings to you all.
P.S. Thanks Kasha for the groovy socks!