CFE Training Weeks 1 & 2

A few weeks back, I wrote about how boyfriend & I officially signed up for a fall half marathon and how we’re going to train using a CrossFit Endurance plan.  Well, training has started!  We’re two weeks in and it’s already getting tough for me.  I love that I get to keep up CrossFit 3-5 times a week, but kind of dread/hate the short & fast runs that come along with CFE.  I have to keep reminding myself that it’ll be over quick and that it’s supposed to suck! So without further ado, here’s what the first two weeks of training have looked like.

Week 1

Monday: DAY 1=Rest! What?! It was also Day 1 of vacation… 😉

Tuesday: Track work: 6-8 x 200 meters with 2:00 rest between each.   My 200s ranged from 0:44-0:56.  Boyfriend’s were faster. Obviously. 😉

After a quick shower, we then headed down to Riverhead to go kayaking for a few hours.  The water was pretty calm but my shoulders and arms definitely got a workout from the paddling.


Wednesday: Drop-in at CrossFit Hidden Pond Park.  


We wanted to check out a gym closer to home and HPP worked out perfect!  Since we recently moved, I’ll need to switch “home” gyms for the bazillionth time and I’m looking forward to checking out a few different ones in our area.  The coaching at Hidden Pond Park was fantastic and the WOD was quick and tough: 2 rounds of 30 KB swings, 25 ring rows and 20 toes-to-bar.  

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Track workout.  3 x 800m with 3:00 rest.  {4:09, 4:10, 4:14}.  Then an a little over an hour of SUP!


Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 5k Time Trial.  This was brutal for me, especially because we got started later in the morning and it was hot and humid.  Oh, summer running!  I finished in 29:10.  Ick!

Week 2

Monday: CrossFit.  I finished the workout below in 5:45 and felt good.  



AM–>8 x 200m repeats with 1:30 rest between sets.  {0:49, 0:47, 0:49, 0:48, 0:49, 0:49, 0:48, 0:47).  Again, I’m still hating these fast short workouts, but at least I’m consistent?!

PM–> CrossFit.  This one took me 9:22 and definitely got gross at the end.  Burpees, y’all. 


Wednesday: CrossFit.  20-minute AMRAP (as many rounds/reps as possible) of handstand holds, L-sits, good mornings and sit-ups.  I didn’t love this WOD, but got some good core work in and practiced my handstand holds.

Thursday: 3 x 800m with 3:00 rest between sets.  Boyfriend did his workout in the morning, but came with me after work anyway to cheer me on, clock my rest and be my photographer! 😉  {4:07, 4:06 and 4:12}


Friday: Rest, a few minutes of yoga, foam rolling and stretching after work.  

Saturday: 4 miles at 80% of 10K pace.  I averaged between 10:30-11:00 pace and had to walk some on this one, as I chose a pretty hilly route in our new hood.  

Sunday: Rest

All in all, I think we’re off to a good start with this CrossFit Endurance training plan.  I really don’t enjoy the track work (totally uncomfortable) and am honestly a little nervous that the focus isn’t on weekly mileage, but I’m trusting in the process!  Stay tuned!

Your turn:  Have you ever tried a completely new training program?  Do you prefer hard & fast workouts or long, slow runs?