Endurance, as defined by Wikipedia is “the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.”
If you are active, in any sport, you need to have endurance.
While I do run, it’s not my sport of choice. I am a crossfitter. Maybe you’ve heard of it, perhaps not. So, what exactly is CrossFit? CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with the aim of improving, (among other things), muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility.
As I was researching endurance running plans, one big thing popped into my head: TIME. The problem most of us have with building endurance is the lack of time to follow traditional plans. Just because we have to work for a living, take care of and spend time with our families, and all the extracurricular activities work and family demands, does not mean that we can not build our endurance base. It really means that we have to be smart with our time, smart with our methods, and smart with our goals.
This is where CrossFit can be a huge help! CrossFit Endurance is an “endurance sports training program dedicated to improving performance, fitness and endurance sports potential.” CrossFit can be a great addition for all athletes, from runners to triathletes, CrossFit can help.
Whether you’re looking to step up your 10K to a Marathon & beyond, or if you’re looking to increase your 5K or 10K time, but don’t have time to spend on long boring ground pounding miles, CrossFit Endurance might be your answer.
Training plans can be found on the CFE website, or you can click HERE to see the plan for triathletes, or HERE for the 6 week training plan that will make you a stronger, more injury proof runner. I’ve also included the plan in the image below so you can get a peek of what it entails. You’ll have to click on the image (maybe twice) to get it enlarged enough that you can read what it says.
And this endurance plan looks much more appealing to me than any other I have seen online.
The running is much more manageable. The distances are do-able (once my foot heals of course) so this is what I’m going to attempt.
If you are a runner, do you do any cross training? What do you do?