Heyoooo. I got home from DC LATE last night and am having serious #crippleproblems this morning. Good news is I PR’d!!! Bad news is I’m not sure if my calves will be able to function for a few days. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, so today you all get to chat with my good friend Allie. She’s my soul sista and literally makes me LOL with her writing. She’s quite the catch, dudes.
I’ll be back with a race recap Wednesday!
Hey guys, I’m Allie, the face behind Running on Peanut Butter. I was pretty blessed when Marissa asked if I would guest post on Barefoot Colorado while she’s out kicking butt in D.C for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.
I fell in love with Marissa this past summer, but it wasn’t a “love of my life” love until I started CrossFit and could really connect with this chiquita. Since we are both die-hard CrossFitters, we decided me rambling about the sport would be perfect!
I’ve only been doing CrossFit since Labor Day (Sept. 2013), but since my first moment in my box (CrossFit Ad Finem), my life has changed considerably. I put CrossFit off for about 3 years, or however many years my cousin kept begging me to try it, and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long!
My Dad pegged me with a serious question about a month ago. Why do I like CrossFit? More specifically, why do I love CrossFit so much if my pre-CrossFit clothes no longer fit and I struggle finding clothes that fit my new muscles?
To me, it’s not about fitting into clothes. The moment I step into the Ad Finem box almost every morning at 6:15, my day is perfect. From my teammates to my coaches, it’s home. I can count on my teammates and friends to make me laugh, to get me through a difficult WOD, or to cheer me up when I’m feeling down or off.
I’ve become a healthier and better person in and outside of the box. The support and friendships from CrossFit have been unreal. I’ve become a stronger person both emotionally and physically since starting CrossFit almost 8 months ago. I know I’m capable of more than what I think I can handle, and it’s given me the motivation, determination and strength to do big things and chase my dreams.
My Dad still didn’t understand, at least until this past Saturday when he came to cheer me on at my first CrossFit competition. My Dad finally saw the hard work I’ve put in at the box, and he was able to meet all of my teammates and see the love and encouragement that we all have for each other. I think my Mom and Dad’s favorite takeaway from the competition was that my teammates simply are amazing.
And that’s why I CrossFit. It’s not about fitting into a smaller pair of jeans or a smaller top. It’s the community I’m a part of, and the strength I’ve gained from the sport. CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but for those that do CrossFit, it’s everything to them.
I’m not all about CrossFit, okay maybe I am, but if you’ve never visited my blog, I also ramble on about running, Paleo-ish living, and awkward life stories. Also, if you’re obsessed with peanut butter, we will get along perfectly. Hope to meet some new faces from Marissa’s blog, and Marissa, hope you kicked some serious bootay in D.C!