Up until last July, I lived for running.I had been running since I was in high school. I ran a marathon, I ran half-marathons, I ran everyday, sometimes twice a day, and I ran a decent 7 minute mile pace. I loved everything about running. A few years ago, I started having pain in my right foot and a bone scan determined that I had a hairline fracture. I continued to run through the pain, until I ended up with a full blown stress fracture and I had to take a serious break from running. I was devastated! I was starting to become frustrated and not love running the way that I used to. After a few months (which felt like a few years) of no running, my fracture was healing. My foot doctor told me that if I wanted to continue running I would need custom orthotics made for my feet, and I would need to incorporate strength training into my workouts in order to strengthen my whole body. I didn't know anything about weights, or strength conditioning, and I didn't know what I was going to do...
Meanwhile, as all of this was going on, my best friend Jenifer's fiance, John had just returned to the United States from Iraq. John was a Sargent with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was introduced to CrossFit while he was in Iraq, and he decided to open up a Box in Utica, NY when he returned home. John originally started running classes out of the garage at his house. I attended a few classes and I thought they were fun and different. Eventually he opened a box (CrossFit Mohawk Valley) in an actual building and he and Jen have been there for almost two years.
After seeing how strong Jen had become from doing CrossFit, I began to constantly ask her a ton of questions about it. I was terrified to try anything except for running. I was comfortable with running and I was very reluctant to try something new. Knowing about my foot situation, Jen finally convinced me to join a Box in Albany. I am now hooked! I still run, but not nearly as much as I used to, but I'm okay with it and my body is too!
(Me at one of the CrossFit classes that John ran out of his garage before he opened his Box)