Today’s post is from Holly Justice, CrossFitter, Ironman triathlete and ultrarunner. Last weekend Holly WON the Cool Moon 100 mile running race, as the 1st female finisher. Yes, she RAN 100 miles in 30 hours 41 minutes. If you happen to believe that is a little bit insane, I happen to agree with you. Nevertheless, Holly ran 100 miles. Like it was nothing. This week, she’ll be getting back to CrossFit with the rest of us. We think Holly might know a little bit something about pain.
Okay, this post today is about hurting. Weird, absurd, gotta-laugh-‘cause-otherwise-I’m gonna cry pain. Let me set up a little scene for you, my friends.
The first week of CrossFit. Remember back, if you will, to a time before CrossFit, when things were not sore. When walking up any stairs was not an internal struggle of rationalizations and half-truths – (“Who needs to make it up to the bed? I could just sleep on the couch…”).
When sitting down was not inhibited by the raw skin on your legs and ass from doing 90 sit ups for time and climbing a rope in shorts six times. When you could lift your arms over your head whenever you wanted to. When waking up didn’t immediately remind you what you did yesterday. When your quads didn’t hurt to the touch. Yes, remember for a moment, your life, pre-CrossFit.
… And then be so freaking happy you found the inspiration, support, and coaching to get your butt to show up and use your body like nature intended. Yes, I appreciate the irony of paying someone to tell me to lift heavy things in this modern world. But you know what? I also appreciate the burn in my triceps and the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a CrossFit workout.
I appreciate knowing that if I had to do one more rep I’d fall over dead.
There is a certain degree of awesome that comes with being completely spent.
It’s good to be back.
Click here to read about our goal of competing in the 2013 CrossFit Games.