This weekend I decided to take a weekend off from crossfit. Shocking, I know! And I’m not even sick or anything. Saturday was an actual day off from physical activity, and today I somewhat got a chance to make up for the 5km WOD from last week that I was all bummed I couldn’t do. Can I tell you… for whatever reason, I was nervous! For the last couple of days I’ve been stressing a little over whether or not I was ready to run! If you knew me, you’d tell me I was just being crazy… I’ve always been a runner, and it’s only a 5km run. But since starting crossfit, I’ve let go of my 2-3 times a week of heading out for a solo 5km trot around my neighbourhood… The element of “constantly varied” has totally changed my view of exercise. I even hopped on my spin bike in the early morning hours to flush my legs out a bit in anticipation of potential failure. My fears were proven to be a waste of energy though… Today my youngest sister and I did the Color Me Rad 5km run in Kitchener 🙂 While it’s not designed to be run as a race, and we got stuck behind a few groups of walkers, we were both pretty satisfied to complete then run in just over 30 minutes and completely covered in brightly coloured chalk.
Back in June when I registered for the Toronto run, my intention had been to do it with my sister then, but by the time I got the “OK” from my step-mom to bring her, registration was closed. Today made up for that 🙂 I never even realized what an impact my own interest in health and fitness was having on my sisters. Hannah, who I ran with today, and Claire, our middle sister, both live 3 hours from me but we all have managed to build a tighter connection this last 10 months. Hannah has always been really into sports. We’ve shared a love of hockey and skiing/snowboarding for quite a few years, but this year I’ve been able to share both an adventure/mud run and today’s colormerad. I think she’s hooked 🙂 After hearing of the new love I found through Crossfit back in July, my baby sister joined a box out near her in September 😀 Claire and I have formed a stronger bond this year too. Claire is not as interested in sports and working out as Hannah and I are, but Claire LOVES to cook! Over the summer, while home from university, Claire decided she too wanted to give the Paleo thing a try. Months into it, she refuses to back give in to adversity 🙂 We swap recipes and share cooking tips all the time. It’s awesome. 🙂
So for all the people out there who don’t want to have an open mind when they hear of someone going against the grain, all I can say is this – I ramble about my Paleo lifestyle, not to make you feel bad about your own choices, or to suggest that I am “better” than you. I share tales of my personal experiences because I have found something that is working for me. Not suggesting it will work for everyone, or that everyone should give it a try. Maybe just suggesting that with a little effort, we can make things better for ourselves. After all, the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. If something is not working for you, you’re the only one who can fix it. Similar can be said for crossfit. Why do crosfitters talk non-stop about crossfit? Cause they are genuinely EXCITED about this new format of exercise that they’ve discovered and all they want to do is share!! Honestly, the only people I ramble to about crossfit (other than in my blog of course, but it’s MY blog. lol) are people who I care enough about to want to pass along the same excitement I feel in hopes that it may inspire them to look for something that works for them.
Anyways, that was more of a ramble than it was meant to be. For me, my sisters are an inspiration to continue to share my experiences. Claire, a 19-year-old 2nd year university student sent me a text yesterday to let me know she went to the farmers market and came home with 7 squashes! LOL! “People were looking at me like I was crazy. But I didn’t care… they’re SO GOOD!” was her comment. Love it 🙂 (and totally agree!) Hannah, a 16-year-old with the love of sports mentioned to me today “That was my first time ever running a 5km! Well, other than Warrior Dash back in July… I want to do more!!” Wow! Awesome 🙂 So…. despite the distance between us 3, I feel like I have had an impact on the well-being of these young girls this year, and it feels great 🙂
I’m so proud of them 🙂