If you watched the Boston Marathon last week, you saw something pretty incredible. Desi Linden won on the women’s side breaking a 33-year winless streak for American women.
Linden’s race was inspiring, but what stuck out to me during the race was her training plan. Like most elite endurance runners, Linden averaged upwards of 100 miles per week or more in training. Even at a 6:00 min/mile clip, that’s 10 hours of running a week excluding all of the warm-ups, stretching, strength training, and recovery work necessary. It’s also a lot of pounding on your body.
On the flip side, you have Karly Wilson, one of our original founders and CrossFit Undeniable athletes. Wilson has run 70 marathons with a PR of 3:05 while running a fraction of Linden’s weekly mileage. At the same time, she still hits PRs in the gym and dominates CrossFit workouts.
Somehow, Wilson has become incredibly successful at longer running events without following the traditional model of logging 30-40+ miles a week.
The secret is CrossFit Endurance.