Post Marathon Update

Can you run a marathon using only CrossFit training? Yes you can. Can you do it in a fast time? Absolutely not!

I ran my first (and only) marathon yesterday with a time of 4:34.39. My goal was under 4h, but my body wouldn’t allow it. I passed the 1/2 at 1:56ish. At that point, my goal switched to just finishing the 42+ kilometers. (also note that in the 2 months leading up to the event, I ran a total of 6.6km)

Some of the pain included numb feet, cramps in hamstrings, calves and hips. Sore knees. And now I’m limping around like a zombie, including the moaning.

Some things I learned on my journey:

1. It doesn’t matter what anyone looks like or how old they are – someone is going to be faster than you. It just chewed into my ego a bit when a 70 year old man passed me like I was standing still. He told me this was his 217th marathon. Absolutely insane!

2. The running community has more similarities to CrossFitters than differences. They are addicted to running (almost more) than we are to CrossFit. And they try to suck others into it too. I don’t understand why people would WANT to run a marathon. They don’t understand why anyone would want to do CrossFit (cause it’s crazy). But you know the really awesome part? Their support. I was blown away by it! There were so many volunteers out on the course, either clapping, cheering, whistling or ringing bells. The motivating words “Keep going! You’re doing great” flooded the trail. And the craziest thing… a guy I went to high school with ran the 1/2 marathon, drove around with his wife Lindsay, found me, and ran by my side for 10km!!! I have no words to describe that. It was a gift that I cannot repay. That act of kindness is something that will stick with me for a very long time. Jeff LeBlanc – THANK YOU!

3. CrossFit may prepare you for the unknown, but a marathon is not one of them. It did, however, give me the mental strength to continue. I had many conversations with myself during the run. A voice in my head pleaded with me to turn around at the 1/2 way point. But I continued. After the 25km mark, all I wanted to do was walk because the pain was so bad. But I continued. I even considered calling someone to pick me up when my legs cramped up. But I continued. And I owe that to CrossFit.

We had a great turnout of members running in the Legs for Literacy. Congrats to all of you who stepped out of your comfort zone. And I speak for the runners when I say thank you to all who came out to cheer and support our CrossFit family. It definitely helped!

**For those that don’t know, I challenged Jason F. from CrossFit Fredericton to the marathon. Without hesitation, he signed up, and also did nothing to train for it other than CF. He finished only 37 seconds behind me, which is a huge accomplishment! Congrats Jason! Can’t wait to see what the next challenge with be.

WOD – 5 rounds of:
35 Double Unders
200m Run

Needed a crutch to stay standing

66 thoughts on “Post Marathon Update”

  1. wow incredible!! Good job everyone! I may think twice before complaining about not having a piece of bread with supper 😉

  2. Now that made me cry and it’s only 5:30am. Thanks for sharing Kevin and again congratulations.

  3. Kevin a very sincere congratulations. While I emjoyed your entire post (especially the 70 year old 🙂 ) your #2 exactly describes what it is for a non-athlete to be part of the CFTM family. “Keep goin, you’re doing great” my friend, the zombie legs are a badge of honour.

  4. WU x2
    Front Squat x5
    95 105 115 130 145(PR Reps)

    WOD
    20 KBS
    200m Run
    12:13

    I stood waiting at the finish line yesterday for nearly 3 hours waiting for Kevin to come in. I watched a lot of runners cross that line, some looked like they were near death, some looked like they just did a run around the block and could go again, others were elated that they had accomplished something so great that they’ve worked so hard for. There were some that got a PB (Personal Best) and were happy just like when we get a PR on a lift or WOD. A few qualified for the Boston Marathon which is pretty incredible. For example, a man Kevin’s age group would have to finish under 3h10min. They all cheered for fellow runners and the pace runners that had already finished often ran back a number of Kms and would run in with another runner go back out. We’re not so different, the community spirit is strong whether in a CrossFit box or marathon route.
    I started to worry when Kevin’s target time came and past and he hadn’t run in yet. When he finally crossed the finish I could see he was hurting but everything considered he was in good spirits and happy. I’m very proud of him for taking on the challenge and overcoming it. Great job Love, you’re my inspiration xo

      1. I was on Main St when the race first started (down at the other end) and when they were all running by, I regretted not signing up for it. Seems like a really great event, I am going to sign up for a run next year for sure. (although not a marathon…) 🙂

  5. Nice post Kevin. Great accomplishment for sure.

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    Shoulder Press 5x
    65-75-85-95×1
    Then I did 2 slow negatives at 105 and 115.

    WOD: 5 rounds of:
    35 Double Unders
    200m Run

    Time: 7:12

  6. Kevin, you rock! I did a marathon once in about 5.5 hours, and I “trained.” The last 2 K were more like a shuffle than a run, and my husband ran them with me in his steel-toe boots–he got worried waiting for me, so he came looking. Encouragement is everything, isn’t it?
    Thanks for sharing your story.

  7. Great job Kevin. Your half was great, and … considering you didn’t do any marathon training … you had an awesome finish as well. I’m extremely impressed with your comments on runners – many of them need to cross-train but it’s only when you try to keep up with some of those people that you realize just how amazing they are. Stand at the finish line and watch the top 25 and you can be amazed at how dissimilar many of the runners look!

    Congratulations on your first marathon!

  8. Kevin – What a phenomenal write up, I really enjoyed reading it! One of my good friends has won the ½ marathon the last 3 weekends in NS, PEI and NB. What is interesting is she recently took 2 months away from training to let an injury heal and it has been one of the hardest things for her to do. Rest is typically one of the Doctors orders she never follows. She finally did this time as she just turned 40 this year and is realizing she needs to respect her body. And in the end she has just kicked some serious ass the last 3 weekends.
    This is another example of where CrossFitters and Runners are alike, we are not good at letting go of what we love doing to let our bodies properly heal from injury. We all need to get better at that.

  9. Awesome post today Kevin! You did it!!! It’s fun to see how people really rally together during and after these events 🙂

  10. Congratulations on a job well done, Friends on mine who have ran a marathon all say the same thing “it’s the hardest thing they ever done”, so for you to have done it without training for the event on Sunday is a HUGE accomplishment. I am sure you gained much respect from both the Crossfit and Running communities.

  11. Congrats Kevin & Nice post

    wu x 2
    strength – Deadlift x 5
    85,95,100,120,130

    WOD: 5 rounds
    scale – 105 singles
    Run 200m

    Time = 11:00
    cash put – reverse samson 3 x 30 sec each side

  12. wu x 2
    strength – Front squat x 5
    135,155,175,185,195×3

    WOD: 5 rounds
    scale – 105 singles
    Run 200m

    Time = 11:04
    cash put – reverse samson 3 x 30 sec each side

  13. WU x 2
    Strength – Push Jerk – 3’s
    65-70-75-80-85

    WOD: 3 rounds
    105 singles
    Run 200m
    Time: ?

    Kevin I forgot my time, can I ask you to please post for me 🙂

    cash out: reverse samson 3 x 30 sec each side

    I welled up with Kevin’s and Jo’s posts then continued to tear up with every members post. Very exciting accomplishment Kevin, Fantastic post. I just LOVE everybody at Crossfit Moncton, I really really do!!

  14. PS – AND I feel so very fortunate to have Kevin for a coach, all coaches for their support and members for continued encouragement. There I think my manic moment is over.

  15. WUx2

    Strength – OHS X5
    65-65-75-85-95-95 -Worked on proper form. Also tried the last 95’s without shoes. Felt more solid. Will do this in future strengths envolving squats. Thanks for the advice Jeff!

    WOD – 5 rounds of:
    35 Double Unders
    200m Run

    13:08

    Damn you DU’s!!!!
    Someday I love them, and other days…

    Cashout – reverse samson stretch 3 x 30sec each side
    1 minute Plank.

    Great job 3:15 class!

  16. WUx2

    Strength: OHS (x10) 65-70-75
    Modified Modified Lynne: Max PushUps and Pullups
    40+18
    25+17
    17+10 = 127

    No energy and Severely tired/sore from yesterdays WOD: BRADSHAW and morning 5K at LEGS! Have a great day everyone!

  17. Great post Kevin and an even better job yesterday! Congrats 🙂

    WUx2
    Shoulder Press X5
    35-40-45-50-55
    WOD:
    5 Rounds
    105 singles
    200 m run

    Time: 13:26
    Cashout-reverse samson

  18. Great Post Kevin, Congrats on the run 🙂

    wu x 2
    Push Press 1’s
    35-45-65-75-85-90 (PR)

    WOD
    w singles

    Time= 10:53

    Great Push at the end Denis 🙂 First round of singles were unbroken, the rest was more broken than I would of liked. Great Job 3:15 🙂

  19. WOD @ 1pm:
    7.5km Run (easy pace)

    WOD @ 6pm:
    5 Rounds
    35 Double Unders
    200m Run

    Time —> 9:33

    Gotta love vacation days! Great job everyone!
    Kevin, after seeing you tonight I decided a marathon will never be a goal of mine. 😉 I really like your comments about the two communities. In the end we are all looking for better health and fitness and the support of like minded people helps us reach our goals. Congrats to all the runners yesterday. Be proud!

  20. WUX2
    Strength: Good Mornings
    15×10 ~ 25×10 ~ 35×5 ~ 45×5 ~ 55×5

    WOD: 5 rounds
    ~ 35 Doubles (round 1) / 105 Singles (rounds 2 to 5)
    ~ 200 m run
    TIME: 13:21

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    Kevin… Crazy came to mind when I first heard that you were going to do a marthon without any training. Although I still think crazy may fit, you’ve painted a great picture of what your experience was like, and it’s truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on finishing the race!

  21. wu x 2
    strength – back squat x 5
    125-135-145-165-185

    WOD: 5 rounds
    scale – 105 singles
    Run 200m

    Time = 10:40
    cash put – reverse samson 3 x 30 sec each side

  22. WU x 2

    Front Squats x 5
    85-95-105-115-130

    WOD: 5 Rounds
    35 DU’s
    200m run
    Time = 11:53

    Big congrats on the marathon Kevin. What an accomplishment. Just goes to show what you can achieve with an abundance of personal determination and support from like minded individuals. Pushing through the pain you described sounded awful, but you overcame. As sore as you are today…..I think you’re gonna need a wheel chair tomorrow! You’ll have to get a bell so Joanna can fetch your stuff around the house 🙂

  23. WOD: 5 Rounds
    35 DUs
    200m Run

    9:37 – Took me a few rounds to relearn DUs. Fun WOD, really enjoyed it even with the runs.

  24. WU X 2
    Deadlifts 5’2
    120-175

    WOD: 5 Rounds
    35 DU’s (Each double separated by a single)
    200m run
    Time = 14:01

    Singles would have given me a faster time but doubles (with a single in between) was the better choice. No sense working on the single, I know how to do them! At one point I got up to 18 DU’s before I lost focus so that’s a big improvement from March when I wasn’t even getting one-in-a-row. Good work everyone; some spectacularly fast times beside me guys!

    1. P.S. I have 3/4’s of a chocolate birthday cake with buttercream frosting left over from a birthday yesterday. Shall I bring it to the gym tomorrow for the No Bread Challengers to share?? 🙂

  25. WU x 2

    Strength: Shoulder Press x 3
    65-75-80-85-90

    WOD: 5 rounds
    35 double under’s
    200 m run

    Time: 7:38

    Felt great to be back at the gym. I have missed the people and the energy incredibly!

  26. WU X2

    Fran @ 65# + Med. Purple band

    8:05

    Kevin: Pretty sure I left my book @ the gym… If you see it can you put it aside for me and I’ll grab it on Wed. Cheers.

  27. Thank you everyone for your kind words. Like Cheyenne, I got teary eyed reading them. People keep saying I’ll change my mind and run another one. Very doubtful! I would like to try a half as I managed to go 22km without stopping yesterday. But that’s a whole year away. Who’s with me??

  28. Congrats again on your run Kevin. Your determination and positive attitude are inspiring and contagious. 🙂 The soreness is temporary. Your accomplishment is “forever”.

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    WU x 2
    Strength: Push press (x5)
    65-75-85-95-105
    **felt a tweak in my right shoulder, so I was cautious with the weight tonight. I have enough injuries as it is…..

    WOD: (scaled)
    5 rounds for time
    20 KBS @ 35#
    40 walking lunges (aka: spawn of Satan)
    Time = 8:48

    Cashout: Reverse Samson Stretch 3×30 seconds each side

    Great work 6:30 crew!

  29. wu x 2

    strength – OHS x 1

    90-90-105-115-125 PR 🙂

    WOD: 5 rounds
    scale – 105 singles
    Run 200m

    Time = 12:18

    cash put – reverse samson 3 x 30 sec each side

    Congrats Kevin! It’s a huge accomplishment; also I gotta say it’s kinda nice seeing you walking around limping instead of me for a change!

  30. Look at the previous members coming out of the woodwork! Jack, Denise, Cathy and got an email from Heather H. Hope to see you all back at the gym very soon!

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