Burning Runner: Daily Training Log, March 24

T.J. is wiped after a recent CrossFit Endurance workout.
T.J. is wiped after a recent CrossFit Endurance workout.

T.J. Murphy reports on half-marathon training the CrossFit Endurance way.

Written by: T.J. Murphy

Two things you figure out quickly about Crossfit Endurance training. Number One, your overall training volume plummets. Rather than a 90-minute run you might be doing a 10-minute “AMRAP” workout (As Many Rounds As Possible) that takes 10 minutes. But as any middle-distance runner knows, relatively applies to a 10-minute segment of time.

Yesterday I started off with deadlifts, working my way to a 2-repetition max. After that was the AMRAP. It was 10 kettle bell swings/five jumping burpees, as many rounds as possible in 10 minutes. By the time I finished the second round, at 2 minutes, I thought the next eight minutes would take a lifetime. When the 10 minute mark finally hit (I had completed nine rounds), all I could do was lie on the ground and observe how my heart had turned into a battering ram against my breastbone.

Metabolic conditioning. And I have to say as startling as the work is I’m enjoying it—the workout is never the same day to day or week to week—“Routine is the enemy,” Crossfit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie says. And each workout is a challenge.

Adding a layer to the Crossfit Endurance training, starting next Wednesday, after a trip to visit the Golden Gate Triathlon Club in San Francisco, I plan to test out a Crossfit favorite dietary approach for two weeks: The “Zone Paleo” diet. My understanding is the Zone Paleo diet is the Paleo diet—lean meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some fruit—combined with the Zone approach of measuring and weighing each meal.


T.J. Murphy is the Editorial Director of Competitor Magazine. A 2:38 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher, he is the former editorial director of Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon. His writing has also appeared in Outside Magazine and Runner’s World.

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