Love the Things you Hate

In CrossFit there are countless movements, lifts, and cardio workouts. I have my hate list, same as everyone else *cough*SNATCHESsnatchesSNATCHES*cough*. But I’m actively trying not to avoid the workouts where those snitchy-snatches appear. I try not to avoid them because the more I do them, the better I’ll get at them, and the less they will suck. Apply this mindset to your hate list. I’ll lay it out for you in my example of running…

Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 9.49.24 AMPeople love to hate running. I don’t. I legit LOVE running and would eat-sleep-breathe it if that was possible. But I get it when people say it sucks. Because when you first start running (or when you get back into running after time off) it does suck… but only for a while.

First, I think you should know, I hated, HATED, long distance running. I was a sprinter on my middle school track team and was forced by a coach to run the 800-meter race. I still remember wanting to fake that my ankle was broken and dramatically fall to the ground during the race. My lungs were on fire, my body ached, and did I mention that I HATED distance running? But I didn’t stop, I finished, and I was fast enough that I was forced to run this race again and again. And you know what? I fell in love.

Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 9.49.07 AMWhat changed? Mainly, my frequency running. I started logging more and more miles so my lungs weren’t on fire, my body wasn’t aching, and that significantly changed my mentality; I wasn’t constantly planning pretend injuries that would get me out of the race.

Alright, so my point in all this is sometimes forcing yourself to do something you hate, may make you find a passion you didn’t know you had. So stop avoiding the WODs that have things from your hate list.

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