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Brian Rouse is a great runner and provided an update on his performance in the last St. Louis Marathon running event. Sounds like he'll be setting a new PR next time! Great job Brian.

Wednesday Strength/Skill Work: 3 Exercise rotation. Front Squat 5 X 3. Alternate with skin the cat X 3 reps. Alternate with 3 max height box jumps.

Hi Guys –Well, I ran in the Go St. Louis Half Marathon yesterday. I was cruising along for the first 10 miles, running at a 9:26 pace per mile. In fact, I set a PR for 10 miles during this race, beating my previous best by two minutes.

Unfortunately during mile 11 my calves start cramping up in that excruciating way that locks your legs and you can barely move! They started off as these shorts little bursts of cramps, ones that I could fight through, but eventually they got bigger and lasted longer. My final three miles were 11, 12, and 14 minutes each! When I crossed the finish line my left calf locked up so hard I couldn’t walk; it felt just like those cramps you get in the middle of the night sometimes. Total bummer! It finally loosened up after about 30-45 seconds.

 My final time was 2:15:43. Looking on the bright side, my overall pace for the run was 10:20 per mile, and I STILL finished faster than my first half marathon. I missed my PR by only 4 minutes, which given the fact that I walked 75% of the last three miles is still a testament to how great most of the race went.

 Overall I was a little disappointed, but still feel pretty damn good about my performance for the most part. Crossfit has obviously helped my strength and cardio, because afterwards I was NOT sore or tired in my core, hips, quads, or hamstrings during the run, and definitely never felt overly winded. Right now, my legs are tired, but no more so than the day after a heavy, leg-focused strength/skill/WOD class. I think my calf issue revolves more around possibly not drinking enough, pacing, heat, not enough miles during training, who knows. I’ll be discussing that with some of my runner friends. If you have some ideas, please let me know!

 My real goal is to finish a half in less than two hours. It’s time start looking for the next race!

 Thanks again for all of your encouragement and support.



16 Responses

  1. Nice work, Brian. In a recent podcast, Robb Wolf addressed calf cramps in runners. I believe the solution was to eat more protein/fat (think Paleo diet) before the race. And take lots of fish oil. Anyway, you should check out for his take on the situation.

  2. Trey

    That's mah boy, Blue! Brian has come an incredibly long way in just a year–I hope he will eventually share some of his before pics from last Jan/Feb so people can see just how much he's accomplished–he joined CrossFit in November, when much of his transformation was already complete–I think you will all be amazed! I'm WAY proud of him. Also, wish him a happy belated birthday (4/14), and make him do 42 burpees at his next WOD to celebrate. 🙂

  3. Melissa Hurley

    Thanks so much for sharing Brian. How cool to set PR's and feel stronger overall!! Way to kick butt and way to push through those cramps, that couldn't have been fun.

  4. Sounds like overall this was your strongest run to date and you should be so proud of all the hard work you have put in. I am curious how you kept hydrated throughout the race, that may have been the problem with the cramping. Time to bask in the glory, take a little time to recoup, and sign up for the next big race!

  5. Tawn

    Bri-Guy–I'm super proud of you! I know this lends itself to the comments about "drinking the cool-aid", BUT Crossfit is an amazing tool! You are living, breathing proof that if a person picks up the tool and actually uses it they can build amazing things! You are an amazing athlete and a super friend…I'm so proud of you!

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