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CrossFit based Endurance training

May 1, 2014

The CFD coaches are often asked by members, “What’s the best way to incorporate CrossFit into my planned marathon training?” It’s a great question and we are excited that our members know the value of CrossFit and want to continue the benefits when training for a specific event.

I want to propose a different way of looking at this question. Instead of asking, “how do I incorporate CrossFit into marathon (or endurance event) training?” let’s ask, “How do I incorporate marathon (or endurance event) training into my CrossFit training?”

CrossFit provides the base training for all types of physical challenges, running included. At CrossFit Defined, we’ve taken this to another level by offering a series of Endurance classes. These classes are designed to augment your regular CrossFit training to prepare you for whatever endurance event your planning on – 5k’s, 10k’s, Half Marathons, Marathons, or triathlons. We got you covered.

So how do you do this?

First, Get strong, get fit and improve your mobility.

Establish a consistent schedule of CrossFit training. We encourage all our athletes to regularly attend 3-5 WODs per week. This is important to develop a base level of fitness that can transition to a variety of sport specific training – including running.

Second, 3 to 5 CrossFit WODs + 3 CrossFit Endurance WODs

As your event approaches, talk with a coach. Coach Mark can be contacted anytime at and we’ll work with you on timing your additional workouts to meet your needs.

If you are curious what CrossFit Endurance WODs are like, check out our endurance blog at We have all the WODs from the past seasons posted there.

Once you are working towards an event goal, it is critical to continue the 3-5 CrossFit WODs per week. In addition to that plan we add 3 CrossFit Endurance Workouts per week. Looking towards the Chicago Marathon, we offer Tuesdays and Thursdays endurance classes, as well as programming for your weekend long run to help you.

Helpful tips for Marathon training:

  • Talk to you coaches. Many have successfully completed endurance events with CrossFit forming the base of their training.
  • Squat, squat, and squat some more. Squatting is huge in developing posterior chain, core, and major muscle strength that is critical for awesome results.
  • Rest. Resting is training.
  • Don’t stress. You are strong. You are determined. You will be well-trained. Don’t overdo it. Don’t stress out. Training with CrossFit allows for more strategic and focused training. You will notice that we start the Chicago Marathon training a few weeks after the traditional training begins. That’s because we are stronger at the start of our training, and ready to get right into quality training.

Above all, have fun and stay meaty.

Coach Mark focuses on helping athletes at Crossfit Defined achieve their endurance goals. Contact him at

One Comment leave one →
  1. Erin McGee permalink
    May 1, 2014 9:22 am

    Mark! Great post. It’s been awhile, but I knew you were up to something:) Hope to squat and sprint with you again soon!

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