Name: Marie Caro
Started at CrossFit Zeeburg: September 2017
Viking Run distance: 13 km
How did you get in contact with CrossFit?
I wanted to be more active and my university proposed a lot of different sports. I had heard of CrossFit briefly but I didn’t know what it was so I decided to try. Even though I was so sore after the first time I couldn’t move my arms for nearly a week, I really liked it from the beginning and became very passionate about it
Where does your motivation come from?
Mainly from the fact that I can see the improvements over time and it motivates me to work harder to become better. But CrossFit has also become a habit and is part of my day as much as going to university for example. It also helps that the workout are always different so I’m never bored of it.
Nutrition is an important but often overlooked aspect of training – what do you eat on an average day?
I pay more attention to my nutrition now than before but I don’t count my food. I try to eat as healthy as I can, with a preference for whole food with as much vegetables and fruits as I can, but that doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy cookies when I want some 😉
As a vegetarian, I have to be a bit more mindful of what I eat to be sure I get enough protein everyday and I associate the right food together to have all the nutrients I need. I meal-prep as well so it’s easier to compose a healthy and balanced meal quickly.
Usually, for breakfast, I would have some variations of oatmeal or muesli, with bread and peanut butter and some fruits as well. Then, for lunch, I would have some sort of cereals or carbs such as rice, couscous, bulgur, quinoa or whole wheat pasta with beans (lentils, red beans, chickpeas, falafels, etc.) and vegetables and for dinner, either eggs or vegetarian stuff with vegetables. And for snacks, I go for fruits and nuts and, more often than not, biscuits or sweets as well.
The Viking Run is described as “the most intense version of the marathon”, what aspect of the Run will be the biggest challenge for you?
I’m not going to run a full marathon, “only” 13 km, but it’s still going to be a challenge as I’ve never ran more than 6 km and with difficulties. So the biggest challenge is going to be the running definitely; I’d like to be able to run the whole time and not walk too much. The obstacles are also going to be tough for sure but, with the CrossFit training, I think this part is going to be easier for me than the run.
How do you prepare specifically for the Viking Run?
I’m not a runner so I have started running often to build my endurance, become more comfortable and slowly adding kilometers so I’ll know on the day of the run that I’m able to run that much distance. And of course I still continue doing CrossFit!
What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?
My least favorite exercise is definitely the burpees. My favorite part is Olympic weightlifting (snatch and clean and jerk) but more broadly, I love every exercise that involves a barbell.
What is your go-to junk meal?
Definitely pizza! With a lot of melted cheese!