Ellie's Monthly story

I Am a Failure.

And I am proud of it. I recently heard a speech by J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She was talking about how she had hit rock bottom after her divorce and before she wrote the first Harry Potter book, and she

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Its Hard to Cry When Youre Running, Part 2

Last fall I posted an article about depression and how I have learned how to cope with it over the years. You can read it here: http://crossfitodyssey.com/its-hard-to-cry-when-youre-running/.  Since posting that, I can’t tell you how many people have come to me and told me how

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16.1 The CrossFit Games Open – This is Hard

Four years ago I entered my first CrossFit Games Open Competition. This is what I wrote about that first day of self-torture… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today I completed workout 13.1 for the CrossFit Open. It was hard. The workout was as many reps as possible in 12

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The Golden Rule

Ahhh… the Golden Rule…  the idea that we should treat people the same way that we would like to be treated ourselves. The wording for the Rule that I grew up with is, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” Luke

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It’s Hard to Cry When You’re Running

I suffer from depression. I have my whole life. It is my deep dark secret. It started when I was in middle school and has continued to this day. However, within the past few years I have finally reigned it in and learned how to

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I’m Not as Good as That Guy/Girl

    When I first began doing CrossFit I was you. I thought I knew a lot about fitness and being in good shape and eating healthily. I thought I knew a lot about form. I thought I was a decent athlete. And I thought

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Enjoying the Journey…

Where do you want to go in life? What are your goals? Most importantly, what will happen when you reach those goals? Will everything suddenly be right with the universe? We all have a tendency to think that everything in this life will be better

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Own It

  Recently I have had a lot of conversations with people about losing fat, gaining six pack abs, getting skinnier and watching the number on the scale drop. Everyone wants a quick fix, a magic pill, a little something to help them on their way.

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My Bucketlist Summer Odyssey

I have been thinking a lot about John Mariotti’s Sunday story, Peak Experiences, that he wrote a couple of weeks ago. Recently I was driving through the Hill country in Texas. I had just picked up my son from camp and he was so excited

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CrossFit Standards and Why We Need Them

You often hear your coaches in class yelling across the room “Full extension at the top”, “Shoulder blades back”, “Head through the hole”, “Hip crease below the knees” or the even more beloved “squeeze your butt!” But why are we telling you these things and

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