Both Rob Orlando and James Hobart are impressive athletes who competed in the 2009 CrossFit Games. While Orlando is beastly strong and Hobart has tremendous power, neither likes to run, which caused problems when a 7-kilometer trail run opened the Games.
To address their weakness, the pair hooked up with Jason Leydon of CrossFit Milford, who put together a running program to make sure Hobart and Orlando will be competitive if running shows up as they try to get back to the Games. Leydon hopes to get both athletes to a 6-minute mile without decreasing strength and power.
Orlando and Hobart report that the program is working: they're improving their running and work capacity without losing any strength. After three weeks of training with Leydon, Orlando was still winning strongman contests, and Hobart’s back-squat numbers increased by 30 lb.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Training 2 Miles to Run 100 by Greg Amundson, published Feb. 19, 2009.