A Benchmark WOD & Turning in My Runner Card

You know how people say “if you run, you’re a runner”? Well, if I don’t really run anymore…am I still a runner?  I’ve identified myself as a runner for so long, but since I’ve taken a hiatus I keep feeling like I have to hand in my “runner card”.  I wrote about how my heart wasn’t in training a few weeks ago.  At that point, I thought I’d still run when I felt like it and at whatever paces I felt like.  Turns out, I only ran once since that post.  It was with my favorite running buddy, Beth, and we covered 4ish miles in snowy Central Park.  I loved every minute of it.  

bethSo it seems I still enjoy running (when I do it), but lately I just don’t want to.  I don’t know if it’s lingering post-marathon burnout, the horrible winter weather, or my new found love for CrossFit, but I don’t have much of an urge to run.  So I don’t.  I’ve been consistently going to the gym 3-4 days a week and am really happy with that.  I feel stronger and am enjoying lifting weights.  At this point, it’s pretty obvious I’m not running that half marathon I’m registered for on March 7th.  And guess what?  I’m fine with it.  I may decide not to run any races at all this year, and I’m fine with that too. I still can’t help but wonder what is happening to me.  Am I not a runner anymore?

While I’m busy not running…I’m picking things up and putting them down at CrossFit.  I feel a little more comfortable with some of the weight lifting movements and I think I’m finally starting to see some progress in my strength.  On Wednesday, the WOD was a benchmark workout.  


I’ve only done a handful of benchmark WODs and this was my first time doing Cindy.  It’s a body weight workout, meaning you don’t need any weights or equipment.  Just 20 minutes of pull-ups, push-ups and air squats.    I had to make modifications to the workout, using a band to perform the pull-ups and doing “girl” push-ups (I loathe that term) on my knees.  But I finished 14 rounds + 21 reps in the 20-minute time frame, which I’m happy with!

Today is a well deserved rest day, but I’m already looking forward to going to the gym tomorrow night.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get the itch to go for a run this weekend?  Should I hang on to my runner card after all?

Have you ever taken a break from running/exercising?  What got you going again?  Have you done CINDY? Tell me about it!



8 comments on “A Benchmark WOD & Turning in My Runner Card

  1. I HEAR YOU. I love running, and my Saturday outdoor runs have been great. But right now my goal isn’t running, it’s weight loss and strength! So I’m more likely to go to the gym and do burpees and kettle bell swings than run two miles on the treadmill before my (crazy difficult) pilates class! However, I do accept running partners on the weekends who enjoy a S-L-O-W conversational pace…MISS YOU NEIGHBOR!

  2. I don’t think you have to turn in your runners card because you’re taking a hiatus. I’ve taken time off, for injury and for various other reasons, and it was tough at first but I found the break to be much needed. I always return to it happier.

    I wish I was more committed to strength workouts!!

    • Thanks, I think I’ll enjoy it more once spring/summer weather comes back! I don’t know how you do it, through snow and on treadmills!

  3. The same thing happened to me after I ran 2 marathons in 6 months. It’s been hard to get myself back into that training mode (almost 2 years now!) but I think the time away makes it even better!

  4. I don’t think you have to turn in your card at all! You can always wear different hats and partake in whatever exercise you’re feeling! If you don’t want to “be a runner” for a bit, then don’t! Oh, and I liked how you said Cindy was JUST 20 minutes of pull-ups, push-ups, and squats. Cindy is awful!! Good job on yours! Are you close to getting unassisted pull-ups?

    • Haha you’re right…Cindy is awful and I shouldn’t say “just ” for anything! I’m down to the thinnest band for pull-ups and am looking forward to the day I can do unassisted! Any tips?

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