The Truth About Why I Stopped Running

I used to be a runner -not a good one, but I believe that if you run (not just from hungry bears or someone trying to mug you) you are a runner. Running was my primary way of staying fit. It was the only exercise I liked. I used to have a goal of running a half marathon in all 50 states. That goal died a year ago. In the fall of 2016, I started running again after depression made me stop for almost a year. I spontaneously signed up for the Sioux Falls Half Marathon and my love for running was rekindled. During the fall and winter seasons of 2016, I checked South Dakota, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana off the map. I booked a trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to run the Louisiana Half Marathon in January 2017 but a few weeks before the race, I got pneumonia My flight and hotel were non refundable at that point so even though I was unable to participate in the race, I decided to travel to Louisiana any

My trip to Louisiana was honestly one of the worst experiences of my life. I felt so depressed and helpless and it made the entire experience so miserable. I even tried to book a flight home immediately within an hour of arriving at my hotel. I was so mad at myself for not being well enough to run. Obviously, it was not my fault I had pneumonia but because my brain functions in a very self-punishing way, I was convinced otherwise at the time. At that point in time, I was also signed up for half marathons in California and Alaska as well as a full marathon in Indiana for later on in the year but at that moment, in my hotel in Louisiana, I decided that I would never run again. I stopped being active and started treating my body like crap.

A year has passed and as I am embarking on a brand new fitness journey, I am beginning to realize how much I miss running and how big of a role it played in my pos


itive travel experiences. Running gave a lot to me physically, mentally and travel wise.


I miss the excitement of booking a running adventure. I have decided to give it another try. I haven’t quite decided

when and where to start, as I am incredibly out of shape and quite a bit heavier than I was when I was actively running and training

but I am excited to color a few more states in on my running map in 2018!


  1. Wow. I’m so sorry that you had that experience in Louisiana but I’m happy that you found your passion for running again. I’m sure you see your destinations in a way that non-runners can’t.

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