This it What Happens When You Stop Running

A while back I shared an article where we challenged our readers to run a mile every day. I ran a mile every day for 6 months and took 2 months off. I’ll tell you something, the way I felt while I wasn’t running wasn’t a good feeling.

The first month of my running hiatus was pretty cool. I had felt good, I worked on gaining more muscle than cardio and am now able to bench 60 pounds. I can do push-ups like I’ve never done before and I turn some heads when I flex my legs, not to burst my own bubble but I’m very proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished but my lack of cardio has come at a high cost.

Tummy Weight

I’ve shared several times that the last place anyone will ever lose weight at is your middle body. Your stomach is the first place to pack on fat and the last place to let it go. You can do as many ab workouts as you want, your body will delete fat from your arms, legs, thighs, butt, breast and last- stomach.

The best way to shave off fat and keep it off is cardio in my opinion. Now I know we can lift weights fast enough and well enough that your cardio can keep up with you without actually running or cycling but I’m not that type of fitness guru.

The first place I packed on fat after my first month off from running was my stomach. My flatter belly began to bulge and I began to realize this more as I grew closer to two months without running. I realized that running burned a lot of fat and kept fat off of me but also helped me digest faster and eat more. The more I ate the faster it came out of me due to running.

Short of Breath

It didn’t even take 2 weeks before a flight of stairs became a challenge for my lungs. I live in New York City. I walk stairs, run up stairs, and jog ramps every day. There’s always exercise in this city but running every day kept me agile.

A flight of stairs was nothing. Running to catch the train, not a problem. Lifting my backpack over the MTA turnstile- that’s an everyday thing. As the weeks turned into months of a more stagnant lifestyle I began dreading running for the train and even started getting upset about standing on the subway. I always wanted to sit! This leads me to what else happened to me.

I Slowed Down

I wanted to sit everywhere. I hated standing up and I noticed that I became more crabby because I wanted to sleep more. I hated even waking up for work. I also stayed at home more and the gym was the only place where I would force myself to move my body. Let’s bring up sex. I wasn’t as happy to perform because I became lazy!

Lazy, that’s what I became. In every corner of my life, I could lift things bu I couldn’t keep on lifting because of my stamina plummeting. I began to run again because I realized I missed it.

I missed running, I missed being able to run up stairs, I missed having fun in the sack with my husband and I missed feeling great after running a mile. Listen, if I could give one piece of advice is things happen. They really do. Sometimes we have ideas in which we think that running and cardio isn’t necessary and we choose to stop to see what happens.

Now we do this with other things in life, it’s called trial and error.

Now, we can also choose to take advice from others who have been through the trials and not go through the hassle of taking a month or two off from running.

I don’t believe I’ll ever stop running again. I know I won’t do an everyday run, but Monday through Friday I’m going to run. I love the feeling of feeling light like air and fast!

I almost forgot. I began to break out on my face when I stopped running. I hated it!

Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.


  1. Chrinstine
    January 11, 2017

    Hi, I read your blog on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is witty, keep up the
    good work!

    1. Yessenia Diaz
      January 11, 2017

      Thank you so much for your comment! I truly appreciate it!

  2. Chrinstine
    January 12, 2017

    I could not resist commenting. Well written!

  3. Jane
    January 13, 2017

    I need to to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly
    loved every bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to look at
    new things you post…


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