It's time to taper

With running news and my personal energy levels at an all-time low, it's time for a break


You may have noticed that a newsletter didn’t go out last week. That wasn’t on purpose. I was extraordinarily busy with work. And there wasn’t a ton of running news which, paradoxically, makes putting a newsletter together much harder. I need to do more digging, think outside the box, to put an issue together. I didn’t have the time or the energy to do it last week. So, for the first time in over 100 weeks, I didn’t.

I felt really guilty about it. But as I mined that feeling further, I hit on a hard truth: I am tired.

It’s been a long year, and I’m proud of every issue I’ve put together in this uncertain time. But I need a break. We all need one.

We all have so much on our plates right now, professionally and personally. Every normal moment is underscored with the stress of the pandemic. And after a year of this, I need something to give to get through these last few months.

So I have decided to take a break from writing a weekly newsletter. When I launched Run the North in January 2019, I didn’t know what I wanted it to be or where I was going to take it. I just knew I loved reading about running, listening to podcasts about running and that I could share this. I’ve written over 100 issues. Some were straightforward news roundups, some were commentary on what was happening in the running world and some were deep dives into running history or culture.

It’s not goodbye forever, though. I’ll return to this when running news is more “normal.” I may remodel Run the North so it’s more sustainable (bi-weekly? monthly? we will see!) The Olympics are more than likely happening so running news will be back sooner rather than later. And when it is, I’ll be in your inbox again!

So thank you for reading, and I’ll see you soon.


Erin @ Run the North