Sunday will be my fourth year in a row running the Long Island Marathon. I know I have told you this over and over but when I really stop to think about this being my fourth year in a row, I can’t help but think about each half marathon of the year’s past. Not just the race details (I have the recaps for that to read) but where I was in life and how things may or may not be different now.
Long Island Half Marathon 2013:
Finish time: 1:45:24 -> Race Recap
I had no idea this half marathon, which was only my third half, would become a PR race that I am now, three years later, trying to surpass! Funny how that happens, right?
My son was in the fourth grade. That seems so long ago! I had just started my blog a few months before this race and had also just come off an injured shoulder a month earlier. The Islanders were in the playoffs, playing a home game against the Penguins only a few hours after the race. I remember running the race, which passes the Coliseum in the first mile or so, feeling all excited about the playoffs. My son had wanted to go to the game but I knew there was no way I was going to be able to run this race, get home to shower, eat and recover enough to turn back around to sit in a stadium seat!
This was such a fun time in life and a fun time of year. Only a week or so later, I attend the Fitness Magazine Meet and Tweet for the first time. They need to bring that event back, where did it go?!
Long Island Half Marathon 2014:
Finish time: 1:48:59 -> Race Recap
All I can think of regarding the time of year of this race is Status Quo. Nothing overly new, nothing overly different aside from the Islanders not being in the playoffs at the time of this race. My son would be graduating from elementary school though which was a weird concept to me, one I tried not to think about because it meant my baby was moving on to middle school.
I was more heavily involved in the PTA stuff during this school year — I was on the Fifth Grade Planning Committee and the Nutrition Representative for his school as well. I should consider getting back to that for next year! I really enjoyed being involved with the Nutritional Committee in the school district.
Let’s take note of my race outfit – See, I have been wearing Adidas Energy Boosts for years! And, those lululemon Run Inspire Crops? I wore this very pair for my first half marathon in 2012, in the above Fitness Magazine photo from 2013, for this race in 2014 and just yesterday morning for my 5 mile easy run. Talk about durability.
This was not a great race for me. Only weeks earlier, I had my one and only DNF (did not finish) while running the Fitness Magazine Half Marathon. I remember fearing, completely irrationally, that I wouldn’t be able to run this race to completion. I was in fear of not feeling well again, even though I didn’t have my period this time.
I was just afraid. I had psyched myself out of completing a distance I complete on a weekly basis. I remember stopping at every water stop to keep myself from overheating or feeling sick. Not fun.
Interesting though, as I read my recap, I was all positive and happy, calling it a good race.
Maybe it was? I don’t know. All that sticks out to me is remembering how I ran so crazy cautiously, I ran in fear and overall, I think I used this fear as an excuse to not try to perform my best.
Long Island Half Marathon 2015:
Finish time: 1:51:20 -> Race Recap
I swore after this half that I would NEVER run this race again. I made the mistake of running this race only days after having a 24 hour virus. I was convinced I was fine since I didn’t have an upset stomach during the virus and hadn’t been vomiting. I was not fine. I was not 100% myself. What I should have done (aside from not running the race), was run this race easy but I started out at my regular pace thinking I was fine only to feel TERRIBLE by mile three or four.
I was never running this race again I tell you! I had seen enough of this race course and felt done with running this half marathon which has no shade and can be really hot.
I was pretty sad running by the Nassau Coliseum this year since it was right after the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs which meant the Coliseum was no longer home (remember, they moved to Brooklyn this season).
Life though was great! My blog was going strong and I had started working for AllSeated as their social media/blog and article writing person a few months earlier, loving my position and the company!
This AllSeated event where I hung out by the cake display took place during the taper week for this half marathon.
I was also dating someone new and that was pretty fun too. What’s interesting about this and worth mentioning is that even though it ended, it’s not like I forgot what I was doing this time last year or that I completely forgot the fun stuff.
I think that sometimes, the person who no longer wants to be in the relationship is seen as evil and terrible and must have forgotten immediately about the other person but that’s really not true at all. I am neither evil nor terrible (at least I don’t think so) and I can look back fondly even though my ultimate decision was to not continue this relationship.
And here we are. Long Island Half Marathon 2016 quickly approaching!
Here I am, in the age group 35 – 39 for the third time (I started this half when I was 34) and in the taper week of my training plan with Laura. The Islanders are in round two of the playoffs, my son is in seventh grade and we are less than six months away from his Bar Mitzvah (I can’t even believe it). Never, ever would I have imagined last year that I would be running this race again, let alone training for it with a running coach.
Let’s make this my best half yet, okay? I am more than overdue for a finish time of 1:45 or under.LI Half Marathon through the years #lihalf #running #run #halfmarathon #fitfluential Click To Tweet
Is there a race that you have run a few years in a row?
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