There are four fall half marathons in October that have been on my maybe I will run list for quite some time.
I have been waiting until August 1st to make my decision as to which race(s) I will run but I am suddenly seeing a major conflict between my race calendar options and my menstrual cycle.
I cannot plan too far ahead as you may already know from reading for a while because I cannot run a race during my period.
I have a terrific chance of fainting during my time of the month which has happened to me on more than one occasion in my lifetime.
I have fainted sitting down, standing up and from exertion, be it on day one of my period or even a few times, on day four or five! This means that no day during my period is that safe or smart for me to run a race, especially a half marathon.
My body operates like clockwork, every 28 days, almost always without fail. However, I am not a machine so some months I am off by a day or two which isn’t a big deal unless you are trying to register for your next half marathon.
Based upon my current cycle patterns, running a fall half marathon is now in jeopardy. I even plugged my cycle into one of those handy online calculators hoping I was wrong.
As of this moment, my period is set to arrive the first and last weekend of October which means I am left with only Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn as an option which is my least favorite option, one that shouldn’t even be considered an option and is only listed because I really did always want to run an Rock ‘n” Roll half marathon.
It’s a schlep and a half to get to this part of Brooklyn for race day plus I would need to get there the day before to pick up my number. It’s also the weekend before my son’s Bar Mitzvah AND Bridal Fashion Week (October 8 – 10) so I am sort of really busy at that time to say the least.
I wanted to run the Great South Bay Half Marathon again after enjoying the race last year. I also really considered the Diva Half Marathon because it’s a similar race course to the Long Island Half Marathon which would be super cool to run in the fall to see how I handled it in comparison to the spring!
In a perfect world, I would run the Suffolk County Half Marathon at the end of October as well as one of the races from the start of the month too.
There’s still some time for my cycle to change a bit.
A day early here, a day late there and I may find myself able to register for a half of my choice.
I’m planning to start training as of August 1st anyway, and then just see what happens.
If at the last-minute I see I can run a half, I will sign up.
Will I be disappointed if I don’t run a half marathon this fall?
I am fine with training even if it ends up I won’t be running a half this fall season. I just see it as putting myself in even better half marathon shape, you know?
The truth is, if I had my choice of when I wanted to get my period, this is working out for the best. My son’s Bar Mitzvah is October 15th. Having my period on the day of his Bar Mitzvah is almost the same as having to deal with my period on my wedding day in terms of enjoying the evening in my pretty dress – no girl wants to deal with cramps and tampons on such a special day!
This is just part of being a female.
I am grateful that I can run as much as I do and get my period every 28 days. I would rather NOT run a half marathon because I have my period than run 20 races a year living a life with amenorrhea, risking my health and my bones.
The funniest part of this? I checked ahead to November to see if my cycle would have interfered with the New York City Marathon — nope, I would have been in the clear! Go figure. I was so worried about that when I had entered the lottery back in January (and didn’t get in).fall race calendar conflict! #running #halfmarathon #period #barmitzvah #fallraces #divahalf… Click To Tweet
Which race (or races) are you currently training for?
Are you eyeing any half marathons for this fall that you haven’t signed up for yet?