Race Decision: Long Island Half



I figured I would pop in today with my final decision about running the Long Island half marathon May 7.

In a workout recap post recently, I mentioned that I didn’t think I would be running Long Island half marathon for the first time in years. Although, at the time of that post, I still wasn’t sure.

My period is now due ON RACE DAY. I knew it would be a close call but this month’s cycle has confirmed it.

If you are fairly new to the blog, you may not know that I do not run races when I have my period. I have a history of fainting during my period (especially upon exertion) and I am not looking to put myself in a bad position just to run a race.

I guess things happen for a reason though because I didn’t even have my parents around to watch my son for the race. Usually my son sleeps at their house the night before a race but this year they have a wedding to attend!

I am more than okay with missing the half marathon this year.

In fact, it’s almost like a blessing in disguise because I honestly don’t think that I felt much like running a half marathon right now anyway.

In case you are interested in my Long Island Half Marathon race recaps:

Long Island Half Marathon 2016 My current half PR! I trained with Laura and learn so much from her in terms of how to best prepare for a half marathon.

Long Island Half Marathon 2015Horrible race! I was sick a few days before the half and never should have assumed I was up for running a half marathon in the warm weather and bright sun.

Long Island Half Marathon 2014Barely remember this half although I don’t think it was too great.

Long Island Half Marathon 2013 – First time running this half, third half marathon ever and my half PR until 2016!

As far as upcoming races, I am planning to run the 10 mile race in Long Beach Memorial Day weekend. While I will wait until the last minute to register (just to watch the weather), I ran this race in 2014 (recap here) and enjoyed it, so I might as well run by the beach again to kick off the summer season.

I took this picture after the race three years ago! Feels like yesterday.

race outfit

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What’s next on your race calendar?

Anyone else not totally in the mood to train for a race right now?

Of Possible Interest: It’s Okay To Not Sign Up For A Race


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    • says

      yes! it’s good to know for sure that I will not be running it this year. I am sure it will feel weird come race weekend with all of the coverage but there’s always next year. I hope your foot gets better so you can run regularly again!

  1. says


    Long time reader, first time commenter.
    Sorry to miss you on the track on this day. My work for the past 2 seasons went longer than expected and I missed the half but now that my job had an early release on Sunday, I decided I will run it this year. Later this Spring, I am having a symposium on the benefits of running while you may feel faint and hope that you will be able to attend. Maybe you can write about it.

    Ok well back to training. I hope I can finish with a higher time this year than the last time I ran in 2014. I’m working on a permutation to make that happen. All the best.