Why I Won’t Be Running The NYC Half

So a lot has happened within the past week or so. First off, we moved AND got a dog!!



I’ve never had a dog, and I knew once I moved into a pet friendly place that I would get one. Dan was a bit apprehensive at first but once he met him at the shelter he instantly loved him as well. His name is Marty and he’s a bit crazy on his walks at the moment but he starts puppy classes this week. Since he was in the shelter so long, he’s really skittish around EVERYTHING. I’m talking people, other dogs, loud trucks, and he’s even afraid of those metal grates on the sidewalks for some reason. He will leap over those like his life depends on it – you’d think the ground was on fire lol. But I know it will take patience and I’m glad we rescued him and gave him a home :)

But in other news - I won’t be running the NYC Half.

It pains me to make this decision, especially since I’ve only not ran a race I already registered for once (Long Branch Half Marathon”recap” here) but here’s the deal:

I started working with a Certified Health & Nutrition Practitioner in December. I had to send her my bloodwork for the past 5 years, along with sending urine and spit samples to a lab. The reason I did all this was because I just have not been feeling my best for the past few years. I’m ALWAYS tired no matter how much sleep I get, I’m always bloated (no joke, looking like I’m pregnant. I even sent her a pic and she couldn’t believe it), and have a lot of stomach issues in general.

So my test results came back, and there’s a lot going on. My stomach isn’t producing enough acid or absorbing protein/nutrients like it should. My cortisol levels are low, which is a result of the levels being chronically high for too long. Basically, she said my body has been in high alert/fight-or flight mode for a while, meaning cortisol and other hormones and chemicals were high, and now my body is just burnt out. Furthermore, it’s what is causing me to not lose weight, hold fat around my belly, and have high visceral fat. Yikes.

Ok, that’s fine, let’s fix it. So we start going over some supplements and a nutrition plan. I asked her how this plan will affect my half marathon training. She was like, “Do you really think training for a half marathon right now is a good idea given the info I just gave you?” UGH!!

Since my body is lacking energy and have been in overdrive, running right now is counter-productive. I could start the program with her and work to balance my levels (lots of things are off-kilter, like extremely high serotonin levels), but if I keep running, I probably won’t see any results since it is going against what I’m trying to do with the nutrition protocol.

I asked her, well what if I start in March?? She was like you can do what you want. I thought about it for a few days, but my friends, parents and Dan were like, “How is this even a question??” haha. They all know I’ve had these issues for a while, and my mom and dad especially were like, you need to pay for it, put your health first and forget the race.

My body fat and weight are high right now – the highest it’s ever been. I know I need to do something. I just hate that I can’t run or exercise for 4 weeks. She wants me to not exercise for that long and then we will re-assess what’s going on. I need to ask her if yoga would be ok – at least something gentle.

This is killing me!! I just moved to a town where I have so many new places to run. I  have my own fitness center in my building. I miss my spin classes! Yet now I can’t exercise. I know it’s for the best. I know I need to work on my body ASAP. Plus, if I am able to lose this excess weight, it will help my running in the long run.

How have you dealt with not being to exercise due to health reasons? 

Have you ever done tests like this to see where your hormone levels, etc. are at?


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  1. Oh man! I’m so sorry to hear that, but I’m glad you’re getting to the bottom of it. It’s so hard to not run a race you’ve signed up for. I had to make that call twice, and it wasn’t easy either time. You have to do what is best for your health, though. There will always be more races.
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  2. Good for you to go ahead and get that bloodwork done to find out what is going on with your body… and now you have some plans. I am sure you are disappointed in the not running situation but it will be great to get your issues fixed up so you can start anew. I love that you named Marty after CANADIAN goalie Martin Brodeur! :) Have a ball with him.
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  3. Wow. I don’t know what I’d do if I were in your situation. BUT if I were feeling lousy and I knew a way to fix it, I think I would push running to the back burner, too. I’m glad you found out what’s going on and you have a plan in place. It won’t be easy but I’m sure it will be worth it to reset and get back to neutral.
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  4. I am so happy about your doggie but sad to hear about your health issues! I hope things get better soon but take your doctor’s advice and rest these next few weeks. I am rooting for you!
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  5. Eek! That is a LOT to go through. I cannot believe all that has been going on. I guess we’re all so used to being “tired” from work/life/school, that we never really fully see it as a symptom of something better. Hopefully you have an uneventful 4 weeks and get better soon.
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  6. While I am sure this is disappointing, it sounds like these are issues that can be addressed. You are really young and it’s a good thing that you found out about this now so you can deal with it and be healthier as an adult. So many races to run try not to be sad!
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  7. Oh, gosh, so sorry about your decision, but it sounds like the right one. Plus, you’ll be getting plenty of walking in with that puppy! So cute. Love the image of him avoiding sidewalk grates. :-)
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  8. I’m so sorry about your race and that you haven’t felt well in so long. I hope you are able to get back to exercising as soon as your Practitioner says it’s okay. I know waiting is hard. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  9. I sure hope you get to the bottom of what is causing your symptoms!
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  10. I am so sorry you aren’t feeling well. That was a lot of bad news all at once :( I hope that you are able to get a handle on everything and get back out there.

    On the other hand, what a cute puppy! Enjoy him!
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  11. I hope you feel better soon! Kudos for keeping up with the bloodworm tests and looking for answers! I think this new dog came into your family at just the right time!
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  12. Oh wow I can imagine how disappointed you are to bag the race but I think you made a wise decision. I hope you’re on the path to feeling better. Crazy how we burn ourselves out sometimes. Enjoy that cute new pup!
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  13. Hope you’re feeling better soon! It sounds like you’re under good care! Marty is so cute and I’ll bet you are going to have a blast with him! I don’t have a dog but I really think I’d love having a workout & hiking buddy out there with me. I’m pretty sure that’s going to happen at some point. :)
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  14. Wow. I feel bad for your situation, but at least you have some answers for the time-being. Congrats on the pup, that’ll be a good distraction this next month as you adjust to puppy life. Good luck!
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  15. Oh how I feel you pain on the whole energy feeling crappy thing. I was feeling like this for about a year and a half and then was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s which affects your thyroid. Slowly I’ve been feeling more like myself again. I hope that you are able to really get help with this from the woman you are working with and in the long run hopefully you will feel fantastic!
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