FFF: Last Runfessions of 2021 – The Half Marathon Saga

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

And the last one for this year!!

1. Obviously the half marathon is my favorite distance.  Hey, I’ve run 53. I toyed again with the goal of one half marathon each month.  But it’s too difficult to find races in the summer months.  I runfess… I could run virtual ones but I’m so over them!!

Nope it’s virtual…

2. I had previously mentioned that I had a choice between two NYC half marathons in January –  Frozen Penguin (Jan 9) or Fred LeBow (Jan 23).  Both races have the basically the same Central Park course.  Although it was more expensive, the date worked better and so I chose Frozen Penguin. I runfess… I chose the wrong one!!

changed it to a 5k with no deferral or refund option

3. There was no deferral or refund for the Frozen Penguin but you were given the choice of running the 5k or another one of their half marathons – Queens Half in April or Central Park Half in February. I runfess… I half heartedly chose Central Park because I didn’t want to waste the $80 that I paid. But it’s only 2 weeks after the half marathon that I am running in Florida.  Sigh!

Feb. 27, 2022

4. So with no half marathons scheduled for December and January, I’m losing my weekend long run mojo. I runfess… I even considered signing up for the Fred LeBow Half Marathon.  I didn’t sign up (but I did book an hotel just in case).

Jan 23, 2022

** Update – I signed up for Fred LeBow!!!!!

5. When the NYC Half Marathon was cancelled in 2020, I had the choice of deferring or getting a refund.  If you deferred, you would still have to pay to run it in 2021. I chose a refund and ran it virtually. $290 to run a half marathon!? Again it was cancelled but now the race will happen in March of 2022.  It seemed that everyone chose the deferral option.  I runfess… I got FOMO and did enter the lottery.

** Update – I was not selected in the 2022 Lottery!!!!

I runfess… that instead I signed up for half marathons in April (Helderberg to Hudson) and May (Steel Rail). And together ($45+$75), I spent less than for NYC ($130) with no hotel or travel expenses since both races are local.

Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

…………………….April 16, 2022………………………..

Steel Rail Races

Steel Rail Half Marathon – May 22, 2022 (in MA)

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month?  Any similar or crazy half marathon runfessions? Please share.







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28 thoughts on “FFF: Last Runfessions of 2021 – The Half Marathon Saga

    • I have a 10 miler on Memorial day weekend.

      As I said to Deborah:
      I’m running a half in Maine in Oct. I ran one in NH in oct last year.
      There’s the dash 5k in Nov in nyc.

      Hope to meet-up maybe this year. Surftown was fun.

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    • Yes, I can’t eat GU chews except in the summer. lol

      The NYC marathon is twice as expensive!

      But the other smaller NYRR halfs are only $35 I think.


  1. Ugh so sorry about all the race upheaval. It’s virtually impossible to make a good decision in the age of COVID. Yowza on the $290. When will we reach the breaking point on race fees?? Happy New Year Darlene!

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  2. Well, at least it sounds like you’ve got two really fun races coming up- Fred Lebow and Central Park half. Plus the Florida race! your 2022 is off to a roaring start.
    And $290 to run a half marathon seems outrageous, but that’s NYC!

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    • As I said to Marcia – $145 to sign up & if you defer, another $145 to sign up again.

      Not sure if both races are fun but I get to go to NYC for a weekend.


  3. I’m envious of how many options you have for half marathons in your area, and they all seem to be pretty nice! But wow, the NYC half marathon is way too expensive! I can’t wait to see how your races go!

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  4. You have planned many races.
    I noticed that the fee is always more expensive in this period or that the swag is not so rich as in the past.
    Half Marathon was my favorite race before all the injures. I have run 30 half but unfortunately the last was 10 years ago!

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    • I know. It didn’t used to be this complicated.

      I thought your race was the weekend before. Which one are you doing?

      We have a plan one together one year.


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