5. Laying out my clothes the night before a race.Technically not a race-day ritual, but it’s a key component leading up to race-day, and sometimes
I go to bed so late the night before, I end up doing this after midnight mere hours before the race. I always set out my race outfit the night preceding a race so I don’t have to think about what to wear when I wake up in the wee hours of race-day. Laying out my race togs includes pinning on my bib.
4. Oiselle Distance Shorts. Always always always.
I fear I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but foregoing my tried-and-true shorts would leave me totally anxious on race-day. My Distance Shorts don’t ride up, keep me chafe-free, and easily store all my gels, emergency cash, and ID. I can’t imagine running a race without them.
3. Apples and cinnamon oatmeal and a banana. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret. The secret weapon of this mid-pack runner? Pre-race fueling with a packet of instant flavored oatmeal and a banana. It keeps me amply fueled for a race (even a marathon) without weighing me down or leaving me with GI issues.
2. Repeated, pre-race porta-potty stops. I have a nervous bladder so I tend to pee about five times every race morning before the race starts. Usually a few times at home (or in the hotel, if the race is out of town), once when I arrive at the race start, and usually one more time within about 15 minutes of the actual start. The last porta-potty stop is the most crucial. I don’t want to have to stop at an aid station on the course to use the loo!
1. Post-race chow-down.Sometimes it’s a traditional breakfast, other times it’s a messy, drive-in cheeseburger, but I eat like a boss after races that are 10K or longer.
What are your pre-race rituals?