Friday 5: Race-Day Rituals

Hi there. Remember me? I’m back for the Friday 5 link-up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia. Check out their great blogs and consider joining the link-up yourself!

IMG_4694.JPGThis week’s link-up theme? Race-day rituals! Everyone has them; these are mine:

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.TCM outfit

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.

IMG_4691.JPGUnless I’ve just run a marathon, I usually eliminate any sort of calorie-deficit I may have earned in the race by the meal gorge-fest that follows.

What are your pre-race rituals?

28 thoughts on “Friday 5: Race-Day Rituals

  1. Oh, my gosh…see number 5 on my list. The porta-potty is totally a ritual and I just can’t help it; I always have to go SO MANY TIMES before a race – augh! We should create some sort of support group. The oatmeal sounds like a good idea, especially during winter months; I’m stuck on my PB & honey sandwich, but I might consider this! Thanks for sharing your list and I hope you are doing okay; been thinking about you! Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks, Tara! You are so kind. I’m doing a bit better although still dealing with some family issues. Writing this post was a well-needed distraction. I’m hoping to get back in the regular habit of posting within the next week.

  2. I like the oatmeal idea. I am more of a bagel with peanut butter and banana gal, but I think oatmeal might be easier to stomach… Glad to see you back and blogging again! Happy Friday!

  3. Yes to the nervous bladder and eating like a boss after a race! I also gather my race gear the night before to make sure I have everything. My brain isn’t exactly working at the wee hours of the morning that we sometimes have to wake up, so I don’t have to do much thinking this way πŸ™‚

    • The less early-morning thinking, the better! Before I adopted the habit of laying out my clothes, I once put on my race shorts inside-out! Thank God my friend noticed my mistake before we left the hotel.

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