Things have been really busy for me this week as I wound up having an all-day professional development presentation to give today. But, after seeing the topic for this week's Tuesdays on the Run link-up, I just had to get in a post no matter how late!
Today's theme is Race Day Lucky Charms and Rituals! Perfect for St. Patty's Day :) While I don't have any lucky charms, I do have a few race day rituals that I wanted to share. Thanks to Ericka of MCM Mama Runs, April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, and Patty from My No-Guilt Life for the link-up! Head over to any of their blogs to check out other bloggers and their race day lucky charms and rituals.
Laying out my clothes the night before
Before each race, I lay out my race day outfit! It helps me save time in the mornings, and I also enjoy taking pictures of "flat Amy" the night before.
Eating cereal/granola/oatmeal for breakfast
My race morning meal is either cereal, granola, or oatmeal before I had to the race. If those things aren't available, I normally go for a peanut butter sandwich. But, either way, I must eat something before heading to the race.
Using the port-a-potties at least one beforehand.
Maybe this is TMI, but I have to hit the port-a-potty before I run a race. ESPECIALLY running races while pregnant. If I don't get to use one beforehand, then I worry about it the whole race. Definitely not what you want to focus on while running!
Stretch when I get to the corral.
Once I get to my corral and get situated, I do some active stretching to prepare for the race. Most of the time I have room, but sometimes this proves to be pretty challenging when there are a ton of people in the same corral!
Text Joe when I finish.
If Joe doesn't come to the race, I always text him when I finish, especially when running a half marathon. I just like him to know that I'm done, and he usually sends me an congratulatory message in response!
Taking a picture with my medal afterward.
|After the 2014 Space Coast Half|
You've probably noticed from my race recaps, but after every race, I have to take the same medal-pose picture when the race is done. I started this tradition after my first half marathon and love looking back at each of these pictures and feeling proud of the accomplishment of that race.
Question for you: What are your race day lucky charms or any rituals you have?