This week’s topic is: Rituals for Races
I’m not really superstitious so I have no lucky charms but below are my must-do and must-haves on race day:
I always have oatmeal–2 or 3 packages with almond milk. I try to eat 2 hours before the race.
I always eat one packet of Gu before the race and one after for each 4 miles of running and only drink plain water.
- Running Skirt and Compression Socks
No matter what the season or weather, I wear a skirt. They are the most comfortable for me. And because I still worry about my ankle, I wear compression knee socks.
- My Garmin
It’s big and clunky but it tells me distance, time, pace…everything I need to know on one screen during a race.
- My Road ID
I got it for my first Half Marathon (in case I was found passed out on the side of the road) and have worn it every since. Once I lost it so I bought another and then found the first one. So now I have 2 pink ones (one velcro, one rubber).
- My iPhone
I carry my phone everywhere. I got burned once and I will never run without it. I also use my phone to take pictures instead of a camera.
- Race Belt
I have two different ones. I don’t like to put pins in my shirts so I attach my bib to the belt. It also allows me to carry a phone.
- a Hat
You’ll never see me run without one. A wool or fleece hat in the winter and a baseball cap the rest of the year. I don’t like headbands and hats keep my hair out of the way.
Happy Running! Do you have any lucky charms or race day rituals?