We all have them, certain things we do the night before, or morning of a race. Once we do them once or twice, then have a good race, it becomes a ritual. Something we make sure to do before a race.
After running almost 20 half marathons, 5 full marathons and numerous shorter distance races, I definitely have routines I do before a race. If I’m running a half or full marathon, I always shower the night before the race. Despite how sweaty and all I’m going to get running the race, it’s something I’ve been doing for over three years. With 10k or 5ks, I’m less concerned with this practice, but there’s something about that 13.1 or 26.2 distance for me. It also makes me feel clean, and ready to go as I head to bed before race morning. It’s like a fresh sort of feeling I suppose. Also, I love watching a running documentary, usually Spirit of the Marathon.
Other routines I do include of course laying out my “flat runner” the night before the race (then post a picture on-line LOL), as well as of course get all of my nutrition and other accessory needs ready to go in a bag. Race morning, I always have a Vega bar about 40-45 minutes before the start of the race for my get-going fuel. Then, I say a prayer that I have a good, safe race. I run on faith and have adopted the Team 413 verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” as my main motivating mantra.
What about you? What are your pre-race rituals, those things you always do before your race? I know you have some! And, if your routine is out of the ordinary, I definitely want to hear about it! 🙂