Friday, September 5, 2014

friday five: race day rituals



Hey guys! It's time for another installment of Friday Five! I am linking up with the lovely ladies of DC: Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed up for What?, and Mar at Mar on the Run. This week's theme is "Race Rituals." 


1. Get race gear ready. Technically, I do this the evening before the race, but it's still part of my 'ritual', or routine. I have a checklist and go through it to make sure I have all of my clothes laid out for easy access in the morning when I'm dragging, along with everything else I need in a bag to grab on my way out the door (Road ID, charged watch, visor or hat, sunglasses, belt, headphones, etc).

2. Wake up an hour before I have to leave the house. I know a lot of people wake up much sooner, but I am not a morning person. I generally wake up and stay in bed another 15 minutes perusing the interwebs.

3. Eat a Nature Valley Honey & Oats Granola Bar while in transit. This doesn't need much explanation. I eat one of the bars, not both in the package.
I have a nervous stomach and have trouble eating anything, and generally don't eat much in the mornings anyway (I eat my breakfast about 2 hours after waking up most days).

4. Hit up the port-o-lets the instant I arrive to the race site. And then again right before lining up, depending on how long I've been waiting around. I like to start with an empty tank.

5. Take a pre-race selfie with my mom. Most races I do with my mom, so I always try to remember to take a picture of us before and after the race :)


How about you – any race day rituals? Would love to hear about them (especially any quirks!)!

Thanks to CourtneyCynthia, and Mar for hosting! Make sure to check out their "Friday Five" posts (direct links above in first paragraph) and link up if you are joining in on the fun. Don't forget to read/comment on some of the other link ups – there are always so many great ones, if you have the time, try and get through them all!

12 comments:

  1. the pre race selfie is popular! i do that, too but forgot to mention it. thanks for linking up!

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    1. Yay for selfies! I very rarely share them, but it's a nice moment to have captured in time for my mom and I :)

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  2. I like bananas in the morning and try to drink at least a bottle of water before I leave the house. Thanks for the reminder about my Road ID (I have the bracelet) - I should have gotten the shoe token.

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    1. I know hydration is important, but with my nervous bladder, if I drank a bottle of water before leaving the house, I'd have to go to the bathroom about 10 times haha.

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  3. love the selfie with your mom! I need to get up an hour before as well

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    1. Thanks. I don't know how people are able to wake up more than an hour ahead of time... I would get so much more nervous with all that extra time!

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  4. Clearly I'm missing out on the pre race selfie! I need to get on this!

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    1. Haha - yes, join us in this ritual ;) I don't share the photos (other than with my mom), but it's a nice way to remember the race, and perhaps make an album if I ever have time :)

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  5. I received a checklist before my first marathon with everything on it that you would need or want. Sometimes you don't think of things that are on the list, like sunscreen. I'm glad I have that list to reference to. -L

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    1. That's awesome that they provided a checklist for you. Is that on your website at all, or is it possible for you to email me it? Would love to check it out and revise my own :)

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  6. I'm so bad at selfies unless it's of my feet ;) I think I'm the only person who does not use the porta potties!!

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    1. Haha - I was pretty bad when I started, but I've gotten better. If I can find someone to take the photo for us, that's my preferred method :)

      I wish I didn't need to use them! Ugh... they can be pretty disgusting.

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