Happy Tuesday! Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week is all about your pre-race routine. Do you eat certain foods? Do a flat runner? Sing? Dance? Pray? We want to hear all about what puts you at ease before you cross that finish line.
This week’s Tuesday Topic: What is your pre-race routine? You can write about this topic, or feel free to post any running related blog post. Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
I actually don’t have a “set in stone” pre-race routine. I find that I have to adjust for certain things depending on the weather, time of year, if it’s local or a racecation, etc. Although there are certain variations, there are a few things that I do consistently to prepare for race day.
You can find me stalking the weather starting the Monday of any race week. Yes, I know that’s a bit early because things can chance constantly, but I feel that it gives me a good indication of what I might be dealing with on race day – extreme heat, bitter cold, rain, snow, etc.
I also become more aware of my hydration as well. I’m pretty good at drinking water but I really pay attention to it during race week. It’s usually the only thing I’ll drink that week, besides coffee and tea (usually no alcohol).
Night Before the Race
This is something relatively new but it seems to work – eating my carb heavy meal for lunch vs. dinner. Eating it earlier in the day gives my body more time to digest which I think has helped with some of the race day stomach issues I had last year. Also it can be easy to overload on the carbs at night and then feel very sluggish during the race.
I don’t always post a flat runner but I do lay out all of my clothes the night before a race (including my running fuel as well). It just makes it easier to get dressed in the morning if everything is already laid out, and it’s less likely that I will forget something.
This is where things get a little tricky. I actually don’t have a “go-to” breakfast. In fact, I rarely eat before a race – it really depends on how much stomach feels when I wake up that morning. In the off chance I can eat, it’s usually half a bagel or a piece of dry toast and water. I know I need to give this more thought, especially with the Chicago Marathon fast approaching!
Tell me: What is your pre-race routine?
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