It’s time for another Friday Five linkup You Signed Up for What?!, Eat Pray Run, DC and Mar on the Run! The theme this week is “Race Day.” As I think about race day (really any race day) I feel my blood pressure spike a little. Race day always makes me nervous no matter the distance 5K–Marathon+, or sport. Usually when I race I am racing with a big goal in mind so the adrenaline kicks in and the nerves take over. I haven’t ever really gone into a race to do it just for fun because the competitive nature always gets the best of me and I want to compete. Sometimes I even get competitive with the person swimming next to me in the pool even though we are not racing and I don’t usually even know them.
But I digress . . .
Back to the theme of Race Day. Today I’m going to share with you 5 pre-race rituals that I have every race day. Can you say OCD?
5 Race Day Rituals
1. Race Outfit Preparation AKA Flat Organic Runner Mom. This actually happens the night before but it still counts right? When it comes to making decisions about what to wear for a race my true indecisive Libra nature comes out. I always have to check the weather multiple times to make sure that I will be warm enough (I hate been cold at the start of the race but have to keep myself in check because once I get moving my internal thermometer rises quickly!). After checking the weather I usually go back and forth between two outfits (Skirt Sports of course). When I have finally decided what to wear I lay my clothes out on the floor and take the obligatory flat Sandy “selfie” of my running clothes which has apparently become a run blogger ritual.
2. Race Bib Ritual. This is one that I picked up from my friend Bridget and not really sure why runners do it. Pick up your race bib and then crumple it, then flatten it out again before putting it on (this only works if your bib does not have a special chip timing piece on the back. I either pin my bib to my skirt on one hip if I am going to peel off a layer during the race or I pin the bib squarely on my front.
3. Bathroom visits. Ok so this is more of a necessity than I ritual but what runner doesn’t need to visit the bathroom or port-a-potty at least 2-3 times before lining up at the starting line.
4. Quiet visualization. If I am working towards a big race goal it is always important to get away from the crowd even if it is only for 5 minutes or so. I need to reduce the stimulation and to sit and visualize my run and to go over my race plan. This is something that I hope to work on even more this summer. At all of the races where I have taken time to do this I have felt more successful during my run.
5. Don’t forget to tie your shoelaces. This is my original race day ritual. Perhaps it helps me to calm my nerves?. As we line up at the starting line of the race I always have to tie my shoes 3 times to get the tightness of the laces just right and to ensure that they won’t come untied during my run. Once the laces are ready it’s go time and the race can start!
Do you have any race day rituals?
Since It’s Friday I just wanted to share few other quick fun items with you this week. I am heading out of town this weekend back to my alma mater for my 20th Reunion. I cannot believe its been 20 years! Here is a picture of my in my white graduation dress for you to enjoy (my 4 year old son thought it was a picture of me getting ready for my wedding . . . kind of looks like it.)
And speaking of dresses . . . this awesome image has been floating around social media this week which I absolutely love. This image is a powerful reminder to women that you can do anything and represents everything that I hope to be and to teach my daughter.
IT WAS NEVER A DRESS!
Here is a little more about what they have to say at itwasneveradress.com in case you were wondering:
“It Was Never a Dress is an invitation to shift perceptions and assumptions about women and the audacious, sensitive, and powerful gestures they make every single day. In science, technology, arts, mathematics, politics, houses of worship, on the streets, and in our homes, insightful women are often uninvited, overlooked, or just plain dismissed. Through storytelling, community building, innovation and creative disruptions, It Was Never a Dress will foster necessary conversations, vital voices, and images from around the world that honor ALL women. When we see women differently… we see the world differently! Stay tuned and keep disrupting.”
Spread the word and get out there and put your cape on!
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