Friday Five: Racing Rituals

Happy Friday peeps! For this weeks Friday Five Cynthia, Courtney and I went with “Racing Rituals”. My first thought was – umm, I don’t have “rituals” per se. I follow a similar line of thinking but am not superstitious and don’t always have to eat the same or dress the same or carry that super secret lucky charm. I thought I’d give more of my thought process leading up to race day. road

1. Hydrating. For races on Sunday I start with additional hydration patterns on Thursday. Water is my substance of choice on a daily basis regardless but I increase my intake, namely with SmartWater (or Electrolyte 365 from Whole Foods) and also include at least one bottle of Gatorade each day.  252

2. Stretching. The evening before race day is spent in good company with my first love, Mr. Foam Roller. I also try to incorporate some yoga poses, namely downward down and cobra inversions.

3. Carb loading. I know some out there don’t do this, but I think it’s valuable. I always have some type of pasta with as little sauce as possible and often simply use olive oil.  I try to stay away from cream sauces, dairy, and heavy cheeses. And yes, I do include a beer 😉 carbs

4. Rest mode.  The day before the race is spent in as much relaxation mode as possible.  I try to get to bed earlier  than usual, though adrenaline always gets me and sleep can be restless.

5.  Flat Mar. Getting my gear together for the morning is always an important part of the racing process. Making sure I have fuel/fuel belt, Garmin, shoes, socks, bib, etc. I like to get to the start line as close as possible to gun time of the race so not much preparation is needed in the am (besides, I like sleep).  flatmar

TGIF!  What are some your pre-race preparations?  Any races this weekend?

68 Comments on Friday Five: Racing Rituals

  1. Love seeing your thought process!
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?! recently posted…Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Race Recap 2014My Profile

  2. Laying out the flat version of me is also one of my pre-race rituals.

    I need to work on hydrating and resting the day before a race, though. I seem to always do too much the day before.

  3. After having the wrong timing chip this past weekend. I’ve learned to put out flat me earlier in the day before the night before race day in case I have to make any changes at expo instead of hoping it will work out race more.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Fall Style Guide FAILMy Profile

  4. The pre-hydrating is a great idea (I’ve recommended it to DH, he sweats a lot!). We drink SmartWater all the time – do you find the WF version better (or is it cheaper? we go to Costco for SW).

    Being off feet the day before the race is hard. Getting out of the expo quickly and ignoring the attractions of anywhere I might be for the race always seems like kind of a bummer (locked in the hotel room) but is the right thing to do, especially for longer races.

    Happy Friday!
    M @ readeatwriterun.com recently posted…Friday Five – Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  5. My pre-race ritual always includes a beer also!
    Melanie recently posted…Friday Five – Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  6. Nice! I completely forgot about hydrating – so important 🙂
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – Race RitualsMy Profile

  7. Most people do some version of a flat “insert your name here” but I do a stacked version, essentially. But I think that Stacked Suz might have the wrong connotations….
    Susie @ SuzLyfe recently posted…Pre Race and Horse Show Rituals #FridayFiveMy Profile

  8. I usually start really hydrating on Thursday too ( or even wednesday) but I recently read an article that said you should start earlier than that for a Sunday race!
    Meranda@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Runner Signs that inspire usMy Profile

  9. Water and Gatorade are on my list too and always the “flat” outfit. Happy Friday
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Friday 5 Crazy Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  10. I forgot to put in my post that I always have a glass of wine and an epsom salt bath the night before a race!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Friday Five: Pre-race ritualsMy Profile

  11. This is a great topic, especially with race season starting up again! Love your rituals, all good.
    Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine recently posted…Friday Five: Race RitualsMy Profile

  12. Pre-hydrating is always the thing I have trouble remembering to do. Pre-run, pre-race it’s all the pre-same and pre-forgotten.
    John @ run. geek. run(disney) recently posted…Five Race Day Rituals | Friday FiveMy Profile

  13. I love Flat Mar!! 🙂 Not as much as regular Mar, but, you know… I love the picture of your pasta noodles, too…I think I need to start adding this to my ritual, as well. Thanks for sharing your list, Mar, and for this awesome link-up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  14. I love “flat Mar” haha too cute!
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Five Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  15. Pasta and beer. Sounds like my kind of pre-race ritual 🙂
    Kat @ Life by the Laces recently posted…Friday Five: Race RitualsMy Profile

  16. pasta or pizza is my typical pre race meal. yay food! 🙂 your flat mar was so cute!!
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  17. I’m so bad about the stretching… good reminder!
    Rebecca Jo recently posted…Friday Five: 5 Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  18. Love the “Flat Mar.” I forgot to do “Flat Jessica Joy,” before my last race and I was a hectic mess getting ready on race day. WHOOPS! Thanks for hosting! Hope you check out my post, it will make you laugh! PS It’s my first time. YAY!
    Jessica Joy recently posted…Race Day RitualsMy Profile

    • 🙂 I have to! Flat Mar doesn’t show up until I’ve gone through and eliminated at least 3 other outfits! Yay, thanks for linking up and I’ll definitely check out your post!!

  19. Love your prep! I’m also not superstitious and follow most of the same rituals you do. Need to get on the stretching train though! 🙂
    Amanda H recently posted…August Recap and September GoalsMy Profile

  20. I do the flat Haley sometimes too!
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Friday Five – Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  21. You and I have very similar prep except I have to get to the race early. I’m always afraid of being late!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted…Friday Five – Race Day PrepMy Profile

  22. I don’t race, but I feel like if I did, I would probably fail at all my racing rituals because I would be too excited to sleep or do anything beneficial for myself! AH HA HA!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…In-N-Out of My KitchenMy Profile

  23. My carb loading usually includes a beer, too 😉 I’m the same with you as far as trying to get to the race line as close to the start time as possible – I like the extra sleep, plus I HATE waiting around to start… makes me jittery and nervous for some reason.
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…friday five: race day ritualsMy Profile

  24. Getting things ready the night before is also one of my routines, I just don’t like to think in the morning, just focus on race not worry about what I am forgetting:)
    Kristy @Runaway Bridal Planner recently posted…Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  25. I’m all about those liquid carbs, too! 😉
    Lindsey recently posted…Friday 5: Getting Ready for Race Day!My Profile

  26. Hi Mar! I was just going through some of the biz cards I have from Blogfest and found yours, so I just wanted to pop in to check out your blog and say hello 🙂

    I don’t do races but I use my foam roller quite a lot post-workout. Isn’t it a hurts-so-good kinda feeling?!
    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness recently posted…Train Smarter, Not Harder with Fitwall WorkoutsMy Profile

  27. Love it! We have similar race preps 🙂
    And I have a solid relationship with my foam roller! BEST INVENTION!!! Just got a new one as a gift and I LOVE it! Grid 2.0 🙂
    Actually have a weekend off from racing! Shocking…hehe
    Esther recently posted…Five Things Friday Link-up: Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  28. Great topic. I do not have very many race rituals except laying out my clothes the night before. Its always a struggle to find safety pins for my bib.
    Karen – Fit in France recently posted…Preparing la rentrée (Back to school)My Profile

  29. A flat racer photo is a must, whether its the night before or just before I get dressed for the race.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – September 5th – Five Things I’m Thankful ForMy Profile

  30. Lost of extra hydrating, good food, and a rest day:)
    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero recently posted…Weight Watchers – Week 7 of MeetingsMy Profile

  31. I always drink a beer the night before the race. One way of carbo loading, but also it makes me sleep well!
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  32. Carb loading and rest, two of my favorite things (not necessarily in that order lol)!! Foam rolling BEFORE is a great thing to remember, too!
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  33. I just started doing the hydrating the day before but after reading this, I will start being more conscious about it from Thursday on! Thanks! It’s been hot running this summer!!
    Diane recently posted…Friday Five: Race Day RitualsMy Profile

  34. I love that you included hydrating several days out to make sure you’re properly topped off on race morning!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Working On A Comeback (September 1 – 7)My Profile

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