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.Β 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. Β 252

2. Stretching.Β 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. Β I try to stay away from cream sauces, dairy, and heavy cheeses. And yes, I do include a beer πŸ˜‰Β carbs

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

5. Β 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). Β flatmar

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

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    1. 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.

    1. 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.
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      1. that’s awful! I always double check before leaving the expo. And typically have 2 race outfits in mind before deciding on one.

    1. 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!
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      1. WF is cheaper – I don’t think it’s necessarily better. But if I’m in CVS or grocery store other than WF I go for SmartWater.

      1. it’s never an issue for me since I only drink water anyhow (outside of my morning coffee). 2-3 days of increased hydration prior is sufficient.

    1. I love Flat Mar!! πŸ™‚ 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

    1. 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

      1. πŸ™‚ 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!!

    1. 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!
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    1. My carb loading usually includes a beer, too πŸ˜‰ 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

      1. yeah no racing for me this weekend either but I do have 15 miles to squeeze in (ugh!) I’ll be needing the foam roller this weekend for sure πŸ™‚

    1. 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!!
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