Hello! Hope you are having a great week. My week is going great. Two gym workouts plus some walking outdoors. Took yesterday as a rest day and I am back to weight lifting this evening.
Fall usually means tons of 5Ks in our area. Inspired by Teri’s post HERE, I thought I would share my pre- and post- race rituals with you. (FYI – This has been sitting in my drafts unfinished for quite sometime.)
- Get up and take care of business.
- Depending on how much time I have until we need to leave: read blogs, catch up on social media, clean the house, etc.
- Make sure I have my Road ID bracelet, sunglasses, phone, headphones, lipbalm, and hand sanitizer all together. This is where the FlipBelt (below) comes in handy.
- Decide what to wear. I do not do this before the race. I decide what I feel like wearing that morning based on the weather forecast. Runner’s World has a great little survey you can complete to help you decide.
- Drink some water, but not a lot.
- Get dressed, brush teeth, and do business one last time. I skip makeup for races – except will maybe put on some tinted moisturizer.
- Grab my CamelBak with ice and water. While most 5Ks do have at least 1 water stop, I always try to carry my own water as well.
- Head out with hubby for race. Sometimes I wait til we are on the road for my breakfast (mini bagel with peanut butter). Just depends on how long before the race.
- Water. Lots of water.
- Walk around stretching my legs.
- If I was doing a short race and hubby a long one, stand at finish line waiting for him so I can cheer.
- Sometimes we head to Subway for breakfast after a race, often we just head home.
- Usually I spend at least 30 minutes on the couch just resting and reading after we get home.
- Shower and get ready for my day.
- If the 5K is an evening one, I normally don’t eat dinner before the race, we wait and eat after.
I actually haven’t done a 5K other than the color runs in a few months. I am looking forward to doing 1 or 2 this Fall/Winter.
What pre- and post- race rituals do you have?
Have a healthy day!