Pre Race Rituals

Recently I was reading a thread on the TTP Running Facebook page and someone asked a question about Pre Race Rituals. There are a lot of TTP runner’s  that are getting ready to run the Bluenose Marathon this coming weekend so it’s a great place to get some advice right now.

It made me think….what are MY pre race rituals? I really had to think about it. At first all I could think of were my pre game rituals for soccer:

  • Thin socks under my shin pads, than soccer socks on top.
  • A warm up/stretch.
  • A few touches on the ball with someone else or on my own – a must.

Pretty basic. But, if I don’t have thin socks under my shin pads….it throw’s off my game!

sleeping in my running gear

After thinking about my running rituals, this is what I came up with:

  • Pasta dinner the night before a race
  • (More recently) Getting “Flat Anna/Piper” all ready to go
  • Charge Garmin
  • Bagel with peanut butter and banana for breakfast, maybe a little OJ.
  • Pee as much as I can before the race
  • Talk the butterfly’s out of my stomach as I line up for the run
  • Sandals for my post race drive home 🙂

Some rituals that were shared:

  • Left sock on then right sock on. Left shoe on then right shoe.
  • Don’t wear race t-shirt before/during race
  • Double knotted laces
  • Music pumping while you get dressed/drive to race
  • Bib numbers with a specific number in it (ie: favourite number)

Bluenose I'm going to Giv'er

So what are your Pre Race Rituals ?

Are there any rituals that you don’t think anyone else does?

What is the weirdest ritual you’ve heard of?