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?

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16 thoughts on “Pre Race Rituals

  1. I don’t know if I have many pre-race rituals but I’ve got this great post race ritual that involves eating all the food 😉

  2. Haha, nice! I’ve played sports my whole life, so superstitions are always with me. I like to wear my Ohio University tech shirts when in big races. Now watching sports is a whole other deal – where, what I eat/drink, where I sit/stand, where other people are sitting/standing, if my arm is positioned a certain way…etc….it all affects the outcome of the match! Ha!

  3. Nice post…I never really thought of it as rituals, but pump’n music is one of them and I usually meet my running friends at Starbucks and get a short whatever I’m feeling latte (not real healthy, but oh well). 🙂

  4. Breaky is toast with PB, a banana and coffee for sure. Ipod and Garmin charged and ready to go. A change of clothes packed for after the race and my lulu hoodie cause I cool down quickly and get cold. And one last stop for the bathroom before I line up. 🙂

    Good luck this weekend. Rock it!

  5. Pre-race rituals make the world go round, in my opinion. I certainly have mine–I have a whole day-before race/super long run diet that I pretty well follow (and look forward to) and I have my whole stretching ritual that must occur the day of. A lot of that is due to having been injured in the past, but anything that helps you get through it, right?! When I rode horses, I had a ton of rituals, especially when i was younger, and if I missed one, I might not panic (unless I didn’t have my lucky necklace on, then, yes, panic) but it would certainly weigh on my mind. One thing that really helped me one day was that I made the decision that I would “make my own luck” and that really helped. But I definitely developed associations with things and superstitions–like certain socks brought me up or down, etc. We are silly people, us athletes!

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