Last night we did all of Brooke’s favorite things because we will be apart for 8 days starting today.
She will be back for her bday and I am already looking forward to eating donut birthday cake and spoiling her like crazy.
Brooke chose the activities for the day:
1. Pool time with one of her bffs.
2. Splash pad fun with my favorite backdrop of mountains.
3. Grilled cheese sandwiches (I had turkey) at Potbelly’s. My world was changed once we finally got one of these restaurants in our area.
4. A cup of sprinkles with a little bit of ice cream.
No sprinkle left behind. She is definitely my child:
5. Lots of cuddles and 2 episodes of Princess Sophia.
Just a few more things to talk about today.
-I found my Horizontal Running Champion shirt (I don’t remember where I got it…) and I am wearing it in hopes that it will remind me to avoid vertical running today and tomorrow in order to recover properly.
-You know you gave it your all in your race if you can’t move your leg an inch when your 2 year old does this.
Pre-race. We all have our pre-race rituals and we probably all stick to these rituals like glue. We do things that may actually help us to preform better during the race and things that may not technically help us but since we think they will help us——> they do. That is where Beta-Alanine comes in for me.
I’m not sure if this stuff actually does help me to run faster/longer or if the placebo effect is in full force when I take it but I think it really works for me. I started using this while training for my first marathon. A good friend recommended it, I did my research and thought what the heck?! I took it before any of my 20+ mile long runs and the morning of the marathon and I have used it ever since. I swear I feel a total difference when I take it but who knows if it is all in my head. It may be a waste of money or it may actually help to counter muscle fatigue. I don’t really know but it is a pre-race ritual (I take it about 30 minutes before the race starts) that I love and never skip. Beta-Alanine claims to be a ‘dietary supplement that boosts muscle carnosine levels, a key fatigue-controlling factor clinically studied muscle pH buffer 3200mg dose to fuel performance.’ Just letting you know what I do—> I’m not a professional/nutritionist/doctor… I’m just a blogger:)
My other morning of a race ritual musts:
-Quadruple check that I have my race bib. For some reason I always stress that I will show up to the race start without my bib.
-Strides. About 15 minutes before the race I like to do 10 strides (about 20-30 seconds long) and I get faster with each one.
-Bread/bagel with jam for bfast and a honeystinger waffle about 30 minutes before. Water and gatorade too.
-Lots of lip gloss (my favorite—> here). Like 4 layers of it. I can’t stand my lips feeling chapped during a race.
-Double knotting my shoes.
-A little prayer:)
-Beta-Alanine and usually some caffeine.
Do you take any supplements? What do they do?
What are some of your pre-race rituals?
Parents reading—> what shows do your kiddos love?
What is the best part of your Wednesday going to be?