We are all season pass holders for Cornbelly’s and pretty thrilled about it.
Cornbelly’s is a huge Halloween/Fall carnival at Thanksgiving Point and it is Brooke’s idea of heaven.
She spent a majority of the time studying the map (she did for the whole car ride home too).
A gorgeous sunset.
We will be back a lot over the next month. A lot.
Runners understand that race week—> IS A VERY IMPORTANT WEEK:) The more races I do the more I am able to figure out things and what works best for me. FYI, some of these might be the opposite of science but I think they are true so that is why I am blogging about them. Here are 10 things that I think about/make sure to do race week.
1. I don’t do anything new. I don’t wear a new pair of shoes (running or non-running) all around town (blisters are not our friends). I don’t venture to a new restaurant with foods that I have never tried before. I avoid any sort of exercise that would cause me to be sore or leave my legs tired. I stick to my routines and what I know works best for me. I stay as boring as I possibly can.
2. I make a race day checklist (usually like this one below) and go over it plenty of times. Being prepared with everything you need will help you out big time to avoid any extra stress!
3. I study the course. The elevation maps, where the aid stations will be and especially the turns leading up to the finish line. I have read multiple race reports (this one being my favorite) about the St. George course and the best way to race it. The day before the race I will drive the course too!
4. I always go over my training cycle. I read over the workouts I nailed, I remember what I did during those long runs to help me to keep going when I wanted to quit and I trust that the training I did over the previous 16 weeks are going to create a really great race for me.
5. Anytime I start stressing out/worrying about race day I remember that running is what helps me to cope with the real stressors in life. Running isn’t the thing that causes me stress. If it is then I am putting too much pressure on myself over moving my body from the starting line to the finish line. Running is my biggest stress reliever, not stress causer. I do think that a little bit of race day nervousness is good for us and that the adrenaline helps us to go faster:)
6. I sleep and sleep and sleep. I personally think the night before the night before the race is the most important night for your sleep:) For example—> my race is on Saturday and so I am going to make sure that I get a killer night’s sleep on Thursday night. This week whenever I am tempted to stay up late watching Jimmy Fallon I will remind myself that my alarm clock is set for 3 a.m. on Saturday.
7. I get pep talks from the most positive people I know. My mom. My brother in Kentucky. My coach and running friends like Josse and Rachelle. They are all EXTREMELY positive people and it is contagious and it just rubs off on me. Stay close to positivity and far away from anything that brings you down.
8. I cut out fiber the two days leading up to the race. No salads, apples or high fiber anything. I keep my meals extremely simple with easy to digest= carbs and lean proteins. LOTS of water and plenty of gatorade for the two days leading up to the race. The night before a marathon I salt my meal a lot too:) This week is a little different though because I will be eating 3 different foods all week long due to IBS.
***I make sure to keep my calories up even though I am running less. We wouldn’t expect our car to drive a long distance without enough fuel so we can’t expect our bodies to do that either.
9. I spend hours on the perfect playlist. Perfect. I make a playlist with songs that have special meaning to me, lyrics that motivate me to hustle and plenty of angry songs that help me power up the hills. I’ll make sure to post it once it is finished.
10. And thanks to my mom—> I SMILE every time that I think about the race. I visualize crossing the finish line with the my goal time on the clock.
A friend sent this to me… sounds like a pretty great race to me;)
What are some of your race week rituals/things that you do?
Favorite fall activities?
Anything to add to the above checklist for race day that you always make sure to pack?
How many hours of sleep each night makes you feel your best?