Hello! Happy Monday! 😎
I brought Chandra to the airport a little while ago. It was sad saying goodbye to her and our fun weekend together. Vacation is officially over. Back to the grind. 😕
I started my morning with a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with fresh raspberries and granola. I also drank an iced coffee with soy milk.
After breakfast, I dropped off my car to get an oil change. (It was a good 1,500 miles over!) While it was being worked on, I hit the gym for a 50-minute elliptical workout. It felt good to get the blood flowing in my legs after yesterday’s race.
After my workout, I headed home for lunch. Thankfully, there were lots of leftovers in the refrigerator because I was starving!! I reheated some Portobello & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza and some spicy vegetables from Lime Leaf. It was a GOOD lunch!
At the gym this morning, I read an article in Runner’s World about lucky charms and how rituals can help runners. Some experts says that superstitions and prerace routines can boost performance.
Rituals focus your attention so you’re ready to race. They may also trigger muscle responses that relax your form. [source]
My superstition is getting an odd number for race day. For some reason, I feel better (even more confident) if I receive an odd number bid. Maybe yesterday’s 189 helped me run a good race?
Similarly, I was thankful and somewhat relieved that my marathon number was odd. I remember being so happy when I picked it up. I knew it was a sign that I would make it to the finish line.
Question of the Day
Do you have a pre-race ritual/routine or lucky charm? What is it?
I thought of one another pre-race ritual that I have: I take an Imodium. This allows me to not be concerned about any unexpected stomach woes mid-run…
*One other — sorry for the self-editing. 🙂
Nope…not at all! I think I am the least superstitious person I know!
I once went 2000 miles over on an oil change. The mechanic almost yelled at me when I finally brought it in. I’ve been very careful since then, but it is definitely an annoyance.
@Amanda: Don’t listen to them! Most newer cars can go 6000 miles before an oil change. I read an article on it in Newsweek and my Honda Civic owner’s manual even says so. When they yell at me, I just smile and nod and say thank you, I’ll remember that next time. 🙂
Oh, how I long for fresh raspberries! Sadly, I can’t answer your question, as I’m not a runner at all at all at all!
funny i like my race numbers to be even and/or divisible by 3
my ritual is to have everything laid out in the morning, eating oatmeal w/ PB and banana in the morning of the race, and I always gives my brother a hug and say good luck before we start running. We try to run all races together
That’s funny! I have a friend I’m running a race with this weekend and she emailed me how excited she was over her EVEN big number.
@Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run: Or bib number. < — needs to proofread more.