Race Day Lucky Charms

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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. πŸ˜•


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.

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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!

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At the gym this morning, I read an article in Runner’s WorldΒ 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?

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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.

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Question of the Day

Do you have a pre-race ritual/routine or lucky charm? What is it?



  1. I have lots! I eat black beans the night before. My breakfast is a hard-boiled egg and piece of multigrain toast with peanut butter. And I MUST have chapstick on my lips, or I just don’t feel right!

  2. YES! That is my superstition as well! Even weirder is that I thought that I was the ONLY one who had that weird superstition! And seriously, all my odd numbered bibs have made me ROCK my race! I am soooo nervous each time I get my bib- I feel like it can make or break a race! I still havent figured out what to (sanely) do if I get an even!!! HELP!

  3. My pre-race ritual includes: showering, shaving my legs (to reduce any extra weight and to minimize drag πŸ˜‰ ), and putting on a pair of underwear that have a winged foot on. πŸ™‚

    Once I get to the race, I will do some light jogging, lots of stretching, and get in the zone.

  4. that flatbread looks delicious! i just recently tried my first flat bread the other day at white spot – mushrooms, zucchini, red pepper, onion, feta cheese… mmm to die for!

    and i’m running my first 5K in a few months! i have never done one before and i run on and off (i have spurts where i’ll run every day, then only a few times a week), but i am so excited for it!

  5. I don’t race or have a lucky charm but I do think that rituals before athletic events are huge for confidence! I ate the same thing before every volleyball game and warmed up for every golf tourney the exact same way every time πŸ™‚

  6. I run for Texas A&M, and I definitely have my pre race rituals. I wear the same lucky socks and sports bra every race, I have to wear my hair the same with a ribbon, I eat my same breakfast oatmeal and carnation drink, and do the same warm up routine! I also eat the same pre race meal….. a big peanut butter banana sandwich! hah I have alot, but I do think they help!! πŸ™‚ I love your blog by the way, I found it a few days ago!!!

  7. i haven’t done too many races, but I always drink iced coffee and something with peanut butter or banana. I also like to make a song playlist for the event.

    Best song: “Breathe” by Telepopmusik. I put it on the mix 4 times so it plays more than once!

  8. I always wear a hat my friends bought me ! I think its good luck to wear something purchased for you by the ones who believe in you enough to wait at the finish line πŸ™‚

  9. I must have peanut butter and whole wheat bread. I nearly broke up with my bf on Sunday morning when I went to get my pre-race breakfast ready and learned that his definition of a “ton of peanut butter” is a spoonful in a nearly empty jar.

    Luckily I soon discovered he had a back up jar and our relationship was saved.

  10. I don’t really have a particular item or anything that I carry with me, but before all of my races over the past 5 years, I’ve eaten Nature’s Path Heritage O’s for breakfast!! It might not be a super exciting cereal, but I LOVE it and it sits well when I race for some reason.

  11. I always wear the same magenta Gold Toe brand socks on all my long runs and actual races. As a result, my sock tan is VERY well defined!

  12. Hmm, I think my only pre-race (or pre-long run) ritual is eating two pieces of French toast. This has *always* worked for me! (Although I do tend to get a little sick of French toast toward the end of my training…).

  13. I have to be sooooo careful about getting enough water and not eating anything stupid before a race. I make eating a picnic dinner my pre-race ritual because nothing about it upsets my tummy, it can be done inexpensively in my hotel room, and it’s been working like a charm!

  14. My pre-race ritual to treat fiber like the devil and avoid it the week before a race. I still eat fruit and stuff, but I avoid all whole wheat breads and cereals. It makes me feel more confident that I won’t poop my pants during a race πŸ™‚

  15. I always wear the same bra for every race I run. I had to get it on a whim at the Philadelphia half marathon a couple years ago because I forgot mine, I ran an awesome race and since then I’ve been wearing it for every race I’ve run πŸ™‚

  16. I havent raced in ages but when i did, my race day lucky charm was hopefully not drinking too much the night before and just being able to make it there πŸ™‚

    And I almost always wore the same pair of Nike shorts and sports bra!

  17. Hmm..no rituals here, just the usual toast, pb, banana and coffee combo. And always making sure to…ahem..before each race. πŸ™‚

  18. I actually don’t think I have a race day lucky charm. That’s unusual for me because I am such a “traditionalist” in the sense that if I’ve done it one way I almost hae to do it the same way the next time, almost regardless of what it is. For some reason that hasn’t spread over to racing though.

    I’m the complete opposite with numbers though. I get really excited when my bib numbers are even, especially multiples of 4. Yeah…way too long of a story. πŸ˜€

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