Well with another race on the horizon and of course having to partake in a pre-race ritual or 2…kinda gave me an idea for a fun post. Everyone has their “lucky charms” for race day. What are some of mine?
I bought the Yankee charm, in addition to another (which stays on my regular trainers) at the More/Fitness Half-Marathon expo from these peeps. The Yankee charm goes on my racers for luck. Specifically, on the right foot, as I had the ITB injury on my right leg, so I figure that leg can use a little more magic.
So I like to get my nails done before races. My color of choice used to be OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark, a la Kara Goucher in NYCM 2008 (not quite black nails, but close enough) but I sort of tired of it this year. So starting with the Mini 10K, I made my color of choice Watermelon by Essie-as it went with the pink accents in my green Adioses, and still looks good with the newer neon pink pair. And there is something a little more upbeat about this color. But as everyone knows, “when I do up my nails in watermelon candy color…you know I mean business! :)”
Though I leave the iPod behind on big race days, I do like to have some songs to listen to beforehand to get myself pumped up to race. The songs pretty much vary by year. (e.g., 2008’s songs were “Pocketful of Sunshine” by Natasha Bedingfield and “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay, 2009’s song was “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas.) Here are some current favorites:
“Give Me Everything”-Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer. Come on, this *was* like the summertime anthem of 2011. And hey when you race, don’t you wanna give it everything?
“Club Can’t Handle Me”-Flo Rida/David Guetta. Because the race course can’t even handle me right now 😛
“Walking on Sunshine”-Katrina & the Waves. An oldie but goodie, I dare you to not want to run fast after listening to this song.
Seriously. Yes I’ve had at least one the night before my last few races…not sure if that helps or not but hey doesn’t hurt to have an excuse to indulge in a cold one, right? (not sure I’m gonna get to tomorrow but don’t fear, i’m getting it in tonite.)
By Peanut Butter and Co. Goes on my pre-race bagel before the big races. Yes, I even pack it to bring with me when traveling to races 🙂
I’m sure there is more, but that’s what come to me off the top of my head. So those are my lucky charms/lucky pre-race rituals-what’s yours?
And good luck to all racing this weekend! Catch you on the flip side-hopefully with some good news to tell!