On race day, there are things I will and won’t do. I have my routine and my systems in place, and I really won’t deviate from the plan. The success of my race days depends on my little do and don’ts, so here are the things I just won’t do.
I Won’t Drink Coffee Before The Race
No way, no how. I do have a few sips of Diet Dr Pepper en route to a race. And yes, I will absolutely treat myself to an iced coffee after the event, but coffee before the race (for me) is a terrible idea for a variety of reasons. If you know, you know.
I Won’t Be Late On Race Day
Friends, I confess to being a bit militant about getting places on time. I subscribe to the “if you’re on time, you’re late” theory, and this is ESPECIALLY true on race day. I get up way earlier than necessary and leave with plenty of time to allow for traffic, parking, two bathroom stops, and a few minutes for photos, and hanging out at the start line. It’s what I do and helps keep my anxiety in check. Does it annoy my husband and possibly the friends with whom I carpool? Maybe. But one of my worst race nightmares is getting to an event after the starting gun fires. No thank you!
I Won’t Line Up In The Wrong Start Corral
No matter how badly I want to start the race, and how much of a cushion I think I need, I won’t enter a corral I don’t deserve. I also won’t get any closer to the start line than I need.
I Won’t Wear The Race Shirt For The Race
This is always a hot debate, but I will not wear the free race shirt to actually run the race. I don’t necessarily have any superstitions in the matter, but I do hate wearing t-shirts and it’s really too hot most of the time to have any kind of sleeve. Instead, I prefer to save the shirt for the drive home, or after my post-race shower.
I Won’t Cut People Off To Get To The Photographer
Listen. I love a good race photo, but I’m not going to go to great lengths to get it. If I’m in the line of the photographer, I will smile big, pick up my knees, maybe flash a peace sign, and hope for the best. However, I won’t cut across the race course, hop in front of anyone, or go for some massive leap in order to make magic happen.
What things will you not do on race day?
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