Race Ready

Well, it’s here!  Tomorrow morning is the Monument Avenue 10K.  In a field of 41,000 runners, I will be running my little heart out in a sea of black and gold at 8:42 AM!

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Although I am proud to cheer on the VCU Rams, I don’t have any black and gold VCU gear, so I have chosen to be a racing ninja in all black!

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This afternoon, Claire and I headed out to the expo to check out the booths and score some free stuff!

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There was crazy traffic on the way there, and the expo was plenty busy with lotsa runners!

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They also had a lot of discount running clothes . . .

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Clearly discounted for a reason! Winking smile

And a few other “special” items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After exploring, we headed to Olive Garden to carb load!

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Action shot!

I forgot my camera in the car, so please excuse the blurry cell phone photo!  My Droid X has a great camera, I just don’t know quite know how to use it yet! Embarrassed smile

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I opted for salad, many many breadsticks, and simple capellini with tomatoes and basil.  It hit the runner’s spot!  I also guzzled 2 gigantic glasses of water!  Currently guzzling more!  Gotta hydrate!

Now, we’ve got our bibs pinned on and our shoes chipped!  We’re ready to run!

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Here are a few of my pre-race rituals:

  • Drink lots of fluid the day before—at least 2 of my big water bottles full, plus more!  We had several free samples of Powerade at the expo, too!
  • Charge my iPod and get my playlist ready to go.  Be sure my headphones, Nike+ sensor, and arm band are in my bag to take with in the morning.
  • Check the hourly weather forecast to see what I want to wear.  It’s supposed to be 42-49* in the hour of my race, which has me waffling between pants and a long-sleeved shirt and shorts and a long-sleeved shirt.  I know you’re supposed to dress to 20* warmer, so I’m leaning towards the shorts, but we’ll see what the morning brings!
  • Pin my bib onto my shirt and attach my chip to my shoe.
  • Set up my coffee to brew for the morning (I need java, even before a run!)
  • Be sure my alarm is set!  I would hate to miss the race because I overslept!
  • Check on parking and be sure I know where I’m going in the morning.  I hate being late for anything, and being late on race day would really stress me out, so I’m prepared!
  • Get a good night’s rest.  I ordinarily have trouble sleeping, but I feel uncharacteristically zen about this race.  I’ve trained.  I know where I’m going.  I know what I’m wearing.  I feel good.  Open-mouthed smile

I think I’m race ready!  Wish me luck!

What’s your best pre-racing tip???

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3 thoughts on “Race Ready

  1. Renee Byard says:

    YAY……as I read this, it’s 5 minutes till race time. Having done a few myslef, I’m picturing you in a sea of people…doing last minute stretches and chit-chatting to your nearby comrads. Can’t wait to read how it went! YAYAYAYAYAYAY~ Have fun watching the game tonight with Danielle and Bryce and (sorry…but)……GOOOOOO BLUE! 🙂

  2. I read that you need to start hydrating a week before the race. I did that before my last race, and besides my ongoing stomach issues, I think it helped! Also, my biggest pre-race tip is to eat my carbalicious dinner early. When I eat it too late, I’m all weighed down and nasty feeling for the race.

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