Thursday, April 30, 2015

Race Day P's


It's race day.  Hooray! 
What do you do?  
Just remember your P's
And forget all the Q's. 


PREPARE

The night before, go ahead and pick out your clothes.  Be practical and wear nothing new.  Plug up your electronic devices for charging.  Pack your race bag with all the provisions you may need.  If you've already received your bib, pin it on.  Put everything together in one spot so you will forget nothing the next morning. 


PRE-RACE

The number one rule is literally...number two: Poop.  Eat your typical breakfast 2 hours prior to race time.  Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes early.   If driving, you may need additional time to park and walk to the start.  You'll also need time to visit the porta-potty Pump yourself up by listening to perky music from your playlist.


PACE

Be at peace in the starting chute knowing you have trained hard and are ready.  Remember, you have the potential for greatness today.  Don't be pensive.  Scoot up closer to the front.  Be sure to push the start button on your watch.  Begin at a slightly easier pace because you don't want to lose power during the race or puke toward the end.


PERSEVERE

Run with passion.  Stay positive and repeat your mantras.  Praise the race volunteers out on the course.  Propel yourself up those hills and pose for any race photographers you see.  In the final miles, try to pass a few people and press on through the finish line.  Maybe you'll set a new PR!

POST-RACE

Take pictures with your pals.   Indulge in a slice of pizza or a pastry.  Drink a Powerade to replace electrolytes.  If you placed, graciously accept your prize.   Be pleased with what you've accomplished today.  Lastly, promise to do it again and persuade a friend to run with you.  After all, every day is a perfect day for a race


Do you have another P word (keep it clean please)?



 I'm linking up with the awesome ladies from the DC Trifecta: 
Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC,
Mar from Mar on the Run!.

 Please visit or, even better, join in on the Friday Five.

















52 comments:

  1. These are great! I think you hit all the high points...

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    1. Thanks. I have thought of a few more.

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  2. Love this list. I probably would have had trouble coming up with so many P's! But you did great! I think you hit everything :)

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    1. Thanks. I had several left over I just couldn't make work. LOL.

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  3. I am so bad a pace in the beginning. I seem to start out too fast and it catches up to me during the race. My GPS always seems to be a little off on the course so last time I didn't start it until about a quarter mile down the road. By the end of the race it evened out and said 13.1.

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    1. I really work at pace. Sometimes I get it right, but not always. My GPS is always long but I feel like I run the tangents.

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    1. Thanks. There so many P words that apply to running!

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  5. I would say PRAY... for decent running conditions... makes the run that much more perfect.

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    1. Excellent! I can't believe I overlooked that one. I'm a weather stalker!

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  6. LOL number two is a must! My only pre-race stress is centered around that one! I can't think of any P words that you missed! Fun and helpful tips here - thanks!!

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    1. Yes it is and preferably (P word!) not in the porta potty.

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    1. Thank you. I'm not sure any other letter would have worked better.

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  8. Very creative way to put it all together! You're right about making sure things are plugged in and to thank the race volunteers!

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    1. Plugging up is definitely a ritual for me. I feel bad for volunteers when conditions are horrible.

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  9. I love this!!! These are all great tips and very clever. My favorite was, "The number one rule is literally...number two: Poop. " Definitely the most important thing!

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    1. I'd rather not use the porta potty, but you got to do what you got to do.

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  10. Oh, I love this! I don't know if there are any good p-words left! Oh, I know: for after, plunge into an ice bath. ;-)

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    1. Oooh, great one! I forgot some obvious words.

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  11. Love this--spot on! I especially like persevere!

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    1. Yes, that one really sums it up. Just keep plugging (P word) away.

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  12. Ha! This is great!! All awesome tips.
    Poo is keeping it clean lol ;)

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    1. Poo is definitely necessary on race day. LOL.

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  13. This is a great list! Awesome things to remember. The pacing is a hard one for me, it's so easy to want to take off too fast!

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    1. It's difficult and I work very hard at it. I don't always succeed.

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  14. lol... I love the alliteration!

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    1. Aw, thanks. So many P words just seemed to fit.

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    1. Shucks! Why didn't I think of that? I need one desperately too!

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  16. Great way to dissect a race with the letter P. I think Pace is probably the important one of the list!

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    1. Yes and can be difficult to always get it just right.

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  17. Such great tips, H! Prepare, for sure...this is a great reminder; I've got to print out some directions to tomorrow's race - ha! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. It does help save previous time on race morning. I often dream I'm late to the race and miss the start.

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  18. LOL at the number one rule is number 2 - poop. SO TRUE! This is probably TMI, but I am always really happy and relieved when I am able to do a number 2 at home before heading to the race site. There is nothing worse than either having to do the poop in the portapotties, or being on course and feeling the need to poo!

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    1. I agree it's much better if you can accomplish that at home. But, you gotta do what you gotta do wherever that happens to be.

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  19. Great post! I just love the Ps. So many wonderful things to keep in mind.

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    1. It helps me to remember things when they begin with the same letter.

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  20. Haha! You are so creative! Um how about potty? Did I miss it somewhere? Cuz there's lots of that going on here on race day.

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    1. Potty is good...either the preferred at-home or the porta variety.

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    1. GOOD ONE! That's how I feel when it's over.

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  22. Lots of p-words! I love this post, especially run with passion. Praising the volunteers on the course is also very important.

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    1. You wouldn't believe how many P words I've thought of since! The volunteers definitely deserve our thanks.

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  23. I'm so behind on your "P"osts! I've been "P"reoccupied with earning this "P"etty check! Lol This looks like a fun linkup! All great things to remember on race day, I loved the Propel yourself up the hills and Pose for the photographers! Enjoyed it!

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    1. You wouldn't believe how many more I've thought of. And you've given me 3 more to add to my collection. Thanks!

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  24. This is great! I would add, "Pick up the Pace!" When you get to the end go for those negative splits!

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    1. I agree! I'm always PLEASED with negative split.

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