It's race day. Hooray!
What do you do?
Just remember your P's
And forget all the Q's.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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,
Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!
Mar from Mar on the Run!.