Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fantastic week and are ready for what will (hopefully) be a fabulous weekend. I am super excited because I will be running a race for the first time since the Peachtree Road Race back in July. I am thrilled to be running the Rise Up and Run 5K tomorrow. I ran this race last year and it was probably one of my most fun ones I have participated in. So even though I will be running a shorter distance race as opposed to my usual half marathons this time of year, I still have a few race day rituals that help me prepare and run my best. Since I am running tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to share them today :).
Wake up early. The first thing I do on race morning is get up early. I have sort of trained myself to be a semi-morning person which is a good thing when the race begins as early as 7am. I have really bad race stomach for some reason (I mean it’s not like I haven’t raced before lol) so I need plenty of time for my body to wake up, stretch out and digest. I usually have a lot of adrenaline running through my system so it’s not usually an issue to wake up.
Protein Shake for Breakfast. Because of my race stomach issue I always have, I do not eat breakfast before I run (even for a half marathon). I have learned over the course of my running that it does not end well. What I do have is a protein shake. This is usually enough to get me started (I have gels during the run and carry an electrolyte drink so I am able to survive when I do longer distances). My go-to shake for this is my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with a scoop of Beachbody Energize pre-workout powder. This gives me enough protein and carbs to run the race and some caffeine to give me a kick for those early morning races.
Pre-race photos. Hi I am Heather and I am addicted to social media. Which means that before the race starts, I am taking lots of photos for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Some are selfies. Some are posed. But there they are there. Stay tuned in the morning for a live Periscope as well.
Post race pose. And after I get my bling, I strike the same pose with my new medal. It’s very diva-like don’t you think?
A big burger (or breakfast). Once the post-race stuff is done, it is time to eat. As you can imagine, I am usually starving once I get across the finish line. For shorter races such as the 5K in the morning, I will finally get some breakfast. If I am running a longer race such as a half marathon, I head out to find the best burger and fries I can get. Yum.
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