So it’s Friday and Sunday is RACE DAYYY. I’m trying to be as positive as I can, but I legitimately have to clear my throat every 30 seconds and that is not conducive to limited breathing whilst running 21.1k. Oh well, I’m going to give it all I’ve got and have fun either way! I’m starting to think about what I’m going to wear/consume on race day and so far I’ve got a few things down.
Footwear: I’m going to wear my new VFFs. Yup. #1 race rule, broken. Call me a rebel. I wore these to the gym yesterday and ran them through a series of sprints, suicides, burpees, jump rope and a quick weighted full body workout. They were awesome! I also did a quick 2km jaunt in them outside today once I decided I would keep them. I mentioned I was worried about the heel of the shoe slipping off, but this was not an issue at all. I just had to get used to the feeling of a shoe with a lower cut. Vibram really cut off ALL the excess weight on these bad boys. I’ll be sure to tape up my feet in a million places though to ensure I don’t have any trouble with blisters– I do that in my old Vibrams already anyway.
Outfit: The weather is calling for a 90% chance of rain, but it said the same thing on my sister’s wedding day and was SUNNY AND BEAUTIFUL. Either way, I’m planning to wear my Lululemon Inspire II crops, one of my Lulu tank tops and then either arm warmers or a crappy old sweatshirt I can toss to the curb once I warm up. I’ll also wear a pair of those dollar store gloves to throw away once my hands heat up too. Then as far as gear goes, I’ll wear my 1.5L CamelBak, my iPhone (for music and so my family can track my location) and my beloved Garmin.
Fuel: This week I’ve been eating carbs basically as much as I want, at whatever time of the day I want. The night before the race I will have whole wheat pasta, like I always do. The morning of the race I’m going to eat egg-white oatmeal with some berries and chia seeds. During the race I’m going to use a couple of my favourite gels– Carb Boom! I’m going to review all 6 of their flavours for you very soon! These two are my favourites:
Then I’m going to break ANOTHER cardinal racing rule and try some new fuel during the race. Salt capsules! I just received these from SaltStick to review and I figured what better way to put them to a test than RACE DAY? Couldn’t tell ya. Keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway from SaltStick coming up soon too!
Hydration: I’ve been drinking 3L of water a day all week, but as of today hiked it up to 4L. Tomorrow I’m just going to drink as much a I can handle (at least 4L) and then before the race I will drink about a 1/2 litre when I wake up and drink as needed from there. I don’t want nature calling while I’m running because those port-a-potty lines are always huge, and of course I need to save all the time I can!
Drugs: For my allergies, silly. I’m still having a lot of trouble with allergies and post-nasal drip (sorry, GROSS haha). SO, tonight/tomorrow/Sunday morning I am going to take anti-histamines, spray that nasonex, inhale that puffer and neti-pot the eff outta my nose like it’s going out of style. Okay none of those things were ever actually in style. Except maybe neti-potting. Here’s a nice visual for you circa 2010.
Mentality: Most importantly I have to try keeping a positive attitude. I know it sounds crazy, and until you experience it, it sounds like I’m a little off my rocker. But the effect I feel on my body when my mind lags is instantaneous. I often repeat in my head over and over while I’m running “when the mind lags, the body lags.” If I keep my mind sharp then I keep my stride strong. This played a HUGE role in my Vancouver race.
WELL, not much else left to do except get to Toronto, get my race kit and keep on resting! I’ll be back with a race recap!
What are you doing to stay active this weekend? Running? Racing?