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Superstitions and Pre-Race Rituals (Read 272 times)

Julia1971


All in for Boston

    It's hockey playoffs season!  Hockey fans are known for their superstitions.  How about us runners?  Not wearing the race shirt at the race is universal but are there non-running related things you do before a race for good luck?

     

    I'll start: My good luck sign is my neighbor's cat (named Karma).  If she shows up on my door step on race week, I consider it a good sign and spend some time petting her despite my severe allergy.  My ritual is painting my nails something crazy the night before - usually black or sparkles.  I think it settles my nerves since I have to concentrate and sit still while the color dries.

    Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

      Not sure what my superstitions are, but I could try making my nails sparkly.

      Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

      Julia1971


      All in for Boston

        You could also start calling your neighbor's cat "Karma".  Personally, I've found the cat more indicative of race success.  It's like she can sense failure.

         

        Not sure what my superstitions are, but I could try making my nails sparkly.

        Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

          Cheeseburger and fries and beer for a pre-race meal the night before.  The day of, I get there super early, get my number/chip affixed, run a mile or so, take care of business, then run another mile, and I'm ready.


          Menace to Sobriety

            I believe if I put the proper amount and type of training in, I'll do well in the race. I know it's just a silly superstition, but it seems to work for me.

            Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go f*** himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.

              I also set out all my racing gear in the shape of a person and pin my bib onto my singlet the night before the race. I'm afraid that if I don't do this (especially when traveling for a race) I will get up the morning of the race and realize I don't have pins or I forgot to bring socks or shorts etc.

               

              I also take a massive pre-race dump for good luck.


              Interval Junkie --Nobby

                I heard being superstitious is bad luck.

                2014 Goals:  sub-3 Marathon ("Congrats! It's tough to race with poop in the mind" --Wing)

                Current Status 03/17: Drinking beer and eating crap -- all the things I couldn't do before the marathon


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                  I also take a massive pre-race dump for good luck.

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                  zonykel


                     

                     

                    I also take a massive pre-race dump for good luck.

                    Looks like a common pre-race ritual. Nothing superstitious about it, though. But it would be bad luck to have to use the porta-pottie in the middle of the race.

                      I also set out all my racing gear in the shape of a person and pin my bib onto my singlet the night before the race. I'm afraid that if I don't do this (especially when traveling for a race) I will get up the morning of the race and realize I don't have pins or I forgot to bring socks or shorts etc.

                       

                       

                      I do this too!

                       

                      I'm seriously considering a crazy nail color for my next race.

                      Julia1971


                      All in for Boston

                         

                        I'm seriously considering a crazy nail color for my next race.

                         

                        I'm racing tomorrow.  My Mizunos are lilac and orange so I'm thinking of going with one of those colors.  Smile

                        Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

                          Orange.

                          Julia1971


                          All in for Boston

                            Orange.

                             

                            Yep.  That's what I decided...  Didn't see the cat this week, I don't think.  Maybe I'll see her tomorrow morning.

                            Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Nin

                            StellarsJJayS


                              At every race I run, I wear a Winnie The Pooh T-Shirt, Tree-Frog RainForest Cafe shorts, and an unadorned pink (it used to be red...) baseball cap.  Doesn't matter the distance that is what I wear to every race.

                              Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours.

                                -- Berra

                               

                              No matter how fast you are, you'll never out run a Polar Bear

                               

                                I always shave the night before a ramatti will and have let myself get all gross and hairy at times but before a race I will always shave smooth.

                                 

                                I also won't wear the race shirt.

                                Everything else is more practical.

                                PR's (certified courses)

                                5K-; 21:45 ; 10K- 45:17; Half: 1:41 --- full : 3:40   (2009)

                                Distance - 54 mi, 10 hours (2012)

                                 

                                Current Weight: 175 lb

                                Goal Weight: 125 lb

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