May 2, 2015

Pre-Marathon Rituals

I’ll be running the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon soon. I talked about my race goals already, but I thought I’d share this post with some of my pre-race rituals.

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Obligatory selfie with bib at the expo

 

Carb-Loading Dinner

This is now a time-honoured tradition with Square One Running Room runners. 2 nights before the race we have the cheat meal to end all cheat meals! This was no different! It’s also an opportunity to share with the family and friends that have tolerated our running habit all winter long.

A very massive dish of spaghetti bolognese
A very massive dish of spaghetti bolognese

Cleared my plate of that wonderful pasta
Cleared my plate of that wonderful pasta

And after the pasta I was still hungry so I ordered a slice of cake too
And after the pasta I was still hungry so I ordered a slice of cake too

 

Group picture at the carb-loading dinner
Group picture at the carb-loading dinner

And it was Tracey’s birthday! Happy Birthday Tracey!!

 

Happy Birthday Tracey!
Happy Birthday Tracey!

Happy Birthday Tracey!
Happy Birthday Tracey!

Happy Birthday Tracey!
Happy Birthday Tracey!

 

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Flat-Runner

I don’t know how this tradition got started, but it’s brilliant for many reasons. Firstly, it forces you to make sure you have every last piece of gear collected and assembled prior to the race. And, it makes for a great photo to share pre-race. And, lastly, it feels kinda silly, which is a nice way of making such as serious marathon feel less serious.

"Flat runner" showing my gear before the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon
“Flat runner” showing my gear before the Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon

It’s supposed to get up to about 21ºC on Sunday. Considering that -21ºC was common this winter, that will seem VERY warm. I will tolerate a little chill at the start and wear shorts so that I don’t overheat later in the race.

I decided to go with my favourite colour of yellow: Yellow shirt that I bought in California after the DisneyLand half-marathon last fall. And a yellow visor that I got in Las Vegas at the expo for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half-Marathon last fall. Sunglasses seem mandatory for day races. And the gloves will keep my hands warm in the early part of the race.

 

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Early to Bed

This seems like a funny ritual to non-runners. I turned down quite a few social calls to make sure I turned in very early before the race. 7:30pm seems crazy early, especially since there is still sunlight. But, I need to wake up around 4:30am to get dressed, fed, and to the shuttle bus by 6:00am. Then the race starts at 7:30am when most of Toronto will still be fast asleep.

Goodnight y’all!


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4 Comments »

  1. Javaid says:

    Bib number 92…You are part of Elite runner

  2. macnic says:

    Great post! What are the onion ring chips for?!?!

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