Race DayPosted: September 14, 2011
I am not a superstitious person. I don’t have a particular routine that I follow on race day. I wake up, eat something light and head out the door.
Before the race. I warm up, stretch and visualize. I don’t have one thing I have to do but many pro athletes do.
Wade Boggs, former MLB infielder, ate fried chicken before every game.
Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts, reads a program from cover to cover before every game.
Brian Urlacher of the Chicago Bears, eats two and only two chocolate chip cookies before every game.
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan, wore his college shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls shorts, during every game.
Runners have different rituals. Some have to eat peanut butter before every race. Some wear their lucky shoes, no matter how many miles they have on them. Some sleep in their running shorts the night before the race.
The bottom line is this. Trust your training. We can’t control fate when it comes to racing. Do what you do before the race, but remember, you prepared for this. You put in the work and effort. Now, show them what you got.