This past Sunday Warren and I ran the Bazan Bay 5k in Sidney. It was the fifth race out of eight in the Vancouver Island Running Series. When I think of a 5k race I think of it as fast and light feeling legs or at least I hope I will feel that way. I also think to myself that it is only 20 minutes and I can do anything for 20 minutes. Well, on Sunday that was not the case for me. I didn’t feel either of those things and it was the longest feeling run.
A typical race morning for us starts off with having two cups of coffee. I make us oatmeal or steel-cut oats with nuts and fruit for our first meal. Then around 9:00am we have a piece of toast with peanut butter or in Warren’s case cashew butter.
When we got up on Sunday I pretty much followed the same routine but I did make a few changes. I didn’t have steel-cut oats and just had cereal with almond milk. I also had an English muffin with peanut butter instead of one piece of toast. Was that my problem and why I had heavy and tired feeling legs?
As I got dressed for the race I put on the same running pants, sports bra, t-shirt, socks and race flats. I packed my bag with the same after race gear that I always wear. Everything is the same on race day race after race. Why is that? I don’t wear the same thing every Monday or any other day of the week. As I got ready for the race I wondered “Does everyone think I only own two t-shirts and two pairs of pants?” because that is all they ever see me in. While waiting for the ribbons and draw prizes to be given away I started to notice that I am not the only one who wears the same thing.
It seems all runners do it because I recognized their same race outfit and their same after race gear. What is it about us that makes us have to wear the same thing at a race or to even put on the same thing after one? What we eat before a run I can understand because we know what works for our bodies and fuels us for it. It is an interesting thing to me and something that makes me happy to know that I am not the only one.
Even though I didn’t have a fast feeling race that I was hoping for I still ended up placing 10th for my age group. Not sure how I did that because the race had over 600 people in it. Warren placed 9th in his age group and had a great run.
Do you wear the same thing for every race you go to? Do you eat the same thing before a race?