Yesterday I spent almost the entire day in bed. I can’t remember the last time I felt that sick/tired and I know it was entirely self-induced by how busy I’ve been keeping myself. It was a pretty big wake-up call for me to slow down and be more respectful of how I’m feeling and what I’m taking on. With that said I took a hard look at my schedule and saw that I have plenty of time for me in the coming month. My favorite things to do when I get some down time are to catch up on sleep (duh!) and running regularly on a schedule. What better way to run on a schedule than to sign up for a race?
So I will be signing up for the Maple Leaf Half Marathon in Manchester, VT on September 6th! I know what you are thinking, 6 weeks is not exactly an appropriate training period but in the last two weeks I’ve run much more frequently and have even gotten up to 6 miles a few times so I feel very confident.
I was on the fence about this race knowing that the 2.5 hour trip there would mean I’d have to stay over night the prior to the race #brokeproblems but thankfully (and selfishly) a friend of mine accepted her first teaching job in Bennington so now I have enough of an in to sign up! I’ve never really spent much time in southern VT so I’m excited to get down there and see what it’s all about!
I thought I’d share three things that I do before almost every run…
1) Brush my teeth. Weird? Probably. Regardless of how long ago I ate anything I cannot get myself motivated to head out on a run with any taste in my mouth other than the minty freshness of toothpaste. If I’m in a pinch (as in have forgotten my stolen hotel travel-sized toothbrush/toothpaste) I will substitute gum but it doesn’t do the trick as nicely.
2) Create a killer playlist on Spotify and name it “Ballin” cause I am not cool. As I mentioned in my LP Half recap I am a music runner, I wish I was able to run without it but so far no dice. My playlist is incredibly random and scattered like my personality and I love it that way!
Side note: one of the reasons I miss living in Knoxvegas is because I miss the Atlanta hip-hop influence on the radio/at bars. I’m probably one of the only people in Burlington that can successfully do the “Wop” and rap all the lyrics to “Racks” by YC.
*If you know anyone in VT that can do either of these things, I want to meet them!*
3) Plan it out! I’m an avid MapMyRun user both prior to a run and during. I will almost never lace up my sneakers without knowing exactly where I’m going be running to, it helps me mentally prepare. In contrast, I will almost never look at a course map (unless there are known hill sections) for any race that I run. Probably not the best plan of attack but I just don’t like knowing.
I am so excited to be running in this race! I will definitely keep you posted on the training 🙂
Do you have any pre-run habits? Any weird ones?
What kind of music do you like to listen to while running?