Pre race jitters, questions about food choices and general tips on how to be awesome

tips to being awesome:

1) Admit to yourself and even to others that occasionally you fall in love with bad songs that happen to be ear worms and make your head bounce and bob… for example, for me recently, songs like Call me Maybe and I want U Back are songs that I freakin love and I am NOT ashamed (ok, trying not to be ashamed)

2) When on the bike trail running, don’t be shy. If a biker forget to say on your left as they pass you (as they so often do on the Mt Vernon Trail), it is ok to shout after them saying LEFT loudly and throwing hand into the air. It helps to relieve the anger (and terror) you get as someone whips by you with no forewarning and very little noise. I threw my hands in the air and shouted left once and almost hit another biker because HE failed to say on your left and he shouted for me to be careful, I shouted back ON MY LEFT DUDE! YOU BE CAREFUL! — As a cyclist on this trail also, I make it a point to tell runners and bikers alike, on your left. Don’t be a jerk if you don’t have to be.

3) Spread the love. Let people know you want them to do well. Shout them some encouragement, cheer them on through social media, emails, blog comments, or honking your horn while rolling down gw pkwy knowing that your friend running 15 miles prolly wont know its you or see or hear you… πŸ™‚

4) If you have an idea, form it and do it. Don’t wait too long or you will start to talk yourself out of it. AKA: Big things are on the horizon, y’all! Stay tuned!

On to other things… (more tips later)…
Aldy went with me to packet pickup yesterday! He wants to race too!!! I am def having pre race jitters. I haven’t run a race since I was a sophomore in high school and believe me when I tell ya, I totally sucked. I did. True story. I sucked in high school at running. I would make up excuses to not run the races because I was embarrassed at how bad I used to be (no lie). Side note: I started getting those thoughts this morning and my heel started hurting and I verbally said out loud at 530am to myself, NO NO YOU WILL NOT DO THIS AGAIN! You are GOING to man up damnit!

It was weird cause my foot stopped hurting after that.

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Aldy with his race packet after pickup. He was starting to look away and this is the best pic i got!

When Aldy and I got home from the Fairfax Pacers and the packet pickup, we started to go through the packet and see what all was there. Aldy realized quickly that there were no dog bones in the bag and changed his mind about racing; told me I could have his bib.

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Me in my Run! Geek! RUN! glasses (yay, packet pickup!)

Well in my last post I stated that I am now officially a sweat pink ambassador! This is awesome! The ladies over there are so supportive! Actually, when I was unlacing my shoes after my run this morning, I realized I don’t know what I should and shouldn’t be eating as far as race food. Do y’all have any thoughts?

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my shoesies with #SweatPink laces

This pic of me all sweaty after my run is an important one. I dunno why it’s important but my gut says it is, so here it is πŸ™‚

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sweaty after my short easy run this morning, in my Oiselle shirt.

Well, getting fired up for tomorrow. Definitely nervous even though I have run 5 miles several times before, it isn’t a question of if I am physically capable of finishing it… it is a question of if I can defeat this mental thing goin on. (I know I can, but yknow fear… it can get the better of us if we let it… I won’t let it)

Also, PS: I am totally afraid of my shadow! LIKE TOTALLY AFRAID OF IT! Especially at 5am in the absolute darkness of the Mt Vernon Trail.

PPS: I am putting together a team for the ragnar relay in the DC area for NEXT year (ragnarrelay.com) — so far, I have my brother, me and two of our friends.

Happy Friday y’all!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jenna
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 13:07:36

    Best of luck at your race! You’ll do great!! Also, I love your tips to be awesome! So funny, yet so true!!! Spa love and happy weekend!

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  2. mlchaplin
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 13:09:55

    Since it’s an 8k, spend the day before eating things that you’re comfortable eating and that you know won’t bother your stomach. You don’t need to carb-load or anything fancy.

    For before the race, you could run it on an empty stomach (since you do that for your regular 5 mile runs), but I would suggest drinking about 4oz of a sports drink (something with calories and electrolytes) 15-30 minutes before you start. Make sure it’s something you’ve had before, otherwise just stick with water. NOTHING NEW ON RACE DAY.

    Also, you’re gonna do great. Tap into the part of you that KNOWS this is true.

    P.S. How the hell can you see your shadow in the 5am darkness on Mt. Vernon trail?!

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    • onelittlebecca
      Sep 14, 2012 @ 13:17:48

      Hey thanks buddy!

      PS: when the cars drive past with their headlights on… creates a shadow… when I am not running with you, I am looking around to make sure I don’t get physically assaulted and then I jump at my shadow thinking it is going to attack me. DONT JUDGE! πŸ˜›

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  3. Kat @ sneakers & fingerpaints
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 18:41:21

    Keep truckin’ at it sister! BTW Aldy is SUPER Cute! Jaeden says hi! SPA ❀

    Reply

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