Saturday, March 22, 2014

There is something to be said about routines and superstitions and running

That something is: Tried and true routines and superstitions in regards to race training and preparation are a good thing.  When they aren't followed, chaos ensues.  I was supposed to run a half marathon today.  Normally last night would have involved pasta with meat sauce or a protein and rice meal, followed by laying everything for race day out in my bedroom and living room.  Instead, last night involved our Staff Appreciation Party which was a masquerade ball this year.  I had a great time with my co-workers and my boyfriend.  I had wine.  I ate cheesy/saucy foods that I normally would not touch, but that was the food being offered for dinner.  I had a piece of cake.  I had fun.

When I got home, I did not lay everything out as I normally would the night before a race.  I was exhausted and fell right to sleep.  Early this morning my stomach started rebelling against the choices I made at the masquerade ball, so I slept the morning away instead of running.  This was the first time I have strayed from my normal race weekend routine and now I know that I need to stick to the plan and not stray again.