Actual temp 2. Wind chill -11. Me ... wuss at the gym on the toasty treadmill. That was the case yesterday and this this morning as I put my final touches on my Austin Marathon prep. Anytime I can convey the ambient condition outside with one syllable ... that's not good!
But I did see this cat running on the way home from the gym ...
|Somebody braving the cold|
(Kinda creepy ... takin' a pic of another dude without his knowledge???)
And these fine fellows enduring the weather...
|Cold Turkey ... Hahahahahahahah! (sarcastic dork laugh)|
Do you carry a good luck charm during a marathon? As a typical athlete, I've always been a little superstitious. Not to the point where I thought the item had special powers or anything. But I guess having some trinket with me (or on me), or a certain pregame routine, gave me a relaxed mindset or comfort level for the athletic event.
In high school football, I wore the same shirt under my pads every game during my Junior & Senior years. And in college baseball, I always warmed up with the same guy, and went through the exact same pregame stretching pattern.
"Good Luck Puck". Its a small wooden, laminated disk with a picture of the two best kids in the world on one side, and my hottie wife and studly dog on the other. The first race I carried it with me was the Top of Utah where I BQ'd. Since then I have carried it in all my races and I've PR'd twice and not broken a hip yet!
Heck no! I'm way too religious for something like that. But it does feel good to reach into my pocket during a race and see the faces of my favorite peeps, and canine smiling back at me. It's like a little burst of love-fuel!
Another thing is ... I just feel better when I'm in my favorite light blue Nike running shirt. I call it "VICTORY BLUE"! (Michael thinks that's dumb) But I'm pretty sure it makes me faster. And when I run my marathon in North Carolina, I'll blend right in with the rest of the Tarheels.
What about you ...
Do you have a good luck charm?
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Do you have a certain "dress-for-success" getup you wear?
...be great today!