Things I like for distance races edition:
A little night-before hot epsom soak
I don’t have a regular night before meal, but I try to keep it simple (and it depends where the race is). The night before 2 halves and 3 of the fulls I had this (sans blob of butter and the sausage was Boca). I like Pioneer No Fat mix, but I am dying to try some others i’ve seen online, but not wild about ordering food online, especially the shipping costs.
For breakfast before any long run, training or race, I eat oats. Usually with nuts added. This season i’ve really been into mocha-brownie oats.
FOR THE RACE
I wear my road ID when I actually remember it. I have the ankle ID in black. I need to get back to always keeping it in my car, which I used to do.
For most races I also usually wear my race bib belt. This is especially helpful for cold weather races when you need to shed clothes, no repinning your number or anything. I got mine at RunTex. Yeah, sometimes it makes for some odd photos if it shifts, but I don’t care. I’ve never bought a race photo, never saw one I liked.
AFTER THE RACE
After the race the first thing I always want is fruit and water.
But sometimes, like after Frankenthon, it’s not offered. I know you need to start eating for recovery right away and most of what is offered for that reason. I’m not saying I won’t eat it, but the first thing I WANT is fruit. Gimme a banana after any race. I will say, Angie’s had Girl Scout Cookies last year, and I did enjoy some samoas or whatever-the-heck they are PC named now.
Frankenthon had cokes, Round Rock donuts, candy, more candy, pizza, rice crispy treats, more candy. Things I NEVER crave immediately after finishing a race, but have seen: beer, pizza, breakfast tacos, anything with eggs, bbq, donuts, chili, and hamburgers.
Eventually I like a nice cold Coconut Water to replace electrolytes and all that jazz. I really like the VitaCoco peach-mango flavor
Eventually there is a little foam roller action
And new to this season is my pink Zensahs