My Pre- & Post- Race Rituals

by Glenneth on September 18, 2014

Hello! Hope you are having a great week. My week is going great. Two gym workouts plus some walking outdoors. Took yesterday as a rest day and I am back to weight lifting this evening.

Fall usually means tons of 5Ks in our area. Inspired by Teri’s post HERE, I thought I would share my pre- and post- race rituals with you. (FYI – This has been sitting in my drafts unfinished for quite sometime.)

Neon Vibe 5K

Pre-Race Rituals

  • Get up and take care of business.
  • Depending on how much time I have until we need to leave: read blogs, catch up on social media, clean the house, etc.
  • Make sure I have my Road ID bracelet, sunglasses, phone, headphones, lipbalm, and hand sanitizer all together. This is where the FlipBelt (below) comes in handy.
  • Decide what to wear. I do not do this before the race. I decide what I feel like wearing that morning based on the weather forecast. Runner’s World has a great little survey you can complete to help you decide.
  • Drink some water, but not a lot.
  • Get dressed, brush teeth, and do business one last time. I skip makeup for races – except will maybe put on some tinted moisturizer.
  • Grab my CamelBak with ice and water. While most 5Ks do have at least 1 water stop, I always try to carry my own water as well.
  • Head out with hubby for race. Sometimes I wait til we are on the road for my breakfast (mini bagel with peanut butter). Just depends on how long before the race.

My Flipbelt Review

Post-Race Rituals

  • Water. Lots of water.
  • Walk around stretching my legs.
  • If I was doing a short race and hubby a long one, stand at finish line waiting for him so I can cheer.
  • Sometimes we head to Subway for breakfast after a race, often we just head home.
  • Usually I spend at least 30 minutes on the couch just resting and reading after we get home.
  • Shower and get ready for my day.
  • If the 5K is an evening one, I normally don’t eat dinner before the race, we wait and eat after.

I actually haven’t done a 5K other than the color runs in a few months. I am looking forward to doing 1 or 2 this Fall/Winter.

What pre- and post- race rituals do you have?

Have a healthy day!



You Have An Injury. Now What?

by Glenneth on September 16, 2014

Good morning!!! Well I made it to the gym yesterday. Forgot my socks (UGH) but managed to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill. Socks are now packed in my gym bag!

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have had my share of injuries (mainly feet and legs) over the past couple of years. Two leg surgeries and an eye surgery later, I hope I am done for a while.


For anyone who exercises regularly and has managed to fit activity into their life and enjoy it, it can be difficult when an injury or diagnosis prevents your regular routine from occurring. Since this has happened to me, I thought I would share some of the tips I used to manage this “new me.”

See your doctor.

Don’t self-diagnosis or assume you know what is wrong. See your doctor and, if needed, see a specialist. The quicker you get the correct diagnosis and onto a plan of treatment/healing, the quicker you can be back to your normal routine.

Listen to your doctor.

The majority of the time, doctors know best – especially if you are seeing a specialist. While you might not like their diagnosis or what they tell you to do / not to do – LISTEN. Better taking a few weeks off or modifying your routine for a short period of time than risk being down for long periods.

Take time to feel depressed / get used to the “new” norm.

My favorite workouts were Core Barre and yoga and I was told no “barefeet” classes (especially these) for 4-6 weeks. I had just gotten into a great routine and was beginning to make friends in these classes. I took the week after my diagnosis to come to terms with the fact this wasn’t going to happen for a while and get all the items ready that my doctor prescribed.

Find something new.

While you might not be able to do your favorite activities, chances are you aren’t completely off exercise. Take the time to try new classes or routines. Foot or knee injury? Chances are your doctor will tell you that swimming or pool classes are perfect for you. No high impact sports/classes? Perfect time to try weight lifting.

Follow-up with your doctor.

At the specified time, return to your doctor to see how your injury is healing. Let them know how important it is for you to return to your regular routine or be able to do your favorite classes (even if on a limited basis or modified during class). With so many Americans willingly not exercising or being relieved to “not” have to exercise, the doctor needs to understand how important exercise is to you and work with you to return to your routine.

Whether a short-term injury or a long-term diagnosis, listen to your body and listen to your doctor. Chances are you will be able to return to your regular routine. Maybe not as soon as you like, but take that opportunity to try new and learn new things. You might find you have new exercise loves after all.

Any tips for dealing with injuries?

Have a healthy day!



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