Run With The Wind1 of 10
"Before every race, I take my bib number and crumple it up into a little ball and then flatten it back out again. I do this so it's more form fitting when I pin it on me, and it doesn't catch the wind like a stiff sail." -Toby Guillette
Dirty Running Socks2 of 10
"I have a lucky technical shirt that I wore when I ran my marathon PR in Chicago. I tend to run well when I wear it. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the shirt and everything to do with my mental state."
"My husband used to reserve special racing socks and underwear that he only wore on race day (never in training)".-Sabrina Grotewold
Pumped-Up Playlist3 of 10
"Before a race or any big event I always listen to the songs 'Jumpin' Jumpin' by Destiny's Child and 'Run This Town' by Jay-Z and Rihanna to get me fired up and focused. I also always make sure to put 'Gonna Fly Now' from the Rocky Soundtrack on my running playlist." -Maile Proctor
Breakfast of Champions4 of 10
"Before every run:1. Coffee (2 cups)
3. The Stick (the massager) must be used." -Cailin Lynam
Eye of The Tiger5 of 10
"I wear the same running shorts for every half marathon: my gray lululemon shorts. I always wear some sort of pink?easy to spot me! I always have a piece of toast and 4 oz. of coffee race-day morning. I listen to "Eye of the Tiger" 30 minutes before my race to get me ready." -Fara Rosenzweig
Four-Legged Running Buddy6 of 10
"I like to have my dog pace me for all or part of the race. I run trail ultramarathons. She has run an entire 50K trail race with me, and paced me on the last loop of one of my 100-mile trail races. She really reminds me to enjoy the moment, and we've done a lot of bonding out there. We love running together so much that I will often only register for races where she can join me. Best pacer ever!" -Vanessa Rodriguez
New Shoes, No Music7 of 10
"I always wear a brand new pair of shoes on race day. I know, most people say that's crazy, but I always wear a brand/style/size I know works, and this way I'm getting the most cushioning the shoe has. Plus, there's just something sweet about a brand new pair of running shoes!"
"I always wear black socks, Since probably the mid '90s. They always 'look' clean, even if they're not."
"I never, ever wear an iPod. I listen to my body, not music."-Mike Rouse
Put The Right Foot Forward8 of 10
"I always wear timing chips on my right foot."
"I usually try to start out a race with a Black Keys song (something calm bluesy and familiar?keep the adrenaline down a bit)."
"My newest tradition is getting up before a race with enough time to wash my face and put on some waterproof mascara. A high school coach always said, 'Look sharp, play sharp'"-Elicia Strazzeri
Bring On The Bacon9 of 10
"I wake up and make eggs and bacon?must have bacon, and I have to have my iPod." -Valerie Prestidge