Dumdum forgot her watch today so no time or pace for my afternoon run. 3.62 miles around DC, about 72 degrees out. Without repeating the contents of my previous posts I don't have much else to say about how I'm doing in the lead up to the race. I did sleep better last night despite going to bed late after practice. If I can get a few more nights like that, I'll be grateful. I made a packing list today at work (I know, shame shame) and I plan on occupying myself with that tonight. The list is surprisingly long for someone who is only going to be home for about 48 hours. I generally think of running as a minimalist sport, until you actually have to gather all the "necessary" crap together so you can take it somewhere. Sixteen of the twenty-nine items on my list are going to be worn, carried, or consumed by me on race day. Minimalist my ass.
I might also be packing up some laundry to take with me, since the services at the parental establishment do not require quarters. I'm 30 and I still take my dirty laundry home. Sue me. At least I wash it myself, I'm not a total cretin. I also learn the fate of my iPod tonight after work. I don't think it is going to be good. I can't find the little Shuffle that is somewhere in the house, so I may have to beg/borrow/steal someone's for the weekend. It is one thing to commute without it, but not being able to listen to my carefully constructed racing playlist makes my hyperventilate. I don't run with music, personally I think it is a little like cheating. Running = suffering and all must get the full experience, bwa ha ha ha ha! Honestly its more about safety and training as close to race conditions as I can get. To each their own, really. There are times that I do wish I ran to music, and I will use my headphones at the gym to watch tv while I plod along on the treadmill. At any rate, the point of this story is that I have no iPod to listen to music before the race in hopes of preventing an anxiety attack. Keep your fingers crossed for one of the following to happen: the Genius Bar fixes my iPod, I find the damn Shuffle in my apartment, or I use my feminine wiles to borrow one from Joe.
Do you have any pre-race rituals that you MUST do? Do you run with music and why? What is something that I'm probably going to need and forget to pack?