Jess Lively’s podcast talks a whole lot about being in alignment. And for me, being in alignment before I do anything is very important. Talking about alignment always reminds me a story from years ago. A former co-worker came in one day and didn’t even have his jacket off yet when people started to bug him to do things.
He simply told them, “I need 45 minutes.” At first, I thought he said 4 to 5 minutes which made perfect sense. But then I realized he said 45 minutes and my mind was blown. He needed time to deal with his own shit before he could concentrate on other people’s shit. That is alignment, my friends.
THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!
Don’t we all need to focus on our own shit before we can help others? Yes, the answer is yes.
That brings us to today’s topic – getting in race day alignment. I was not in race day alignment for my 10k last Saturday.
Getting In Race Day Alignment
When I am in alignment, here is what my morning looks like:
All race day necessities laid out the night before. This includes my race bib. I usually will pick up my race packet early so I don’t have to deal with it on race day. This was out of the question for the St. Patty’s run.
Get up early enough to drink coffee and enjoy breakfast. There is nothing worse than rush race day nutrition (and/or caffeine). Depending on when the race starts, I will either have a small or medium-sized breakfast and 1/2 cup of coffee.
Leave the house on time. I’m not one of those “on time is late” type of person but I am an “on time is on time” person. If I tell myself I want to leave the house by 9:10, I am sure as hell going to be ready to walk out the door at 9:10.
Out of Race Day Alignment
I desperately want to be one of those couples who regularly run together and does 5/10ks together then goes for brunch. SL and I are NOT that couple. It’s taken me 7 years of prodding but its just not going to happen and I have to face the facts.
On Saturday, I started my morning in perfect race day alignment. See above but it all went to shit when SL couldn’t find his gloves. In his mind, I wasn’t doing anything so I should have helped tear the house apart to find said gloves.
In my mind, I was getting into race day alignment and he was taking me out of it.
Argument ensues. We leave the house 9 minutes late further throwing me out of alignment.
On our drive there, glove-gate had died down but we got pulled over. Luckily, the cop was really cool and he let us go but it pushed us back an additional 5 minutes. We are now 14 minutes later than I wanted.
By the time I crossed the start line I was so far out of race day alignment that I knew I wasn’t going to have a good race. I opted to only run the 5k instead of the 10k that I had signed up for.
St. Patty’s Day
In reality, this was my first DNF. Ugh. But I did manage to get a Saturday morning run in so all was not lost. Here are my stats.
Mile 1 – 8:53 min/mile
Mile 2 – 9:30 min/mile
Mile 3 – 9:30 min/mile
Last little bit – 9:05 min/mile
Total – 3.17 miles // 29:28 minutes // 9:17 min/mile average
Check out last year’s results for comparison.
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud.