We runners are a quirky bunch. We baffle the non-runners in our lives with our weird habits and running superstitions. I was never in my life a superstitious person before becoming a runner. As I’ve become more serious about it, I’ve collected a bunch of nonsensical superstitions, rituals, and routines and I bet you have them too.
Why is that? The answer seems fairly simple: control. A lot can happen out there on race day or in the course of a tough workout or training run. Most of these things have nothing to do with how prepared or worthy we are of achieving our goals, so, by following our superstitions, we attempt to create a little extra certainty. This is why we often involve things that we wore, used, did during great runs or races in our rituals.
My die-hard ritual? Drinking coffee four hours before each race. I have no idea why I still subscribe to this belief because almost every single other day of my life I drink coffee and run out the door and am totally fine. However come race day, the four-hour rule comes into effect.
What running superstitions do you subscribe to, if any? Why?
- Don’t step on sidewalk cracks while running?
- Always go clock-wise around a loop?
- Always end every run on a round number of miles?
- Lucky socks, underwear, shorts, bra?
- Specific pump-up song or music?
- Pre-race meal?
- Sex the night before a big race?
- A drink with prerace dinner?
- Something so wacky you’ll blow our minds sharing it?