I find a great deal of comfort in routine. For long runs >10 miles or races 10K and beyond much of what I do is routine.
I eat pasta the night before.
What I'm going to wear is picked out the night before.
Whether it's in the comfort of my own home or a hotel lobby with a laptop my morning starts with coffee and my computer.
Breakfast is a whole wheat bagel with 1/2 tbs of almond butter.
I always wear my Garmin. Charged and ready.
And an iPod is a must. I may not even use it but I have it if I need it (which is usually about mile 12).
And last but not least I seek sources of inspiration and motivation. Sometimes it's a Post-It on the dash borad of my car or a new t-shirt. This is a peek inside my office. I hung a copy of the Chicago Marathon map and a marathon magnet on the wall behind my computer. A friend shared this idea and I love it.
Most of these things I've been doing (with a little tweaking) for as long as I've been running. Even when we travel for a race I prepare so I can keep my routine. My source of comfort and calm.
Do you prefer routine or more spontaneous long runs? Do you have a running routine?
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