Pre-Race Preparation

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Yoga was amazing.  I tried to clear my mind of all distractions once I walked into the studio.  But, images of tomorrow’s race kept flashing before my eyes! I went into child’s pose several times instead of doing difficult poses with the class just to calm myself down.  Afterwards, I felt so relaxed and joyful.  My hips and legs feel quite loose, too!


Since we’re entering a grocery-related crisis in my household, I hit the grocery store on my way home.  Around 10:30, I had two plums.


Type A Runner


Then, I set to work organizing myself for tomorrow’s race.  The race is in Jacksonville, which is about 2.5 hours from my house.  I printed out directions to my parents’ hotels and to the starting line.  I used Google Earth to check out the course map and get my bearings.


Next up–I packed! I’m a little Type A (in case you couldn’t tell, ha ha!), so packing is always a struggle.  I want to make sure I have EVERYTHING I could POSSIBLY ever need.  🙂 I’m like a Bridal Boy Scout.


I called our hotel to see what time the breakfast buffet opens, and boy oh boy—am I glad I did! The buffet doesn’t start until 7:00 AM! That’s when my RACE starts.  So, not only did I need to pack snacks for the weekend (I’m staying there until Sunday), but I also needed to pack a pre-race breakfast.


I packed: two slices of WW bread, 3 tablespoons of PB, 2 scoops of Muscle Milk Light, three Z-Bars, 1 Pure Protein bar, and 4 bananas.  I also threw in some almonds (not pictured).  It’s unlikely that I’ll eat all of this, but as I said–it’s better to be prepared!


I also packed a mid-race snack to ensure I stay fueled throughout the 13.1 mile haul!  During my 15K, gummi bears worked quite nicely.  This time, I’m trying 150 calories worth of Jelly Bellys, which I sealed in a plastic baggie using a lighter and will safety pin to the inside of my shorts.  I’ll eat around mile 6.0 or 7.0.


I also packed: my heart rate monitor, a water bottle, glucosamine and calcium supplements, pain killers (just in case; knock on wood that I won’t need them), hair bands, directions, and sunscreen.


And of course, I packed running clothes, make up, toiletries, sneakers, a pillow (hotel pillows freak me out), etc. :)  Pretty much the only thing I’m not taking is coffee, because I know they’ll have a little machine in the hotel room.




One last home-cooked meal before a weekend of random snacks and restaurant food–I knew I’d better make it count! 🙂


I had baked tofu, cous cous, and leftover broiled brussel sprouts.


I rubbed the pressed tofu in chili powder and pepper.  We’re out of honey, and I must admit I was pretty disappointed I couldn’t make the Perfect Baked Tofu.  But this was pretty good!


And…. I’m off! I’m stopping at David’s Bridal to pick up my Future Sister in Law’s bridesmaid dress (she lives in London). Then, I’m hitting the road!  Posting may be slightly sporadic this weekend, but I’ll have Internet access so expect a pre-race dinner post later tonight! And stay tuned for my big post-race recap tomorrow morning!


I know a few of you are also running races or triathlons this weekend as well, so good luck! And if you aren’t signed up for anything official–well, there’s always the Neighborhood 5K.  🙂



  • VeggieGirl October 3, 2008, 9:54 am

    Hooray for yoga, plums, and a great lunch!! :0)

    I’m very Type A, so I can relate, haha ;0)

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  • lauren October 3, 2008, 9:57 am

    your dinner looks awesome! I am going to have to try the perfect baked tofu – I have some waiting for me in the fridge! Good luck in your race!

  • hk October 3, 2008, 9:59 am

    love your “thinking-ahead” mentality, I’m totally the same way…I love feeling OVER prepared (freak!)…BEST OF LUCK, YOU’LL ROCK IT!!!

    have fun, of course!!

  • Meghann October 3, 2008, 10:06 am

    Yay for your race! You have to call me when you finish it and let me know how it went! Have a great weekend with your folks! 🙂

  • Meg October 3, 2008, 10:19 am

    You are definitely prepared. Glad you checked on the breakfast buffet!

    Get there safely and have a great race!

  • Melissa October 3, 2008, 10:20 am

    GOOD LUCK!!!! I can’t wait to hear all about it tomorrow 🙂

  • lizzy October 3, 2008, 10:21 am

    goodluck in your race!! it’s a great thing that you are so organized and ready…that takes a lot of stress away the morning of! i’m excited to read your post about how well you do!!

  • Jen October 3, 2008, 10:28 am

    Caitlin – you are the BOMB! Thanks for the words of encouragement on my site! Good luck tomorrow – I know you will do great! You are certainly well prepared! 🙂

  • Kath October 3, 2008, 10:34 am

    GOOD LUCK Caitlin!!!!

  • Tina October 3, 2008, 10:44 am

    I’m the same way– Type A packer! It takes me forever and I obsess over it. I don’t want to forget a SINGLE thing!

  • healthy ashley October 3, 2008, 10:45 am

    All of the food looks delicious.

    GOOD LUCK with the race! I’m all for being prepared. It takes the stress out of it!

  • ms October 3, 2008, 10:53 am

    Any pillow other than my own freaks me out, also.

    Good luck on your race ~ you’re going to do so well.

    Oh ~ and, wow, can you pack for me the next time I’m going on a trip?!? You ARE prepared!

  • Danielle October 3, 2008, 11:11 am

    You mean it’s not completely normal to prepare, and pack, and plan for each and every detail in advance? Hm ;). GOOD LUCK IN YOUR RACE! I cannot wait to hear how amazing you did!

  • tfh October 3, 2008, 11:13 am

    Good luck! You are going to have so much fun. And good planning is the backbone of racing fun– you know what you need, you have your supplies, you’ve got a plan of action– so by the time the race starts all you have to do is relax and enjoy following through!

    • Heather May 13, 2010, 10:03 am

      is this TFH – as in, current husband, previously “The Future Husband” – because if so, this is just ridiculously adorable 🙂 such a deep, great encouraging comment!

      who needs chaps when you have that 😉

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina October 3, 2008, 11:37 am

    wowowo good luck! you are SERIOUSLY organized!!!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 3, 2008, 11:39 am

    Totally Type A, so I fully understand. 😀 Good luck with your race tomorrow!

  • christie i. October 3, 2008, 11:49 am

    Good Luck Tomorrow!

  • chandra October 3, 2008, 12:28 pm

    Good luck at the race!! I’m sure you’ll do amazing. 🙂

  • Justine October 3, 2008, 12:42 pm

    I love how organized you are with your packing…I can totally relate 🙂 Looks like you’re all set to go! GOOD LUCK!!!

  • AlliJag October 3, 2008, 1:30 pm

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! I’m sure you’ll do amazing!!! 🙂

  • Mel October 3, 2008, 1:47 pm

    Yay for being prepared, I’m a lot like you, best to have too much than not enough!

    Good luck on your race tomorrow and have a good trip out of town!

  • Amanda October 3, 2008, 2:29 pm

    mm jelly belly jellybeans are the best. how did you seal the bag shut with a lighter?

  • shawna October 3, 2008, 2:55 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!! Can’t wait to hear all of the details!

  • Bridget October 3, 2008, 3:03 pm

    Good Luck!!

  • Jenna October 3, 2008, 3:45 pm

    YAY! I’m SO proud of you! I can’t wait to hear all about it tomorrow….you are going to do fantastic!

  • BeachRunner October 3, 2008, 4:06 pm

    Good luck and have fun. You are so ready for this.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 3, 2008, 5:07 pm

    thank you guys!! you give me so much confidence! i need it… i’m a tab nervous!!

    amanda – i just pushed all the jelly beans into the corner of a plastic baggie, cut away all the excess except about 1 inch, gathered it up in a ball, and then burned it with a lighter. the plastic melts and once it’s not TOO hot, you can squish it together with you fingers and seal it.

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