Friday, October 28, 2011

See a Penny, Pick it Up...

Walking under a ladder, avoiding sidewalk cracks, or always putting on our left sock first. Knock on wood, step on a crack... brake your mother's back, black cats. As I begin to taper my miles and prepare for next Sundays race, race number 3 of lucky 13 for those of you who are counting, I began to question the power of rituals and the superstitions. The fact is as runners we all have quirks, little superstitious things that we all do to prepare ourselves for race day. Superstition lies in the space between what we can control and what we can't. Buying a new pair of Lululemon socks or laying out your clothes the night before. Not eating dairy or eating a small banana with Pepto Bismol on race day are these superstitions or a mere mental check list? I for one do not possess the answer to this question. In a world where there are so many things that we can't control and so many what if's the last thing that I want to do is offend the running Gods!

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