Top Ten Runners Superstitions
You’ve heard people talk about them. You probably have one or two of your own. Call it a habit, a ritual, a personality trait, or whatever you would like. As runners we bond over our love for everything that comes with the sport. So, we compiled a list of the top ten runners superstitions.
Remember, you’re not weird… you’re a runner!
#1 The Race Shirt
Here’s a common no-no for runners- wearing the race shirt before you finish the race. Many will tell you, keep it in the registration bag until you cross that finish line!
#2 Lucky Socks to Lucky Hat (and everything in-between)
Whether it’s a shirt you PR’ed in or a pair of socks that never fail, a runner must wear their lucky item of choice! Just make sure you wash it after every run, please.
#3 Pre-Race Meal
You might have a pre-race meal that is essential to the success of your run. Mine is peanut butter on graham cracker. What’s yours?
#4 Arrive… Then Shoes
Some runners believe in leaving their running shoes in the passengers seat until arriving to their run destination. It’s not game time until you get there.
#5 Music Playlist / The Watch
You’ve listened to Eye of the Tiger during every race for the past two years…. And that’s the way it’s going to stay. And if you can’t find your watch which has been on your wrist for every single race, you might as well not go.
#6 Pre-Race Stretch
A certain series of stretches and strides that make you feel ready to go when you stand at the starting line. Why change it when it works so well?
#7 Running Buddy Placement
“It just feels weird, you have to run on my right side.” Hundreds of miles with your running buddy on your right hand side and any other way just doesn’t work!
#8 Don’t Step on the Cracks
Maybe a childhood game crept into your running habits. You’re still going to steer clear of stepping on any cracks during your run.
#9 Running Fuel
Similar to a pre-race meal, your run fuel is important too! Beans, Gu, Cliff Bar, Bloks… whatever it is, I’m sure you have a stash for every long run. Or you’ll run to the nearest sports store to get it.
#10 Shoelace Tying
And last, but not least, tying your shoelaces until both shoes feel perfect. One shoe can’t feel more snug than the other, right? That’s the last thing you want to be agonizing over during a race.