Mid-week race day in snapshots - Endless Summer Lebanon 7mi

Clothes ready for race-day-morning shakeout.

Clothes ready for race-day-morning shakeout.

Making the coffee. For easy morning runs I only have coffee before, no food, to kick-start the metabolism, fat-burning, yada yada.

Making the coffee. For easy morning runs I only have coffee before, no food, to kick-start the metabolism, fat-burning, yada yada.

Race-morning shakeout. I always run a short (<30min) shakeout workout which includes some lactate threshold minutes and some short speedy sprints ahead of a race. The idea is to stimulate glycogen production to top off my body's stores so that I'm nice and fueled-up for the race. For a morning race, I'd do it the day before, but recently I've been trying a same-day shakeout for afternoon/evening races. Especially during the work week, when I get home I can sometimes feel pretty sluggish - my hypothesis is that a short run earlier that day will help to prevent that. Before the TC 1-mile I ran a mid-day shakeout workout, and it definitely seemed to accomplish that goal. For this race, I knew it was going to be a hot, humid day so I opted against trying to sneak back to work after a full sweat, and ran a little shakeout run with Ellie first thing in the morning.

Race-morning shakeout. I always run a short (<30min) shakeout workout which includes some lactate threshold minutes and some short speedy sprints ahead of a race. The idea is to stimulate glycogen production to top off my body's stores so that I'm nice and fueled-up for the race. For a morning race, I'd do it the day before, but recently I've been trying a same-day shakeout for afternoon/evening races. Especially during the work week, when I get home I can sometimes feel pretty sluggish - my hypothesis is that a short run earlier that day will help to prevent that. Before the TC 1-mile I ran a mid-day shakeout workout, and it definitely seemed to accomplish that goal. For this race, I knew it was going to be a hot, humid day so I opted against trying to sneak back to work after a full sweat, and ran a little shakeout run with Ellie first thing in the morning.

Breakfast, and the Tour de France. All we had were the last few little pieces of a funny little loaf of bread...

Breakfast, and the Tour de France. All we had were the last few little pieces of a funny little loaf of bread...

Ellie, all smiles after our hot, humid shakeout run.

Ellie, all smiles after our hot, humid shakeout run.

Lunch at my desk. Leftover Korean-style beef and veggie rice bowl, a Skratch labs drink to top off hydration and electrolytes, some plain pita chips for a salty afternoon snack, and a Picky Bar in case I need a little something extra. Calculator included to establish the nerdy engineer mood.

Lunch at my desk. Leftover Korean-style beef and veggie rice bowl, a Skratch labs drink to top off hydration and electrolytes, some plain pita chips for a salty afternoon snack, and a Picky Bar in case I need a little something extra. Calculator included to establish the nerdy engineer mood.

My standing desk. It's a little bit counter-intuitive, but the more I stand, the more energy I feel like I have at the end of the day. So on race day I try really hard to minimize sitting time.

My standing desk. It's a little bit counter-intuitive, but the more I stand, the more energy I feel like I have at the end of the day. So on race day I try really hard to minimize sitting time.

Heading home from work. Toasty out, but happily the humidity didn't seem too terrible and there were some clouds in the sky to intermittently block the sun.

Heading home from work. Toasty out, but happily the humidity didn't seem too terrible and there were some clouds in the sky to intermittently block the sun.

Ready to head to the race.

Ready to head to the race.

Rocksteady Racing

Rocksteady Racing

Ready, set, go! You can just see me in this photo something like 6 rows back. Look the guy low-fiving in the foreground, back and to the right to the guy with no shirt and sideburns. 3 rows behind and to the right of him is a guy in a blue tank. I am wearing a lime-green hat and can be see between side-burns guy and blue-tank guy! Photo taken from the Facebook Page of the Endless Summer Race Series.

Ready, set, go! You can just see me in this photo something like 6 rows back. Look the guy low-fiving in the foreground, back and to the right to the guy with no shirt and sideburns. 3 rows behind and to the right of him is a guy in a blue tank. I am wearing a lime-green hat and can be see between side-burns guy and blue-tank guy! Photo taken from the Facebook Page of the Endless Summer Race Series.

The run-in to the finish line

The run-in to the finish line

Post-race

Post-race

Post-race party

Post-race party

Post-race pizza

Post-race pizza

Post-race flat-tire change. Nail in the tire. Not the most desireable post-race activity, but you've got to do what you've got to do.

Post-race flat-tire change. Nail in the tire. Not the most desireable post-race activity, but you've got to do what you've got to do.