“I would wear the same socks to every race and use lucky body wash the night before. It was exhausting to keep up.” - Katie Mackey
By Cindy Kuzma, Runner's World
If you follow Olympian Molly Huddle on Instagram, you know she has a secret—beyond arduous training—to her successful performances: race nails.
Since sixth grade basketball, Huddle has painted relevant designs on her fingertips the night before a competition. The Providence, Rhode Island-based American record holder in the 10,000 meters prefers to handle her own manicure rather than hitting the salon.
“Even though they look much better when someone else does them, I like to compare the process to adult coloring books,” she says—meditative and relaxing, shifting her mind into competition mode.
Many runners have quirky prerace rituals. The night before a race, Chicago ultramarathoner Becca Menke, 28, sleeps in the soccer tryout jersey she got when she was 9. “I made the team and it’s become my lucky charm,” she says.
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