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The Night Before the Big Race

by Meghann on September 25, 2009

Tomorrow will be the third Saturday in a row I will have laced up my running shoes, pinned a number to my chest and ran a *hopefully* glorious race.

Three Saturdays in a row? Isn’t running season grand?

It’s also the third Friday in a row I’ve had to pump and prepare myself for a big early morning race the next day. Luckily, by now I think I have all my pre-race rituals down.

Here is the official system I have in place.

Step 1: Have an extra filling and protein packed snack.


Strawberry Chobani & Good Run Granola = snack perfection.


Step 2: Enjoy a great pre-race meal with friends.


I don’t care for pasta, but I do love me some good ole fashion carbs before race day.


Megan and I made this simple Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumpling recipe I found on the Whole Foods web-site. Whole Foods actually has a great recipe database that I highly suggest you check out. All the recipes are be healthy, tasty and often times offer fun spins on traditional meals.


Can you believe Megan had never had Chicken & Dumplings before tonight? She also had never had Cauliflower, Okra and Kale which I stuffed the bottom full of. 🙂


Of course I had to go back for seconds.


And don’t forget the liquid carbs as well. 😉


Step 3: Live a little and indulge in something sweet.

Megan and I were on top secret baking duties tonight.


Shhhhhh….. it’s a secret. 😉


Step 4: Make sure the puppy is all worn out so she will be too tired to care about being left in a crate on a Saturday morning.

Step 5: Lay your race gear out, so you won’t go crazy tracking it all down in the morning.


Step 6: Don’t stay up late watching last night’s Grey’s Anatomy season premiere.

Oh well….. soo worth it. 😉

Step 7: Get a good night’s sleep and dream sweet dreams of crossing the finish line.

Good Night!

1 VeggieGirl September 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Awesome baking adventure 😀


2 Matt September 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

And those are some good looking carbs!

3 Nicci@NiftyEats September 25, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Have a great race tomorrow Meghann, can’t wait for the recap tomorrow!

4 Annamarina September 25, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Thanks for giving the link to the Whole Foods recipes. Never thought to check their site before! Whole Foods is my absolute favorite grocery store, so I can’t wait to try some of their recipes. Good luck in the morning!

5 Kat September 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm

GOOD LUCK tomorrow. You will rock it, as always!
I’ve never had chicken and dumplings, either. Looks hearty and healthy!

6 Valerie September 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Good luck Meghann! I can’t believe Megan has never had cauliflower! I feel like that’s a pretty standard veggie haha not necessarily like kale and okra. Crazy!

7 Brie (The Fit Bride) September 25, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Good luck! (I have the same running socks you do!)

Race recaps are my favorite thing to read. I love weekends!

8 Emily September 25, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Good luck in the race! I can’t wait to read the recap. Your dinner looks yummy though I thought you weren’t supposed to eat anything new before or during a race… I’m sure Megan’s stomach will be fine.

I was wondering if you always felt this way about pasta and cheese. Do you genuinely not like them or you just don’t like how it makes you feel? Pasta and cheese (especially mac and cheese) are huge weaknesses of mine – though I work hard to only eat them in moderation. I wish I really didn’t enjoy them so much!

9 Meghann September 26, 2009 at 5:14 am

Cheese is fine and I can eat Pasta, I just don’t like the taste of it. I was the kid who always turned my nose up at Mac & Cheese and Spgetti

10 Rosey Rebecca September 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Good Luck tomorrow! You’ll do great!! OMG I need to check out the chicken dumpling recipe!

11 Lizzy September 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Good luck girl! 🙂 your gonna rock it!

12 Sarah September 25, 2009 at 11:13 pm

good luck tomorrow! with a pre race ritual like this, you’ll do awesome!

13 MarathonVal September 25, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Have a fabulous race tomorrow!! Love the prerace liquid carbs, haha 😉

Also, I’m having a giveaway to win a year’s subscription to Vegetarian Time magazine, if you are interested! 🙂

14 Kate September 25, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Have a great race!!

I definitely always go for pre-race booze (though I’m always wine before, beer after!)

15 Allison September 25, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!!! 🙂

16 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 25, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Good luck and have a blast with your race tomorrow. I am sure you will rock it and be awesome. I love your race prep steps, and your dinner looks… drool-worthy. I won’t lie, I’m salivating over your food. Not literally, because that would be kind of gross, but my mouth is watering.

17 Christina September 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Good luck – I’m sure you’ll do great!

And I TOTALLY cried my way through the Grey’s season premiere yesterday…but in a good way. 😉

18 WholeBodyLove September 26, 2009 at 12:23 am

Good luck! I’m sure you will rock it out!

19 broccolihut September 26, 2009 at 12:32 am

What an amazing dinner! I love me some dumplings.
Good luck tomorrow:)

20 greensandjeans September 26, 2009 at 12:53 am

You’re making me want my half to hurry up and get here so I can run more shorter races on the weekends! Best of luck tomorrow!

21 Steph September 26, 2009 at 12:58 am

Looks like you girls had a fun night 🙂 Good luck tomorrow!

22 Tasha September 26, 2009 at 1:38 am

Good luck on the run tomorrow! 🙂

23 healthy ashley September 26, 2009 at 5:52 am

LOL, I love that it’s so top secret that we can’t see you eating it!

The casserole looks really good. I can’t believe Megan was an okra virgin!

Good luck this morning. See you soon!

24 talesfromtwocities September 26, 2009 at 6:59 am

Good luck in the race! I haven’t had dumplings in years, they’re hard to come by up North! Think I might check out the recipe.

25 Susan September 26, 2009 at 7:19 am

I’ve never even heard of chicken dumplings before!! And I only tried okra for the first time in an Indian dish a couple weeks ago. Apparently I need to step it up 😛

Good luck today!!! 😀

26 Ada September 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

Good luck on the race today! Chicken and dumplings are the bomb diggity:)

27 Jessica September 26, 2009 at 8:07 am

Good luck! 🙂

28 Lindsey September 26, 2009 at 9:42 am

Hey there! So I’m about to go for my first 20-miler and I just re-read your 20 mile run post for inspiration – it pumped me up and I’m so excited to get out there and DO it! Good luck on your race today too!

29 Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) September 26, 2009 at 9:42 am

Good luck on your race !!! I enjoy your blog 😉 Those dumplings looks yummmmm.

30 Jenna September 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

good luck girl!!

31 Courtney September 26, 2009 at 10:23 am

I’m loving everything I’m seeing. ESPESH the beer. 😀 GOOD LUUUCK. Like you need it. 😉

32 Julia September 26, 2009 at 10:43 am

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear about the race, I’m sure you’ll rock it!

33 Evan Thomas September 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

Good luck! I’ve never had chicken and dumplings either, but I love to try WF recipes

34 Tina September 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I’ve never had chicken and dumplings either but that looks so good! The sweet potato especially. Definitely need to try this. I wonder how it would work with tofu or tempeh?

35 runninghealthy September 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I would have never considered using sweet potatoes… yummy! Can’t wait to hear how your race went!

36 Kristin September 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Yum, chicken and dumplings!!

Hope the race went well =)


37 biz319 September 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I am sure you did great today!! Can’t wait for the recap 😀

38 Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I love your top secret face in that photograph!

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