Are runners superstitious, sentimental, or a little of both?

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Are runners superstitious, sentimental, or a little of both? When I pondered this question recently I realized that I do have some very ritualistic behavior surrounding my running/racing adventures.  Here are a few of my habits: I have turn my socks inside out, I drink a Sugar Free Red Bull before every race, and my favorite of all…I ALWAYS wear a piece of jewelry from my sister when I run.

Creating this list led me to dive a little deeper and ask the question…why? Why do I religiously do those things before I run or race?  As I worked through each action I realized that some of them are superstitious. I have turned my socks inside out since high school Track & Field in 1995.  It just so happens that by accident I put my socks on the wrong way before an 800 meter race and won my heat.  From that…

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