Tomorrow is the Sun Trust National Half Marathon so at 7 am while you are still asleep and cozy think of me trotting along with thousands of others. This afternoon I took a break at lunch to head over to the runner’s expo at the DC Armory with another fellow runner friend to pick up my bib and shirt. If you’ve never been to a runner’s expo it goes a little like this: find the line where your bib number station is, show identification to get your bib number and bag o’goodies, go to another line to get your shirt, and then explore all the free goodies and garb for sale. In my bag o’goodies there was a mini bottle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar (a first for me when it comes to race packets–ironically they look like the airplane bottles that get sold at the liquor store and my friend and I had to do a double take for a moment), gloves, snacks and lots of information about upcoming races.
After receiving the essentials, we did a quick walk through of the place to look for free giveaways and I came away with a chapstick, bandaids, and an ice pack. I bypassed all the items for sale (which is basically everything running related–from gear like sneakers, shorts, headbands and waterbottle holders to snacks like gels and sports bars. I will admit the breadth of items was a little weak compared to the Philadelphia Marathon and Marine Corps expos that I have attended in the past. This event also is host to a full marathon, but its smaller size must dictate much lower on the expo coolness level. When we saw a dancing Lotto ball we knew it was time to go!