The Excitement of the Expo

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!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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