Speechless! Utterly speechless. I got to meet for a few seconds the three best female marathoners in the U.S.!! And in 48 hours I get to run in their footsteps. The Nissan people didn’t do a great job controlling the crowd or line or anything but the girls were really great, friendly and patient! I want to hang out and discuss geeky running things with them and go for a run!
Before meeting Shalane & Kara, I stopped by Brooks booth to see Desi Davila, who unfortunately isn’t running Boston. She’s still recovering from a femoral stress fracture and I hope she gets better! Desi was second in the 2011 Boston Marathon in 2:22:38, two seconds behind Caroline Kilel of Kenya. I felt like a giant in comparison with her!
I picked up my number on Friday but had no time to walk around and explore. This year they did this runner’s passport thing where you get to walk around and feel special. I got mine sign and wish I thought of the idea when I met Desi but it only came to me when I waited on a 2 hour line to meet Kara & Shalane. It was 30 degrees outside and like 100 degrees inside, or maybe I was nervous but I got pretty sweaty. Hope the girls didn’t think I was too stinky!
Yea, Jack is ready too. He can run circles are anyone’s BQ.
This year’s swag bag had a yellow long sleeve. It will be a nice addition to my blue one that I wear all the time. I once was running on the Charles and there was a guy running in a yellow BAA shirt and I was pretty jealous. So glad to have my own! I thought about buying another one but I decided I’ll reserve my collection for each BQ I earn.
This was also a new addition to the swag bag! Unfortunately, they cheaped out on adding a magnet, so instead of displaying it proudly on my fridge, it’s in a drawer.
I stopped by the RnR Booth and since I BQed on a RnR Race, I got to rock the hat all the way home. Since it rained on Friday, I appreciated the hair protection.
Other things gathered for free at the expo is similar to 2012. Tony was with me and that’s why we have doubles. Sometimes I hoard free samples but I promise not this time! I probably would have skipped but since I’m going hiking for a week, figured the lara bars are perfect, Other things that were eaten before I even left was this AHHH Mazing Goji yogurt and frozen Kefir.
I usually don’t buy things at expos, crowds, my impatience and fear of people usually does that. However, I’ve been wanting to check out Injini socks everyone loves. I couldn’t cough up the $40 for the compression socks but these shorties were only $5. Also Saucony arm sleeves I’ve been wanting for a while and decided it was time to treat myself. And Nuun because i’m running low and buying them at expos is usually cheaper than stores or online.
Do you ever buy things at expos?