Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Here's my physical activity since the Hot Chocolate 15k.

Monday 12/5: 1 hour boot camp, 1.44 mile run, 9:43 average pace
Tuesday 12/6: 45 minutes of spinning
Thursday 12/8: 3.11 mile run: 9:22, 9:07, 9:11 paces.
Friday 12/9: 2+ mile dog walk
Saturday 12/10: 3.87 mile easy run
Sunday 12/11: 2+ mile dog walk + 3.93 mile easy run

Sadly my Monday night Boot Camp ended last week with the end of the semester.  So this week's Monday instead involved shopping for my work Secret Santa, grocery shopping, cooking dinner, having a beer, then remembering to do some weight & core stuff on the living room floor:

I did:
2x30 second plank/hover
3x10 (chest) pushups on toes
2x8 up-up-down-down planks (move between straight arms and forearms)
2x25 regular crunches
2x15 per side: oblique crunches isolating one side at a time (half bicycle)

With a 5lb weight in each hand:
2x12 lateral raise
2x12 bicep curl
2x12 overhead tricep extension
2x12 rear fly

I felt it in my chest, shoulders, and abs a little bit Tuesday morning so while it's not at all like my hour long boot camp, it wasn't a waste.
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If you are friends with me on Daily Mile or follow on twitter, perhaps you saw my whining about my sore foot.  I think, if it's possible, that I bruised part of my foot from cinching my laces so tightly around the feet that I could no longer feel before the start of the Hot Chocolate 15k.  1 week and 2 days later, my foot is feeling better.  It never appeared swollen or bruised, and did not hurt on impact, but the snug fitting base of the shoe laces on top of that spot on my foot was not so comfortable.

After extensive online "research" trying to relieve my fears of a stress fracture or something else similarly terrible, I came across a website suggesting buying foam circles meant for calluses and sticking it on the spot on your foot where the laces rubbed.

This looks ridiculous, but I did it.  I found a package of 6 store brand foam circles for less than $2.

Then to be sure, I also re-laced that shoe, skipping the eyelet right above the uncomfortable spot.  I found an article about this on Runner's World.  They suggest putting lipstick on your foot to determine which eyelet to skip, but I already knew which one was the issue.

My right foot was 100% comfortable for both of my weekend runs using this little combo.

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It's now been just over 3 weeks since the Philadelphia Half marathon and I've definitely been taking it easy.  I think I still need a training plan even for "maintenance" because I don't think I've had enough variety in my runs to be maintaining the fitness I gained leading up to the Philly half.  I really feel like I need some structure to my running again, even though I don't have a set date in mind for my next PR-potential half marathon.  I've got about 15 weeks until the beautiful part-trail/part-road race out in CA at the end of March, if I sign up for it.

The full FIRST/Run Less Run Faster (RLRF) plan runs 18 weeks.  I only ran the last 7 or so weeks of it to prepare for the Philadelphia half.  Since I felt I saw great progress using it for the 7 weeks, I can't wait to see what 18 weeks will do to help my times.

I feel like I followed the plan very closely, missing very few of the target runs anyway.  My adherence to the training will vary more this time around since I've got a 5-6 day cross country drive in my near future (2 months away).

My plan is to start the RLRF half marathon training plan again to at least give me a schedule.  As I figure out which race I'm working toward (and when that race is), I will just adjust where I am in the training plan, even if it means repeating some weeks.

Starting the plan will also give me the kick in the butt I need if I have any hope of getting to my arbitrary mid-year goal of 1000 miles run in the year 2011.  Due to taking it easy for 2 weeks post-half marathon (lazy) and the above mentioned foot issue for the past week (didn't want to push it if I had a real injury), I didn't get in as many miles as I would have liked to. 

As of right now, I need to run another 73.5 miles in the remaining 18 days of the year, which I understand is pushing it.  That's an average of 4 miles per day or 28 miles per week.  I'd like to hit 1000 miles, because I like nice even numbers, but I'm not going to beat myself up if my foot starts to hurt when I do a real long run this weekend.

What do you do for maintenance in between races/events?  
Do you have a plan you like or do you wing it?

What's your yearly mileage looking like for 2011?

Did you have running/fitness goals for the year and did you meet them (or will you in the next 18 days)?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Next race?

For the first time in about a year, I have NO next race lined up.  It's a weird feeling.

However, I am strongly considering the Chesebro Half Marathon on March 24, 2012.  It's part of the Great Race of Agoura Hills.  The Chesebro half is 5 miles on roads, and 8 miles on trails.

If it rains a lot which can make for unsafe trail conditions on a mountain, you get moved to the other half marathon taking place that same day, all on roads- the Pacific Half Marathon (this apparently happened last year).

It would not exactly be an ideal course for a PR:

 But I think the scenery would be nice:

You may be thinking to yourself, "A trail race in the mountains?  There are no such mountains in New Jersey."  

And you would be correct.

Dan has accepted a job offer near Los Angeles.  After he defends his thesis, we will be moving to California in early February!  In the mean time, I am trying not to freak out too much about our upcoming move and I am distracting myself from the nitty gritty details by looking into west coast races.

Some other trail races that caught my eye include...

The XTERRA Malibu 6k or 22k on April 29th.  I kind of wish there was an in-between option.  The XTERRA Malibu Creek Challenge promises some of the best views in Malibu.

22k recaps with pictures here and here and here.

My husband also found for me the Leona Valley Trail half marathon (not until September 29, 2012).  There's a nice blog recap with lots of pretty pictures here.  

But this one is another leg killer:

Clearly there will be lots of trails nearby with some serious elevation change.  No more complaining about the 90 feet of elevation change over a third of a mile that exists immediately behind my apartment.

While I am looking forward to some really scenic trail running, I also hope to break a 2-hour half marathon in 2012 so I am in search of a flatter road race where that might be possible.  

1. Anyone have any race recommendations for the LA area?

2. What is your next race?

3. Also, I am currently accepting successful long-distance or cross-country moving stories.
I have only lived in Western NY and now NJ...our move to CA will be quite an adventure!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Race Report: DC Hot Chocolate 15k

Yeah, I haven't posted in a while.  Mostly because I've been pretty lazy in terms of running since the Philadelphia half marathon...

Thanksgiving morning: short easy run.
Monday: boot camp
Tuesday: 3.2 mi 10-ish min/mile pace
Wednesday 4.6 mi easy run

But Friday I headed south to meet up with some lovely ladies including Alyssa, Kara, Kari, and Emily for the DC Hot Chocolate 15k Saturday morning.  I had no goals for this race, other than to participate in the event with the above-mentioned bloggers.

I will now try to objectively review that race.

Let's start with the pros.
  • Port-a-potties were plentiful!
    • First time I've seen NO wait at a race. 
    • With ~20k registered, this is impressive
  • Volunteers at the last water stop were calling out "water" or "Gatorade" (helpful)
  • Race photographers were everywhere offering to take group photos before and after
  • It was surprisingly easy to get my plastic tray for chocolate fondue
    I had already eaten the marshmallow that was also provided
  • Hot chocolate was decent
  • Received several Ghirardelli chocolate squares 

  • Volunteers were friendly and some were very animated and cheering along the course
  • Jackets came in women's sizing
  • Chip timing (I'm trying to be positive here)

Now for the cons.
  • Despite following parking directions per the race website, with a National Harbor parking pass (which was required and cost $10 per car), we were directed to park in a parking garage that ended up being 1.1 miles from the start line.
    • The other car carrying members of our group, that also had a National Harbor parking pass, was allowed to park in a parking lot pretty much right next to the staging area/finish line.
    • Garage was open to anyone, was free, and parking passes were in fact not checked as we were told in each and every one of the 5 "fun fact Friday" emails I received since registering.
  • We needed to walk along what was apparently part of the race course to get to the race start.
Blue X = us.  Purple X = other car. Blue Dots = our 1.1 mi walk along race course.

  • While walking to the start, we heard that the starting time had been delayed by 15 minutes.
  • From the website, "Start line water will be provided" --> did not see it.
  • A-D Corral/Open Corral pace guideline confusion. Was not in order of fastest to slowest.
  • While corrals were lined up (oddly), all runners were released at the same time; no wave start.  A wave start might have alleviated some congestion.
  • 15k course described by announcer at the start as "5 mile out and back followed by 5k course" (5 + 3.1 9.3)
    • Was actually 6 mi. out and back, followed by 3.1.  Still not equal to 9.3 miles.
  •  At about half an hour past the 15k start time, we were told to line up.  It was another 43 minutes before I crossed the start line.
  • Course & elevation maps were released ~2 weeks before the race
    • hairpin turn at mile .15 seems like an odd decision with 10,000+ 15k runners.
    • it was said that portions of the course would be on roads not be entirely closed to traffic.  I did not realize this would mean a highway.
    • out and back along 2/3 lanes of a highway seemed like a poor choice
  • Not enough volunteers handing out cups at the water stop near mile 7.  Water in Gatorade cups.  Unclear where to get water/where to get Gatorade. 
  • Course ran along a narrow walking path near the harbor. 
  • This was the path...but while we were walking to the start line
    • Could maybe fit 5 people across
    • Steep drop off to the left of path, several feet down to the water. Hope no one fell.
    • Outdoor tent stakes to the right of path at one point; hopefully no one tripped on one while trying to pass other runners.
  • Upon crossing finish, I hit a wall of people.
    • Not enough was done to encourage people to keep moving after finishing
    • Tables with water bottles should have been placed farther past the finish line
    • Volunteers could have handed out the bottles to expedite the process.  
    • I had to stop and pull a water bottle out of a plastic-wrapped case of bottles
  • Post-race "party" up hill from finish line
    • Volunteers could have directed people up hill.
    • I wouldn't describe it as the "amazing post race party" the race organizers did
  • Course was short.
    • 15k = 9.3 miles
    • Garmin = 9.11 miles
    • I know GPS devices are not always correct, but I never have had GPS-based mileage lower than the distance of a course, especially with the amount of weaving I did.
    • The actual finish line is not where it was indicated on the course map.  Maybe this is why?


My watch agrees with the final time, but as I ran .19 miles less, that means I actually ran a slower pace (by about 11-12 seconds per mile?)

Now, the jacket. 
 As I pointed out before, I was mostly happy that this came in women's sizing. 

I have seen a lot of complaints online about the jacket, but to be fair, I was not expecting an amazing Brooks or Nike jacket.  It is a very lightweight zip-up jacket with elastic cuffs, two front zip pockets, a back vent, two cinch-cords at the sides of the waist.


It looks like it could be wind resistant.  I sprayed water on it and it appears to be water resistant.  The reflectivity is limited to the two pieces at the shoulders.

The website claim that "this jacket is perfect for winter weather running" might be a little exaggerated.  Perhaps if you wear it over a mid weight top or fleece.

They did provide a size chart for the jackets which I found to be pretty accurate.  I went with a size small, after reading complaints on the event's facebook page from an earlier Hot Chocolate race that the jackets "ran small."  Additionally, my own chest measurement falls between the XS (31) and the S (36).  So I rounded up.

For a size small, here are the size chart numbers, followed by (my own tape measure measurements of the jacket).

Sleeve length - 28.25" (28.5")
Front length- 24 (24.5" from shoulder to hem)
Chest- 36 (18" across from underarm to underarm, about 17" across if you measure a little lower at the top of the bust darts)
Waist- 38 (19" across at the bottom)

 See Molly Waffles, lurking in the background

To sum up the DC Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Debacle of 2011:

The jacket fits and shall serve as proof that I survived the worst ever planned/organized race of the 13 events in which I have participated.  This includes my first race: a local 3k put on by a 12 year old boy to raise funds for an animal rescue group.  SERIOUSLY.

I would not recommend a race put on by Ram Racing and would not run in one of their races again. If it weren't for meeting 4 blogger friends, the race weekend would have been a huge let down and not at all worth the drive from central NJ.

If you don't want to take my word for it, you can Google the race for yourself to see what other people thought.  Most seem to be of the same opinion and the negative comments are overwhelming...  On facebook, on the Hot Chocolate Epic Fail facebook page (because Ram Racing was deleting comments from its own page), this petition, and on

You can also click here for Kara's, Alyssa's, Emily's and Kari's recaps.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Race Report: Philadelphia Half Marathon

I have run a few half marathons in Philadelphia:
  • The Rock n’ Roll half marathon (2010 and 2011)
  • The ODDyssey half marathon (2011)
And now the half marathon that is part of THE Philadelphia Marathon weekend.

Beware: this is wordy.  Perhaps excessively so.

My alarm went off at 5am and I realized that I actually slept a solid 6 hours of sleep.  My typical race-eve sleep is not so good…it takes me forever to fall asleep and then I wake up several times, worried that I have overslept.  But it’s dark outside, so there’s no way to tell.  This time I didn’t remember waking up once.  I would not normally be proud of a whopping 6 hours of sleep, but I slept for about 9 the night before so I was feeling good.

In my barely awake state,  I recalled how I had just run the half marathon and finished in the upper 2:07s, and I was ok with that.  Then I realized that I had in fact NOT run this half marathon yet and needed to get out of bed to go do that.

My clothes were all picked out from the night before.

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Also, since I’m aware that I won’t run all the tangents in a race and therefore my Garmin isn’t going to match up with the race clock, I had considered wearing a pace bracelet.  Kristy gave me some good advice about printing up a tiny little pace chart to put on my race bib.  So I did!

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This came from the pace calculator at coolrunning.  There’s an option to ‘calculate splits’ then I printed it smaller, covered it in Scotch tape so I couldn’t sweat away the ink, then I taped it onto my bib for easy reading.

Back to the morning of: I had some peanut butter on a slice of cinnamon bread at 5:30.  I got out the door by 5:45, and ate my banana in the car at 6.  It was dark outside.


I was tipped off to some good (free) parking in Fairmount Park if I arrived early, but I’m pretty sure my 6:30 arrival for the 7am start was not so early, so I decided to park in my usual Philly race garage at 19th & Market St., and did my 1 mile warm up walk to the start.

Walking up Ben Franklin Parkway toward the Art Museum/starting line, 6:48am:


Past the starting line, continuing back to my corral.


View from my corral’s starting area at 6:58am:


There was an announcement that there was a situation and it might delay the start.  Minutes later the “situation” had been taken care of.  The first runners started only a couple minutes after 7am.  It was a comfortable ~50F.

After 20 minutes or so of standing around, my corral was ready to start.  I crossed the line at 7:23am or just over 18:07ish after the gun went off.  The 18:07 is important only because that was a number I had to subtract from the race clock at every mile.

I heard on the loud speaker that Mayor Nutter and Bart Yasso would be available for high fives at the starting line.  I stayed to the left to high five Bart Yasso

The course was pretty crowded for most of the first mile.  My goal was to keep it slower, i.e. over a 10:00/mi pace.  Done.  Since I was somehow already slightly off by mile 1, I hit the lap button on my watch when I ran next to the 1st mile marker (that’s why there’s a .02).
  • Mile 1- 10:04
    • .02- :14
  • Mile 2- 9:28
  • Mile 3- 9:36
  • Mile 4- 9:40
  • Mile 5- 9:40
Mile 2 was down Christopher Columbus Boulevard.  The Eagles drumline was playing as we rounded the corner.  It thinned out a bit here since the road is wider.  I remember seeing lots of guys off to the right peeing behind trees and converter boxes and I felt annoyed that as a female I could not pee so easily in public, in broad daylight.  Seeing them pee made me think that maybe I had to pee, but when I saw a 10 person line for a port-a-potty, I changed my mind, because there’s no way I could PR if I waited in line.

There was a water stop under an overpass and our next turn was South Front Street, which was a narrower road, so things got crowded again.  A few 20-somethings had set up a small table on the sidewalk with some small Gatorade bottles and a couple red cups, which appeared to be a personalized aid station for their favorite runner. I was amused.

Around mile 4.25, I realized I was getting warm and didn’t need my arm warmers anymore.  In fact, I was sweating through them.  After fussing around with them, I ended up folding them up nicely and sticking them in my ifitness pouch.

At 50 minutes, I took a gu.
  • Mile 6- 9:40
  • Mile 7- 9:00
A little after mile 5 we turned on to Chestnut Street… it was nearly 2 miles of amazingness.  Fan support was unbelievable and I felt SO excited to be running.  I had some kind of crazy runner’s high here.  I felt cool since taking off my arm warmers, I remember thinking how perfect the weather was, my legs felt fresh, and running felt so effortless.  I can’t wait to see official race photos, because I’m pretty sure there may have been a rainbow shooting out of my butt.
And I’m pretty sure that’s how I ended up running approximately mile 6-7 at a 9:00 pace.  Holy crap.  I looked down in the middle of that lap and saw something in the 8:00s and tried so hard to back off…only bringing it down to 9:00.

Also in this part, I crossed the 10k mat at 1:00:30, which was an average pace of 9:44 and a predicted finish time of 2:07:35 (I signed myself up for free tracking via email).
In this stretch I high-fived an IHOP chocolate chip pancake,  and saw some memorable signs including:
  • woman with a sign promising cupcakes at the end (lies!)
  • “Hurry up Kristen (or other common girl’s name, I can’t remember), It’s your turn in Words with Friends!” 
  • “On a scale of 1 to 10, you’re a 13.1”
  • “You trained longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage”
…and many spectators cheered my name- which was weird at first, but pretty cool.  This was my first race where they put your name on your race bib.
  • Mile 8- 9:52
    • .10- :56
  • Mile 9- 9:48
  • Mile 10- 9:42
After the insanely fast lap, I made myself slow down a little and pulled off to the water tables just after mile 7 to dump a couple cups of water into my handheld bottle.

I hit ‘lap’ as I crossed the 8th mile marker to even things up again as I had managed to run an extra .1 miles by that point, according to my Garmin.

Basically mile 7 to 8.2 was one continuous uphill, followed by a downhill where I got a big whiff of the zoo.  I don’t remember thinking much here.  My legs definitely felt the hill, and I tried to rein in my speed on the downhill, knowing another steeper hill was coming at mile 9.  I looked to the right at the river below and saw some speedier runners down on that part of the course (mile 12ish).

Soon it was mile 9 and I was running up the hill from the ODDyssey half marathon…(except in that race, it was at mile 12.5).  The steep part was about a quarter mile long.  I was running next to a couple people running together for a charity, and one of the women kept yelling, “I love hills!”  I love hills!!” also barking this at people who were walking up the left shoulder of the road.  After the really steep part, the incline continued, but more gradually, for another half a mile.

This part is kind of a blur.  I was just happy to get to the top of the steep part.  I’m pretty sure brain activity was minimal here.  They were giving out Clif Shot gels in mocha and raspberry based on the packets all over the road.  I know I grabbed another cup of water to dump in my water bottle just before the 10th mile, but I have absolutely NO recollection of this.

  • Mile 11- 9:33
  • Mile 12- 9:11
Just after mile 10 there was a glorious down hill.  I realized I had been running for around 1:40 so I took my second gu while coasting down hill.  I don’t remember much until turning around along the river at about mile 11.  There was a DJ set up between the road and the river with people dancing in costumes including a bright orange full furry hippo costume with a sign that said “Stay Hungry.”  This was very amusing to me.

Math became more difficult at this point (you try subtracting 18:07 from the race clock/adding 18:07 to your pace strip times).  At the 11th mile marker, my total time was about 40 seconds slower than it should have been according to my little pace strip.  I was a little bummed but thought I could make up the difference if I picked up the pace for the last couple miles.

There started to be signs for the marathoners to stay to the left, and half marathoners to stay to the right.  The end was within reach!  Part of MLK Jr Drive is severely sloped.  I could see it being a problem for people with IT Band issues.  There were sidewalks off to both sides though.

By mile 12, the race clock (-18.07) matched up with my pace strip almost exactly.
Blur, blur, blur, try to run faster, blur, blur.   Notice people cheering on overpass.  Blur, blur, blur.
  • Mile 13- 9:08
I could hear the announcers reminding people to stay to the left for marathon, stay to the right for half marathon.  There’s a slight uphill approaching the art museum and mile 13 and a lot of spectators.  I don’t remember looking at or paying attention to any of the spectators in this area.  I knew I was supposed to stay to the right, but people were slowing down on the uphill, and I couldn’t get through.  I remember passing along the the middle and hoping the announcer didn’t scold me.
  • .19- 1:27 (7:30 pace!!!)
I started sprinting as I came in front of the art museum and that may have been a little soon, but I knew if I could see 2:24:xx on the race clock that it would mean sub-2:07, and I kept telling myself I’d be able to see the race clock at the finish line any second now.

Longest curve of my life.

The announcer was calling in some of the runners, I heard him reference a guy running to my right who ran the entire half with a huge American flag.  I don’t think I was really in control of my legs at this point and I was worried I was going to plow him over.  I know I saw 2:24 on the clock as I ran under, and I remembered to stop my Garmin pretty quickly but I didn’t know what my time was until I checked my phone a little later:

2:06:48, 9:40 average pace! Negative splits!

Guy that I may have run into had he crossed my path, after finishing:

Somehow, 7 minutes after finishing, I checked the results that were emailed/texted to me and managed to tweet this:


Text tracking seems to be received faster than email alerts.  My reading comprehension skills were clearly suffering after running since I was unable to read that the 2:07:35 was only my predicted finish based on the 10k split, not my final results.

2:06:48 is a new half-marathon PR for me… by 5:13 over my last half marathon in September.  Despite those little hills.

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After crossing finish, I immediately got a bottle of water, a heat blanket, and medal.  It was only in the mid-50s when I finished.  PERFECT!  I would have even taken a couple degrees cooler.


I downed the water while waiting in line to have my picture taken with my medal, then I waited in line for food, and then I waited in line for a free massage—which was totally worth it.  I talked with a speedy 2:57 marathoner while waiting for the massage.

I’m hoping to talk Dan into swapping out our comforter for my cool new heat sheet:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Road ID Winner

As promised, I am posting the winner of the Road ID Giveaway on Monday 11/21.  Barely.  I had hoped to have my Philadelphia half marathon recap ready at the same time, but no such luck.

So for now... here's the winner.  Thanks to all who entered!

Drumroll, please...


Congratulations, AR!

Please drop me an email at: amandarunsoncoffeeATgmailDOTcom and I'll let you know how to claim your  Road ID.

If you are bummed about not winning and want to order your own, you can go to: and use code pcSanta220 for 20% off your entire order through 11/28

Please stop back some time Tuesday night for my race recap.  Seriously.

Oh, and check out this post-finish line picture from the Philadelphia Marathon twitter account.

I made a cameo appearance in my blue t-shirt.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Philadelphia (Half) Marathon Expo

Yesterday after work I drove into Philly for packet pick up.  I love seeing the city sky line, it was especially pretty at sunset.

Kudos to the Philadelphia Marathon folks for having a giant banner outside the convention center which made it very clear where to enter for the expo.  The convention center is pretty big and I remember walking around inside the convention center for a while to get to the Rock n' Roll half expo, both this year and last. 

This banner is inside; I didn't take a picture of the outside one.

I have never run THIS Philadelphia half marathon before, but coming to the expo Friday night was much better than going during the rush on Saturday like I have done previously for the RnR half marathons.  There was no line at all to pick up my race number.  It was broken down by bib number into 1,000s.  Shirt pick up was by marathon or half marathon, and then by size and there were only a few people in my line for the shirts.

Long sleeve shirt: the front

The back
I like the design and style of the shirt, but thumbs down for unisex sizing.  I have previously whined enough about this, so I won't go on.  This size small doesn't seem too ridiculously big, but it's still a looser fit than I would choose for myself to wear while running.  

The bags/backpacks are pretty sweet.  Seriously.  I don't actually do gear check.  I hear it works seamlessly at these things but I still fear losing good running clothing or my car keys, so I only wear what I plan to keep with me for the whole run and I run with my car keys.  But I will use the bag for other things.

Not only do I like the red, but the side that would be worn against your back is mesh. AND it has a little zipper pocket.  My husband and I have used similar bags on bike rides before, so I appreciate the mesh for a cooler back and the pocket to keep tiny things separate.

All of these goodies were in the red bag, along with cards for some races and some coupons for restaurants in the area.  I like the mini clif bar size, hopefully I like that flavor.  I've never used Arctic Ease or tried the Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberries.  I have had Naked coconut water before and it was just ok compared to some other brands.  I'll try it again though.  The blue things with the VW logo are wrist sweat bands.

What was most exciting is that Kristy and I happened to be going to the expo at  the same time, so we were able to meet and chat for a little bit!  She is the first blogger friend I have ever met in person.

We saw THE Hal Higdon talking with runners and signing some books at the Runner's World table.  Maybe I should have told him that his half marathon plans were very helpful to me this past spring, but I wouldn't really describe myself as outgoing.

After Kristy and I parted ways, I also came across Bart Yasso giving a talk:

After exchanging some emails with Kristen at ifitness, I also swung by the ifitness booth regarding their newer hydration add-ons. More on that later.

That's all I did at the expo.  I realize as I type this that I should have kept my eyes peeled for the new Peanut Butter flavored Gu, but I completely forgot.  I saw an email about it this week, and I want to try it.

Because I like to obsess over weather, here's the current forecast for the crack of dawn Sunday.  I'm leaning toward wearing shorts.  I've never raced in capris and haven't had enough colder running days this fall where I've worn capris, so I'm sticking with what I know, and that's shorts.

Good luck to Kara and Alyssa running their 50 mile races today!
And good luck to anyone else running the Philadelphia half or full on Sunday.

PS: Have you entered my Road ID giveaway?  
You've got until tonight at 11:59 PST (I'm giving west coasters equal opportunity).

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