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.|
|Long sleeve shirt: the front|
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:
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.
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).