After writing about how disappointed I was with the Rock-n-Roll series being all about the money on Friday, my running girls and I headed over to the expo to pick up our bibs and shirts. After driving around in circles for a bit (navigating New Orleans isn’t the easiest) we finally found a place to park and headed into the convention center.
We snaked our way through the convention center, admist a muck (ok, maybe that word is a bit harsh) of pre-teen cheerleaders in WAY too heavy makeup; apparently there was a cheer competition or something going on, too.
The first stop at the expo was picking up the bibs and doing a last minute corral change. When I had registered for this back in May I put 4:30 as my estimated finish time; however, my goal was to break 4:30 so I moved up two corrals.
After the last minute corral change, it was we headed to pick up our shirts. I have to give RnR props because their expo is expertly executed. Before you can enter the vendor booths you have to pick up your bib, swag bag and tee’s.
Then it was time for the FREEEEEBIES!! And the expo did not disappoint with the freebies. We stopped at the Brooks store first where I won a free cotton tee and my friend Stacey won a pair of free shoes. HECK YES!!
We stopped at different booths and sample various products. I headed to the Perform Pain Relief booth and was incredibly surprised to find that they were handing out full size products…Um, yes please!
After taking some silly pictures, we headed over the the KT Tape booth. My friend Lorena has been having some horrible IT band issues and her massage therapist recommended she get taped before the race. I had decided to get taped too to see if it would help with my foot issues. I was somewhat skeptical but knew I’d find out soon enough. I figured that even if it failed, the KT Tape still looked cool.
Then it was time to take all of our freebies and bid adieu to the expo. My running girls and I were starving and we still had to check into the hotel.
After navigating the parking garage from hell we finally arrived at our hotel. We ditched our race gear and headed to find some grub. We had decided ahead of time to eat at Chef John Besh’s restaurant, Domenica.
And like the true non-city dwellers we are, none of us thought to call ahead for reservations. We got there just before 7 and they said they wouldn’t have a table until 10. Whaaaaaaaaat? My tummy needed food ASAP. So we ended up ordering at the bar and then heading back to the hotel. I ordered the Calabrese pizza which was thin crust topped with spicy salami, fresh mozzarella, capers & olives. Maybe not the smartest pre-race meal (sodium wise) but it ’twas yummy.
And then it was time for bed. I knew those 26.2 miles weren’t going to run themselves in the morning. After all was said and done, I had finally started to get excited about running my 2nd marathon.
Question: What do you do at expos? Do you take advantage of the freebies or just get your race stuff and go?