I’ve only been to a few race expos in my day, but the Chicago Marathon is by far one of the best. Two years ago, my Mom and I had a BLAST at the expo. She left with some snazzy new shoes! It did not take any help to convince her to come with me to volunteer at the St. Jude booth at the expo this morning.
The expo started at 9 and because of some added security, we needed to be there early enough to get checked in. The BOY and I commuted downtown together on the train. Definitely a change for him to have someone so chatty early Friday morning! I met up with my mom outside the train station and bid the BOY goodbye as he walked over to work.
We had a little trouble with our shuttle situation, but found the St. Jude booth easily, just after 9am. We got all set up and started passing out signs, stickers, and meeting all of the runners and their families.
After a few hours on our feet talking with everyone we saw, I was exhausted! I definitely got busted by some of the runners taking a break to sit down with my feet up and eat an almond butter sandwich.
Then it was our turn to go exploring!
We packed up plenty of SWAG in our new SWAG bags. And of course my Mom found some awesome shoes to try, while I picked up an overpriced (but totally awesome) bright yellow Chicago Marathon 2013 long sleeved Nike top.
After the expo, and probably more time on my feet than prescribed, I taxied back towards the train station where my Mom and I grabbed some food, a cold drink, and then I walked over to meet the BOY on the train, where I crashed into him for the ride home.
The expo today got me psyched for the race…I’m still in shock that it is finally here…especially speaking with all of the other runners. It also got the butterflies fluttering about in my stomach. With T minus 36 hours to go…here are my last minute thoughts about race day:
My feet are a bit sore. Probably not the best idea to spend all day on my feet but it was totally worth it to support St. Jude and all of the other runners before the race.
I keep finding other sore areas which make me really nervous for aches and pains on race day.
I feel like I trained well, but I don’t know how I will feel on race day. I’ve run 26 miles before, so I know that I can do this. But I remember saying that it was the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. Will my mind be strong enough on Sunday to push through? Or will aches and pains get the best of me? I fear as sophomore slump.
I keep thinking about my strategy for Sunday and I’m hoping that this mental prep will help me PR.
Thanks to Hal Higdon’s book for the tips on mental prep that I read on the train down to the city today.
It is okay if I don’t PR. I am still a good and strong person, but man, I really want to break 4 hours and PR.
I’m so excited and honored to be running the Chicago Marathon this weekend! I am lucky to have so much support from my family, friends, and patients. I can’t wait to celebrate with them after the race no matter what happens Sunday morning!
Keeping my fingers crossed for the 60 degree partly cloudy weather that the weather.com told me would be here on Sunday! Until then…it is just a waiting game. Waiting and hoping that I have trained well enough to be prepped mentally and physically for 26.2.
Do you like race expo’s?
What do you do the day before a big race?