After the trail race we headed back to the Arts Quest building for the expo and to pick up our numbers for the rest of the week. I may or may not have chatted it up with Deena Kastor as her adorable girl got ready for the kids race! We cheered her on and off she went! The expo was just the right size...enough vendors to have most of what you could need but not too big that it was overwhelming!
|From Sarah's pic after the half!|
While my roomie and a few others headed to the front in order to "not race", I hung back with Dani and crew knowing that in order for this Hat Trick to go well and have fun, I needed to be with her! She's done it before and knows how to do it right if fun is the name of the game!
|Oh yeah no biggie here...I'm going with my cheering helped Allie along to win the trail, 5k, and 10k in Masters...I told you she was legit!!!|
I really had a blast! This was the first time I hadn't gone into a race and actually raced it, with the exception of a few 5ks that I helped friends and family complete. I just went out and experienced all that there was there to take in of the town of Bethlehem and the unique features of the Runner's World race. I will go into it more tomorrow when we wrap it up with the half marathon but I think it was a great way to experience a race!
After the 10k, we headed back to the hotel to shower and rest a bit. We had a big night which included a pasta dinner with the Runner's World staff (seriously more amazing food!) and a talk from Ted Spiker author of Big Guy blog and the book DownSize and creator of the Sub 30 Club. There were many of the club members at the dinner and it was really nice to meet them and talk about their goals. It really sounds to me like an amazingly supportive group. You can find them on Facebook!
Kristin, Larisa, and Karla were really the ones officially jamming out...like in the whole place! It was certainly fun and a night of unexpected happenings!! Just what we needed before running a half marathon!!! Stay tuned....