Monday, October 28, 2013

Marine Corps Marathon Expo Recap!

We decided to head to DC early Saturday morning and went straight to the expo....So glad we got there when we did!!!  We got there around 8 a.m. and the expo/packet pick up opened at 9 a.m.  We decided to get in line and chat with fellow runners while we waited to pick up my bib #... this turned out to be the best decision ever!  The security was fantastic and they checked EVER single person and bag that entered the packet pick up and expo area.  This made me feel very secure and at ease especially after being a part of Boston this past year. 
Best Packet Pick Up EVER!!
Walked right up to get my bib!
The line when we were leaving the expo around 11 a.m. was crazy long ... at least a 2 hr wait to get in! 

We ran into STUFTMAMA as we walked into the expo.  She is one of my favorite bloggers from the
West Coast and fellow Mizuno lover! 
I also discovered an amazing "new to me" product that I cannot wait to try and will definitely do a whole post on it in the future!  It is a company Generation UCAN and the employees/ambassadors were super informative and friendly.

Some other cool sites at the expo:
Love this but bad picture quality!

This company was started by 4 military wives and has gorgeous charms and jewelry!

Love my NUUN and new water bottle!
The famous Marine Corps race shirt!
After the expo we drove to our hotel and checked in ... I went for a quick 1.5 mile shakeout run before we went to Crystal City and grab some lunch/dinner!  I also wanted to drive to the start of the race to make we knew exactly where we were going. 
Found where I need to be!
I was a little nervous about the lack of corrals but this seemed to be a good range to go for!  After my hubby came up with our race day plan we went back to the hotel and I laid out my race gear, said my prayers and crawled in bed for an early night!

I went with the gray shorts!
The only thing missing in my picture are my Mizuno Wave Sayonara! 

Race Recap in next post ... Photo overload!

If you are planning on doing this race next year plan to get to the expo early to avoid long lines!!

Happy Running!

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