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Phoenix Rock N’ Roll Marathon: Expo January 17, 2011

Filed under: Races,Running — Kelocity @ 9:45 am
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For me, marathon expos are half the fun of a race weekend. Sure the race itself is the highlight, and the finish areas are usually pretty great… but I still get excited about seeing the vendors and picking up my bib and swag bag. Irving dropped me off as soon as we got into Phoenix (around 1:30p or so) and I stayed there til almost 6! But it was fun and I’m glad I could take my time.


First stop, pick up bib! I’ll be starting in corral 19! I think they base it on speed, so I’m definitely towards the back. Oh well. I’ll pass all those speedy people in the last mile, you watch…. hey, it’s good motivation!

Brooks had a cool display. It was set up like a carnival with fortune tellers and games. It was cute. Everyone won a ‘prize’. I ended up with a pretty cool ski hat. holla!

There were TONS of people milling around, it was kind of hard to get around. I saw one dad pushing a double wide stroller, I felt bad for him.

But for the most part, I got to see everything I wanted. B it was kind of lonely to walk to walk through alone. I love taking pictures with my friends in front of the signs and sharing the race excitement with someone. Oh well, I made the most of it by bugging strangers to take my pictures for me.
Remember the time I ran a marathon in 2:03? hahaha

The highlight for me was definitely meeting Meb Keflezighi. He is a running legend. He won the NYC marathon in 2009 and was on the US Olympic team. I waited in line to buy his book and I told him that I ran the 2010 Boston Marathon (Meb came in 5th!) He said “Oh, so we ran Boston together!” I told him I was just a few minutes behind him. And he said “Oh, I saw you coming, so that’s why I ran a little bit faster!”

He signed his book for me, I love it!

I also saw Kara Goucher! She’s one of the best female runners in the world right now!

Her husband is also a runner and they just had a cute baby!

Later, I attended a panel with Frank Shorter, Arturo Barrios and Meb. It was fun hearing their stories about the victories and woes of professional running. They had some great advice that I’ll have to remember for the race tomorrow.

On my way out, I saw my high school friend Scott, who works at Nuun now! Hi Scott!! I love seeing hometown faces on the west coast.

On the way out, I grabbed some garlic knots (it’s all about the carbs, right?)

Off to chug some water. I’ll be back with a rull race recap soon!!


I Run to Be… October 19, 2010

Filed under: Food,Happy,Marathons,Races,Running — Kelocity @ 7:15 am
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This weekend I flew up to San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s (Half) Marathon for the SIXTH time!! Here was where I ran my first Marathon back in 2005, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. Since then, I ran the half five years in a row. It was an excellent race!

Backing up to Saturday… the expo!


My flight landed at 7:30a so I got there really early before the lines formed.



I wizzed through the bag pickup, got a free massage and collected all the goodies before the crowds even got there.


The bag check bags were awesome this year! The race is “going green” so it was a sweet magenta reusable bag!

I loved the POM photobooth this year! Cheeeese!

The theme at the race this year was “I Run To Be”

I Run To Be:

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I Run To Be…ME!

And yes, I totally wore my Boston Marathon gear all over the place on Saturday. Woot!

I headed over to Niketown after the expo to look at all the (overpriced) swag. I didn’t buy anything this year, my collection of running clothing is getting a tad bit out of hand as it is. 🙂

On the wall outside the store, they have everyone’s names posted. I found mine!

All six? floors of the store were decked out in marathon gear! (But I used self control and walked out).

Who’s excited to run?!

After I fully exhausted the expo, I met up with my friend Niki and we went off to explore San Francisco together!

Lovely sights of the city
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We headed towards the Ferry Building to look around.


Such a cute place inside. I hadn’t been in a few years.

Later, we relaxed in the hotel that Niki (graciously) offered to share the night before the race.

Then it was time to find a place to carbo load! We ended up at Olive, which ended up being a nice surprise. It was a really nice restaurant. It was a bar, but we stuck to water!

Since the name of the place was olive, we got a bunch to share.

And a few tempura battered ones too (for good measure).

We split two of their thin crust pizzas (which were AH-MAZING).

Now… it’s race time! Check back later for the official race recap!


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