If you missed Part One, you can check it out here: Race Weekend: Part One
Saturday, September 14, 2013
My best friend, Evette, and I headed to Philly in the morning. We wanted time to settle into the hotel, eat lunch and get to the Expo to pick up our packets and have time for fun and shopping at the Expo! We stayed right near the Convention Center where the Expo was being held. While trying to get the the hotel (man, there are a lot of ONE WAY streets in Philly), we were stopped at a light and I snapped this picture of City Hall. I used this building often as a reference point! I was so unprepared because of all the nerves I had been feeling about my foot and running the race…before leaving the house I realized I couldn’t even remember where I had made dinner reservations for us.
After a couple circles, we arrived at the hotel, checked in and went up to the room to eat the lunches we had brought. Ahhhh, wonderful carb loading peanut butter & jelly and pretzels 🙂 Then, we were off to the Expo! I had never been to an Expo because the first half marathon I did didn’t have one. I was excited because I heard this was a good one! It did not disappoint! We had fun, got our free loot and bought some things. This was Evette’s first half marathon so she got a decal for her car and she got really great earphones because hers always fall out. She got them from Auria and the guy custom fit them for her and they seem like they’ll work really well. I thought I would buy a lot but I only bought arm sleeves from Running Skirts. All of their stuff was 50% off!
Here are some pictures of the fun stuff we did at the Expo 🙂
It was time to get back to our room and rest up a bit before making the 11 block trek to dinner (it could have been more because, again, I hadn’t really planned out the route). We ate at Bridgid’s, an adorable little bar/restaurant at the end of a street lined with cute, colorful row houses. Evette had a pulled pork sandwich that looked delicious! I didn’t think my nervous stomach could handle much so I had their salad special and added grilled chicken. I did eat two pieces of their yummy bread to add in some carbs 😉
Plus, I had half a soft pretzel and Teddy Grahams when we got back to the room. All of the walking may have been a mistake because my feet were tired…oh well!
We all discussed what time we were getting up (we were staying with a girl Evette runs with, Sam, and her friend…they were very nice and great roommates), had some laughs, and then went to sleep…or tried.
I was only going to make this a two part series but I think I’m going to save race day for part three! Stay tuned…