The wheels on the bus go......
Took the free shuttle over to the expo on Friday after work.
The expo wasn't too packed and had a lot of vendors and excitement going on.
We took a photo at the Gatorade booth #winfromwithin and got a free gatorade water bottle.
Surprisingly I didn't buy anything or sign up for any races there. (I'm always a sucker for RnR races at a discount)
I met Da Coach, Mr Ditka (lookalike) at the expo.
I was pretty pumped up for Sundays race after leaving the expo. I think L was also getting excited :)
L and I went to the Chicago Bloggers lunch on Saturday. It was nice to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones. It was fun to talk running with these gals. And I was super happy to finally meet Emily. :)
After lunch we went back home to start gathering our race day essentials. I was really struggling with what to wear for Sunday since the low would be around 38, and it wouldn't really go too much above 50 for the duration of the race.
Decided on: multiple layers. Compression socks, Aspaeris compression shorts, Old Navy Running tights, nike purple long sleeve, brooks light jacket, mizuno wave elixirs, nike headband... Pretty much every part of me was double layered.
This might seem like overkill, but I was also factoring in being cold from walking during the race. I should have worn gloves.
One benefit of paying a lot of $$$ to live down town is that we live half a mile away from many of the races that take place in Grant Park- such as the Chicago marathon. We can wake up later and walk to the start and not worry about public transportation.
We found our corral with ease and waited for our 8am start. It was cold, but so darn exciting. We began walking towards the start line, anticipation grew for what was to transpire through the next 26.2, It was finally time to run the Chicago Marathon with my man!
Next post will be about the actual race since this has become quite long. I took over 200 photos during the race which will be made into a slide show to show the Spirit of the Chicago Marathon.
Stay tuned :)