My day started with the Timex ONE Relay in Central Park. I spent a much larger portion of the day than I expected at the relay so I didn’t get to the expo until about 2:30 which left me with only about an hour before I had to leave to catch my train home from Penn station.
This sight actually made me tear up, I had to hold them back the entire time I was at the expo. The emotions that I have attached to this race just came bubbling to the surface and I was overwhelmed with happiness that I had finally made it here!
Getting my bib was surreal. In less than three days from when this picture was taken I would be running the NYC Marathon! I was truly a bundle of nerves and excitement.
After getting my number I raced through the expo pretty quickly only stopping at the booths where I needed to buy something. I got some arm warmers at Asics, red compression socks at CEP and a Run NYC Sparkly Soul headband. Sparkly Soul was hosting a giveaway for a 12-pack of their headbands that you could enter by posting a selfie on instagram with one of their workers. I entered and actually won the 12-pack!!! Thanks Sparkly Soul.
As a was making my way around the expo I spotted Bart Yasso who I had met last year at the Runner’s World Half and Festival, so I stopped to say hello. I love Bart, he is just one of the nicest people you will ever meet! We talked and then Bart took a selfie of us with my phone. It came out a little blurry but I am posting it anyway.
I stopped at a few other booths: Poland Spring, Yonanas, and Nuun. I headed upstairs for my free poster and that basically consisted of posters and huge medals from all the NYC races.
I only spent a few minutes upstairs before heading back to Penn to catch my train! Leaving the expo I was met with a huge sign of inspiration:
When I left I knew that I was ready to run NYC no matter what!!!!
Have you ever had to hold back tears at a race expo?