After work today I headed to the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Expo. My thought process was that most runners wouldn’t get into town until tomorrow, so today would draw a fairly small crowd.
My thoughts were incorrect.
The drive from my office to the Palmer Events Center is normally a 5 minute trip. Today it took me 25 minutes. The expo was packed already. After retrieving my race packet, messenger bag, and SPIBelt, I met up with Karissa from CardioFoodie and her husband.
We discussed how terrible the weather is going to be, how the non-wave start is sure to be a disaster, and how I probably should have just ran the full since the half is hilliest part of the whole race.
We separated shortly after and I was off to find Yurbuds.
I really like the coffee mug below, but I noticed the lettering was already scraped off a couple of them. A few spins through the dishwasher and I can imagine it wouldn’t end up looking as nice anymore. I opted not to buy it. Now if it was a wine glass, that would have been another story…
I almost signed up for Rock n Roll San Antonio, but after all of the other purchases I made today I decided against it. HOWEVER – I may go back tomorrow and register. You save $10 on the fee alone, plus you don’t have to pay Active processing fees – nearly a $20 savings. Or I could wait until Dallas, I’m sure I’d get the same deal there. Hmm…
Here’s the contents of the race packet, plus a few freebies from the vendor booths:
All runners also received this large messenger bag:
About a month ago I ordered a black long-sleeved tech training tee from the Austin Marathon website. Ironically, it finally arrived today:
Seriously, I was such a sucker today at that damn expo. It would probably be in my best interest not to go back tomorrow. But we’ll see.