Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carlsbad Half Marathon Race Day!

Happy Sunday! Today was the day...Race Day! Even through all the injuries, a fall, and a nasty cold I survived and finished strong. I'll recap the race in full detail tomorrow, but for now just wanted to talk about the Carlsbad Marathon and Half Expo.


I went there on Saturday with my hubby and goddaughter. I love going to Expos mostly because of the free crap you can get. This one is especially nice because you can really see everything and isn't too jam packed with people. I've been to some Expos where there have been so many people that you get whiffs of B.O.. 

Getting my bib was pretty easy. I can never remember to print the email that has all my confirmation information, but they have everyone's bib number listed on a wall at the entrance. The best part of getting your bib is that they do two convenient things for runners. If you are not able to come to the Expo on Friday or Saturday they actually allow for a friend to pick it up for you. Some races don't do that. The second convenient thing they do is they allow for race day pick up, but for a $20 extra cost. 


As you walk into the Expo they have the Official Merchandise for sale. I usually walk straight through that. My experience at most races has been that official merchandise tends to be on the expensive side, so I just skip it.  I then pick up my gear bag and shirt towards the back of the Expo. 


I went there in search of a few specific things: compression socks, KT tape, a SpiBelt for my hubby, and maybe some new headbands to control the mop on top of my head. I was actually surprised that they didn't have any tape. I was hoping to tape my feet to alleviate my plantar fasciitis pain but instead I had to just do with some compression socks. I know you are never supposed to try new things on race day but I needed something for my foot pain. No headbands were purchased but my husband got his SpiBelt. He actually ran the last 6 miles with me. While at the Expo I tried just about every sample the booths had to offer. Like I said I like free stuff.

Afterwards I promised my hubby and goddaughter a trip to the beach. The weather was amazing, sunny and beautiful.  I absolutely love California winters...sorry east coast friends. 



Felt great having my feet in the sand and water. 


My goddaughter had a blast splashing around in the water.




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I am linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons

4 comments:

  1. I have never been to a race expo that was outside. That is unique! Looking forward to reading about race day! -M

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    1. Really? Most of mine have been at tents outside. Only a few have actually been in buildings. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. That sounded like fun! "Whiffs of B.O." are the worst...lol. Excited to read about your race!

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    1. I had a great time Jess! The beach was probably the highlight of my Saturday for sure. I love the beach! Hope you had a great weekend! :)

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