I went to the expo yesterday to pick up my packet and see what there was to see. It was nice walking around the Magnificent Mile and spending a couple of hours out and about. The expo was at Pioneer Court on North Michigan Avenue and was held in conjunction with The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival.
|"Public Event" means that there are a lot of tourists confused about all the people in running clothes.|
|It took maybe five minutes to get my packet. Thanks for keeping things moving, Fleet Feet!|
|I plan to take my shirt with me in my gear check bag to change into after the race.|
I did notice a sign that got my heart racing:
|50% Off running clothes? Yes, please!|
|Saucony and Oiselle at 50% off makes this girl very happy.|
I was a hair too early for check in, so I stopped by the Vita Coco booth to grab a bottle of coconut water. I normally don't like coconut water, but I was parched and hadn't brought anything to drink with me. I have to say that the lemonade flavor was pretty good, so maybe I've been drinking the wrong coconut water all this time.
|The best coconut water I have ever had. The lemonade flavor was nice and tart.|
The best part of the class? They not only provided the yoga mats, but you got to take your mat home with you at the end. There was also a free water bottle and a goodie bag filled with stuff, such as a two week trial membership to ClassPass, a coupon good for a free class at BareFeet Power Yoga, and a coupon for the Lolë store on Southport.
|Yoga mat, water bottle, goodie bag...I was happy to pay for the class itself, so all the swag was a really nice bonus.|
|Thanks for the great class, ladies!|
|Amazing athletes sharing some inspiring words with a group of runners.|
A couple of the ladies that I've been training with all summer were at the shake out run this morning, too. It was so much fun having a chance to run together one last time before race day.
Tonight's plan? Pack my gear check bag, lay out my race clothes, eat a healthy dinner, double check that I have everything I need in my gear check bag, charge all of the things (phone, ipod, watch), take a shower, and try to get at least a little bit of sleep before the alarm goes off bright and early in the morning.
I have to say, this was a pretty great lead up to race day. And the expo had possibly the best view of any expo ever:
|You sure are pretty, Chicago.|