Go! St. Louis Race Expo

Chris and I woke up bright and early yesterday to load up the car and head to St. Louis for the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon.  It’s amazing how much stuff you bring with you for a mere 24 hours when you have a baby.  After 30 minutes of him trying to sign out on leave we were off!  The weather on the way was not promising … heavy rain, thunder, and lightning.  Fun times.
Our first stop when we got in to town was Chris’ “happy place” … Chipotle.  We were blessed to have a Chipotle on campus in college as well as have one at Fort Hood.  When we moved to Fort Leonard Wood and they didn’t have one I think Chris went through serious withdrawals.  Now whenever he sees on he HAS to stop.  Luckily today it was in the plan 😉

 

She’s kind of annoyed that her cheese crisp is taking a few minutes …

 

I had a steak burrito with brown rice, black beans, pico de gallo, cheese, and lettuce.  It was delicious.

 

After indulging and stuffing ourselves we headed downtown to the race expo.  The expo was held at the Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University.  We were able to find parking on the street within walking distance which was perfect.  I thought it was pretty well organized.  We picked our bibs up on the main floor.  The one thing that was new-to-me with the bib pick-up was that the bigs were organized by bib number instead of last name.  Luckily they had computers set up with volunteers to look up your number if you forgot to print the email (like us).  From there you headed down to the arena floor to pick up your race shirt and check out the vendors.

 

 

Picking up our shirts was also pretty painless and they were really accomodating with changing shirt sizes.  I had ordered a small thinking they were a unisex Brooks tech shirt but they actually did them in mens AND womens sizes.  I probably would have been ok with a womens small but I like my shirts looser and happily traded it for a medium.

 

There were plenty of fun vendors to check out and we ended up purchasing a few things ourselves.

 

 

I got a new pair of Brooks Adrenalines.  These are my FAVORITE running shoe and work incredibly well from me.  I have worn them ever since I got fitted for new running shoes.  I also got a pair of Zensah calf sleeves … which will probably come in handy for recovery since we will be in the car about 15+ hours this week driving to Savannah.  I also got 2 pairs of Smartwool socks and Chris won me a Brooks shirt :)

 

After the expo we headed to the airport to pick up a special someone …

 

 

My mom is in town to help us move and to hang out with the Emster tomorrow during the race.  I am so excited that she will be spending the next 2 weeks with us!!

 

 

I laid everything out that I need this morning last night so as in my tired stupor I don’t forget something important … like my bib or Garmin which aren’t pictured but were added to the pile in time 😉

 

Any-who … we are off to run 13.1 miles.  No big deal 😉  I have athlete tracking set up to send out live tweets so make sure you follow me on Twitter to see them.  You can also track my progress here.  I am pretty nervous about the race but super excited to be crossing off one of my 2012 goals!

 

Are you racing this weekend?