The expo at a big race like this is really amazing. They pull out ALL the stops. Nike had a huge store where you could buy really cute race swag – which is so much fun. Brooks and Saucony both had great swag as well.
There was even a churro stand – you know, just in case you wanted to take your carb loading to the next level. Actually, probably for the sweet sweet family members of us crazy people running and dragging our families through this expo.
Molex had a booth where you could make your own video behind a green screen! My mom and I did it 🙂
There was also a screen that showed the course which I thought was really cool.
My dad sacrificed for me and had my Goose Island beer sample.
Then I got to meet Bart Yasso! He was so kind and wonderful to talk to. I had read his book, My Life on the Run, recently and it was so cool to talk to him about it. I couldn’t believe he was just casually standing in the Runner’s World booth. There wasn’t even a crowd around him.
We did the expo all on Friday morning. I wanted to rest my legs more on Saturday and just relax.
Saturday, after our sightseeing, we got lunch at a sandwich shop near Wrigley field. My request for pre-race lunch is a big sandwich. Lunch is usually going to be my biggest meal of the day pre-race.
We went to Lucky’s sandwich shop – there had been a Man vs. Food episode filmed there. The challenge is to eat three of their huge sandwiches in an hour!
My dad and John in full support mode. No one did the challenge though 🙂
I got a plain turkey and cheese sandwich and asked them to put all the toppings on the side. They put a full serving of french fries in your sandwich! I didn’t want to upset my stomach, so I stuck with just the plain sandwich.
For dinner, we did the pasta feed that the race put on. It was SO well done. I would recommend it to anyone doing Chicago. They were a bit late to start. So initially I was really worried we’d be eating later than 6:30, but it did work out just fine. We choose the build your own pasta bar and John got every single option haha.
I opted for noodles with red sauce and chicken.
And then Deena Kastor came and talked!!! She was so so good. She talked about the course. I loved the way that she encouraged everyone to honor all of the work they had done to get to that point and to take a minute and congratulate themselves for that.
Then everyone had an opportunity to take a photo with her. She was so kind and asked how I was feeling about tomorrow. Even with the big line of people waiting, she took the time to look everyone in the eye and congratulate them on getting there and wish them luck for tomorrow.
After dinner we had to go on a small hunt for bananas. There were a lot of runners staying in the hotel and they had cleaned out Starbucks of all the bananas. My dad and I found some perfect bananas at a nearby coffee shop though!
Race recap to come tomorrow!