Tomorrow is the day I've been
dreading looking forward to - the Air Force Half Marathon...which will be my fourth half marathon. Crazy. I know that I'm not as well trained for this race as I should be (which is no one's fault by my own) but I still feel confident in my ability to finish it, and after the expo last night, I'm excited.
Parts of the Air Force Marathon/Half Marathon take place on Wright-Patterson Air Force base, so security is tight - there is no packet pick up the day of, you have to go to the expo. Last year we went on Friday and it was SUPER crowded...this year we decided to go on Thursday which was a good idea. Much less crowded and I think we will feel much less rushed tonight knowing we have to get up at 4 and have a big day tomorrow.
My friends Michelle (she's my cousin too...and she is a mom of 5!) and Dianna (who drives up all the way from Florida for this race) are doing the race with me, and we went together to the expo last night. Michelle and Dianna didn't know each other before last night at all, but they clicked right away and we had a blast!
Super fun girls night, even if I had to work today and was home by 9 :)
I really love the expo, there is so much to see, and so many freebies to be had. The picture below is a very small portion of all the booths they had, the entire upper level was packed with stuff too and even some outside as well.
We got our packets and bibs of course which includes a very nice long-sleeved t-shirt, and I also picked up two other shirts (one free, one $5) and a very random assortment of free stuff - everything from a light bulb, to chapstick, to glow sticks and slap bracelets which made me a hero to my three year old when I got home. I really wanted a zip-up jacket that says Air Force Marathon but they were $100 and up which is too rich for my blood.
After the expo we got dinner at a mexican restaurant and I restrained myself pretty well. No temptation for margaritas because I was driving, and I stuck to chicken and got no rice.
In other important matters, for the race I'm wearing a tank I got at Maurices (wearing something new is never a good idea but I was specifically looking for a tank long enough that I won't be tugging on it for 13.1 miles so I'll take my chances). Maurices recently came out with an activewear line, and I've only tried on the tanks so far but I have to say, I'm obsessed with them - they are LONG! And lightweight and just seem to fit really well.
And of course, a matching headband from Brady Bands, because, priorities.
Until last night I was feeling very apprehensive about the race, but the expo got me really excited, as well as getting to do this race with my friends. Our plan is to stay together, have a good time, and finish the race...and that's about it...which is good enough for me! Really looking forward to a fun race weekend!