So, yesterday morning I headed out for what turned out to be a 13 mile run. I allowed myself to slow down a touch because I had been on my feet the entire day before and I had been out late at my brother in laws 30th birthday party. So, I managed a 13.1 mile run in 1:42:00.
The reason I was so tired (other than being out so late) was that I had volunteered at the Rock and Roll Arizona Expo they day before. Since I am a mega-huge Brooks shoe fan, I got hooked up with them and was able to hang out with other shoe fans for the entire day. It was exhausting, I lost my voice, and my legs still hurt, but it was a BLAST. The nervous excitement of all of the runners was infectious.
The Brooks booth carnival show. Surprisingly entertaining.....the first 5 times you heard it.
The interesting thing about volunteering at a (very large) expo was that you got to
Packet pick up, 30 minutes before the expo start.
I can already hear people bitching about being in the wrong coral
Only 2 hours later - it was like Wal-mart was having a sale on toilet paper and florescent green nail polish
I didn't really mention this a lot because I was her guest, but RunningLaur is basically a big deal and was invited to interview Meb. The winner of the New York City Marathon, Meb? 2000 Olympic silver medalist Meb? I'm going to post our interview in detail later in the week but I can say that Meb is just as genuine as you would think he would be (very) and that I am taller than him. So there is that - which is nice.
After the interview, I decided that I would take a long lunch break from handing out free T-Shirts and see what free loot the expo had to offer. Ok....ok.... Honestly? I saw people walking through the Brooks booth with wine in their hands and I wanted to see what the deal was.
Jamoosh would be proud - no MGD 64 for me.
No comment if there was any drunken heckling of the Miller girls
Success!! I was able to sweet talk my way into TWO free samples
As you can see, I was excited
Although, I wasn't able to weasel my way into buying a bottle of the wine. The PF Changs marathon logo on the side was similar to a stained glass (not a sticker) and VERY cool - but no amount of eye batting or white teeth flashing could get me a bottle. Can you believe that!?
Wine in hand, I continued to (now a bit wobbly) walk the isles. One of the best things about doing so many of the Rock and Roll races is that I've started to see some familiar faces. It is always awesome to see friends that I've either ran with or chatted up at previous expos. Of course that also means that, after 3 or 4 races, Lara Bar free sample girls know that you're NOT grabbing 2 handfuls of samples for "your other friends who are in the bathroom".
I ran into John, who was running the half and reads my blog. Check him out on his twitter account!
Last year James ran ALL (14?) of the Rock and Roll races
Sarah Stanley who is a pro mega-endurance athlete, mega-philanthropist, and mega-nice gal
Oh, and Kara Goucher who is just mega hot
(she gets blown up to large size)
ChicRunner who was working one of the booths as part of her race promoting job
Finally, there is THIS GUY. Speechless. Simply, speechless. He not only walked around the expo in this outfit, but also ran the entire race with it on as well (I saw him on the news). I actually took this picture secretly while chatting with ChicRunner.
If you look closely, you can see all of his......"muscles"
Either that or he keeps his wallet in the front....in the middle
Finally, do you ever wonder who the people are behind the large corporate twitter accounts? I usually assume they are one of two things:
2. Computer nerds that drink lots of Mt Dew and live in their mom's basement
However, I know of a few people who are the women behind the twitter accounts (all women so far), and it all instances they are neither robots nor computer nerds. Who knew!? While I had met her before, I chatted up Maya the voice behind the @RunRocknRoll twitter account. Check her out on twitter for tons of sweet deals on compeditor races or check her out on facebook (where I just posted a ridiculous picture of myself).
Maya from competitor and myself
Kara just happened to be in the background
Oh, and I guess someone told me that people actually ran a race today? 25,000 finishers for the full and the half? Huh, how about that. Congrats to all of the finishers!