My First Half Marathon Part 1

I finished the Lady’s Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon yesterday.  Today I will review the expo from Saturday and my race preparations and tomorrow I will post a race recap.

The expo was held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Hotel.   This is wonderful, old but beautiful hotel on the water and it is perfect for hosting a women’s health and fitness expo because the entire hotel is PINK!  Rob went with me to the expo and helped me take pictures.  I also met my new friend Erin there and we walked through the race packet pick-up and expo together.  I am glad we finally met up because we started the race together and she raced for the first five miles with me.  More to come on that tomorrow…

Pink Hotels Are Fun

Your prize for all your hard work!

There were many vendors there but not as many as I thought.  All the major names were there: Spi-Belt, Bondi Bands, Sweaty Bands, Newton Shoes, Fit-To-Run, Publix, Dr Scholls.  That is just to name a few.

And, as usual there were representatives from many different races there all trying to recruit you to sign up.  The medals are all so enticing!!!  Rock-N-Roll series (which I found out bought out Women’s Running Magazine and the Women’s Half Marathon series), Divas, and Daytona were representing.  One of my favorite booths was the run Disney booth.  I love all things Disney and I am adding a run Disney event to my goals because I need one of these medals.  They have a strict pace requirement of 15 minutes for all of their races.  I am not there yet but I plan to spend the later half of the season increasing speed and maybe do one more long run but not another half.  (Maybe next season!).

Yes, thank you I will have all of those.

My new favorite booth was Running Princess!  I love this place.  Everything is adorable and the quality is good for the price.  Some of the other booths had cute shirts but I am not buying a $60 t-shirt with three words on it.  Thanks anyway!  I bought a new tank for Zumba class and a new Headsweats Visor with a tiara embroidered on it.  It even has rhinestones.  I love it!

I really wanted to wear the visor but decided against it, following the rule that says don’t wear anything new on race day.  I believe you have to wear it in first!  Since I did not get a chance to use them in the 24 hours prior to the race I will be saving for something better.  Maybe my new class at Flava Fitness Studio??  I also bought a new Bondi Band.  I thought this was very fitting because everyone who is running at break neck speed looks really miserable.  I can honestly say I smiled most of my 13.1.  So that is my happy pace.

So, after we left the expo Rob and I went to the mall for lunch, I just had a turkey sandwich.  We did a little bit of shopping and we were home by the early afternoon.  I worked on homework and rested and then ate the rest of my turkey sandwich for dinner.  I was in bed by nine and asleep by ten.  I must have been nervous since I usually fall asleep in fifteen seconds.  My alarm was set for 3:30 and I was up and showered on time.  Stay tuned for the rest of my first half marathon experience coming soon…

  • Do you like packet pick up day at the expo?

F.I.T. Monday 11-19-2012 #003

Weekly F.I.T. Monday Recap

CLASSES: 0 (0 Hours) – Bad!

MILES: 15.1

WEIGHT: -1.2 Any Loss Is Good!






Filed under Diet and Nutrition, Running For My Life

2 responses to “My First Half Marathon Part 1

  1. Hi girlie – so sorry we missed each other! Did you have fun? Did you like the race? I loved it and I was able to finish too!

    I can’t wait to hear about your race!

    xoxo from Trinidad

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