This time last weekend I was running a half marathon! It was such a whirlwind trip, but also SO much fun.
I flew straight from vacation in Orlando up to Baltimore for the Baltimore running festival, and a car picked me up at the airport at 3:00. They brought me to the Hilton, where I would be staying for the night. My room was ready, and I had a great view of the marathon start line, the baseball stadium, and if I looked in the very left corner I could see the football stadium.
I headed over to the expo, as I was told it was next door. I didn’t even have to go outside which was nice because it was cold! I left Orlando and it was in the upper 80’s, so my body was VERY confused.
The expo was very organized, they had a section for people who had already registered to pick up their bib, and then they sent us downstairs to get our bag and shirt. I LOVE the Under Armour shirts. They are SO silky and soft, and a very fun color.
They had a big course map at the expo, which really did me no good since I knew where nothing in Baltimore was. I didn’t even know where the start line was! I assumed I would just follow people on race morning. ha.
There was a big section for official merchandise, and they had some really cute stuff. I went on through out to see the other vendors. It was a smaller expo compared to the ones I am used to with Disney or Rock n roll, but it was organized, and had some familiar booths.
At the end there was a huge Under Armour section with a great selection of merchandise.
I was wearing my UA speedform shoes, and had several people ask me about them, and I was happy to share how much I love them! Overall the expo was well run and I was able to get in and out without any problems or long lines.
I headed out after that, I was meeting Jami from under Armour for dinner, and we went to the cutest little place called Live 2 Eat. It was adorable, and had the most AMAZING food. If you live in the area, you don’t want to miss this gem.
We shared delicious risotto balls for appetizers. I also had some great baked chicken for my meal that I devoured before taking a picture.
We shared fudge like chocolate cake with delicious ice cream. We were stuffed. It was getting late, and we had to race in the morning! I think I may have fallen asleep before my head even hit the pillow, but I slept wonderfully in the comfy beds.
Be on the lookout for my race recap on Monday!
QOTD: Do you eat dessert the night before a race?
Disclosure: My friends at Under Armour sent me up to Baltimore to run this race, and covered my airfare, hotel, and race registration. However, all opinions are my own.
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
How fun! What a great opportunity and your dessert looks amazing! I don’t typically eat dessert the night before as my stomach usually has lots of butterflies!
Melanie A says
Nope! No dessert for me the night before. Usually not even the whole day before.
Mindy @ Road Runner Girl says
Looks like fun! Can’t wait to read your recap of the race! And no…I normally don’t eat dessert the night before a race.
did teh dessert help you? lol
Kristen @ The Smith Summary says
I did before my last half and had a horrible upset stomach during the race. Don’t think I’ll do it again…
Christine @ We Run Disney says
I’ve heard great things about the Baltimore Running Festival! A coworker ran the half this year and told me it’s fantastic. It’s driving distance for me so I may add it to my list for next year.
you should! It was fun, but hilly.
Kate @ Life on the Pavement... says
If there’s one thing I love it’s a well-organized expo! 🙂 And those risotto balls look amazing!
Bridie Rist says
What a whirlwind! Can’t wait to hear about the race itself.
Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream says
Your partnership with UA is awesome!! And those risotto balls look amazing!! 🙂
-Sammy @ http://www.peaceandloveandicecream.com