Once the meet-up was over, I was eager to make my way over to the expo (after a quick pit-stop to go Soarin’ with my new friend Christina). This is the first race I’ve done where there is an expo, so to say I was excited would be an understatement. I went to the expo marathon weekend but it was hard to take my time wandering around since I had Braden with me. This time, I planned to shop.. oh, and I did. Adam took the day off to come down and hang out with me at the expo, he’s recently started running too and was excited to sign up for the Wine & Dine half and check out all of the fun running gear. Before he arrived, I picked up my bib and made my way over to the runners relations booth to change corrals. I figured my time from my 10K in January would bump me up from E to B.. I was shocked when she slapped this sticker on my bib!
Never heard of a runDisney meet-up? You’re not alone, neither had I until I signed up for the race and started connecting with other runners on twitter and facebook. Once I heard about them, I was determined to get in. When else would I get the opportunity to run alongside Jeff Galloway?! In order to attend the meet-up, you have to be one of the first to RSVP once the event is announced on the Disney Parks Blog. In the past, they have filled up in just 2 to 3 minutes. It’s crazy, so crazy that the Disney Parks blog actually crashed a few times on the Friday before the event, when the meet-up details are usually posted.
If you follow me on twitter or we are friends on facebook, you’re well aware that the running bug bit me last fall. I got it in my head that I could finish a half-marathon and started running. Then my knees decided they hated me (or the non-running shoes I was running in!) so I was sidelined for a few weeks while I let them heal. Once I could walk again without any pain, I paid a quick visit to Jacksonville Running Company and got fitted for a pair of running shoes (Asics GT-2170). Running in them is seriously like walking on a cloud, heaven! So with my lovely new shoes, I started training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon.