The Hollywood Half Marathon Expo at the Palladium
Some of the Team Superhero ladies
This was also my first time to truly work at an expo and let me tell ya, it really is WORK! I was on my feet the entire time and I'm surprised that I didn't lose my voice after all the talking that I did. But I loved every single minute of it! My Team Superhero teammates were so much fun to work with and they kept me laughing the entire time. I absolutely loved getting to meet and talk to people who loved to run as much as I did and hearing everyone's stories from first time half marathoners to long time running veterans. I even got to meet someone who follows my Rungry Runner Facebook page all the way from Brazil! She was in the U.S. to run the Hollywood Half Marathon and the San Francisco Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon, both on the same weekend and on back-to-back days. She's a rockstar!
This is Caroline Barros Viebrantz from Brazil.
By the time I finished my shift and left the expo it was almost 3:30 PM. I was exhausted (and starving)! As soon as I got to my aunt's house I stuffed my face full of food and propped my feet up. I could already feel the fatigue on my legs and feet from standing for 7 hours. I continued to snack and rest my legs as best I could for the rest of the day. My sister and future brother-in-law came over for a late dinner at around 8:00 PM and even though I knew it wasn't a good idea, I stayed up to spend time with them and catch-up. Family first always! By the time I got to bed it was around 11:30 PM and I knew a PR on race day wasn't gonna happen so I readjusted my expectations to just run a "happy" race.
As usual I got a minimal amount of sleep that night and before I knew it my alarm was going off at 3:00 AM. Now all runners have their routine on race morning that we follow religiously from what we eat to how we dress. I always have a banana and bagel with peanut butter on race morning but when I got downstairs that morning for breakfast I found that my banana had been consumed the night before. I was so mad! Granted, I am not a morning person to begin with but not having my banana really threw me off. I left the house completely frazzled, ended up forgetting my inhaler (EEK!) and got lost trying to find the gas station which was less than a mile away. OY! Not a great way to start race day.
Somehow I got it together, found my way to one of the open downtown L.A. parking lots and walked over to the start line where I quickly found the Team Superhero crew. And lo and behold one of my amazing Team Superhero teammates, Terri, had a bunch of bananas with her that she was handing out. OMG I was so happy! That really made my day. As we waited for the race to start we all stood around chatting, laughing and taking pictures. What was so amazing is that this was the first time that I met the majority of my Team Superhero teammates but I already felt like I knew them all. It was an instant family!
Cheesing at the start line
My amazing Team Superhero family
I did it! BLING BLING
Overall, I had such a fun race. I ran happy the entire time, didn't have any aches or pain and my tummy behaved itself. I loved being able to see everyone and the course really is made for a fast race. I had so much fun that I already registered for the 2015 race. Believe you me, I plan on coming back and I'll be gunning for a PR next time.