So the big weekend had finally arrived. My husband has been training for months for his first ever marathon. Since he was going to be down in Atlanta anyway, I decided to tag along and run the half marathon the same day. This was my first race of two that (hopefully) will qualify me for the Half Fanatics. It was nice to be able to get out of town for a weekend and just relax. Well if you can call running 26.2 miles (for him) and 13.1 miles (for me) relaxing.
Since this was a weekend away, I have divided the recap into 2 parts. Today I will focus on the expo and the day before the race. I will be sharing my race day recap as part of 5 Things Friday here on Divas Run for Bling so be sure to check it out. For now, though, a recap of the Publix Georgia Marathon Expo.
The day started about mid morning when we dropped off the dog at my mother-in-law’s house and headed south to Atlanta. We had no trouble finding parking for the event and found our way inside the World Congress Center to the expo.
The expo was well organized. The only issue I had was that you had to walk through the Publix area (they were a sponsor) and past all the vendors to the back of the room to pick up the swag bag and race number. My husband and I had looked up our race numbers ahead of time so getting our bag was quick and easy. I, of course, had to take a photo with my race bib.
After receiving our bags, it was time for my favorite part of the expo – the shopping. I did not buy as much stuff as with past expos mostly because I picked up a new pair of Newton Running Motion III shoes. Aren’t they pretty?
My husband picked up some much needed Huma gels for the race and an official race t-shirt with the map of the course on the back. After we picked up a few free samples (yum), we still had 3 hours until we could check in to our hotel. So we decided to walk over the CNN Center to have lunch. We ended up having burritos from Moe’s and sat down to eat – in front of the massive March Madness board.
Since it didn’t take too very long to eat lunch, we decided to take the CNN Studio Tour while we were there.
After the tour was over, we drove our car to the hotel and got checked in. We were placed on the 20th floor and had a spectacular view of Centennial Olympic Park from the hotel.
We basically just chilled out for the night to prepare for race day. We ordered some room service for dinner (pasta of course) and I laid out my running clothing for the next day.
I took one more photo of the nighttime view from our room then settled in at 8:30 (yes I really went to sleep that early!) to get some sleep and get ready for my early start to race day.
Check back on Friday to read my recap of the Publix Georgia Half Marathon race!