Hello divas and happy Monday! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was super busy but so much fun. I spent Friday and Saturday in Nashville at the Women’s Running Half Marathon Nashville. Yesterday was spent volunteering at one of the water stops for the Ironman Chattanooga race. It was so great to be able to support these amazing athletes.
Over the next couple of days I will be recapping my trip to Nashville beginning with Friday, the day before the big race and the expo. Be sure to check back tomorrow when I talk about my experiences in the race itself. Today I am sharing how I spent the day before the race at the Women’s Running Half Marathon Expo Nashville and my exploration of one of my fave cities.
My Friday started off with my traveling to Nashville. I am lucky enough to live in Chattanooga, TN which is only a 2.5 hour drive. This was my first time traveling to a race completely by myself – no running partner, no cheering section, no one sharing a hotel room with me. Luckily, I have been to Nashville many times so I knew where to go and what to do.
My first stop once arriving to the city was the expo to pick up my bib. The process was extremely well-organized and was a breeze (it helps that I am a pro at this race stuff so there was a lot of info that I didn’t need to be told). After getting my bib, I picked up my shirt and my goodie bag and moved on to the shopping portion.
This part of the expo was bigger than I thought it would be, though I didn’t actually buy anything as my hubby was not with me and he told me I couldn’t buy anything. Something about me not needing anything else :). So I left the expo and took a walk down Broadway to take some photos of my favorite part of the city.
After enjoying some scenery and listening to some live music as I walked by all the bars, I ended up at Margaritaville for lunch. This is one of my favorite restaurants (I am such a parrot head) and I had decided that it would be my last “big” meal before the race. Some of the best shrimp I’ve had in a while.
Following lunch, I made my way to my hotel – and was about an hour too early to check in. I had decided to stay out at Opryland so I took some time to walk around Opry Mills (a HUGE outlet mall) and did probably the only touristy thing in Nashville that I had never done – took a tour of the Grand Ole Opry. It was a blast touring the backstage area and I even got to go on the stage.
Once the tour was over, I made my way to my hotel to settle in for the night. I had a light dinner from McDonalds (a wrap and a few fries) and chilled on the bed for the evening. Of course I laid out all my race essentials before I went to bed then turned in early for what would be a rather busy Saturday.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for my race recap.
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