The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Expo… where do I start. In many ways, it was just like any other big race expo. And so similar to the RnR San Jose one, the feeling was positively deja vu-ish.
RnR SF expo: RnR SJ expo:But don’t get me wrong, you could tell you’re in San Francisco right away:I was quite the early bird, heading there during my lunch break on Friday — hands down the best way to rock a large expo like this one. Small crowd, relatively speaking, and no lines at the booths (even those that had raffles, shock!)But I wasted no time with raffles, PowerBar samples or even free swag, as I was on a mission: find the Newton Running booth, pronto, and purchase new shoes. Done and (with a self-negotiated 20% discount + free socks my old friend Newton Guy threw in)… done!I’m so excited to break them in next week!
But wait… something even more exciting happened at the expo! First, I ran into Melanie from my MMRT San Jose group. Melanie is a mom to a four-legged furry baby and super-brave cancer survivor who is running a race every weekend this month — while undergoing radiation therapy. Amazing!
Then Melanie and I met another amazing woman and I kept thinking that the floor will give in at any moment under the weight of undiluted awesomeness:That’s right! Sarah Bowen Shea, a.k.a. SBS: co-author of Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother, the books that gave me a half-marathon PR and lots of laughs along the way!
Chatting with SBS for a bit was the best part of my day [heck, my week: I spent the larger part of it surviving on juice, remember?] — and yes, she and Dimity are working on a third book, to be announced soon!
And with that, I headed back to real life — but not for long. This Sunday, I’ll run over the Golden Gate Bridge and back, and if all goes well, will wear this amazing finisher shirt just two hours later:[Seriously, you can’t really tell because I take such amazing photos and all, but this is a super stylish t-shirt. Definitely a win with this one, Competitor Group!]