The Brooklyn Half expo was so dope it deserves a post of its own!
Since I would be volunteering for a 4 hour shift on Thursday I decided to go down to the party–enjoy myself then come to work the next day.
I took a quick ride from work and started walking towards the party. As I got closer and the bridge was in sight I started getting all emotional. I’m not sure why. It could be for a myriad of reasons including the person that thought I was going to experience this race with dropped me like a bad habit. Or maybe it was the fact that this was home–all of the places I’d be running through I have known my entire life so it’s a bit of a full circle situation. Or maybe I was just SO damn proud of Brooklyn, where we started and where we are now. It could be a combination of all 3 either way I was a hot emotional mess on the inside as I approached the party.
Business first I went to go pick up my bib. I’m in the last corral. Womp. Next I went to go get my new balance black tech shirt (which is gorgeous by the way!). Then that is when all the fun began!!
I took a pic with my bib and checked out the normal expo fare, running gels, watches, etc.
So there was tons of merchandise, THIS immediately snapped me out of my funk and into my happy place. (Fitness clothes tend to do that to me!) and boy did New Balance BRING IT with the designs. I was drooling over everything while simultaneously checking my bank account. I ended up with a singlet and a tee. (I still want more!)
Outside on the makeshift grass was a ton of fun things including miniature golf stations that replicated important monuments in the race. So cool!
Next I waited on a very very long like to get my race tee spray painted for free. I absolutely loved the end result!
There was live music all night that was awesome too.
There was a special insta meet for some of the runners and that was fun because I got to meet some of my Instagram buddies!! Plus I got a pretty sweet camelbak water bottle to boot!
Tomorrow I run. I run Brooklyn. I run to meet my babies. I run to meet my Godmother. I run my own race. I go as hard as I can, and pull back if I need to. Preparing for this race has been super fun and this entire Brooklyn Half experience has been amazing. Just being a runner for the past 10 months has been amazing. Getting ready to begin marathon training is just mind blowing. All of that.
Tomorrow I run.