World’s Smallest Race Expo

I don’t often go back and reread posts I’ve written, but I just got done reading the post I wrote after my first marathon, and I definitely got a little misty-eyed.

It is one thing to relive the experience through the mental thoughts and images my brain remembers a year later, but wow, rereading that post had me reliving the experience in a much more authentic way and definitely brought back thoughts and emotions I had forgotten about.

It reminds me why I do keep this online journal!


After my first marathon “explaining” how the race went.

Translation: “what did I just put myself through?”


This is the week of lasts:

Last long run

Last track workout

And today: Last run!

Eek!! I can’t believe the marathon is in less than 2 days away!!

It is scary to think that the next time I go running, I will be running the Mayor’s Marathon!!


Today I did an easy 4 miles–definitely nothing strenuous!

Afterwards I spent a lot of time foam rolling and stretching.


And then it was time for one last ice bath! (I honestly think they become less painful each time. Seriously—try it! ;))


This evening I went to pick up my bib for the race.

Welcome to the world’s smallest race expo. . .

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Bib pick-up


There were only a handful of booths on each side of the room.

We did get some questions answered by a very helpful gentleman about the course though. That’s probably something that would be hard to come-by at a bigger race.


And it is mandatory that all hotels have obnoxious, hideous carpet?!?!


I’m laying low for the evening and hanging out with Craig. 🙂


14 responses to “World’s Smallest Race Expo

  1. Can’t wait to hear how you did, but more importantly, how you felt about your race. each day is a new day and a different day, go and enjoy your run! 🙂

  2. Don’t forget your insoles for your tennis shoes, Michelle!! What was the name of that last big hill in Duluth? I hope you don’t have one like that again. We’ll be anxious to hear how you do.

    Good luck to you, Craig. You’ll be doing a marathon, too, if you have to keep up with Michelle and meet her to give her “gu” and water. Be sure to wear your running shoes!!
    Take a picture of her when she is finished with the race so I can see her expression on her face.

  3. I ran a half in May in Boston- the expo was just as small! I was totally disappointed but what can you do? I snagged a couple free Lara bar samples, though!

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