No, I am NOT running the Twin Cities Marathon tomorrow. LOL. I have a half marathon coming up in a couple weeks that I have been struggling to train for so certainly no 26.2 tomorrow. Part of the marathon route runs really close to my apartment so I do plan to walk over to watch and cheer for the runners tomorrow!
So why did I attend the Twin Cities Marathon race expo if I’m not running? Because I was giving a presentation on performance nutrition! Heck yeah!
That’s me – EXOS Fueling and Performance! This was my first big presentation in a while but it was to runners and those are my peeps! Running is what got me into nutrition in the first place. So I was pretty excited to attend and speak at the Twin Cities Marathon expo.
But… we had some technical difficulties and by the time we got our talk up and running, the crowd was thin (or should I say nonexistent):
Awkward… But we began our presentation anyways and luckily once we got going people started to trickle in. By the end, we had probably 25-30 people in the audience. And at the end of our talk, I had an elite runner approach me and say thanks for giving my presentation and asked some questions about my nutrition services. That was pretty cool. If I reached just one person then I am happy!
It was kind of fun being at a race expo, checking out the booths and collecting the free samples (thanks Larabar!) and not being worried about the upcoming race.
I had to take a picture of the awesome Brooks dressing room they had at the expo:
And their “Run Happy” wall:
But I’d have to say my favorite part of being at the Twin Cities Marathon expo was that I got to meet the wonderful and inspiring runner, Kara Goucher. I am a big fan of hers and had actually just read an article yesterday about how she would be at the Big Sur half marathon in November and I was bummed because I will be running the Big Sur full marathon in April and I thought it’d be cool to meet her. And then I see her at the Twin Cities Marathon expo! So exciting! And yes, I am a running nerd and asked if I could get a picture with her:
Good luck to Kara and all the runners going the distance tomorrow!