Last Saturday morning I kicked off my racecation by spending a couple of hours at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach expo, which was held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Because we drove down to Virginia Beach Friday afternoon/evening, with a stop in Williamsburg for some shopping at the Yankee Candle Flagship Store and a pasta dinner, we were able to head to the expo first thing Saturday morning.
Just like last year’s expo, parking at the convention center was plentiful, and the expo itself was well organized. Once we arrived, our first stop was to pick up my bib. The line for my corral was short, and I waited less than five minutes to pick up my bib. With my bib in hand, I headed a short ways down to retrieve my race shirt and gear bag, and then we exited into the official merchandise area.
Unlike at the previous Rock ‘n’ Roll expos that I’ve attended, I was much more impressed with this event’s official race merchandise. I debated between two different tops for awhile, and ultimately decided to get a new long sleeve half zip, which I’m sure will get a lot of use this fall. Preston also wanted a pint glass to add to his collection to commemorate his volunteering at the race.
As we were getting ready to exit the official merchandise area, we ran into Meranda and Lacey from Fairytales and Fitness. After talking with both Meranda and Lacey online for awhile now, it was great to finally meet these sisters in person!
After saying goodbye to Meranda and Lacey and paying for our merchandise, we entered the main area of the expo. We immediately walked into the Sports Authority area, where I picked up a couple of pairs of Thorlos Experia socks for a great price. I also picked up a new pair of sunglasses (so that I don’t have to keep running in my regular sunglasses), as well as a new Sparkly Soul headband for only $10. We also tried a couple Power Bar samples and visited with the J&A Racing booth since we hope to register for Shamrock Marathon weekend, which is in March.
Compared to last year’s expo, we found this year’s expo to be very underwhelming. It seemed as though the number of vendors present at this year’s expo was much fewer than the number that had been present at last year’s expo. We didn’t leave all too disappointed, as we had hoped to not spend too much money at the expo (which we didn’t). It just meant that we spent less time at the expo than we had planned on, which allowed for us to spend more time at the beach.
After the expo we headed to the beach, had lunch on the outdoor patio at Waterman’s Surfside Grille while overlooking the Virginia Beach boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean, and then enjoyed an afternoon on the beach. Lounging on the beach was just what I needed in order to relax before the half marathon the next morning.
QOTD: How do you relax the day before a major race?
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