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Like a Kid in a Candy Store

by Meghann on January 10, 2009

All I can say about the Disney running expo.. is WoW!

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I felt like a kid in a Candy Store! I wanted EVERYTHING!! This was my first experience at a running expo and I have to say I need to seek out more. It was so great to be surrounded by all of the things I obsess over with people who equally obsess over them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I hit the Expo I stopped at Whole Foods for some lunch.

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I got a bite of everything, I’m not even going to attempt to try to remember what I grabbed. I can say that I loved the BBQ Seitan and the Tofu was a little blah for my taste. Everything else was good, but not as rememberable.

I also had an Honest Tea with my lunch.

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And did a little shopping (more details on that tomorrow)

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When I arrived at the expo I had to take care of business first, so I headed to the volunteer tent to sign a waiver and pick up my badge for tomorrow.

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I have to be in the parking lot at 6:15am, which means I need to wake up at 4:30..grrr…. I have been assigned to Screaming Fans. The guy who gave me my packet told me that basically means I will be at the finish line helping the crowd cheer on the finishers. He told me he had the job last year and enjoyed it. I guess those days of cheerleading in high school are going to come in handy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I was so excited to go to the running expo after I picked up my packet that I practically ran there. I’m sure I had this wide eyed goofy grin walking in, but really.. who cares? I decided to take my time walking the floor and tried to hit every booth for information that I could.

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Everyone, who was anyone in the world of running had a booth in the expo. From representatives with Polar to Champion, Garmin, Asics… they had it all.

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I was very happy to see the Clif bar booth. They had yummy free samples!

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I tried a Strawberry Shot Block… Yum!

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and a chunk of a Peanut Butter Builder Bar…. it was ok.

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I would have tried the all, but decided it was best not to binge on clif bar samples. I did ask if any Larabar representatives were in attendance and sadly there were none.

They did have really cool arm bands that gave instructions of when to take fuel boosters based on your goal finish time.

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While walking the circuit I saw a familiar brand I discovered through the blog world: Gracie’s Gear.

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I was SUPER excited to see the Power Pouch Sports Bras when Gracie came up and introduced herself. I felt like a little kid blubbering to a celebrity. I told her I knew all about her wonderful product and if I could take a picture with her. She agreed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I told her about my wonderful blog and all of my wonderful readers who would be introduced in trying her product. She told me to e-mail her, so *crossing fingers* a Giveaway may be in the works! Stay tuned!

The best part of the expo was all of the great shirts, bumper stickers, magents, etc. dedicated to running.

I found several shirts that perked my interest.

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I really, really wanted one that said “I Run So I can Eat What I Want” but was not successful.

I did buy this fun shirt, that made me giggle.

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And this Magnet.

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And I got a keychain, shorts, pants and other free giveaways. It was so hard not purchasing the whole expo though. I wanted everything, but I tried to keep my purchases at a reasonable amount.

After the expo I made my way to Ikea to pick up a few odd and ends for my apartment. While I was there I found this sign amusing.

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Valentine’s day special at the Ikea cafe? Fellows, if they’re any that read my blog, word of advice… DO NOT take your valentine to Ikea for dinner on Valentines Day.… trust me you’ll thank me for this advice.

I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home with zero interested to make dinner so I went with what was easy. I had left over Kashi Roasted Vegetable Pizza with 1 cup of Healthy Valley’s Black Bean Vegetable Soup.


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I was surprised on how many comments I got last night about what I thought about the Kashi Pizza. I have to say its good, if you keep in mind that it is a frozen pizza. Its great and easy when you’re in a pinch and is light and flavorful so you don’t feel heavy or icky after eating it. I really like the Kashi Pizzas and tend to buy one when ever they’re on sale.

Dessert was half of a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie I picked up at Whole Foods today.

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Alight Time for bed I have an EARLY wake up call!! Can’t wait to tell you all about volunteering tomorrow. Good Night!

1 ttfn300 January 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

LOL, ikea on valentines day! LOVE the expo swag ๐Ÿ™‚ they are so much fun i’ll have to bombard boston’s…

2 VeggieGirl January 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

BEYOND FREAKING AMAZING!!! But boo to no Larabar representatives ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 Justy2003 January 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Wow, that running expo looks so cool! I should see if there are any in my area soon! The Houston marathon is next week (which I’m planning to go watch), so maybe they’ll have cool stuff there ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and those t-shirts are awesome!
Yuck about the early wake-up time, but I’m sure it’ll be fun! There’s a guy I went to high-school with that’s down there doing the Goofy challenge…a half marathon today and a full marathon tomorrow! CRAZY!

4 Nicole January 10, 2009 at 9:15 pm

That expo looks FANTASTIC! Wow!

5 Amy January 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Looks like so much fun! Especially the samples of different bars ๐Ÿ™‚ Very cool. Glad you had fun and enjoyed your day! Have a great night Meghann.

6 Aimee January 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm

That expo looks like so much fun!! I want to run the Disney half or full marathon someday to get the fun medal.

7 Melissa S. January 10, 2009 at 9:24 pm

omg that expo looks totally awesome! i’m soooo jealous! i got to go to one of those before the san diego rock and roll marathon and it totally was great! i’m glad you enjoyed it!

again, sorry i couldn’t make it up this weekend; i will soon! promise!

8 fitforfree January 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm

that sounds so fun! have a good time tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Meg January 10, 2009 at 9:47 pm

What an amazing expo! Thanks for sharing it with us! Can’t wait to hear about the volunteering!

10 Allison January 10, 2009 at 9:49 pm

OMG – everything you saw today looks amazing!

From meeting Gracie – to all the cool Clif stuff (especially the shot blox!) – looks like you had a great day!

The “bottle of wine” t-shirt made me laugh out loud! Seriously! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a blast tomorrow!

11 Laura January 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Have fun at the race!

The expo looks so cool! There’s a health & fitness expo in DC this weekend. You’re making me want to go tomorrow!

12 inmytummy January 10, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Looks like fun! Maybe you will do the Disney marathon next year!

13 glidingcalm January 10, 2009 at 10:31 pm

expo sounds like so much fun!! samples = best thing everrrrrrrr!

i love your pizza din din too ! ๐Ÿ™‚ loooks so yummy!

14 Danielle January 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

The expo looks like so much fun. Too bad there wasn’t a larabar rep there tho.
Have fun tomorrow at the marathon, can’t wait to hear all about it!

15 Sara January 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Oh my gosh, the expo looks amazing! I didn’t really know that they have running. ๐Ÿ™‚ It looks so fun though. Have a great time tomorrow.

16 Erin January 10, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I love that wine shirt!

17 Marissa January 10, 2009 at 10:51 pm

That expo looks like so much fun!

18 Bridget January 10, 2009 at 10:58 pm

That expo looked awesome!! So fun!! I need to find one of those around here! I would of dominated that free sample table haha. That wine shirt is so great.

19 everydayrace January 10, 2009 at 11:15 pm

jealllllouuuus

we’re homesick ๐Ÿ™

20 Melissa January 10, 2009 at 11:19 pm

OMG, I’m so jealous!!!! The expo looked amazing!!!

21 Alexia January 10, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Hope you have a blast tomorrow!

22 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) January 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

haha that shirt reminds me of you and Caitlin and your 5 mile run hangover cure. ๐Ÿ™‚

23 Erica January 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm

The expo looks like so much fun! Aren’t the shot bloks interesting? The consistency is a little odd but overall a good product! Love the tshirts! Have fun tomorrow.

24 Victoria January 10, 2009 at 11:52 pm

That expo sounds so fun. I would have been in heaven too!

25 Marianne January 11, 2009 at 12:08 am

Looks like you had lots of fun at the expo, even if you couldn’t splurge on everything you wanted.

And I didn’t even know Kashi made pizzas…they make so much stuff we don’t get up here!

26 Sarah January 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

Ahhh, I want an “I run so I can eat what I want” shirt, too! Let me know if you find one …

27 Emily January 11, 2009 at 12:52 am

that expo looks like so much fun! what are you doing there tomorrow? I missed that somehow.

28 Missy (MISSY MAINTAINS) January 11, 2009 at 12:56 am

Looks like you had a blast!! I am def. on the lookout for Kashi pizzas now!!

http://www.missymaintains.blogspot.com

29 Andrea January 11, 2009 at 1:08 am

Your purchases are awesome! LUV the shirt!

30 Justy2003 January 11, 2009 at 1:27 am

After doing a little online research, I found out that there IS a running expo in Houston this weekend (thanks to the marathon)…and Larabar will be there! I am definitely going!

31 sarahannmatheny January 11, 2009 at 2:04 am

Perfect post for me to read tonight! It’s actually my last one before I turn in before my half marathon in the morning! I actually read that Clif shot chart to figure out when I need to take my beans, gatorade and 1/2 a Clif bar tomorrow…so thanks! It really was heaven on Earth, huh? I need that half marathon Ho magnet. And those t-shirts are great!

Alright, sorry we both have to get up so early! Good night!

32 Sharon January 11, 2009 at 3:05 am

Wow, what a fantastic time at the expo!

33 Lara January 11, 2009 at 5:35 am

Those shirts are great–especially the wine one ๐Ÿ™‚

34 Sammie January 11, 2009 at 7:59 am

You had yourself a super afternoon – I would have been grinning from ear to ear too. I hope you have a great day at the finish line – I am sure the runners will really appreciate the love.

35 marafaye January 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

That expo looks like a blast! I love events like that for some reason…and I LOVE your t-shirt!

36 Kate January 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

Holy cow! I want that strawberry block! Meghann, you look so fresh and beautiful in all your pics. You can just tell you take such healthy care of yourself!

37 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 11, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Looks like you really enjoyed the Expo. So fun, and I can’t wait to hear how your volunteer job went. I bet you were a great cheerleader.

I have a Gracie’s Gear top, and I love it! It’s a tank top with a pouch in front…brilliant idea. I hope your giveaway works out as every girl should own one of these tops!

I’ve never tried the Kashi pizza…I’ll have to pick one up soon. Happy Sunday Meghann!

38 elise January 11, 2009 at 12:14 pm

HOW FUN!!! All those booths and samples, wow! The wine shirt was hilarious, def my fave! What a great day, from the whole foods start, to the kashi pizza finish…loved it all ๐Ÿ™‚

ikea valentines? whaaaaaat?!

39 bobbi January 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I love expos there so wonderful, well some of them. am ussualy going to race the next day so I am always really nervouse at them, it would be nice to volunteer! Hey I love that shirt you bought whats the brand or company name? Have fun today!

40 Ryan January 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

That sounds like so much fun! I wouldn’t have known what to do with myself ๐Ÿ™‚ And a trip to WF too? What a great day!

41 ksgoodeats January 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I’m an ex-cheerleader too! Woohoo for WF and that expo looks like it was a blast!

I LOVE the wine shirt!! I’d have to agree…Ikea and V-day are like oil and water – don’t mix!

42 angiismyname January 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm

gotta love free shit!

43 eatingbender January 11, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Wow! Everything looks amazing. Especially all of those Clif samples ๐Ÿ™‚

44 MaryBe January 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm

OMG those Clif Strawberry Shot Blocks look just like the Candy Raisins Jenna’s Aunt brought her from Milwaukee! She has a pic of them on her site (EatLiveRun)!

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