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My Women’s Running Cover Debut

by Meghann on November 17, 2012

Look who made the cover of this month’s Women’s Running!


I gave a killer interview on my future goals for running, including plans to rock the Olympic trials in 2016.

Ha! Kidding!

The cover shoot was actually a booth set up at the Women’s Half Marathon expo today.


How fun is that?!

Also, at the booth – custom headbands!


Look for the girl rockin’ the hot pink “Meals and Miles” headband on the course tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰


So, small world, the ladies ahead of me were creating “Mims Milers” headbands. Mims is the extra-small town right next to the small town I grew up in. Turns out we went to the same high school and my aunt was their guidance counselor in elementary school. Seriously small world. You just never know who you’re going to connect with in line at a race expo. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Women’s Half Marathon St. Pete expo was held at the BEAUTIFUL Renaissance Vinoy Resort.


They tease you by having you walk past the pool area when picking up your race shirt. If I had my bathing suit on me, you better believe I would have skipped grabbing the shirt and just jumped right in. It was calling my name!


Packet pick-up was nice and organized. There were no crowds, no line, and the whole process took less than 5 minutes – I’d call that a success. ๐Ÿ™‚


I did forget my confirmation sheet, but I was able to look up my bib number and fill out a new one without a problem.


(side note: the Women’s Half Marathon shirts fit generously in the women’s cut. they’re also really comfy)

The expo down the hall was bigger than I was expecting. I’ve done small races before with just a handful of booths, but this one had a few dozen in attendance. The majority of the booths were capitalizing on the female dominant race with lots of pink, custom jewelry, and even finish line bouquets of flowers for sale. I’m telling you – the female running market is HUGE. Make anything pink (water bottle, fuel belt, shoes, navigation watch,etc) and you’ve got gold.


I spent a good 30 minutes wandering around the expo (including waiting in line for the cover photo/ headband) before calling it a day. I managed to get out with only two new purchases: a pull over and tank top from Raw Bamboo – love their stuff!

I also ran into a friend on the way out the door.


Mary and I are planning to start the race together. Her “easy” pace is a little different than my “easy” pace (she’s a speedster), so we’ll see how long that lasts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I still need to figure out what I’m wearing for the race. I’m thinking a running skirt and lots of pink (to go with my headband). Thoughts?   

After the expo, I walked to Rollbotto for lunch.


Rollbotto is a build-your-own sushi place that I’d heard people rave about, but had never been. I didn’t get a good photo of the food counter, but let’s just say it was less than impressive and I was a bit worried. I opted to go the build-your-own salad route with grilled eel, chicken, all the veggies, sesame seeds, and ginger dressing.


The salad ended up being really good. I was worried when she went heavy on the dressing (I’m not a big dressing fan), but it totally worked here. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I ran a few errands before making it home, then Derek and I watched Brave (eh. it was alright for a Disney movie.) and made pizza for dinner.


The crust was store bought from the Publix bakery (we’re pretty much obsessed with their pizza dough) and toppings included: asparagus, mushrooms, bacon, sausage, and blue cheese. The bacon was my idea, the sausage was Derek’s.


We overdid it on the meat, but other than that it was pretty tasty. LOVE blue cheese on pizza! Awesome pre-race meal.


All my electronics are charging (iPod – check!, camera – check!, Garmin – check!), my alarm clock is set (4:30am – eek!), and my bib is ready to be pinned. Now i just need to figure out what I’m wearing, get a good night sleep, and I’ll be good to go!

Good luck to all the racers who are running in the morning!!!

Good night!

1 meghan November 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Good luck tomorrow Meghann!! I still haven’t figured out what I’m wearing either…but all my stuff is charging!
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2 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale November 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm

What a fabulous feature of the race expo!! Having a cover shot would be an awesome way to commemorate the event!
Enjoy yourself tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜€ Do what you can. If you leave your heart on the course, you can’t lose!!
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3 lisa fine November 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Good luck, Meghann! I always love reading race recaps.

I’d like to run a women’s race sometime – I bet it’d be really confidence-boosting to be surrounded by thousands of other female runners.
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4 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

That’s a cute way to remember a race – custom magazine cover/headband. Good luck!
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5 Annette @FitnessPerks November 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Good luck!!
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6 Charlie (therunnerbeans) November 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

Love the headband!! Such a good idea. Good Luck in the race Meghann!
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7 April November 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

Good luck and have fun!!
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8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

CUSTOM HEADBANDS!?!?!? That is the coolest thing ever!!! Good luck on your race today and have fun!
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9 Kathy November 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

Yea…custom headbands on the spot are really cool…instant gratification! Love it!

10 Kristina November 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

By the way, I’m a female runner and I don’t wear pink!
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11 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper November 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Sweet custom headbands! I did the Divas Half Marathon last month, and the expo was filled with tons of female runner swag…but no custom headbands like that!

12 carissa @fit2flex November 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Great expo recap. I wish I would’ve seen the pic booth. it was real hot when we went so I left quick. good seeing you today!
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13 Beth (@RunTraveler) November 18, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Hope you had a great day out there today!!!
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14 gina phillips November 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

such a fun post!! this makes me want to continue my training so i can run a marathon someday:)
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15 Robyn @thereallife_rd November 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

i totally fell for the magazine cover! until I scrolled down ๐Ÿ™‚
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