Just went to the NY marathon runners Expo. My thoughts:
1. What a madhouse!!! Had all the hallmarks of an NYRR event -- Lots of people, but very well organized. Just lots of people, runners, foreign tourists. They need more space! All of the booths were jam packed with people. And the official Asics marathon store was a nightmare. If I want any marathon gear, I'll order online.
2. There is a recession upon us. The booths are not nearly as elaborate or fancy as years past. And fewer of them.
3. Met Brian Sell. He was just sitting at a table at the Brooks booth, and struck up a conversation with him. I always thought he looked bigger and brawnier than the other runners. In real life, he isn't. I am big and brawny; he is lean and fit.
4. Power Bar has these new Energy Bites. Not the energy gels or protein gels, but like marble size chunks of carbs. They tasted good. But they were sold out of them! What is the point of free samples, if they don't sell them?
5. Seeing your picture is cool. Several years ago, I ran with a charity team. (More on that in another post; a great experience, but I just couldn't commit this year.) Anyway, behind their big booth at the marathon are poster boards about 8'x6' showing runners, and faces. My face is one them! From circa 2006, with a big huge grin on my face, about 1'x1'. Thats still pretty cool.
6. Lots of energy and enthusiasm for Sunday. Of course, it is now supposed to rain. But I know I am well trained for running in the rain!
And how New York gets by with the Javits Center as the main convention space is a mystery to me. It is so inconvenient, it is just scary.