This past weekend I drove down to LA for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon — it being the 5th and final California RnR race, I was excited to have done them all. It was also Halloween weekend and with that being the theme and my costume planned, I was pretty excited for a relaxed and fun weekend of running and meeting new/old friends.
I drove down late Friday night so that I was fresh and ready to hit up the expo early on Saturday. I planned to meet Lisa of RunWiki.org and admittedly, was a bit nervous. What if she thinks I am weird? Which I am… but I was relieved to find out that she was as sweet in real life as she is online. She was incredibly nice, down to earth and we jumped into conversation and clicked right away. I could tell running together the next day was going to be WAAAAY fun.
I made the normal rounds of the expo, checked out some running glasses (which I am still on the look for — but that’s another post), spun the Jamba Juice wheel (won a free smoothie), sampled a Power Bar, and came across some familiar (and new) faces.
I ran into Linzie of @SeeSharpRun first, rockin his @InkNBurn and we chatted for a bit… come to think of it, I’ve seen him at my last 4 of my last 5 races (San Francisco, Disneyland Half, RnR San Jose and RnR LA), we are pretty much race twins. We were then joined by Dre of @ReNewedMe… imagine that, two SF runners/bloggers have to come all the way to LA to meet. Next up was Dani of @IrishEyes1982 who is way too much fun. She has so much energy and I love it… of course, four bloggers in one area immediately means bust out your phones quickly followed by take a funny photo and tag away on social. That’s how we do.
Walking around the expo a bit more, I came across Nadia of @IrongirlNadia – you may have read about her in a recent issue of Runner’s World, or read about her being the youngest woman to run 100 marathons (story here). We’ve been at several races at the same time (including her 100th in SF this summer), but we never seem to get a chance to chat. Again, I guess LA is the place to catch up. We chatted for a bit, I congratulated her on the record and wished her luck on what would be her 45th half the following day… yep, that’s 45 halfs, plus 100 marathons and we aren’t evern talking about her ironman distances. Putting in work.
After picking up the bib and the race shirt, it was off to the meet up spot to have some drinks and food with fellow runners and bloggers… massive amounts of tweets, instagram posts, tags, shares and introductions were made. I think we spent almost 2-3 hours there. It was fun.
I had a really great time at the expo getting to meet so many fun and inspiring people. It’s nice when you can meet so many people that just love to hang out, have a good time, introduce yourself quickly followed by your twitter or IG handle, run a little, drink a little and never find it rude to bust out your phone, take a picture of your food, and immediately post.
RUN ALL DAY shirts:
available here in various colors on men’s, women’s and kid’s sizes.
Orders will close mid-November that way they can print and ship in time for the holidays.
Tomorrow I’ll share a recap of the Rock ‘n’ Roll LA Half Marathon with plenty of photos.
Do you enjoy meeting other runners/bloggers?