Baltimore Running Festival Expo

This time last weekend I was running a half marathon! It was such a whirlwind trip, but also SO much fun.

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I flew straight from vacation in Orlando up to Baltimore for the Baltimore running festival, and a car picked me up at the airport at 3:00. They brought me to the Hilton, where I would be staying for the night. My room was ready, and I had a great view of the marathon start line, the baseball stadium, and if I looked in the very left corner I could see the football stadium.

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I headed over to the expo, as I was told it was next door. I didn’t even have to go outside which was nice because it was cold! I left Orlando and it was in the upper 80’s, so my body was VERY confused.

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The expo was very organized, they had a section for people who had already registered to pick up their bib, and then they sent us downstairs to get our bag and shirt. I LOVE the Under Armour shirts. They are SO silky and soft, and a very fun color.

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They had a big course map at the expo, which really did me no good since I knew where nothing in Baltimore was. I didn’t even know where the start line was! I assumed I would just follow people on race morning. ha.

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There was a big section for official merchandise, and they had some really cute stuff. I went on through out to see the other vendors. It was a smaller expo compared to the ones I am used to with Disney or Rock n roll, but it was organized, and had some familiar booths.

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At the end there was a huge Under Armour section with a great selection of merchandise.

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I was wearing my UA speedform shoes, and had several people ask me about them, and I was happy to share how much I love them! Overall the expo was well run and I was able to get in and out without any problems or long lines.

I headed out after that, I was meeting Jami from under Armour for dinner, and we went to the cutest little place called Live 2 Eat. It was adorable, and had the most AMAZING food. If you live in the area, you don’t want to miss this gem.

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We shared delicious risotto balls for appetizers. I also had some great baked chicken for my meal that I devoured before taking a picture.

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We shared fudge like chocolate cake with delicious ice cream. We were stuffed. It was getting late, and we had to race in the morning! I think I may have fallen asleep before my head even hit the pillow, but I slept wonderfully in the comfy beds.

Be on the lookout for my race recap on Monday!

QOTD: Do you eat dessert the night before a race?

Disclosure: My friends at Under Armour sent me up to Baltimore to run this race, and covered my airfare, hotel, and race registration. However, all opinions are my own.

Comments

  1. How fun! What a great opportunity and your dessert looks amazing! I don’t typically eat dessert the night before as my stomach usually has lots of butterflies!

  2. Nope! No dessert for me the night before. Usually not even the whole day before.

  3. Looks like fun! Can’t wait to read your recap of the race! And no…I normally don’t eat dessert the night before a race.

  4. I did before my last half and had a horrible upset stomach during the race. Don’t think I’ll do it again…

  5. I’ve heard great things about the Baltimore Running Festival! A coworker ran the half this year and told me it’s fantastic. It’s driving distance for me so I may add it to my list for next year.

  6. If there’s one thing I love it’s a well-organized expo! :-) And those risotto balls look amazing!

  7. Bridie Rist says:

    What a whirlwind! Can’t wait to hear about the race itself.

  8. Your partnership with UA is awesome!! And those risotto balls look amazing!! :)
    -Sammy @ http://www.peaceandloveandicecream.com

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