Friday night after work I headed up to Dallas to spend the weekend at Megan’s. We grabbed a quick dinner at Ozona’s, and then went back to her apartment for wine, dessert, and a movie.
Saturday morning we hit the Corner Bakery for breakfast (AMAZING french toast), and made our way to the Mockingbird Station to take the DART to the expo. Easier said than done.
We assumed the ticket machine would take credit cards, but unfortunately it did not. It is 2011, right? We quickly found an ATM, but it’s card reader wasn’t a fan of Megan’s debit card. I gave mine a shot, and thankfully it worked. I fed the ticket machine a twenty dollar bill, for a four dollar fare, and wondered how I would get change back. While I was looking for a slot for bills to come out of, I heard *cling cling cling cling* coming from below. The machine was dispensing my change in COINS! After realizing they were dollar coins rather than quarters we were slightly relieved. But still…
The race expo was only a short DART ride away.
If you’ve seen one Rock n Roll expo, you’ve seen ‘em all. The setup was nearly identical to San Antonio.
However, I have to say, the expo kind of sucked. I was blown away by San Antonio and the amount of vendor booths they had set up. The Dallas expo was much, much smaller and was missing staples such as Cascadian Farms and SoyJoy. We were pretty disappointed.
Of course, this did NOT stop me from spending money there. First up, I registered for a race!
The $15 discount enticed me, so I added Rock n Roll San Antonio to my race calendar in the fall.
SkinnyRunner discussed compression on her blog awhile ago, and mentioned that she felt CEP compression sleeves were tighter than Zensah’s. I decided to give them a shot, even though they were out of my size in black. Boooo. I bought the white ones instead.
Mission Skincare had a
booth table set up, and their products were buy 2, get one free. I picked up the Ultra Sweatproof SPF 30 Sunscreen, Maximum Strength Muscle Rub, and High Performance Anti-Friction Cream. So far I’ve only tested out the Anti-Friction cream, and it worked really well!
I noticed at the Austin Marathon expo that iFitness made the pouches on their belts slightly larger than the previous ones. Bummer, since I own one of the older ones and my phone won’t fit in it. After lingering around their booth for a good twenty minutes, I took the plunge: I bought a new belt. I really wanted their new hydration belt, but of course, they were sold out.
This one has one large pouch, with an inner pocket to hold your ID/credit card/cash, and then gel holders on either side of the pouch. There are also toggles to hold your race bib. I raced in it on Sunday, and I loved it! Just like my other belt, it was super comfortable and didn’t bounce around at all. Since I was able to carry my phone with me, I didn’t have to mess with gear check which is a HUGE bonus in my book.
After I nearly emptied my bank account, Megan and I had our gait analyzed, and then decided to head to Margarita Ranch for (what else?) margaritas and lunch.
Our race packets…stuffed with TUTUS!!
Further compounding my disappointment with the expo, the packet was less than impressive. Really the only thing of use to me in there was my race bib, and the opportunity to try Gu Chomps. Everything else? Crap.
The race shirt:
I really liked the design of the tech shirt, but not a fan of it being white.
Overall, Megan and I had a great time on Saturday. Full race recap to come tomorrow!