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Expo and Weekend Update

The to-do list for Saturday went pretty smoothly which we were very grateful due to our rather interesting night.

We were able to get in a few naps during the day which helped everyone. G took a nice two hour nap in the morning which we all took advantage of.

After G’s nap we got ready to head down to the expo to pick up my race packet. We were planning on using the T (subway) but decided to just drive down to save some time but pay heartily to park. It ended up costing $36 for 2 hours and 3 mins! Life in the big city.

The expo was located at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston. After first arriving, I picked up my race number packet and then picked up my goodie bag along with a technical race shirt. We then turned left and headed into the expo. Two words that quickly came to mind when entering was huge and crowded. There were booths everywhere and included, nutrition, clothing, shoes, recovery products, races, and on and on.

A couple neat things I saw was a Gatorade test chamber where a guy was running inside of an enclosed area on a treadmill. There was a lady with him wearing a lab coat and looking all scientific. It brought thoughts of their sweat rate / electrolyte testing they do. I also saw a booth doing shoe/gait analysis while you run on a treadmill.

Before too long it became rather uncomfortable due to the crowds and we had to get out of there. I could feel the life energy being sucked out of me. If the expo would have had another half the amount of space so that everyone would have a bit more room to move around, it would have been much more enjoyable and I would have likely spent more time.

I ended up taking some video of the expo but still have to take a look at it to see if it is worth sharing or not.

I didn’t get in my two mile run in on Saturday but I probably did two miles of walking. I will try and get in a little run within the next hour or so.

We also were able to spend some time with some friends that live nearby. We had dinner at a nice local Italian restaurant and I ate some tasty Tilapia on top of pasta and marinara sauce. Yum!

Time to rest a bit before I head out for a run…I will write another update later in the day and include my race strategy for tomorrow. Did I say tomorrow? Bring it!

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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