Have to start with the most important thing, this year I’m not running the London Marathon 😦 Didn’t have any luck on the ballot, and couldn’t afford the charity place again. I really wanting to concentrate my Berlin and Chicago charities this year.
So probably now you are wondering why am I writing a blog post about it. there are 2 reasons we went to the Expo. The first one is that last year my other half couldn’t come with me due to not being given a day off from work 😦 Secondly I wanted to do some shopping, getting some bargains and loads of freebies.
We went up on the Opening day which was Wednesday the 18th of April. Wanted to go up early so we don’t need to queue a lot and there’s more chance to get items in my size.
The Expo was in the same place as last year, ExCel London. You can really easily get there from central London.
We got there just around 12pm and it was open from 11am, so wasn’t many people there at all.
Our first stop was the Abbott stand, I really wanted to leave some inspirational notes on the wall for fellow 6 Star runners.
They also had the 6 star medal on display and it turns out over 150 people will reach their goal in London and become an Abbott World Marathon Majors 6 Star Finisher. So awesome 🙂
How cool is this? I can’t wait to get mine in Boston next year.Whilst I was there I been offered to try myself out on the gigantic treadmill. For the ladies we had to keep up Paula Radcliffe’s WR marathon pace, which is 11.61 miles per hours. They challenge was to try and complete 400 metres in her pace. It was so much fun. Definitely worth a try 🙂
See below the video my trying the challenge 🙂
After this we went into the exhibitor area. This year was the first when New Balance was the clothing sponsor. I haven’t bought anything there, because I would of felt weird wearing a race gear when I’m not even running it.
But we got loads of freebies from New Balance, see the photo at the end of this post.
After this stand we looked around everywhere till we found the OOFOS stand. As most of you know I’m suffering a really bad Plantar Fasciitis since January. i’ve heard and read so much great stuff about OOFOS so I had to try them on. They not cheap , £50 a pair of flip flops but I had to try them on. As soon as I put it on, my pain totally disappeared. It gave my arch an incredible support, and was so snug I felt great straight away. I never thought that a pair of flip flops can do that. After that I knew that I will need to buy this, I can’t leave it behind.
Since Wednesday I am wearing this all the time, well when i’m not at work. And you won’t going to believe me but my pain is not there anymore. I still feel a bit stiff in the mornings, but after work and running I have no pain at all ! I need to look into if they sell fully black shoes, because then I will buy a pair for work.
As I said earlier I will show you a photo of all the goodies we collected 🙂 The only Item we paid for it was the Feetures socks for me.
In my next blog post I will tell you more about my training plan for Berlin / Chicago. Also will have an awesome announcement about my upcoming training run in London. I cant wait to share with you who’s that famous person I’m going to spend my morning running with. So stay tuned 🙂