Today we are starting out by telling you about the Run Disney Princess Half Marathon Expo!
Don't worry though, in the days to come we will each be sharing our own experience with the Disney Princess Half Marathon! Plus we will have a guest post from our mom, sharing about her first ever half marathon!
First off, the Expo overall was pretty cool! You go there and get all your necessities for the race: check-in, get your bib, pick up your running pack which includes your shirt (which was great by the way!), race day instructions, some other freebies, and the bag that you use to check-in on race day if you have stuff with you. So in that way, it was pretty functional.
Then along with that, there are some awesome companies there! Some I have heard of and some I had not. I mean honestly, you could've taken nothing to Florida with you and gotten everything you need for the race. All necessities, from your socks & shoes, to your head bands, and you had multiple options!
One really awesome and new product that we saw was called the Handana! This was one of the products that I was most impressed with. It's a different style of a sweatband that a lady created! I think I enjoyed this because it is such an easy and unique invention and I would love to create something great like this as a Naturally Fit Sisters product! Anyways, I am definitely going to contact her and see about doing a review and giveaway for the blog ;-)
Then of course they had the Run Disney/New Balance shoes! These are the women's, Minnie Mouse shoes! So many people were at the New Balance booth trying them on! It was great, and if I needed shoes I may have bought some myself. They are super cute, plus they are Run Disney shoes!
Of course the Expo had some pretty cool stuff going on as well. If we didn't have Disney Parks to go to, it would have been fun to spend more of our day there. They had speakers like Jeff Galloway, (see below)....the Run Disney Training Coach speaking and giving tips. Also Ali Vincent, the first female winner of biggest loser spoke! It would have been great to sit and listen to all of their good tips, but we had Magic Kingdom on the agenda for the day. Maybe is I was able to continue doing Disney races, and went there a lot, then I would stay to listen to the speakers instead of going to the park!
Along with all this, there were other frustrating things that Big Sis highlights below, like the line to get our goodie bag, and the line to the Run Disney store. I was really sad because I wanted a Disney Princess Half coffee cup so bad! And the line was TOO long, and like I said we were heading to Magic Kingdom that day....so I didn't wait in line. Anyways, there were some very annoying things about the expo, but Big Sis highlights those below. And just for the record, although overall I enjoyed the expo, I was just as annoyed with a few of those things as Big Sis.
Fun Chaos from Big Sis
Disclaimer: Let's just be clear that my post won't be near as exciting as Little Sis'... Please keep in mind I have just finished 7 full months of pregnancy AND had a very excited 3 year old with me.
I was really excited to go to the EXPO. The last EXPO I remember attending was during my first 1/2 at the Little Rock, Arkansas Rock and Roll in 2008. Little Sis had me pretty excited to check this one out and I was ready to get our bib and goodies. We loaded up after breakfast and headed to the EXPO with three kids and five adults. When we got there it had only just opened and there was SUCH a long line outside. I was thinking "OH MY GOSH!!!!" But I was so glad to see that the line went rather quickly to get inside the building.
We had the chance to get a picture at the start or go get our race essentials..... we decided to go get our bib! I really liked the set up of the bib pick up. By looking on the waiver that you had to have you were able to line up in the correct line- according to your bib. I was really glad to see that they had them separated very well... and I only had to stand behind 5 people. All it took was a little snack of goldfish and my boy was content. I waited less than 10 minutes and was able to pick up my bib... and they informed me we would need to go to the other side of the building to get our goody bag.....
So I met back up with mom and sis and our two friends... and we decided to venture out. It only took about 5 minutes looking around when we decided to split with our friends and meet back up at a later time. We had decided that we would walk up and down the aisles and see what there was until we made our way to the other side for our goody bag. I was NOT as excited about any of this as my mom and sister, I can't lie. BUT again, I am so very pregnant AND my toddler doesn't like being confined in his stroller... so that plus all the people = MAD HOUSE TO ME. If you wonder why there are so few pictures of me, if you follow on FB, it is because I constantly got out of it... :) While making it down the first aisle we saw some great vendors- some of which we know and some we don't, as Little Sis stated. We got to the Chaquita Banana Stand where we could do a game and I let my little one play too... he enjoyed that and he won a prize!! :) As we turned the corner I thought someone had something from their goody bag that they were using at a vendor booth, so I suggested we go ahead and get our goody bags and then continue going down the aisle.....
There were SO many people and it was so unorganized that it actually saddened me. NOT the amount of people so much as the un-organization. Mom and Sister went and stood in line to get their goody bags. You stood in line with your size shirt you ordered... I had given mine to mom and I stood off to the side with my son. Mind you at this time he has HAD ENOUGH. He wanted out and wanted to play. There were so many people there. I can't even begin to pretend like I know how long we stood there and all of that, but it was a long time. I heard so many people complaining and I won't lie again- that it put a pretty bad taste in my mouth about what was to come. I have read and heard so many great things about this race.. that to see the chaos just scared me on how the rest would be. Maybe if I had not been able to experience another expo before this one, I would not have had expectations. I wish they had had it organized like bib pick up, perhaps it would not have been so chaotic?
I was so sad that the RunDisney Store had a mile long line. There was NO way I was going to wait in that line with my son. Perhaps if I was just with mom and sister... but I wasn't.. and would not even attempt that. I was ALREADY so stressed out. It was certainly NOT kid friendly... though I did see a family there with triplets- more power to them! I really wanted a nice RunDisney shirt or a I Did It shirt, but I refused to stand in that line!! I did not want anything THAT BAD! :)
After moma and sister so GRACIOUSLY stood in line for their stuff AND MINE, it was time to continue on. By this time, I was SO over it! SOOOO over it! :) I hate my pregnant attitude when I am over something! Sister and Mom were SO excited to look around, I sure hated taking their joy. But we did manage to look around and enjoy it... :) I enjoyed seeing/hearing Jeff Galloway and Ali Vincent... but when it was time to go- there was NOTHING sad to me.
As far as the goody bag we got a pink mesh bag, an awesome purple race shirt, a tattoo, a Princess pin, and a bar or two. It wasn't a bad goody bag... but for the price we paid for the race, I would have thought there would be more in there! But I do love the shirt and can't wait until I am not SO pregnant and can wear it and feel okay in it. I still wore it, but can't wait until it fits me better for sure!