Happy to have finished.
Friday afternoon my family and I drove up to St. Louis to meet up with Ash. We arrived close to dinner time and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the Hilton St. Louis Ballpark, which I really enjoyed. The staff is very friendly and there are plenty of amenities at the hotel (starbucks and froyo in the building is a win-win). I recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the St. Louis downtown area.
View of the ball park from our room.
Nice bathroom with Peter Thomas Roth bath products, which I loved.
Standard double bed room.
After checking in and getting all our things in our room, we headed to the lobby to meet Ash and head out to dinner.
We decided to grab dinner at PF Chang's. When in the city we never miss an opportunity to eat there. Ash and I hit it off right away and I knew then that I have made a life-long friend. We talked, life, running, marriage and blogging of course. I wasn't the only one loving Ash, Izzy absolutely adored her and her blonde locks. She kept saying that Ash had golden hair like Elsa from Frozen.
After dinner and she was already holding hands with Ash, that was very special because Izzy is very particular about who she likes.
Tummies full, and with everyone tired from traveling, we called it a night. The next morning we met up at the hotel cafe for breakfast. I stayed in my usual comfy attire of yoga pants and soft workout top.
Breakfast at the hotel was unexpectedly delightful. I usually don't mind hotel breakfast, it does the job, but I never call it yummy. Everything was just scrumptious, especially the croissants and oatmeal. They also had all sorts of fresh fruit and berries which was a plus.
After breakfast, we took the hotel shuttle and headed over to the expo which, IMO, fell subpar. It was easy to get our bibs but the merchant areas were on the floor of a small arena. The floor was accessed by steep, child-unfriendly stairs from an upper level. Once at the bottom, all of the booths seemed too close together. The small floor space meant vendors were limited and it was packed with so many people you could barely look at anything. I left without a single purchase, which (if you know me) is a super-rare occurrence.
Troy and Izzy had lots of fun playing outside the convention center. Troy unknowingly walked too close to a goose nest. Ash and I watched as, what I assume was "daddy goose" flying towards and chasing Troy away. Thank goodness James was there to save him, lol. It was the craziest thing ever. James always says, that if you become the aggressor towards the goose they usually back down and he was right. Of course, James was tormented and scarred as a kid by his grandfather's goose named Bobo (who was in love with granddad's wheelbarrow), so he's had practice with geese. After the scare we all had a good laugh. I'm sure Troy will never forget it. Everyone walked away unscathed, lesson learned. The goose learned he can't bluff everyone and Troy learned to keep his eyes peeled for irate fowl!
After the expo we headed to Plaza Frontenac for a little shopping. Of course if you read my blog you know that I never miss going to a Lululemon or Athleta.
At Athleta I discovered that I love Chi Tops, they must be made from the softest and most comfy material ever. If you are a fan of rulu material by Lululemon, Athleta's is even softer but not quite as thick.
That afternoon, I picked up an Athleta chi top in Coral Sizzle, from Lululemon I got the Rad Plaid Speed Shorts, my first Bang Buster Headband and two long sleeve swiftly's in clear mint and lullaby.
After shopping we had a carb loaded lunch/dinner at Macaroni Grill. I had the traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Stuffed and happy, we headed back to the hotel for some rest and to get ready for race day. Stay tuned for Part II of the race recap.
Have you ever met up with someone you met online for a race and spent the whole weekend with them, not just meet them race morning? How did it go?
What's your go to carb loading meal?
Do you love/hate expo's?
Have you ever been attacked by a goose? What did you do?