runDisney Marathon Weekend – Part 2

There has been a lot written about the runDisney 20th Anniversary Marathon Weekend and the experience that people, including myself had in the worlds most ‘magical place’.runDisney-logo

You can read about the runs, the training, the entertainment and everything you would expect to read about a running event.

What hasn’t been talked about much is the Health & Fitness Expo that started on Thursday and ran through the weekend.IMG_2618How important is the Expo?  Well, it’s the location that you need to attend to register your attendance for the running events and pick up your race packets.  So that makes it pretty important by itself, but there is much, much more.

The Expo is held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which naturally is on the Walt Disney World Resort Property.  It is an amazing place with 30 sports fields, and several buildings that house world-class sporting events and competitions.  It’s home to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Camp, several summer sports camps for kids and some of the best athletic research minds can be found there.  Oh, and FREE parking!

The Marathon Expo is held in two building within the complex and believe me when I say…they are packed full of everything you could think of for the runner in all of us, with the main emphasis of the Expo held at the Jostens Center.

But, there is more than just great shoes, stylish compression clothes and accessories to make your run “all blinged out”.  You can pick up official runDisney Apparel there as well.  There are some excellent speakers that can change how you train, prepare and approach running whether it’s for a marathon, a lifestyle change or just to burn off some calories.

The ‘Who’s Who’ of running, fitness training and nutrition were on the stage over Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Expo.  I loved listening to the sessions and thinking how I could apply the learning to my own training as well as how I could help my friends out with new techniques, tips and maybe a little terror!!

I won’t expect you many of you to recognize these names, but in this group are Olympic Champions, running legends, world-renowned coaches, NFL players, world record holders and nutrition specialists.  They were all speaking throughout the Expo giving of their time and knowledge to help each and every person who wanted the information that offered to share.

I have been following many of these people for years and know the reputation they have, so when I received my speakers’ list and saw them all in one place…well I was in awe.

I was able to pull myself away from the speakers stage long enough to do a little shopping and talking with the vendors.  (Did I mention I got a new pair of shoes? Love them!)IMG_2587

I love to listen to music when I run but I get sooooo frustrated with ear buds falling out or headphones bouncing around.  Well, I think I found the solution after talking to the ladies from SnuggBudds.  Ever heard surround sound quality in an ear bud?? I have now and I can tell you for all the running I did over the weekend, not a problem from them at all!  Love them!

SnuggBudds

SnuggBudds

I spoke to some experts in the compression wear industry…you know, tights, but for every part of your body.   I was never much for them, but after learning some of the science behind them and the potential benefits, I figured I’d have to give them a try so I bought a pair of leggings.IMG_2648

There were people who could analyze your gait (the way you walk), your spine and your feet.  You could buy headbands, shirts, food, supplements and so much more.  Credit card was smokin’ at the end of the aisles.

I know many people blow off trade shows and expos for conferences and events, but to me there is so much you can take away from them that I don’t miss an opportunity to spend some quality time at them.

Make sure you check them out!

Here’s a few more pics of the experience…

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