Expo Time!

by Kim on January 28, 2013

Whew. I’m still coming down from the weekend high.

Lots of marvelous things to talk about today!

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On Saturday, Brent got to play Mr. Mom for the day while I headed to Milwaukee to represent the Madison Mini Marathon (I’m on the marketing team) at the Multisport Expo.

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I’d never been to an expo that wasn’t connected to a specific race before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. An expo for the sake of an expo? Who would go??

But, you know, it’s the middle of a Wisconsin winter, and I guess the local racing enthusiasts needed something to tide them over until our real racing season starts. (Shut up, Miami.) It’s also a great time to start picking races and making training plans for the summer. Not to mention expos are a great place to show off your Ironman jackets and visors. (Not hating—I’d do it too, if I had one.)

Here was our setup:

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Er, is that a chair on the table?

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I realize that if you’re not from Madison, you might think putting a chair on an expo booth table is weird. See, we’re kind of obsessed with these brightly-colored “starburst” medal chairs, which you can find at  our university student union next the lake downtown…

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…and ONLY THERE. These chairs are so exclusive, you can’t even buy them. (I think you can snag a red or white one for about $400, but the original colors are strictly off limits. Unless, of course, you steal one, which would almost definitely result in angry townfolk leaving dead animals on your doorstep.)

So when we had The Chair in our house the night before I was to transport it to the expo, it was kind of a Big Deal. I tried to get Mase to take some pictures on it, but he didn’t understand all the fuss over a stupid chair.

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Anyway…I was pretty impressed with the turnout at the expo! It was packed pretty much all day. (Because, err, what else are you gonna do on a cold/wet/dreary day in Wisconsin in January?)

There was the usual assortment of vendors, with more of an emphasis on triathlons/cycling than I’m used to seeing. Lots of wet suits, helmets, those half-zip biking shirts, and expensive bikes with teeny tiny seats.

fleet feetA random photo completely unrepresentative of the biking stuff I just mentioned.

I think there were only one or two other booths for running races, in addition to ours and the two next to ours (which were for races also managed through our company, so they barely count). Besides the Mini, we do the Rock N’ Sole Half in Milwaukee and a new St. Patty’s Day 7K called the Lucky Leprechaun.

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One of the other races was called Run from the Cops (with a doughnut for the O—ha!), which sounds motivating, but isn’t quite what you hope. (Although it does involve doughnuts on the course.)

In addition to the vendors, there were some sweet bouncy houses and dress-up hats for the kiddos.

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They were also doing cycling time trials throughout the day, which was pretty fun to watch.

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Participants biked for 30 minutes at a time, and their ranks and speeds were projected on the wall in front of them. The competition was fiiiieeerce. (I mean, I think…I don’t know much about cycling. But it got pretty intense at the end.)

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By the end of the day, it was seriously hot and sweaty (and yes, crazy smelly) in that corner of the gym, despite the bazillion fans.

We had a pretty successful day at the booth—got 10 people to sign up for the race and added dozens of email addresses to our list. Woohoo!

I also spent the day rocking my new headband from Katie over at Healthy Heddleston.

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After I mentioned wanting a polka-dot Sweaty Band in this post, Katie contacted me and told me about her BAMR Bands (BadA$$ Mother Runner bands). These are a steal at only $10, which includes shipping, and a dollar of that goes to Every Mother Counts.

Plus, look how cute!

headband2 Please disregard the messy hair. Oofda.

I haven’t worked out with the band yet, but I wore it all day at the expo with zero slippage!

If you’re in the market for a headband, I highly recommend checking out BAMR Bands. I just stopped by Katie’s Facebook page, and it looks like she has some funky new chevron bands!

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I got home from the expo completely wiped. Wow, I’m definitely not used to being on my feet all day.

It was nice having a day off from mom duties, but I was happy to get back to my boys. After a cup of tea and a few minutes of Eat, Pray, Love (I barely caught the ending on Oxygen—wow, I’m a girl), I was ready for bed by 9:30.

On Sunday, I went to the premiere of a documentary called Fit Moms for Life. The movie follows the stories of several local moms whose lives were completely changed after attending bootcamps created just for moms and led by personal trainer Dustin Maher. Despite lifelong weight problems, hectic schedules, and personal tragedy, these women lost gobs of weight, rejuvenated their attitudes and spirits, and are now helping to spread the message that any mom can become a fit mom for life.

The movie deserves a whole post to itself, so I’ll be back later in the week to tell you more!

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm

That expo looks like so much fun! I would totally go to something like that. The documentary sounds interesting! Hope you do a review so I can see what it’s all about :-)

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Kim January 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I sure will! Coming soon. :)

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Katie January 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Hi love!

Glad to hear you had a great weekend! The expo looked cool, glad you had a good day working there!

Those head bands are too cute! I have seen them on some peeps on instagram!!

Happy week!

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Kim January 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

You too Katie! Thanks for stopping by!

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