Part of the other special thing is that I remember SO clearly doing this very same expo last year. Shamrock was my first half marathon, and Kelli was there to cheer me on. This year, it was Beth's turn. She said she felt very out of place - I remember that same feeling - and yet I kept telling her that she deserved to be there! That she had trained and was ready - just like all the other "real" runners! It was excited to see her there and get her ready for the race (and get her mind off her banged up knee that she had hurt that week! ugh!)
The bib number!!! You can sort of see Beth's face injury in this one. She fell the Thursday before the race and scraped up her face and her knee quite badly. Luckily, it was all surface wounders (nothing sprained or broken), but hurt like the dickens, scraped her up pretty badly, and got her even MORE nervous about the race.
Addison was a trooper - she was quite happy and content (poor thing didn't know what a long day awaited her the next day!!)
Here's Beth getting her official race shirt! (The most fun thing is that I got one too!! When I was cheering Beth during the race the next day, there was one on the side of the road that a runner had thrown off....so we match! And I can pretend that I actually did run it!)
The 4 boys working diligently on their cheer signs for Beth.
Harrison drew Lady (from Lady and the Tramp) on his.
Josiah drew Beth running - complete with a cute little pink running outfit! He knows this stuff is serious business!
One of my favorite vendors is "One More Mile" - they have all these hilarious running shirts. These were my favorites. This one says "I know i run like a girl. Try to keep up"
"May the course be with you" - had to take a pic for my star wars boys!