The next morning we were up early as to beat the lines and it things went pretty darn smooth. I am not a newbie to races and this was like nothing I have ever seen or experienced. Nike is Nike and this was not your typical expo. There were no headbands, rollers, slogan t-shirts or trail mix etc. Instead you walked into a well oiled machine. You were checked in and then given specific directions on where to go next. The mood was "Hollywood" dim lighting, with neon and club like music playing. Almost half of the "expotique" was photo opportunities. The #WERUNSF thing was huge. There were staff wearing the newest Nike gear and even manikins showcasing their new Nike Gear Vapor Flash jacket. You may notice in the pics I started the day in shorts and ended in capri's. It felt like I was sticking out like a sore thumb. Everyone in that place looked like they were two seconds away from a start line!
However right across the street was the NIKE mothership. 7 floors of shopping (and LOUD music) with what felt like 100's of people all trying to find that magical NWM keepsake. We were also just steps away from Tiffany & Co. This is where my friend Amy AKA my assistant fell in LOVE...the jury is still out if she fell in love with running OR the dream of a little piece of bling she was going to have work her tail off to get the very next day. We had a blast walking the streets of San Francisco and doing a little window shopping. We both knew the next day was going to be a very big day. As many of you know lots of things can happen during 13.1 miles.