Daily Archives: June 29, 2012

Working Runapoolza Packet Pickup

Happy Friday, friends!  What could be better than a warm and sunny Friday?  Any fun plans for the weekend?  Tomorrow is race-day for me—I’m running Fleet Feet’s first annual RUNapoolza 5-K.

MaryBeth asked if I could work packet pick up this afternoon, and since I’m not one to pass up a volunteer opportunity or a trip to Fleet Feet, I said absolutely.  Around 11:40 a.m., I arrived at the store to help distribute race bibs and tech t-shirts.

Tech t-shirts are where it’s at!  Compared to cotton, they are much more comfortable for running.  Plus, what runner who doesn’t like sweat wicking apparel?  I opted for a men’s cut, so the tee will fit looser around my bust and ribcage.  Don’t worry, I didn’t overlook my all-even number; a bib that lacks an odd number is unsettling, but one without a single odd digit?  I’m trying not to think about it.  Anyway, packet pick up spanned from 12-6 p.m., and I worked the 12-3 p.m. shift.  In addition to race gear pick up, there were also one-of-a-kind RUNapoolza pint glasses available for purchase.

I might treat myself to one if I PR.  Keyword being “if”—we’ll see!

During the early afternoon, I’d guess around 200 people came to get their race gear, and I’m hoping more showed up later. (The number of runners who preregistered is in the 900-1,200 ballpark.) From a volunteer’s perspective, the more runners who preregister and pick up packets ahead of time, the better; it makes for much smoother logistics on race-day.  This is the first time I’ve taken advantage of early packet pick up, and knowing how easy it is—for both the runner and the volunteers—I will try my best to do this for every future race.


Before going to Fleet Feet, I went on a short 2-mile run this morning; I want to keep my legs fresh for tomorrow’s race, so “shakeout” jog defined easy and leisurely.


Say hello to the best breakfast ever.

For this batch of overnight oats in a jar, I used strawberry Oikos organic Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup Quaker Oats, and 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk.  I also sprinkled some chia seeds on top.


Today’s midday meal was a little strange.  Since I worked packet pick up from 12-3 p.m., I ate lunch beforehand—around 11 a.m., which is super early for me.  I was pressed for time, so I didn’t take a picture, but I had a piece of last night’s leftover salmon, half of a banana, and some mini-pretzels dipped in almond butter.


Dinners on the grill are the best.  Tonight, we had Wegmans kabobs.

Yummy chicken kabob!  Have a great Friday night!