The People, the Expo and the Most Incredible Treadmill I’ve Ever Set Foot On


Okay, I promise I won’t talk about the Runner’s World Half Marathon ALL week, but there’s still some things that just need sharing. It might just be a two post per day kind of a week since I have some serious goods to give away too. Speaking of, have you entered the Love Grown Foods giveaway yet? Enter here.


I still can’t stop smiling from this past weekend. The thing about it is that events like this aren’t just about the races and the performance, it’s about the community and the people. There were just so many amazing people there. Old friends, new friends, people I met last year or at other events, blog readers, etc.

The running community is amazing. I never want to leave. Even if I’m the slowest or oldest one out there, I’m in it for good.

They are just so welcoming to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are. If you’re running 1 mile or 20, if you’ve done 30 races or none, runners are just some cool people to be around.


It was so great catching up with friends that I’d made at other races or through the bloggy world.

Here’s just a few more besides all the friends I met up with at the actual races.

Mr. David Tratner. The man behind the scenes creating these amazing events and experiences for all of us.


Runner’s World Steve from our Golden Gate relay team.

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By the way, he was injured and hi foot was killing him  and he flew past me around mile 8 in the half marathon. Never saw him again. Ha ha.

The #runchat guys who I’ve heard so much about, but never actually met.

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Jen Van Allan, who has helped me so much with the Runner’s World Challenge and my training plan. She knows her stuff and has given me such great advice both in running and life. She pretty much takes care of everyone who does the challenge program though, so I’m sure I’m nothing special.

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I was so looking forward to chatting with her in person since I pretty much bother her every day one way or another. She’ll be at the MCM marathon next weekend too.


You know what’s really fun? Meeting people you’ve bet through the blog, but never met in person. Races are the best place for that.

I met Marcia

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and Beth at the expo.

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It was fun tagging along with other running bloggers at the expo too.

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Sarah and Theodora. Good times.


So, some other expo highlights because I get overly excited about race expos. I know, it’s a problem.

Pro Compression was there with a brand new sock I hadn’t seen yet.


Obviously, belVita was there with their biscuits.


Um, and I really must confess, I ate a few too many biscuits trying to make some room in my bags for the trip back. Oopsies. Sorry Mom.

Larabar was there too. Their new bars they have out are darn delicious. Have you tried them?


The pumpkin pie might be my favorite.


Wild Planet Foods has the best canned tuna (in my opinion) so I was pretty darn excited to find them there again this year.


I have yet to try the sardines. Not sure if I’m ready for that.


I’ll just stick with what I love even though the nice Sue really tried to get me to do the sardine thing.


Maybe someday. He he.


Also at the expo was the most fabulous treadmill I’ve ever seen in my life. They had just come out with this treadmill last year at this event. It wasn’t available to buy yet, but it’s been on my wish list since.

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Before the expo even started we all got to find out a little more about the ProForm Boston Marathon Treadmill and the iFit program.

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Look at Skinny Runner Sarah hard at work. That’s what we do.

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Anyhoo… a few quick things about this treadmill. First of all, Janae won one of these beauties. I’m so happy for her. She has one of these IN HER HOUSE. I can’t imagine.

After the presentation I had to go visit the treadmill a little more. I needed to really try it out since it will soon be home with me. (Ha ha. Keep dreaming, right?)

Chase who gave us the presentation was nice enough to take some extra time with me to talk treadmill and show me all the features.


I had to get on that thing for myself.


Among all the cool features, one of my favorites is the speed ring.


Yeah, you can control the speed with a ring. How awesome is that?

The treadmill also has a touch screen


and is already preprogrammed with not only the Boston Marathon course, but pretty much a ton of other courses all over the world. If Google Maps is there, it’s on the treadmill.


Yep, with the iFit technology you can run anywhere in the world.


You can also personalize all your workouts.


Hey, there’s Jillian. (Anyone watching The Biggest Loser tonight?)


Other things that make this treadmill just plain awesome are:

- 20% incline and decline of 6%

- HD video workouts

- touch screen display

- compatible with home wireless network

- cadence and impact control

- so much crazy technological stuff I just can’t handle it




Enough about my dream treadmill.


Someday we will be reunited again.


Until then a girl can dream.


Oh wait, one more thing, the JUST announced that iFit will be partnering with Runner’s World with some custom training plans. That’s pretty darn cool.


I don’t know all the details, I just know that we were the first to find out about it and that it’s a pretty big deal.


Okay, I better get a move on.

Oh, I almost forgot, I also met this guy a few times on my countless walks from the hotel to the festival activities.

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He never really said anything, but that didn’t stop me from taking a picture with him.

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Have a good one.


Favorite part about race expos? (Mine- food samples.)

Is there a particular piece of fitness equipment that you dream about having? (Mine- the Boston Treadmill.)

Are you watching The Biggest Loser tonight? (Me- I doubt it. I can barely keep my eyes open at the moment. I’ll be lucky if I can hold my head up at the dinner table. Ha.)

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  1. 1
    Kathy says:

    I just got on my older than dirt treadmill tonight!!! I don’t think its been used in about a year….2 miles tonight were slow but great….and Oh My Goodness how I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE one of those treadmills….can’t you work out a 50% off deal for you and your readers? Say if you got 10 readers (or just me!) to agree to purchase one or something.

    hahaha…a girl can try right? ;-)

  2. 2

    I would love that treadmill! I have to say it has been in my dreams ever since I saw it on Janae’s blog!!

    I love the new lemon poundcake flavor of Larabar! I got it at the Chicago expo…I would love to try Pumpkin Pie though!

  3. 3
    Laura says:

    Love the samples at expos, of course! Love those socks too…I did wear mine on Sunday!! Glad I went back to the expo with you, or I wouldn’t have gotten them. And speaking of bothering Jen, I was considering emailing her. I discovered today that my RW challenge time is over… I couldn’t login to the forums to ask my question. Boo. Maybe I can remind her I took that really awesome picture of you two and she will answer my question :) Hah.

  4. 4
    Jennifer G says:

    That treadmill looks amazing. Can’t imagine the price though.

  5. 5

    Just awesome! Your weekend looks awesome!!! I love the running community too and want that treadmill! I hate treadmill running but having that one might make me change my mind!

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    Brenna P Caldwell says:

    Yay YOU and yay Love Grown Foods! Thank you for making me smile every day and inspiring my health food (and now cinnamon roasted squash) obsession!!!!

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    Kim says:

    Kathy has a great idea – maybe a group discount!!!
    Yep – watched Biggest Loser – I’m kind of happy that this year it is just and hour long – much more manageable at the end of a long day!!!

  8. 8

    Anything with pumpkin, count me in! That treadmill sounds awesome! Now it just needs to have an injury reader and tell me when I have had enough for the day…. to me thats the hardest part about getting back into running. Wanting to push yourself but knowing you probably shouldn’t.

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    Michelle Kim says:

    Definitely the coolest treadmill, ever! Wish I had the monies for it. Looks awesome!!
    Since I can’t afford it right now, I’ll stick with looking for those Pumpkin pie Larabars :D

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    Diana says:

    Lemon pound cake Lara bars? Yes please!

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    Laura P says:

    I’m right there with you, drooling over that treadmill!

    Love the samples at expos, but I also love seeing new products to try.

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    Bethp262 says:

    The best part of expos is meeting blog/twitter friends irl. It was great to meet you at the expo! (Sorry I couldn’t chat longer–next year!). I totally covet that treadmill, too. Would love one and I’m not a treadmill fan at all.
    I think you might like sardines if you tried them…I have just recently started eating them. One of my favorite lunches lately is a bowl of roasted butternut squash with a can of sardines. (Would probably be even more yummy with kabocha!). :)

    • 12.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      So great meeting you Beth!!! Wait, time out- sardines with squash? Now you’re talking. I might have to find some. LOL. How did your race go?

      • bethp262 says:

        Race was not the greatest. Well, 5k and 10k were not bad–took it easy
        and hip just felt stiff but no pain. The half was tough–by mile 6 it was
        bothering me a lot. Had to walk and stretch multiple times miles 9-12 but
        still miraculously managed to finish in under two hours–1:58. Very sore
        the next day. But the good news is I saw the orthopedic MD today and
        X-rays look fine. I can cross-train and transition to running as
        tolerated. If problems persist in 3-4 weeks will have MRI. So now I just
        need to take a step back, get healthy and strong again!
        How were your races? I hope you are feeling good and getting ready for
        MCM! :)

  13. 13

    I want to go to a race expo with you!! That looks like so much fun!! I just grab my stuff and get the heck out of there!

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    Judy says:

    I really like your jeans in the one picture you are wearing. May I ask what brand they are? I’m just used to seeing you all the time in workout clothes :)

    • 14.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      The picture with the Run Chat guys? They are True Religion. SUPER OLD (and pricey). One of the few pairs of jeans I have. Ha ha. It’s all about Nordstrom Rack.

  15. 15

    Great to finally meet you this weekend. I also NEED that treadmill. Did you try it with the fans on? wowsa

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    Natalie says:

    I want that treadmill, it is too cool. I also love the food samples…especially Larabars, ha!

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    Nicole says:

    I love the free food samples at the expos! Last year when my SIL was pregnant with her twins, we took her to the Seattle RnR marathon expo….she was in heaven (Who am I kidding – I was in heaven and I wasn’t pregnant! Ha ha!). She got to try some great new protein bars, which her stomach liked and kept her protein intake up through her pregnancy (she would get tired of eating chicken and fish, so this was a great option!). Ohhhhkay, and now I’m rambling…….. ;)

    That treadmill is totally lust-worthy! I saw it on Janae’s blog and damn – it has everything! Also….this is gonna sound weird, but the Total Gym is something I want! Yes, the Chuck Norris/Christie Brinkley Total Gym. I did one workout class with that thing and was sore (in a great way) for a week!

    I have the Biggest Loser DVR’d! Will watch tonight! :)

    Meeting all those cool people must have been the BEST! Love the energy that I get at race expos and with other runners. :)

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    Casey says:

    Looks like I just figured out what to start saving my pennies for: that treadmill!!

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    It looks like you had an amazing weekend at the Runners World event!! So so fun and so many fun people to hang out with. So glad that you got to go and be a part of it. And that treadmill looks amazing!

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    The Biggest Loser is my favorite show on “local” channels, BUT this season just seems off—maybe it’s the 1 hour show—it’s just not living up to my Biggest Loser standards :)

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    Ellie F. says:

    My favorite part is definitely the food samples they give out!!

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    FUN! A treadmill with out side handles kind of scares me! ;)

    I love that tuna but I wish it were in my budget as good as it is….

  23. 23
    RF Guru says:

    I just bought a brand new Boston Marathon 4.0 treadmill. Can’t wait to get it. Ya’ll would cry if you knew how sweet of a deal I got on it.


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