I had such a crazy but fun weekend! I got to participate in all of the ING NYC Marathon activities even though I was not an actual runner. It all started on Saturday when I went to the Marathon Expo. Nissan invited a few bloggers to attend to learn more about the 100% electric Nissan LEAF since it was the official sponsor. I was excited when I found out Mari got the invitation as well! We met in Queens and took the subway together to the Javits Center.
I delivered her some water and walked around the expo since we were a bit early for the Nissan event. I would like to know where they get off charging $3.75 for a bottle of water! They are just asking for all of the runners to be dehydrated the day before the race! Crazy!
My new goal in life is to run the Jamaica marathon!
I could at least do the 10K! That would be amazing!!
range – 100 miles/charge based upon US EPA LA4 City cycle2
speeds up to 90 mph
5 passengers, 5 doors
My favorite thing about the car is that the seats are made out of recycled water bottles! They are starting to open up stations to charge the car battery all across the country. Very cool.
Bloggers in action…
Ryan Hall was in the Nissan booth signing autographs! Mari and I just admired him from a distance….until we found out we were going to meet him!!
He is such a cutie!
We also spotted a guy from So You Think You Can Dance!!
How do I see two people from that show in the same month? Love it.
Eventually two cars picked us up from the expo and took us to our next destination!
We did a little…ahem…sightseeing….
We ended up at Strala Yoga studio which is owned by Tara Stiles!
Our original email from Nissan said:
· Exclusive Yoga Session with Tara Stiles: One of our Nissan Masters, nationally-known Tara Stiles will provide a private meditative yoga session at her studio, Strala Yoga
I was really excited to meet Tara Stiles. A few days later, the email from Nissan changed to this:
· Exclusive Yoga Session with Mike Taylor
o Mike Taylor, husband to one of our Nissan Master, Tara Stiles, will be holding a private meditative yoga session at Tara’s studio Strala Yoga. Mike will speaking on Tara’s participation in the Master the Shift Program, and will be available for a brief Q&A session.
This email really made me think we would be sitting in the studio listening to Mike speak for a while. I also assumed we would just be doing a brief meditative session. There was nothing in the email about bringing yoga clothes. We also should have been warned to bring water. We got there and were instructed to change into our yoga clothes and get yoga mats! What? About half of us had to do the class in jeans.
I made it work….
My stretchy jeans came in handy! Mike spoke to us in the beginning about the studio and how they really focus on yoga for athletes there.
It ended up being an hour and a half intense yoga class!! I wish they would have told us this!! It was amazing besides having to worry about my jeans running up my ass the whole time.
Mike was a great teacher and really explained the benefits of every move. The highlight of the class was the head massage he gave us during Savasana! He came over to me several times to adjust my positioning. I really loved the class. I definitely want to go back there so that I can enjoy the class in actual yoga attire.
After yoga, we got back in the cars and headed to the Marathon Eve dinner in Central Park! One of the cars got in an accident on the way there. Luckily everyone was okay! We made it to the dinner and didn’t even have to wait in the hour long line! They hooked us up with V.I.P. dinner tickets!
We were all dying of hunger! I could not wait for the pasta!
Free beer! I was happy!
I enjoyed some cheesy pasta, chicken and rice, salad, and vegetables! Delicious!
Eventually Mari and I made it home after getting lost in Central Park for a while. We got a nice view of the fireworks on our walk back to the subway! I ended up with lots of great swag!
Nissan gave us each a long-sleeved shirt and I got the rest of the food from the stands at the expo. They originally promised us “an exclusive swag bag filled with Subway coupons and other healthy items.” I have no idea what happened to that but I felt better when we each won bleacher seats for the marathon finish line!
Nissan was supposed to have a raffle for the tickets but since some bloggers did not show up, we all won! So exciting!!
I met Mari and her boy back at the subway bright and early on Sunday!
Our seats were amazing! They provided us with lots of entertainment during the race!
We saw marching bands, cheerleaders, break dancers, roller skaters, and jump ropers!
I spy the Nissan LEAF!
It was so exciting to watch the runners and see the look of accomplishment on all of their faces.
Congrats to all of the runners and thanks to Nissan for a great weekend!
Did you watch the marathon this weekend? Do you plan on running one at some point in your life?
The winner of the MyBlogSpark Progresso Soup and Fitness Ball Giveaway is….Brandi!! She said, “I have always wanted to try a fitness ball but haven’t had a chance. I just do basic crunches and stuff to try and work my abs. I also use some machines at the gym.”
Congrats! Please email me your address! Have a great day!