Originally I was going to meet a running friend for lunch and afterward we were going to attend the Fitness Expo together. However, these plans fell through so I invited Flat Ben to go with me instead.
My favorite parking lot was still there - a hotel or office tower hasn't replaced it yet - and it was mostly empty (timing is everything when it comes to the fitness expo) so we had no trouble getting parked and walking the easy two blocks to the convention center. Flat Ben wanted some photos of himself in front of some of the sights so that he could bring them back to Milwaukee with him at the end of the month.
|George R. Brown Convention Center. My neighbor|
thinks it looks like a big cruise ship. I think she's right.
|George R. Brown Convention Center|
There were no lines at the packet pickup area and I walked right up to the counter and claimed my race bib and then walked to the other side of the convention hall to claim my t-shirt. Then Flat Ben and I did a little shopping.
|Inside the exhibit hall at the Fitness Expo|
|Shoes, shoes, shoes...Brooks Running|
I tried on the Cadence 2 but with a $130 price tag, it would be a big risk. What if I can't adapt to the minimal design with it's minimal toe ramping. The nice Luke's store rep pulled out a pair of Cadence 1's, the Cadence 2 predecessor and marked way down. At that price, I was willing to take the risk. Besides...I liked the color of the Cadence 1 better than the choices for the Cadence 2.
|Discovery Green Ice Rink - currently covered to|
refreeze the ice for tonight's skating
Then we headed over to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, and got his picture in front of the "juice box." After that, we went home.
|Home Plate entrance to Minute Maid Park - Home of the Astros.|
|Bell Tower at Minute Maid Park|
Nyla decided she sorta liked Flat Ben and was trying to talk him into moving to Houston, rather than returning back to Milwaukee to his family. I don't think Flat Ben was buying it.
|Nyla greets Flat Ben and gives him a sniff.|
|My new Brooks PureCadence |
While I was wearing my new shoes around the house, Nyla the cat decided to adopt the empty shoe box.
|I am curious kitty cat.|
|Just the right size for Nyla cat.|
|"Pretty pink shoes, mom!"|