If all you do is pop in and out of the convention center Friday or Saturday to grab your race bib and stuff, you'll miss some great lectures. Yeah, I know. Lectures. Snooze. But there are talks about all aspects of running, so it won't be like school or anything.
Here are some highlights:
* Kaiser Permanente is the race sponsor, and it will hold a medical symposium on Saturday dealing with issues such as hydration, overuse injuries, mental techniques and -- ah, yes -- blisters.
* Runner's World bon vivant Bart Yasso will speak at 6 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday. Yasso wrote a piece in the most recent Runner's World magazine about how he met his future wife while running the CIM years ago.
Yasso's memoir, "My Life on the Run," is a great read, too. I especially liked his humorous encounters with burro racing in Colorado, the Bare Buns Run (yup, nekkid), and his tale of inventing the "Yasso 800s" interval work for marathoners. But he also writes poignantly about overcoming alcohol dependence and father issues by embracing running and its lifestyle.
* Elite masters women's marathoner/registered dietician Mary Coordt (who recently qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials) and registered dietician Andrea Hacker will hold a sports nutrition seminar on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Also: Fleet Feet is running a shuttle from the convention center to its Midtown store. It's having a sale, including gels for $1.