Over the weekend I did The Color Run and I have to tell you it was the most inspiring thing I’ve witnessed in a long time.
I had forgotten that the 5K is the entry level distance for many people who are just taking up running for the first time in their adult life. Fun runs like The Color Run are particularly well known for being a great place for first-timers to tackle the distance because the atmosphere is non-intimidating.
At a walker-friendly 5K like The Color Run as a first-timer you don’t have to worry about coming in last. You also don’t have to be embarrassed if you take walking breaks because plenty of others will be walking. Of course there is nothing wrong with taking walking breaks or following a run/walk pattern, but when you are new at something you often feel self-conscious about a million different things that are normal. Or at least I know I did.
So, on Saturday in between all of color being tossed around I saw those people. The ones who had that determined look on their faces. The ones who didn’t stop to take pictures and who just ran right through the Color Stations without stopping to get powdered up.
I knew that determined look … any other person who takes running seriously would know it.
Seeing those people out on the course made me want to race again. In my opinion there is nothing more inspiring than someone pushing themselves to the limit. I think beginning runners are possibly even more inspiring than Olympians going for the gold because they haven’t yet developed all the tools to deal with being uncomfortable during a race. They’re just determined to meet their goal.
Even though I was at The Color Run to have a fun morning, I got teary eyed several times on the course when I saw people who were obviously at the 5K to complete a goal they had been working towards for months. The whole morning reminded me that there is literally no better place to find inspiration than being surrounded by hundreds of other runners!
When I went to packet pick-up on Friday after work I had no idea I would come away from this event with so much inspiration. I got to packet pick-up just a few minutes before they closed up so there were hardly any other runners there.
When I was getting my bag and bib the volunteers went over the rules again. The run was not chip-timed and the starting line would let participants onto the course in five minute waves between 7:30am and 8:15am.
I was planning to get to the starting line right at 7:30am so I could be one of the first to cross. I mostly wanted to be early because it’s been so hot and humid out that I wanted to avoid as much of the sun as possible. Unfortunately I decided to sleep in a little on Saturday morning and didn’t wake up until 6:40am.
I forgot to plan out an outfit the night before and eventually just went with my teal skirt and a yellow top. I don’t have a white running top and this yellow one was the lightest one I have. I did wear my white socks hoping they might pick up some color!
I also remembered to put my phone in a plastic baggy so that it wouldn’t get ruined if I took it out to take pics inside of the color stations. I remembered a few of you told me that’s how you keep your phone safe when you run in the rain and I figured it would work for this too!
I wanted to run a couple of miles before I headed to The Color Run so I didn’t get over to the start line area until closer to 8am — and wow the starting chute was packed!
There was a DJ playing fun music and everyone there was super excited. Eventually it was my group’s turn to go and we were off! I was really glad I put my phone in a plastic baggy because it made it so easy to take pics without worrying about ruining my phone :).
I had a really fun morning. The only downside is that with an event like The Color Run the majority of participants will not know race etiquette. Even though the guidebook says that walkers should stay to the right no one seems to follow this tip. Normally this would annoy me a lot but I wasn’t trying for any specific time so I didn’t mind weaving around people.
Right before you cross the finish line there is a bubble zone that causes absolute gridlock. Everyone stops to take pictures (including me)!
I thought it was very funny to see people stop right before the finish line. I’m not going to lie that it kind of annoyed me too :). Even though I was just there to have fun I also had my Garmin on because I needed to track my run for the day. The runner in me was very annoyed to add an extra 30ish seconds to my mile split because I couldn’t get through to the finish!
Eventually I made it through and was surprised to see they were handing out medals. The last time I ran The Color Run they didn’t have medals so that was a nice little bonus, especially because they are really cute!
All in all I ended up running 10K that morning before 9am which is pretty crazy for me. I have not gotten up to run early in the morning in a very long time. I forgot how accomplished it makes me feel!
I also forgot that it makes me take a nap :).
Yep, that’s Cecil sleeping on my pillow. My allergist says that I shouldn’t allow Cecil into the bedroom but lololololololol. Where else is he supposed to sleep if not in the bed?
How was your weekend?
Anyone else do a fun run or race?