Over the weekend I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I ran a 5k. Not just any 5k mind you, The Color Run 5k.
I learned about The Color Run about 2 years ago. When I read about it, I thought it sounded like so much fun. Well the color throwing sounded like fun, the running did not. I kept The Color Run in the back of my mind, chalking it up as something that sounded fun, but as something I would probably never do because I could never run a 5k.
I forgot about it until this year when I decided to get serious about fitness. I started thinking about goals I wanted to achieve, and running a 5k was one of the goals I set for myself. I started researching 5ks and that’s when I rediscovered The Color Run. When I found out it was coming to Mississippi, I knew it was fate.
At the end of April, my husband and I started training, following The Color Run 5k training guide.
We ran 3-5 times a week until two days before the race. Last Friday, we loaded up our car and headed to Jackson, Mississippi. We missed the evening check-in party, so we were up bright and early Saturday morning (4:50 a.m.) to check in and get our swag bags. Our hotel was right next to the Coliseum and Fairgrounds, which is where the event was held, so we just walked. It was still pretty dark out. We found the check-in tent, got our swag bags, then walked back to our hotel to get ready. We put on our shirts, our sweat bands and tattoos and then turned around and went back to the Coliseum. Runners were already gathering around waiting for the fun to begin.
Pre-race duck face. YEAH!
Our pre-race clean faces.
Before the race, there was a pre-race party, which included a Zumba warm up.
Brickhouse Cardio Club leading the warm up
The Runicorn getting in on the action.
I was pretty adamant that I was not going to be doing the Zumba warm up. However, once it got started I couldn’t resist. I’m glad I participated because it was so much fun, and it was a great way to warm up. After the Zumba warm up party, it was time to line up for the race.
I was so anxious and excited waiting for the race to begin. The MC was playing tunes, throwing beach balls around, throwing out frisbees, sweatshirts and fanny packs, and getting everyone pumped up about the race. There were also two guys shooting water over the crowd. When the National Anthem begin to play I got really excited. I knew we were about to begin, and sure enough, at 7:00 a.m. on the dot the first wave of runners were released. We were in the third wave of runners which was released at 7:07 a.m.
At first there was a bit of confusion. The beginning of the course wasn’t marked off, so we started running down the wrong patch. We had to cross over a grassy patch and run up a hill to get to the correct path, which was a steady incline up a bridge! As I was running I remember saying “This is for the birds.” When we got on the bridge we were sprayed with liquid color.
The first color zone we ran through was pink, then blue, then yellow, then orange. It was nice having the color zones to break up the race. It was a nice way to gauge how far I had gone and how much further I had left to go. Once I hit the orange color zone I knew I was close. The last leg of the race was running up a semi-steep hill. Once I made it to the top, I saw the finish in the distance. I pepped talked myself all the way to the finish line. Running through the finish line was so excited. The crowd was all standing around cheering you on. I understand why so many people love to race now. It was exhilarating crossing the finish line, knowing that I had just accomplished one of my fitness goals. I made a promise to myself that I would run the whole thing, no matter what. That meant leaving my husband behind. Once I crossed the finish line, I grabbed some water and waited for Nick to cross. He wasn’t too far behind me.
Immediately after the race. A very happy and accomplished girl. Still semi-clean.
Once Nick had finished, we made our way to the stage again for the post-run party. The people on the stage were doing there thing and throwing out color packets for everyone. They also threw out Starbursts and more fanny packs and frisbees. I snatched the Starbursts up and ate them. Sadly I didn’t get one of the fanny packs. With color in hand, we counted down the first color throw. When we got to 3-2-1, everyone released their color into the air. All of the color formed a beautiful rainbow cloud, that rained down color on everyone.
After one round of color.
My sassy, “look at all my color” pose.
Nick’s “here’s my color” pose.
After the first throw we scooted out of the crowd to take pictures. When we were finished posing, we quickly joined the crowd again, waiting to catch more color. The music was loud, the crowd was excited, and being in the middle of all of it was so much fun. Nick and I participated in about 4-5 more color throws. We were having too much fun to stop. We were being pelted by color, and sprayed with water, all resulting in caked on muddy color.
My white headband is no longer white.
My “oh well, at least I had fun” pose.
Nick doing the same exact pose, just dirtier.
We probably should have called it quits after the first throw, but we weren’t on a mission to look cute and take “cute” color pictures. We wanted to have fun and lots of it, and that’s exactly what we did. After seeing how disgusting we were at this point, we did walk away. I bought a a tank top before we went back to our hotel. I kept telling Nick over and over how happy I was that he did this with me. He told me that he loved me because I wasn’t afraid to get messy like other girls. Boy did we get messy.
When we got back to the hotel to shower, it looked like someone was murdered in the bath. Contrary to what I read prior to the run, the color washed off pretty easily. I still had some blue on my face and some orange streaks on my leg, but for the most part we came out pretty clean. Once we were all clean and packed up, we checked out and searched out a place to eat. We stopped at a place called Primo’s Cafe and ate so much food! It was the only thing we had had to eat all morning (besides Starbursts) and we had just run a 5k, so we enjoyed ourselves.
It was honestly one of the best days of my life and I’m so happy that Nick and I shared the experience together. I’m so sad that it’s over, but I’ve been trying to work my magic and get a crew together for another run in September.
This was my very first 5k, but it will not be my last. I’d love to run an actual serious 5k to see if I can get a good time. I’d also love to tackle a 10k, and maybe even a half marathon. I was worried while I was training that I wouldn’t be able to run the whole thing, but I was surprised by how easy it was. I guess all the training paid off.
Even though The Color Run is a fun run, I love that it promotes being happy and healthy. A big party of being healthy is exercising, and if you can find a way to make it fun, then you’ll learn to love it!