Thought I'd give you a little recap of The Color Run that I participated in over the weekend!
I was very anxious about this race for a number of reasons. The first being that I knew that it would be crowded. I had no idea how crowded it was going to be until I saw the news the night before. They said upwards of 8,000 people! Now I'm not sure how accurate that number was but it sure did feel like it and that total could have included spectators, I'm assuming. The next reason I was nervous is because I have a huge dirt phobia. I hate getting dirty or messy. So needless to say that this was so far out of my comfort zone that I was practically in a different country. But, in the weeks leading up to the race, I figured that I really needed something to look forward to to get me back to running regularly again. I knew that I wouldn't likely be able to run the whole thing but I estimate that I did run probably about 60% of it.
The weather actually turned out to be perfect. It was in the 50s and a little chilly in the shade. I ended up wearing a long sleeved shirt and a short sleeved on top and I was very comfortable in that.
This time I did not come in last!
Chris went with me to cheer me on and he was supposed to be my official photographer. He ended up spending most of the time on the sidelines trying to avoid paint packets and he completely missed me crossing the finish. We just didn't see each other!
Color in every orafice. The volunteers were aiming for faces I think. Thru each color station, I had decided that I was going to run directly in the middle and run straight through them and not walk. Well that plan sort of backfired on me because I ended up having to run and hold my breath at the same time. Towards the end of the paint station, I was exhaling and trying to breathe air in that I inhaled my share of coloring.
Also, at the beginning there were many announcements stating that if you were walking to stay to the right so the runners can have the left hand side. Since I was alternating running/walking, I had started in the middle. On my running parts, I ended up having to zig-zag all over the place just to get around people. Walkers were everywhere and seemed to be in large groups. It was frustrating and when I was ready for a walking break, I was trying to move over all the way to the right and had to zig zag again.
Oh as a comparison, this is my first 5K:
And this was The Color Run 5K: (Times are a bit better, I think, and this is with only 60% running and several hills)
Ok now that that is out of the way, here are some pics! Some of these are duplicates if you are fans on my facebook page...
TL;DR - Had fun, got color in my nose. Probably wouldn't do it again though unless I had a friend or family member who wanted to do it.