I will start by saying that after a few rough weeks, this was exactly what I needed. Happy times. Join me on our photo adventure of the day!
|Three sorority sisters, minus one. We found her later!|
|Team Flair for Theatrics, ready to go!|
|Team CSO - me, Josh, and Jeff.|
|Jennifer, racing friend!|
|Our friend's post-race powder packet started to leak, so a few of us got eye pink before the race started. :)|
It kind of made me more antsy, because there were people already done by the time we were just starting -- so we got to watch the color cloud appear in the valley of the park while we stood there, still clean and white. Torture!
I will say, that this isn't exactly what I would call a race -- unless you were in one of the first two or three groups to get started, this was a brisk walk/jog (jog if you were lucky!). Bottlenecks definitely got a little crazy before each color tunnel, so it was mostly a walk. But a good one at that, given that I haven't ran much at all lately. Let it also be noted that for these facts, the Color Run is NOT timed. :)
|Do you SEE that massive cloud of powder!|
|After yellow (1K)!|
So after yellow, I jumped back on the sidewalk and landed in one of the patches of grass that dipped a little bit, and promptly rolled my ankle when I landed. Not awesome. It didn't hurt too badly to finish (walking/jogging) the run, but lord does it hurt today!
|All greened out.|
|After pink -- pink throwers were by far the best people there. They made sure they got you from head to toe.|
|All I see is color. :)|
|Giant powder paint party at the end -- SO much fun!|
|Our shoes turned out pretty too!|
|This is one of my faves from the day.|
|I just reall thought the asphalt looked neat.|
|Team OPA, all colorfied.|
|Tebowing at purple.|
|Team CSO, after.|
|Not gonna lie, I used to REALLY want blue streaks in my hair. Now I've got 'em.|
It was quite the adventure getting home (make sure you bring towels in your car). We stripped nearly everything off on Heather's porch just to be sure we didn't color-fy her whole house while we were at it. Powder had gotten through my shoes, through my socks, and dyed my feet pretty well - my toes and heels are still purple today.
The Color Run pre-race information also suggestions (especially for folks with light hair) to use oil or dry shampoo/condition on your hair. I'm sure glad we did dry shampoo, given that the teal streaks stayed pretty well -- I can only imagine what they'd look like if I hadn't prepped my fresh blonde highlights (oops!). Today, the four blue streaks I have make it look like I'm five years old again and spent too long in a chlorinated swimming pool (so you can imagine, really, the teal looks like faded green today).
If you have the chance to still sign up for your city's Color Run -- do it!
Like I said, after a rough few weeks, this was a great way to turn things around! Definintely worth the hype, the chaos of the morning, and waiting 45 minutes to get anywhere! Back to nursing the ankle -- I've got a half marathon in four weeks! Wish me luck! (And I promise I'll be around a little more often)