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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Color Run - San Diego aka The Happiest 5K on the Planet!

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My husband and I tackled the Color Run this weekend, aka The Happiest 5K on the Planet.  Lol, but seriously, I have not run in probably over 3 years.  I exercise and do home workouts, but have left jogging behind a long time ago.  Bad knees, neck injuries, and a bunch of other horrible excuses to cover up the fact that I really just do not like running that much.  Enter, the Color Run :)

My friend from high school emailed me a couple months back letting me know that the Color Run was coming to San Diego, and she wanted to get a group together to run in it.  She has been a good friend for almost 20 years (we met as babies, wink wink), and she lives in Murrieta so I do not get to see her as often as I would like.  So I thought, why not?  The website did promise that it was The Happiest 5K on the Planet, and who does not like to be happy?  Plus, the color madness did look fun.

Fast forward to Saturday, October 11th.  We live about 15-20 minutes from Qualcomm, so we thought that leaving at 6:30am for an 8:00am start time would be fine.  Well, long story short, we were wrong.  We did not actually get to the starting line until 9:00am.  We were stuck on the freeway within walking distance from the stadium for probably 2 hours.  We were checking the Color Run's Twitter feed and Facebook updates to make sure they would still let us run.  I have to give their social media team kudos.  They were on top of responding to every tweet and post they could.  They happily tweeted that they would make it up to us as soon as we were able to get in and not to worry, we could still race.  Thankfully all the negative experience ended there.  Once we parked, got to the starting line, and actually were there, the rest of the race was a blast!

Even though I am not a runner, I still like to challenge myself, so my husband, and I jogged about half of it.  Our friends decided to walk it.  I LOVE that that was an option for both of us.  It truly is a race for everyone.  I saw babies in strollers, and even a dog.  You can run the whole thing or casually walk it.  Overall, I would definitely recommend doing this race at least once.  If you do, here are some things to keep in mind:

5 Tips for the Color Run

  1. Wear Tennis Shoes You Do Not Care About
  2. Close Your Mouth When You Go Through The Color Stations
  3. If You Want Lots Of Color, Pick Up the Color Powder from the Ground at Each Station and Throw More On
  4. Put Your Phone or Camera in a Ziploc Bag to Minimize Powder Getting in Every Crevice
  5. Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Get to the Race, More Than You Think You Need
I think what I most enjoyed was just running the race with my husband.  It was great to get out and be active together.  He is such a supportive running partner, and I love how I feel when we are together.  We were a team conquering the race together.  I had forgotten what that felt like.  I know we are a team at home everyday but that feels different.  There is no start and end date to that team.  You are a team tackling life, and that is a little different.  You cannot appreciate it in the same way.  This was a defined event with a beginning and an end.  We supported each other during the race, matching each other's pace, planning which parts we would run or walk, checking in with each other, and ultimately celebrating together at the finish line.  It was a priceless experience, and one I highly recommend.

So how bout it?  Is there a more happy 5K around?  I am not so sure.  If there is, please let me know.

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