Many months ago, my wonderful friend Celia started up running, in part due to me starting up running and she also felt that God was leading her to get in better shape. Me and God - we are totally in sync like that! How cool is it that many of my friends and acquaintances have started up running because I gave it a go last year and blogged about it! I think that is pretty cool but anyway... She had mentioned that she wanted to do her first 5k doing the Color Run. Have you heard of it? I hadn't either until she sent me the link. But you pretty much pay to run and get PAINTED! How flippin' fun! And what's even cooler, the money that you pay goes toward a local charity (of the city that the run is held in).
A couple of months ago, we noticed that there was a Color Run coming to Cleveland, and because we didn't know if there would be any more coming to Ohio, we jumped on it and registered and figured we could make a girls weekend out of it! And of course, after we paid, we found out there would be other Color Runs coming to cities closer to us. But our charity for Cleveland paid for a new playground at a local school - which is dear to my heart!
Oh well, we decided to make it a weekend of fun, running, eating, drinking, napping and some time away from the kiddos! Music to my ears.
I am so proud of Celia, she finished her first 5k, her first race, and I got to do it with her.
Here are some pics from our weekend. And if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will have seen these already. But I did want to share with the rest of my readers what fun we had this weekend.
During (isn't Celia adorable!):
If you have never run a 5k before, this is a great one to do! It's atmosphere is like a music festival. And it's NOT a timed race. The point is just to go out and have a lot of fun getting messed up! It does give you an idea of what a 3.1 miles race feels like but if you want to get covered in paint then you pretty much have to walk through the stations. It's a bottleneck during each painting station. But I think it's a great way to ease the tension of your very first race, you get to have fun and it's an experience that you can really enjoy with your friends!
I know I thoroughly enjoyed doing this with Celia! We had a blast! Although the clean up wasn't as fun! There was paint in parts that I didn't know how it got there! And you pretty much have to scrub 2 or 3 times with soap AND a washcloth to get it almost all off! I did panic slightly when the paint didn't come off with just soap and water. But a good scrubbing was enough to be presentable out in public again ;-)!
Thanks Celia for letting me run with you! You are no longer a 5k virgin! So very proud of you! Can't wait for the next 5k we do together!
Question: Do you like to run by yourself or with a running buddy? Celia and I had this discussion and she prefers to run alone. I kinda like it both ways. I do LOVE running with my running partner Bekah, but sometimes it is nice to run alone in the quietness of your own thoughts! What do you prefer?