This past weekend, I ran my first registered run since the Toronto Marathon in 2009. I needed a break – and I think this was the perfect run to ease me back into the whole thing.
My friends and I tackled the Color Run 5K in Denver’s City Park (right next to the Zoo). It was a perfectly sunny day (actually a bit warm for running) and the park couldn’t have been prettier. It was really crowded, but I thought they did a good job of staggering the starts so the course was not too packed. The race is all about getting rainbow-ed up, so we started out in white:
Then we ran through a series of coloring stations where we were covered with clouds of colored dust. There were 4 stations total: orange, blue, yellow & green. I was thankful my husband was with us to snap photos and save my camera from certain doom!
By the end, we were totally covered in color – and so was the road! Mission accomplished.
When we reached the finish line, we all had our own packets of colored dust to make a huge celebratory cloud. Cory snapped some great photos of Brandi, Michelle and I throwing dust at each other. That was probably one of the most fun parts of the whole day!
If the Color Run is coming to your city, I’d highly recommend it! It reminded me of all the reasons I love this sport – the camaraderie everybody has with each other (I haven’t ever been high-fived more times in 30 minutes), that your only competition is yourself, the spirit of “if you finish, you win” that I think is really unique to running – and that making to the end is worth celebrating.
So, running world, I think you might have me back.