Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Crazy for Color

Two weeks ago we ran The Color Run and it was SUCH a blast! We went with one of my co-workers and his wife, and I'm so glad that I finally got to experience this. I've been seeing pictures from friends that have done it other cities and anxiously awaited for our date to arrive, another thing off the Life List!

We were shiny and clean before we started...


 And not so much afterwards... (though you kinda can't tell--fail)

Then there were tons of color clouds and packet bombing...

And color to the face...

We threw our letters up on The Happy Wall...

And enjoyed many color clouds!
Awkwardly caught this man and his baby...
It was a fun event, but it was crazy how many people were there! The race path was really crowded at some points, it would have been better if they spaced the waves out a bit more. I also envisioned the color being thrown at us from above instead of volunteers throwing from the sides. Some color stations were definitely not as powerful--some runners were even getting down and rolling around in the powder on the ground.

A few tips if you're going to do a color run:

1. Sunglasses. Pretty obvious, but you don't want the color in your eyes!
2. Washcloth/Handkerchief. When you run through the color stations it's everywhere...including your mouth. I luckily got this tip from my friend Michelle, so we took old USC football rally towels to put over our mouths as we ran through.
3. Pore Strips. Because you may have purple pores afterwards...
4. Body Scrub. Pair that with a good washcloth and you should be able to get all of it off in one shower!
5. Phone Case. If you're thinking of taking your phone or iPod into the race with you, find a good way to protect it. I have an armband that I always put mine into, and I knew that it would be safe in there from the colors. The only place my iPhone was affected was that there's a tiny bit of blue in the crack where the vibrate switch is. It's a nice memory though!
6. Location, location, location. If you're running the race with others (which I assume would probably be the case), think about identifying a place to meet up afterwards. That way if you want to run different paces, or get lost from each other you can easily find your friends post-race to enjoy in colorful fun together.

If you have the chance, take it! Have you participated in a Color Run race? Any other good tips to add for first-timers?

3 comments:

Lauren said...

I ran in the Color Me Rad 5K a few months ago. It was a blast, but I was blue and purple pretty much head to toe. I think I spent about 45 minutes in the shower scrubbing my skin raw!

-Lauren
www.fizzandfrosting.com

asj said...

SO FUN, I definitely want to do a Color Run, unfortunately I was super knocked up when the last one came through ATL...

Little Miss MBA said...

Looks like you had so much fun! Thanks for the advice-- I am doing a Color Run here in San Diego on November 3rd, so I will make sure to follow your tips!

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