Saturday, August 25, 2012

COLOR RUN RECAP {picture heavy}

Today I was part of the "happiest 5k on the planet."
I am finding it hard to put into words just how great the Color Run was.

After you read this post.. go to the website, find a race near you if there are none this year look for 2013 and sign up.

I had more fun at this race then I had anticipated.
You can imagine how excited I was since I have been looking forward to it since January.

I woke up at 4:30 am, got myself dressed and hit the road with Lauren by 5:15.

 We arrived in Brooklyn just as the sun was rising around 6:30. Parking was easier then I had expected, I like to think it is because I am so organized and arrived earlier then necessary.
Just let me think that, okay?

I LOVE free swag and the Color Run did not disappoint.

I'd like to take a moment and introduce some of the Just Keep Sweating team for the race:

Here is my trusty sidekick Lauren aka @lowla017 all geared up and ready to go. 
Originally I made fun of her for her fanny pack and then realized it was a genius move.

Then there is Gina aka @burningbabifat in all her Grandma glory. Leopard sunglasses and a plastic bonnet to protect her hair.
Gotta love it

Lauren, Me, Monica, Diana(@rey1diana, she is training for the NYC Marathon and sharing it on gina's blog) and Gina

You may remember them from my first 5k back in April
However we were missing Becky due to a much needed vaca.
Happy for her...sad for us.

We lined up around 7:30 and made it into the first wave of the race.

I'm not sure if it was the blasting music or excitement to get to each color station but I was running fast.
Or at least it felt that way.

There were four color stations in total, every 1/2 mile was a different one.

The blue station got me right in the mouth.
It was awful. I spent a good 1/2 mile spitting out blue corn starch.

My fellow "sweaty" Rachael (@ready2getsweaty) who is an absolute sweetheart. I loved meeting/running with her!

My one goal for this race (besides avoiding any knee issues) was to be covered in color from head to toe.

Goal met.

The Color Run really outdid themselves with food/drink vendors.

 A SLURPEE truck!!

The frozen yogurt bars were amazing, if you ever have a chance to try them--don't hesitate, pull a Nike.

Fresh fruit and coconut water PERFECT post run fuel

This was taken while the crowd was throwing their color packets into the air, it was awesome to witness.

Dear Color Run,
 Thank you for being even better then I had expected.
I had one of the best days of my life so far.
Laughing, sweating and making memories with some of my best friends.
I WILL be there next year for team Just Keep Sweating round 2
Love, Me.

PS Here is the vlog I shot with some of the events


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