On Saturday, April 6, 2013 I ran my second 5K. It was called The Color Run. What a blast I had. Part of the reason I had so much fun was that my oldest daughter ran with me. It is always fun to do things with other people who are excited about it as you are. My last 5K was in early February so I had two whole months between races. I have to admit I didn't run as consistently as I should have. I ran 15 times between races. That is about half of what I should have done, in my opinion. I am glad I ran what I did. I tend to run more as a race approaches. The week before the race I could feel the excitement building. The night before was typical of my first race, I slept little. I got up in a good frame of mind and got ready for the race. My daughter and I had some fun things to wear for our run, a bandanna, sun glasses and tattoo on our cheek. We left pretty early after the traffic we experienced in February. But there wasn't any traffic that day. I think we just beat it because shortly after we parked the line of cars started piling into the lot.
We found out that they had a before party going with music and dancing. We joined right in. It was so much fun. Since we got there at 7 we had awhile before the race began to warm up. We got in the big start area around 7:45. The excitement was building again as we waited our turn to start running. My *pandora wasn't working so I didn't have any music to listen to except at certain spots where they had their music playing loudly. I didn't let that stop me. I listened to the conversations of the walkers and just kept moving forward. The first mile seemed to pass very quickly. They didn't have any color stops during that one. Right after that they had one set up. You have to slow down and/or stop to get color thrown on you. My time for the first mile was really the only accurate time I have, which was 12.40. There were so many people is wasn't always easy to run around someone in my path. And there were a ton of walkers not always staying on the right side of the path so that the runners could run on the left.
At the end of the race they gathered as a group in front of the stage (the one we had the before party) and every so often they did a color throw. We stayed in that area through about 5 throws so that we had plenty of color on us. We took lots of fun photos.
One of the things I am going to do with my race memorabilia is make a running scrapbook. I'm super excited about that. I can't wait to fill it up with things for the different races I am planning on doing.
My next 5K is May 11. We are running to support the purchase of Bibles for the group, Equip Disciples, that we went to Kenya with the summer of 2011. All of us are doing the 5K for this. I have a couple planned for summer, one in the fall and then at least one at the beginning of the new year. I am only signed up for the one next month and the Hot Chocolate in February so far. But there are deadlines for some that I want to do so I might go ahead and sign up pretty quickly.
That is the update on the latest race. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. There are more in my fb page if you are my "friend" on there.
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