Yesterday John and I had the opportunity to run Color Me Rad, thanks to my affiliation with Fit Approach/ SweatPink. Spoiler: WE HAD A BLAST! We planned ahead, asking my mom to come down Saturday, and made the race Sunday morning a nice date! We met up with my good friend and SweatPink sister, Holly, at the race – running and talking as a trio. The experience of Color Me Rad is best done through pictures, so I hope you enjoy my picture and captioning sequences below!
PreRace Sequence 1
1) Modeling my race outfit the night before for Instagram. My mom helped me back this tutu and it was a fun experience to run in. 2) Giving our best pretend “shocked” faces that we’re out and about without X-man, while waiting in the traffic near the race entrance. 3) Start line runner shoot.
PreRace Sequence 2
Photo pop time! 1) Me and Holly. 2) Me and John. 3) Me and twitter friend Becky!
PreRace Details: We are glad we listened to the “arrive one hour before your wave” suggestion because there was slow traffic near the race entrance and the day off packet pickup line was huge. We didn’t have time to run our packet goodies back to our car (there was no bag check available), so we were thankful Holly’s husband and baby had their stroller to stash our CMR shirts in! We took some photos and dashed to the porta-potty area, where there was thankfully ZERO wait. Awesome job Color Me Rad. We jumped into the start line shoot for a few more photos (and where twitter friend Becky and I ran into each other!) and before we knew it color bombs were flying and it was our waves start!
During the Race Sequence
1) Me and John posing while taking a little walk break up a hill. 2) Me running on some grass – maybe near the equestrian area? 3) Me and Holly right after we got started running!
During the Race Details: The three of us went into the race with no expectations other than to have fun! We knew walk breaks may need to happen, depending on how baby was feeling in my belly. I wore my maternity support belt under my clothes for extra support and we found ourselves only walking (shortly) about three times. There were surprisingly a lot of hills because most of the course more like trail running! We are so glad we didn’t try to bring Xander in the running stroller (which was allowed) because it would have been a really rocky ride! (Not to mention we weren’t sure how to protect him from all the color bombs!) Before we knew it, we were rounding the last corner and headed to the finishers shoot! We thought the course felt quick – so hopefully it was legit 5K! Races like this are untimed, so it really doesn’t make a difference either way, but it just felt a little quick (or maybe we were just fast! Hehe we can hope!)
Post Race Sequence 1
1) Me and Holly all colored up! (One of my favorite race picture ever and I think it may needed printed and on my race wall. 2) Me and John cheesing it up! 3) Color Bomb post-race party!!
Post Race Details 1: Before you round the last corner to head into the finishers shoot, you are given a color bomb for the post-race party. We all chose different colors and had fun decorating ourselves a bit more before bobbing around a bit to the fun music the DJ was pumping out. As a race ambassador for this race, John and I were able to receive two additional color bombs, so it was fun to go a little crazy! Holly, John, and I are all preserving our race shirts, so we wanted to be as colorful as possible!
Post Race Sequence 2
1) I wore a solid white BAMR Band to the race and this is the aftermath! I did shake a bit (err a lot) off before we got in the car, but the band still looks really cool! 2) Pre-shower picture of my face! I got pelted in the face about three times during the race! 3) After I took my headband off it still looked like I was wearing a headband – I thought this was so funny!
Post Race Details 2: We made sure to bring towels and clothes to change into after the race, however, the clothes weren’t needed after we saw how much color sticks to your skin even after brushing the color off with towels. Therefore, we decided to sit on our towels and take our shirts off for the drive home. In hindsight, perhaps water or baby wipes would have been helpful for immediate use, as color stayed on our skins after our showers. It’s mainly the blue color though, so perhaps just the darker color is why it’s lingering.
Funnily enough, even though Xander was super excited to see us when we came home, he would not hug me or let me pick him up until I was all clean. Hahah. John’s color didn’t stick on his skin as much (I think since he wasn’t as sweaty), so I’m glad John could scoop him up while I ran up to shower!
Overall, we had a wonderful time with our first Color Me Rad experience! It’s a great race to do with a group of friends or family and I know once our babies get older, it would be fun to bring them along if the course isn’t on a trail!
A big thanks for providing me and John with race bibs – we really appreciate it and loved our date morning!
Have you ever done a color run? What did you think??