I’m not even sure where to start, but I’ll try.
Woke mad early yesterday morning to get ready for what everyone calls the happiest 5k on earth: The Color Run. Although people who have done it before gave me some advice, I still wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had 2 alarms set up. One for 5:15 am and one for 5:30 am. The 5:15 went off and I turned it off telling myself I had more time. Then the second one went off and yes turned it off as well. I started saying a lil prayer while I was still in bed and that turned into me falling back asleep and dreaming I was already there. 😂😂😂😂😂. Thank God I caught myself 10 mins in and finally got my butt out of bed and got ready. It was then time to leave. We got on the road. The park was about 40 mins away from home, but it was early so not too many cars on the road. Still a little nervous, I cruised down the highway and made it on time.
I was proactive by having my run package delivered home and I had picked out my run outfit the night before so I didn’t waste time. I also grabbed a bottle of water and a banana to fuel my body before starting my run but excitement caught up with me I forgot to eat it (oh well).
As I got off the highway and was getting closer the my destination, I started getting more and more anxious, then I noticed that all the other cars around were all heading to same place. It finally felt real. I was also meeting with two friends that agreed to be part of my team. That made me very happy. They had to pick up their run packages the morning of since they signed up last minute. We got together, put our tattoos on, took a few pictures, then it was time to go.
There were so many people. It was amazing to see so many people excited about the same thing. There were kids, adults, babies in strollers, people from all backgrounds and origins. It truly was amazing to see the diversity in the crowd. We were probably part of the third or fourth wave of runners to go out (so many people, they could not go all at once). Everybody was having fun whether they were walking or running. My teammates were great, we looked out for each other and kept each other going until the very end. I surprised myself by the added fuel I had in me. I was able to push more than usual. I think running with the crowd and people I kneww made me push myself harder than when I run alone. Now I might have to reconsider my running habits. Lol
The run was over so quick, quicker than I wanted it to. I felt like my legs could take me farther. Funny how running a 5k with friends feels shorter than doing it alone I ran a total of 3.44 miles in 43 minutes and 36 seconds which is an average pace of 12:41 min/mile. It wasn’t fast I know, but I’m happy and proud to have completed the run and also proud to have given it extra effort. I’m happy to have fully committed to my training this past month as well. I feel a sense of accomplishment, and I know this is just the beginning of something beautiful.
Upon completing of the 5k, we each received our medal and a color packet. It then turned into a party. We joined the crowd of finishers to celebrate. There was music, color being thrown up in the air, prizes being thrown in crowd. Man, it was great. The Color Run was beyond my wildest dreams. It really was the happiest 5k in the world and I was part of it…. Will I do it again? Heck yeah!!! I’m never one to pass up some fun.
I was expecting to wake up with my calves hurting because of the bridge we had to run up a couple of time, but I was wrong. But I must say blowing my nose has turned into one colorful event. Lol! With all the color I ingested, this was definitely expected. Haha!!!
If you’re looking for a fun 5k run, The Color Run is highly recommended whether you’re a seasoned runner or a new runner. I even recommend it even if you’ve never tried running before. It might change your view on the subject. You probably won’t set a PR (or maybe you will), but the experience will be worth it.
Thanks for taking the time to read my experience running my first 5k. Let me know what your first 5k run was or will be and what you’ve taken out of the experience. In the meantime you enjoy these pictures and videos I was able to snap.
Stay healthy and keep running guys!!!