Did y’all have a great weekend? I was so sad to see it end. Any weekend that’s filled with extra days off, food, family & friends, and running is alright in my opinion! Friday I went to the gym (which was ghost town thanks to everyone shopping) and got in 4 miles of Yassos at a 7:45 pace, 5 miles cycling to work the kinks out of my legs after the Yassos, and then I hit the upper body weight machines. My arms and legs were spongy like jello.
Saturday, I met my running girls and we knocked out 10 miles. Our training plan called for 9 but we have a 1/2 marathon in two weeks and I wanted to get at least one double digit run in. Adding an extra mile may not have been the best idea. I was having some knee pain pretty early into the run and then by the time we finished the 10 miles my foot was on fire. For the remainder of the day I had a shooting pain in my foot any time I put pressure on it. I’m hoping it’s not a precursor of things to come.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of running The Color Run in New Orleans. I registered for this ‘run’ (there really wasn’t much running going on) back in February and had been
anxiously patiently biding my time for it to happen. And happen, it did! With this being such a fun run, I really wanted to embrace the spirit so I tutu’d it up with along with some funky glasses and one fishnet glove; my inner 80s diva had arrived.
To make it even better, Larissa from Zero to Twenty Six Point Two contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in running for Swiftwick socks. Um, that decision took all of 3.5 seconds to make. I have a pair of Swiftwick Vibe Ones that I use for running so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their Performance 12s (compression socks) and tech shirt. I loved the compression socks and the shirt was seriously buttery soft. The Swiftwick gear was the perfect compliment to my outrageous outfit.
Before the run we (my two running girls and I) met up with Larissa to get some pictures for Swiftwick. Mindy from Road Runner Girl was there; it’s so nice meeting other bloggers IRL!
After the pictures, we went ahead and got in line for the run to start. In order to avoid congestion in the paint areas, they let the runners go in different waves. I was in the 3rd wave and it took about 20 minutes before we crossed the starting line.
Finally, we were off to Oompa Loompa town! I had fully intended on running this event but it was so congested that I was only able to run it for a little bit before slowing to a jog and then finally to a walk. But it was totally fine. It was so much fun seeing people of all ages, shapes and sizes coming together to get their paint on! One of the reasons I love events like this is because it’s a catalyst for many people to start their fitness journey.
There were 4 different color stations: orange, blue, yellow, pink and then one big finisher paint party at the end. There was even a couple that got married on stage before the run and then went through The Color Run in their wedding attire. So cute!
After making our way through the 3.1 miles of color explosions, we crossed the finish line and followed the sound of LMFAO to the finisher’s party and joined the shindig.
Question: Have you ever done a fun run like this? I’ve heard of Ugly Sweater runs, Underwear Dashes, and Glow Runs. They all sound fun to me!