Please try to keep your snickering to a minimal roar....YES, I (the girl whose side cramps after briskly jogging down the street to fetch the girls frisbee) signed up for a 5k run. But not just any run. The Color Run.
Never heard of it? Me neither, until last week.
Confession time---this Momma feels in a rut. My weeks are same in, same out. I go to work the same days each week. I'm home with my babes the same days each week. We stick to our usual routine most of the time. Weekends, while fun, just feel like the same ol' same ol'. I needed something different. Something that the usual Ashley would just smile at, but never consider. I needed to stay true to myself and hold myself accountable for what I said I'd do this year. I needed this.
So when a friend of mine from NC was talking about this on Facebook, I thought I'd look into it. Basically it's a big party. No seriously. This thing looks like a giant get together full of laughter, color, and well, more color. Run 1k? Hello yellow. Hit the 2k mark? Oooh, pretty green. And so forth and so forth until you reach the 5k mark and look like a box of Nerds.
I was intruiged. I was getting excited.
I was scared to death. Another confession---I don't run. Unless I'm being chased. Or unless the girls throw their frisbee outside the gate in our backyard. I never really took much enjoyment in running during high school & found track dull as rocks. Oh and I suck at running. Enter Dustin, my amazing high school cross country star stud of a hub. This guy actually enjoys running. Does it for fun. I don't get it...but I want to. So? He's going to be doing this 5k with me. And? Also training me. Yikes.
Still though. Could I really do this? Enter this little tidbit I read this on their website--"For our events, it is about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time."
Didja see that? Even us 30 second side crampers were encouraged to participate! Maybe I won't finish this thing in 20 minutes. Maybe not even 25. Or 30.
But I'm going to finish it. Doused in color.
Interested in getting out of a rut? Trying something new? Or are you one of those weirdos who actually run for fun? ;) Find a Color Run near you and SIGN UP! Need more encouragement? Watch these.
And hey all you locals! Cleveland is completely booked, but there's still time to register for Columbus. Get on it. Naow.