Last Saturday, I did something I never ever thought I'd ever do in my life: I actually participated in a 5K Color Run! It was seriously one of the most fun experiences I've had in a long time, even though I was completely exhausted afterwards. Somehow, the entire thing motivated me to want to get more fit -- and to want to do more of these events!
The reason I signed up for this Color Run? I wanted to support YA Runs a 5K.
Anyway, Elena & I took a train down to meet up with Jamie on Friday! Once we'd dropped our stuff off, we grabbed dinner at Earth (which has amazing pizza; my favorite is the mac and cheese one!), and dropped by Whole Foods and Target to complete some errands. We ended the night just chatting away in Jamie's apartment.
|Elena, Jamie & I (photo c/o Jamie)|
|Mac and cheese pizza. YUM!|
The next morning, we were up bright and early to get race ready! But honestly, this is when Will (Jamie's husband, if you don't already know this) was really our best influence. Without him, we would have been lost and late. He was seriously awesome to have around, and I'm super grateful he was willing to spend his Saturday ferrying around Jamie and her bookish friends and waiting for us to finish our 5K experience.
|on our way! (photo c/o Jamie)|
|Do I look official?|
|Will was the one who got our butts in gear!|
|silly faces (photo c/o Jamie)|
|jump! (photo c/o Jamie)|
|kaleidoscope (photo c/o Jamie)|
We got to the check-in area early, and breezed through the line to claim our registration goodies. We hung around and explored the area as we waited for the others to show up! Once we'd joined them, it was a blur of hugs and his and introductions. Before we knew it, it was time for us to join the group lining up to start the 5K experience!
|gang's here! (photo c/o Jamie)|
Honestly, it wasn't too bad, all in all, especially because I walked the entire thing. If I do it again, I might try to do a bit of running, since I think I could have managed a few sprints here and there! But it was kind of just fun to walk, and chat, and observe all the people around us. [PS - The leg pains started kicking in as I was riding the bus home.]
It was so cool to see everyone out in full force! There were adults, teens, kids and even people in wheelchairs, with strollers and even a guy in crutches. Another thing I would probably do next time is get even more dressed up with a tutu or a headband or something fun!
Personally, it was even cooler to see such an eclectic group of bloggers, authors & publishing people (and friends and family) gathered together to support such a great cause! It was really great getting to hang out with Jamie & Elena. Plus, it was a treat to see Sasha, Ellie & Lindsey, as well as being reunited with Susan & Sarah! I also met Blair, Kim, Katherine, and saw Melody and Eric again too.
The one disappointing thing? I was honestly expecting a lot more color for this Color Run. I did get a healthy dose of color thrown on me (as you'll see below), but I kind of wanted more too! I mean, that was probably the one thing I was really looking forward to for this whole race.
|#weblueourselves (photo c/o Tiffany Schmidt)|
|it's always a good time (c/o Elena)|
|Tiffany, Sarah, Elena & I (photo c/o Elena)|
|Sarah, Elena & I (photo c/o Elena)|
(SERIOUSLY, HOW DO YOU STILL LOOK LIKE A PRINCESS SARAH?)
|post-race color (photo c/o Jamie)|
|Ellie & I (photo c/o Ellie)|
|Sarah, Susan & I (photo c/o Elena)|
|hanging out post-race (photo c/o Jamie)|
Basically, YA Runs a 5K turned out to be one of the most fun things I've done this year! I felt accomplished at having walked so far, and enjoyed all the color and chaos that came my way. I would most definitely do something like this again (and might actually get to)!