July 26, 2014

On YA Runs a 5K

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)
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)!


  1. I wish I'd known a big group of you was going out to do that because I so would have signed up! I didn't hear about the color run until the event was upon us, lol!

  2. This looks like so much fun! I've always wanted to do a color run, one day. I did a 5K glow run in May and they threw glow powder on us, but it wasn't the same!

  3. I would have totally gone to this if I could have been there! This just looks like so much fun!!! I've done a couple runs but never a color run! I definitely will try one if The opportunity arises! If only I could support YA runs a 5k too. :c Anyhow, you girls look fab even with all those colors!! So glad to hear you had a great experience! :D

  4. It's so great that you all participated! I'm so jealous of you guys all living so close together and getting to do awesome 5Ks for YA haha. I'm glad you had fun!

  5. I loved seeing all these pics on raceday! So super fun!

  6. I am beyond sad I missed this. THIS IS MY KIND OF EVENT - Running (walking) with bookish people AND COLOR. I can only hope it will happen again next year. And I will make sure I am not flying home from China when it does.

    Also, I did The Color Run with Ashley last year (or was it the year before?) and we got the most color after the run itself when everyone was just throwing color up in the air! But such an awesome idea for a run! So glad you girls had a blast!

  7. I'm still jealous our book club hasn't gone for that Mac & cheese pizza because I want in! I apparently missed this post but glad I was able to go back & read--such a fun day!! The pics all came out great!


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