Remember when I wrote this post a while back? I talked about running in a few 5ks. Last Saturday, I fulfilled leg one of the 5k journey. I participated in the Color Run! I’m sad to say I didn’t run this race due to an injury, but I (along with a couple other ladies) walked it with pride.
Let me spend a minute here talking about my “injury”. A few months ago, I started noticing when I would wake up in the morning, my feet would ache for a few minutes. I had no idea what it was, but figured it would get better eventually. I kept running, not thinking much of it. When it started to get worse, I began asking other people what they thought it was. Most everyone gave me the same explanation: plantar fasciitis.
My shoes were not the best shoes for running, plus I had had them for a looooong time, so it’s no wonder my feet hurt. I also work retail, thus resulting in me being on my feet most of the day. The only choice I had was to take some time off from running and to get new shoes. Well, I haven’t been running, but I kept putting off getting new shoes. Not that I don’t want to, I just never seem to have the time! My feet aren’t getting much better though. I’m not quite sure what to do at this point. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll figure something out.
Anyhow, back to the Color Run! My sister-in-law Shannon, my manager Kristy, and my best friend Carolyn had all agreed to walk with me. Early Saturday morning, I swung by Shannon’s house to pick her up and then headed over to pick up Kristy. We arrived in Cincinnati in a decent amount of time and spent a couple minutes getting ourselves ready. I had picked up the packet of goodies for all the girls the Thursday before. We got race bibs, sweatbands, color run temporary tattoos, wristbands, and a packet of colored powder to throw. Oh and a Color Run t-shirt of course!
Once Carolyn arrived from Louisville and got herself situated, we were off to the race. We did the obligatory pre-race picture and then found a spot amid all the other runners.
It was packed! I’m not sure how many people were in attendance, but I do know our race was sold out!
The race info said it started at 8:00a and would let people start running in waves. It said the waves would be released every 5-8 minutes. So there we were, just standing around talking, taking pictures, and freezing. (PS…it was about 45º when we started.)
We stood there for at least 45 minutes without moving. We couldn’t figure out what was going on until we realized we were almost at the back of the lineup! Before we were even close to moving, people were already finishing the race!
We eventually got past the start line at 9:04a (yep, over an hour after the start of the race!). Yay!
The way the Color Run works is you walk or run for a bit and then go through these color stations (read: a 40 ft stretch where people spray you with colored cornstarch). I had fun with it, raising my arms up and dancing around, walking backwards, and other such things. I wanted to be covered in color!
First color station down. Orange!
Second color station complete. Blue!
Third color station (though it’s kind of hard to see). Pink!
Here’s a somewhat far away shot of the color station. I was taking pictures on my phone and didn’t want to get powder in it.
Fourth (and final) color station finished. Yellow!
I loved the back of Shannon’s shirt. It looked like a neat abstract painting to me.
I love this picture! What a fun day.
Kristy and I had a blast. We thought it was a great thing to do to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma foundation. Too bad more of our coworkers couldn’t join us!
It was a great bonding experience. I love doing things with my friends and family. I only wish I could do more. One day…just need to be a manager first! (Hint, hint.)
After the race, we were all pretty hungry, so we headed over to the Findlay Farmer’s Market and picked up lunch. A yummy flatbread with chicken, peppers, onions, eggs, and asiago cheese never tasted so good! I also picked up some fresh pasta and raviolis at Ohio City Pasta, a company about which I’d heard lots and lots of great things!
I wanted something sweet after lunch, so I grabbed a Belgium waffle from Taste of Belgium. Oh my gosh, you guys. This waffle was the best thing I’d had in a LONG time! Light and crisp with little balls of sugar running all through it. Mmm mmm mmm. Makes me want another one right now!
If you’re ever in Cincinnati and have a chance to go to Findlay market, go! Even if just for the waffles…
After all that, we were all pretty beat. We parted ways and I went home to this smiley little fella. Life is good.