The Color Run: A Prep Guide
I became a runner this year. It also happened that the last year of my life had been the most stressful year out of all my other 30 – so I think running became an obvious answer to that stress. Slowly but surely, I started crossing off my list of running goals:
- 5k (completed!)
- 10k (completed!)
- ½ marathon (completed!)
While running was enjoyable it was also largely a coping mechanism, a stress reliever, my sweaty place where I wasn’t able to concentrate on anything other than my perfectly terrible pop music.
Once I completed the half marathon, I felt accomplished and enough time seemed to have passed that my stressful storm was behind me. I really felt like I had proven myself to the “real” runners out there and so I vowed to keep running (but go back to the enjoyable distances, which for me is eight miles or less).
And that’s when I heard about The Color Run via the interwebs, naturally. In a nutshell, organizers throw colored paint on you while you run. Think Holi: Festival of Color… but in exercise gear. The Color Run seemed to be the answer to get me back on the “fun run” track.
I have to work the day of the Sacramento run (August 4), but I am a resourceful girl that doesn’t get discouraged easily so I signed up for the San Francisco run on July 14!
The Inside Scoop:
It was fantastic! It was actually more than fantastic. There’s something delicious about throwing color dust into the air and giving yourself permission to get completely filthy. It’s liberating, and I channeled the long forgotten-teenage-raver-techno-princess in me. Yes world, I used to wear far too much glitter and dance long into the night. I have no shame… and now you know far too much about me. 🙂
So, if you have been on the fence about signing up for the Sacramento Color Run, I say do it! Go ahead and relieve stress, channel your inner childhood and get weird with it… or just go for a really messy 5k. Registration is $50-55 (at first a seemingly steep price for a 5k), but it is 100% worth it. And below are my tips to ensure maximum fun!
My Prep List:
- Wear a kerchief around your neck to cover your mouth when they throw color dust – it doesn’t taste bad but is a little weird in your throat.
- Beware – it is the most fun 5k on the planet, but it is also the most dangerous. Prepare for people to dart in front of you…constantly.
- Take some sort of hip pack. They give you tons of swag and most of it is pretty legit…as in you get a sweat headband…like an 80’s one.
- If you wear the sweat headband – because it is cool, wear sun block; otherwise you will get a stripe on your forehead…like my husband did.
- Find a meeting place ahead of time for all your friends to meet after the run. You will most likely lose everyone at some point in the run.
- Cover your phone in saran wrap. You won’t look lame – you’ll look smart.
- Wear white. They tell you to all over the website, and you should do it because it really is more fun.
- Take a towel for your car seat…unless you don’t care.
- They don’t sell alcohol afterwards. It seems like they would, but they don’t so do what you will with that information.
- Don’t worry about whether going to a bar/pub afterwards is going to “look weird.” It won’t. There will be other Color Runners there, looking just as colorful.
- Buy a loofah or an exfoliating scrub and be prepared for a 45-minute shower. The magical color dust is magically semi permanent.