Mostly I haven't been running because I have a lot of pain in my ankles. Dr.Google led me to self diagnose Achilles tendinitis but even with reduced activity, the pain has become impacting on my lazy ass day to day even walking. Before this concept of a 5k color run I actually went to a real person doctor who said that it is probably due to scar tissue from my previous running escapades. He prescribed anti-inflammation drugs and stretching. It helped but I still gimp around. I felt I couldn't hurt myself anymore so we gave it a shot.
Highlights of the day:
- The race was about an hour away and started relatively late (9am) so we didn't have to get up at stupid o'clock.
- We ate some bagels before heading out. They always taste better before an event.
- I realized I didn't have a strategy except survival. I told my daughter and wife we would see what happens but to plan on walking most of it.
- I had never done a color run before. I needed a mostly white outfit that would basically be a throw away. A tee shirt from "Jacque C Penne" for 10 bucks and a $3 hat from Michael's were perfect.
- There was a lot of traffic. These events are popular!
- No matter how many portal-potty exist, there never is enough. An they always set a record for the vilest. I forgot the hold your breath method until it was too late.
- The lines were long for preregistration but went quickly. They were organized.
- We headed over to the corral and started relatively quickly.
- Very few people were running, most were walking so we fell right in.
- The color they throw is like a powder. There were 4 color stations along the course and some people were getting very colorful.
- My daughter ran up to me and said she was doing snow angels in the purple. She wasn't alone.
- There was a big party afterwards that we stay for a little while.
- The race itself wasn't timed. There was no medals or podiums.
- I think I won. I did get a race shirt that I wore afterwards.
- It took 3 days before all the color was off me. With a lot of scrubbing.
PS: The bonus was that I didn't make my aches and pains any worse. Sort of a sign to get more active.