Monday, February 6, 2012

[insert pun about running colors here]

If you might vaguely recall, if you've been hanging around here for an exceptionally long time, I have a secondary blog that is documenting my quest to achieve 30 specific things before my 30th birthday. I've been really, really bad at keeping up with it, and in the last year, the only thing I think I accomplished was the weight loss goal (which, well, was one of my BIG goals and was one that seemed least likely to happen when I made the list) and I still haven't written it. There are things on there like "sing karaoke" and I don't even remember what else, but things that should be easy enough to do, but I just haven't DONE them. I have, also, taken the liberty to keep the list updated, and there were some things that were too vague or too improbable that I switched them out.

One of the things I added was "Run a 5K."

Now, I'm not a runner. That much should be apparent even if you're new here. I... I don't particularly care for the feeling of not being able to breathe and that of feeling like I'm going to crumple up and die at any second. I don't like burning lungs or achy sides and I'm kind of a wuss about the whole thing. Late last summer, one of my friends and I started running a little bit, and right before it turned into fall and got cold, I could run a solid eleven minutes without stopping - but only because of the peer pressure aspect of not wanting to be the one who punked out first. (Motivation, fuck yeah!).

A bunch of my friends did the Warrior Dash last year and had a great time. They almost tried to drag me into it, but I knew there was absolutely no way I could train to run a 5K in time let alone be in good enough shape to handle the extra challenges/obstacles - things like CLIMBING and I don't even know what else. But CLIMBING is not a thing I can do. Rope Day in gym class was a nightmare.

Then I saw this on Pinterest.




And I was like, now that's the kind of 5K I would enjoy. (Because while I have an aversion to being covered with mud, apparently I'm totally cool with the idea of being covered in paint? I don't know. I've been muddy before, and I don't particularly like the feeling. I can be such a girl.)

So I repinned it so I'd have it somewhere to come back to and then moved along.

Then! Katherine tweeted at me and was all, "yo, I want to travel for a race, we should do this" and I'm all "but they're so faaaarrrr" and she's like, "bitch, Kansas City and Minneapolis are NOT that far from you" and I was like "oh. oh yeah." Because I always forget that KC is a mere 2-3 hour drive from here, and I hadn't seen Minneapolis on the list when I was scrolling because I am apparently blind or something. (That whole conversation was paraphrased, by the way.)


These two events happen to not be until July. Between now (February) and then (July), I am sure I could muster up the ability to run 3.1 miles. (Ok, I guess Kansas City is in June, not July, but whatever.) AND it sounds like it's a pretty laid-back race, as far as races go.

Behold, text copied from their site:


HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family.  For our events, it is all about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line.  Whether you are a casual morning walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time. (If you have more questions about how it all works, check out our “ABOUT” page.)
RACE RULES
Rule #1 All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.
Rule #2 White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll no later than 9am sharp!
Rule #3  Completely colored Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.





And... and... well, if you don't think it's kind of cool by now, I'm not going to be able to convince you. But I have convinced myself AND my lazy ass, and so you know what?

I'm totally gonna do it.

Squee!

PS - If anyone else wants in, I think if we have 4+ people, we can make a team, and registration costs per person are slightly cheaper. You know you want to...

14 comments:

Ginny said...

This looks really fun! I've been wanting to do a 5K but I don't want to do it alone.

chimes said...

This sounds ridiculously fun. I don't know how I never heard of this.

If you do it in the cities, count me in for a team registration. That's Mark's b-day weekend and I can guarantee we'll be up there already anyway. This sounds like fun and I need something to train for to get me back into running. Hell, I might go ahead and sign up for it anyway if you don't do the cities.

chimes said...

Also, this is in July. Mark was talking about the "if I lose x amount of weight, I would like to run a 5K" but it's scary to him right now because he hasn't lost x amount yet and his knees suck. But he LIKES running. So maybe he'll do it too if he loses X amount by his birthday, which if he keeps going at the rate he's going, that shouldn't be a problem.

Germana said...

I want to do this. Let me know which one you guys pick. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for pictures.

Ashley, the Accidental Olympian said...

That Anonymous one was actually me. I got excited and hit publish before I had any text in the field. WHOOO!

Steph A said...

But... But how do you end up splattered with paint?

Go for it, Kelly! You can do it!

terra said...

There's one in DC in September that I really, really want to do. It looks like it might be the most amazing thing ever, or at least the coolest 5k on the planet.

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