Another weekend gone, another week begun. How was your weekend?
My sister and I ran in the Color Palooza on Saturday morning, went to Northstar Cafe for lunch, shopped at Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale and ended the day with some frozen yogurt at the Groovy Spoon. I was so glad that we were able to spend the day together – a rare occasion these days!
Now for the race details…
The Race: I ended up arriving fifteen minutes late to the race. Let me explain…I live about 3 miles or so from where the race was taking place so I figured I would just bike downtown instead of dealing with traffic. I mapped the starting line from my phone (or so I thought) and left about 30 minutes before it started (figuring it would take about 15 minutes to bike there.) Too bad I accidentally looked at the driving distance from my house instead of the biking distance from my house. AH – it ended up being an 8 mile bike ride to the race in 90+ degree temps.
So, I ended up meeting my sister at the race around 1015. Luckily, groups were being sent through the starting line every five minutes so we were able to hop right in! THANK GOODNESS 🙂
We ran about 2/3 mile and stopped – literally stopped – to get our first color. This was something that really bothered Michelle and I. Every color after that (five in all) we had to wait in a line to get sprayed by either a squirt bottle or a small hose.
We continued throughout the course and realized that there was no music was playing, no one on the side cheering and only one dinky water station about 1/2 the way through (where they only offered baby dixie cups of water.) I’m not trying to bash the Color Palooza but I just had different expectations – you know?
After we finished the race, we were handed a packet of color to throw up in the air as a group. Michelle and I opted out and had our own fun tossing it on ourselves instead. 🙂
How did it go? It was HOT! I honestly can’t believe how hot it was for being so early in the morning. I think I’m going to stay away from summer races in the future; it just wasn’t as fun as I had hoped it’d be! Also, I really didn’t like how unorganized it felt. The course just seemed poorly organized and planned very last minute. Oh and we saw someone running/walking with their dog – not cool – just too hot for the pups.
Highlights: Running with my sister definitely tops my list. I am truly thankful for our relationship and love that she’s a runner! It encourages me to participate in more races and to push myself past my comfort zone (she is much faster than I am!)
Official Time: I’m actually not sure how long it took us to run the race. We began fifteen minutes after it had begun and had to stop for every color. These five pauses (along with the heat) made the race take longer than expected. The one thing I do know is that we were done by 11AM so we had to have done it under 45 minutes!
Have you ever run in a ‘color run’? I think the official, nationwide ‘Color Run’ would’ve been a lot more fun than this one…