Color Run 2013
Have you heard of the Color Runs? It was one of those things that I saw popping up left and right online, and each time I saw pictures I knew I would sign up for one the moment it hit my town. It took a couple of years, but it finally came to Canada and it did not disappoint. If you aren't familiar with it, the Color Runs are basically 5K runs around North America that celebrate life and community and individuality and the ability to move and breath and have fun. Over the 5 kilometers there are 4 color stations that are pumping music and having a grand 'ol time. Volunteers left and right toss neon color onto the runners as they pass by and you scream and holler and laugh and keep going. The run isn't timed, you are running just because you can and because it is a fun thing to do together. On registration day, this race sold out in minutes and on race day, it was packed with thousands of smiling faces. Such a good atmosphere to run in, right?
Arden's cousin welcomed me to run with her crew and he and Zoey met us at the finish line. Zoey was absolutely bewildered by it all and had a look that read, "My Mom does NOT let me do this at home!"
All in all, it was a fun active morning! In January I decided to be more intentional with lacing up my sneakers and going for runs. One day, just as Zoey was really starting to motor around, it suddenly dawned on me that I wanted to be able to DO stuff with my lively daughter, but if I wanted to do that, I needed to be stronger. 1 mile turned into 2 turned into 3 and slowly but surely, I have worked up to 12 kilometers. Endurance has always been on my side. Speed, not so much. I am registered for my first half marathon in September, so that gives me 3 months to double my distance. Oi!
Running has become exhilarating again and it is oh so satisfying to see that you can go further than the day before than the day before than the day before.