Saturday night I packed my bag and Maddux and I headed to my cousin's place in Baltimore for the Color Me Rad 5k. My cousin picked up our packets Saturday evening and said it was a breeze. She called me to tell me they had a variety of sunglasses to choose from and said they had a bunch of merchandise you could buy. Because we were on the same "team" she was able to easily pick up my packet for me. The race shirts had a women's fit option, and I was glad I got a medium. It's comfortable, cute, and one I'll be wearing often.
The race was only a few minutes from my cousin's house and her husband offered to drop us off to save on parking ($10 per car ah!). He was also our official race day photographer! He wore many hats that day. It was so nice being able to sleep in until 7 on race day! Even though I knew this was going to be a fun, easy going race I still woke up several times throughout the nice. I guess a part of me is always nervous the alarm won't go off!
After a quick latte courtesy of my cousin's hubby, we were out the door and only had a short walk to the starting line. We got to the starting line easily and just enjoyed the few minutes until it was time to start the race. I guess I didn't have high expectations of the actual course since I figured it would be more the experience of having color thrown on you, but I actually really loved the course! It was on the Goucher campus and reminded me of my old cross country days back in high school. They had a water stop on the course which I appreciated. My cousin and I were talking about how great it was that so many people who would never try running get excited about races because of fun events like the Color Me Rad 5k. It made us not mind so much when we got blocked by walkers because the event is so open to everyone regardless of fitness level. (Just a side note, part of the race proceeds went to Goucher's athletic department. I thought that was an awesome incentive for the college to hold the race there!)
I think there were four main color stations on the course. The first station was a powder and even though I knew it was coming it was still kind of a surprise when it hit my face. I was thankful for the fun sunglasses they gave us because I don't think it would have felt so great if it got in my eyes! The next station was a liquid color. They shot this little hose gun thing at you and not gonna lie, it felt pretty gross. The second time they used the hose it got all over my face. Not my favorite moment, but I will say that I had a great time. I was so glad my cousin was able to run it with me. It's definitely a race you want a friend or two with you!
|Someone actually thought my tattoo was real later on in the day. This amused me.|
|Maddux was not a fan of rainbow me.|
After the race my cousin, her husband, and I headed back to their place and after cleaning up a little (for some reason they didn't want me to sit on their furniture until after I showered??) and hung out until it was time to head back to normal life.
Thanks again to Color Me Rad and Fit Approach for giving me the opportunity to race! I had a great time!
Disclaimer: I was given a free entry to the Baltimore race through my affiliation with Fit Approach, LLC and the Sweat Pink Ambassadors. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.