I’ve never really been much of a fitness person, but I’ve always ran as my hobby. About a month ago my cousin and her boyfriend, who have participated in various marathons, invited me to go to the Color Run with them. I was naturally overcome with hesitation. Yes, I used to be a cross country runner in middle school and the past two years of high school, but running with them could be presented as quite a challenge. I wasn’t even on the varsity team! My mom could see the look of hesitation on my face and decided to tell them that I’d gladly go without considering the fact that I hadn’t ran in months.
I had decided to get some mileage in before the day of the run but naturally my procrastination caught up with me and before I knew it the day of the Color Run was here. I woke up at four that morning and decided that if I had to stop and walk I would. There was no point in fainting or throwing up if the Color Run targets having fun not landing a spot in the record books. I never expected to see such a large crowd of people at the event. Luckily to my surprise, there was a mixture of people younger and older super athletic and average. Before I knew it, we had started our 5K journey.
I hadn’t realized how much fun it could be to run with a bunch of strangers just for the joy in physical activity. I have to say I definitely didn’t expect to take five showers afterwards! The point of the Color Run is to run 5 kilometers while volunteers stand at each kilometer and completely saturate you in powdered color. At the end of the race, all the participants meet and hundreds of color packets are thrown into the air. So yes, you get extremely dirty, but it is definitely worth it. No athletic accomplishments are needed. All that is necessary are clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and an expectation of having fun.