Back in March, Chris and I were in line at Smiley’s Ice Cream for a date night. I looked over, and posted on the wall was a flyer for a Color Run 5K happening in May! I’ve always thought that Color Runs looked like fun, but I hadn’t ever signed up for one. I took a picture of it and sent it to Joelle and basically told her “we’re doing this whether you want to or not” 😄 So we signed up and started training!
‘Training’ for a 5K may seem a little silly to you (or to my husband, who can easily run 10+ miles on a whim), or it might seem unattainable in general! Joelle had never run a 5K, and I’d never officially done a race, but I used to run nearly every morning and could have done a 5K back then. I stopped running nearly two years ago, when I was seconds away from fainting on one of my runs. I had to call my parents to come pick me up! I have a history of passing out in general, but that was enough to scare me away for a while! When it comes to exercise, I tend to push myself way too hard, and I knew my body needed a break.
Admittedly, I took a much longer break than I should have 😉 But this color run was a great excuse for me to get back into it! So we started with the Couch to 5K app, and off we went! Slowly we built up to being able to run farther and faster! It definitely wasn’t easy, because I always had to drive to pickup Joelle for our runs. But we ran 1-3 a week, and I’m really proud of us! When we were on our 30 minute runs with no breaks, it was fun to think back to the first week we started and remember how we were out of breath with 30 seconds of running at a time!
A few days before our 5K, Joelle and I came back from our run, exhausted and hot as usual. As we drove home, we talked about how we were SO glad that the 5K was just days away, because we were tired of training. We both get incredibly bored of long runs, and would much rather stick to a mile or two at a time! So we got back to the house, and one of the first sponsored posts that I see on Facebook was for something called the Bubble Run…
Those sponsored posts really know how to grab my attention, so I clicked right over to the website. I showed Joelle, and we thought it looked like SO much fun! So within 15 minutes of saying we were so glad the 5K was almost over, we had signed up for a second one… haha!
May 18th was the Color Run, and even though it wasn’t put on by the official Color Run company (a local elementary school was hosting), it was a lot of fun! I was really worried that my hair was going to get dyed crazy colors, so I wore my hair in a braid tucked into a hat, and when going through the color stations, Joelle and I had buffs that we pulled up over our faces. No staining at all! Except for on our shirts ☺️ (and my hands turned bright pink!)
We were glad the Color Run was first, because even though we had a great time, the Bubble Run on June 1st was better times a thousand!! It was definitely different, because we actually had to drive to Maryland, about 2.5 hours away. But the kicker is that our heat was at 8am, so we had to get up at 3am to make it! It ended up being super casual, and we probably could’ve gotten away with showing up late and running a different heat, but oh well!
Joelle also invited two of her friends to run with us, and since they hadn’t done any training, we ended up walking about 1/3 of it. Which was totally fine with Joelle and I, because this one was just so much fun!
There were over 14,000 people there, which is just insane!!
You really couldn’t even run much at the Bubble Run, because the trail wasn’t very wide. Four or five people could walk side by side, and THEY DID. You were supposed to keep two lanes, runners on the left and walkers on the right. Absolutely no one adhered to that rule, so it was just a mess of a lot of walkers blocking traffic, and runners trying to squeeze by!
Running through these was so fun! You got completely soaked, but it was worth it. Our shoes were caked with mud by the time we were done, but we still didn’t care!
I told Chris, “think of the most bubbles you can possibly imagine, and multiply that amount by three”. That’s probably how many bubbles there were 😂 I have truly never seen so many bubbles in my life, it was insane!
When the bubble cannon started, there were bubbles EVERYWHERE. Piled on your head, running into your eyes, going in your mouth… It sounds awful, and it kind of was, but it was also glorious.
The picture on the right is a prime example of getting bubbles in your mouth 😂
It was such a fun dance party, with lots of music, and of course bubbles!
If you have the chance to do a Bubble Run, GO! You really don’t need to be in shape at ALL to do it, and it’s so much fun! I’d also like to try an official Color Run at some point, because I know it’d be even more fun than the small local one we did ☺️