Last year I worked with the Surrey Marathon and witnessed how a race comes together. I saw so many different people with different goals come together and run; it was truly inspiring. This was enough for me to create my goal of running my first 5k.
I chose the Color Run because it looked fun and I wanted to try something new. I am not much of a runner but I knew that 5k was something that I could do.
When I first decided that I would do this I knew I didn’t want to do it alone but I wasn’t sure if I could find enough people to start a team with me. I was shocked to find four of my close friends were very interested! Amanda,Chelsea, Chantelle and Brittany all jumped at the idea of doing the Color Run!
All that was left to do was train. I started a training plan with the “My Run Keeper” App on my phone. Unfortunately I sprained my foot during training, but I was determined to run on September 14th, 2013.
September 14th arrived and all of us (except Brittany who was sick with strep throat, Gavin took her place) gathered to do the run. We arrived at 8am with thousands of other runners decked out in white. There were color stations at every kilometer: blue, pink, yellow, and orange. All of us jumped and frolicked at the color stations while getting doused in colorful cornstarch by volunteers. As expected I wasn’t very good at running, but I was really happy to have my friends run with me and encourage me to run to the finish line. It was definitely a great day.
After I finished the 5k I felt such a sense of accomplishment. I ran my first 5k and was able to gather so many friends to do it with me. I don’t know if I will do the color run next year (if I am invited I will) but I am keeping my eye on the Sun Run 2014!