Post # 1
I know it’s no big thing to most people, but I haven’t been able to run since… like… junior high school. I’ve signed up for our summer colour run with a friend, so I definitely need to get my butt in gear, but I’m 100% certain I can do it if I put my mind to it 🙂
And yes, I do know the controversy surrounding colour runs, but I feel like I wanted to “reward” myself for hitting the goal of being able to run a 5K, so that’s what I’m buying into.
Anyone else have a 2014 fitness goal they’re trying to make happen? 🙂
Post # 3
Awesome! It will be a lot easier than you think. I did a Foam Fest 5K last year and it was SO fun. I’m sure the Color Run will be a blast.
I am hoping to train for a half marathon in the fall, but the cold weather here has made it sooo hard to stay motivated and go for runs.
Post # 4
@MrsRevolutionize: Good for you!! My 2014 fitness goal is to do an unassited pull-up. I can do them with a resistance band, but want to be able to do them all alone. Easy for some people, but not me yet.
Post # 5
Woo hoo! That is AWESOME. Races are SO much fun.You’re going to do GREAT!
(Also, there’s controversy surrounding the Color Runs? How?)
Post # 6
@MrsRevolutionize: Good stuff! I hadn’t run since I was a kid either…had a back injury too which made it even less appealing. Then I got my back fixed, signed up for a running clinic to ‘learn how to run’, and haven’t stopped since! Ran a 5k, 8k, 10k, and half marathon – running is truly addictive!
Just curious…what is the controversy about colour runs?? I did one last summer and had a blast!
Post # 7
@BrandNewBride @Toronto2014: The controversy is that while the big color run organizations (Color Run, Color Me Rad, and Run or Dye, I believe) tend to market themselves as charitible organizations, they’re all for-profit groups that only give a veeeery small amount of their proceeds to charities. The example I read was that Color Run agreed to donate 3% of their proceeds to the Boy Scouts group in their local area, only if the Boy Scouts could provide 250 volunteers. Someone calculated the amount the Scouts would have received as $3k, while the Color Run organization came out with something like $300k pure profit.
I signed up for Color Me Rad, and to be honest while the website wasn’t particularly up-front about it being a for-profit organization, I didn’t see big claims of it being charitible, either. I signed up with a promo code that I googled that means that 20% of the cost of my entrance fee will go to a local home for individuals with special needs, but it’s sort of skeezy that they wouldn’t… you know… just do that anyway. But, as I said, I’m paying for the experience more than anything else. 🙂
Post # 8
@MrsRevolutionize: Congrats!! That was my first 5k too!
I made myself a goal last year and signing up for it really pushed me to train. And I had a lot of training to do. I could never even run the mile in HS.
It was one of the best feelings to be able to complete it with no walking! The color run is so much fun!! Especially the dance party after!
Post # 9
Color Me Rad last year is what kicked off my big weight loss journey. I only walked it then, but it was a lot of fun and lead to me actually enjoying walking/running. It really jump started my weight loss efforts, and since then I’ve lost over 30 lbs!
You’re gonna have so much fun!
Post # 10
Doesn’t sound like a “no big thing” to me! I’m still on the running sidelines in a big way, so people like your are inspiring moreso that any marathoner, because you show what we can all accomplish. Marathoners? They’re amazing, but they seem like another species sometimes! Their accomplishment is so abstract to me. But to see someone turn into a runner—that is amazing. Rock it!
Post # 11
@Bette_Noire: Hahah thank you so much! It’s definitely a big deal to me, especially since I worked myself up to 28 minutes straight on my first round of Couch to 5 K, but then got sick and… proceeded to lose it all. I’m back up to 5 minutes straight, and after this the program gets serious (by the end of this week I’m supposed to be running for 20 minutes straight–eek!) but I know that because I did it once, I can do it again! 😀
Post # 12
@MrsRevolutionize: Yayy!!! Good for you! That should be so fun..I have always wanted to do one of those races! There is a controversy of the colour me rad run? Nevermind I read your top post
Post # 13
@MrsRevolutionize: That is great! Goals are good! Make sure you figure out your shoes and do some training before, it will be fine!
I have a few goals for 2014. I have done just a handful of races in my life. For some reason, I got a bug this year!
Tomorrow night I’m going a very casual ski mountaineering race (that just means backcountry skiing). My husband is organizing it and we have lots of powder so really just an excuse to go skiing tomorrow.
May – I am doing a mountain bike race, only 10 miles. No one enters the 35 and over category, so I’m going to win! LOL I’ll be 38 on the day of the race.
June – me and a bunch of friends are doinga 100 mile road bike ride. It’s non competitive with lots of food stops. I will have to rent a road bike for that day!
June – I have a 25k trail run that I really want to do. It’s big and steep. I will really have to train wisely for it. That is if I don’t injure myself along the way! I’m known for doing too much at once and hurting something.
Post # 14
@MrsRevolutionize: There is controversy around Color Runs? That is so silly.
I did a Color Run last fall and it was AMAZING! The money was donated to the local YMCA which was clearly noted in several places through out the registration process. It was tons of fun and my friends and I were part of the small group that actually ran the whole thing so I love that it is welcoming to all, even those that don’t run. I wore a tutu, rainbow suspenders and tons of white and had extra dye packs. Seriously, it was a blast.
Goodluck and enjoy yourself! If you get tired just focus on getting to the next station and take one color station at a time. That gives you immediate goals to take your mind off things.
Post # 15
@MrsRevolutionize: Wow, I’m so glad you posted this! I had heard of these color races, but never looked into them. There is one in Charleston before my wedding, and I think that would be fun to do as a bachelorette party (I’m not into the traditional go to the bar and party type). I will have to see if they want to do this!
Post # 16
@MrsRevolutionize: Good luck! Anything that gets you motivated to GET OUT and MOVE is a good thing 🙂 I have heard great things about the Couch to 5k program, which helps you build up slowly from being sedentary to being able to run a 5k without stopping. You have plenty of time between now & race day to give it a shot & see where it takes you!