Color Me Rad 5K: The Most Epic 5k Ever!

"It felt like Christmas!"

-TK

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Happy Monday friends!

How was your weekend?

Mine can be summed up in one word: EPIC! My family and I ran the Color Me Rad 5k, and it was pretty much the most amazing event ever! The pictures really do say it best...

Prepare to be photo-bombed!

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I'd heard the color run was the "happiest 5k on the planet," and I thought it would be a good way to introduce Brooke, my 13-year-old sister, to running. (I blogged about her being in our wedding awhile back; she's grown a lot since then!)

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My step-mom decided to join the fun and run the race with us. She's always been a really cool, fun step-mom! She's the shorty in the middle, nicknamed "TK" for Teresa.

SONY DSCSONY DSC The munchkin in orange is Alison, my youngest sister. It was her birthday yesterday and I think she really enjoy the event, even though she didn't actually run the race.

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She threw around a lot of "color bombs," which are actually packets of colored corn starch. You can tell from the photos that we thoroughly enjoyed dirtying up our white clothes! (This was right before the race.)

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TK wasn't as prepared as she would have liked to have been for the race, but she did amazing! She refused to give up running and just walk, and instead, did a lot of run-walking. She said the entire event inspired her, and she really loved the encouragement (high-fives and cheering on) from other racers.

Brooke, on the other hand, recently started running with friends to prepare for the race. She'd gotten up to running about 2 miles, but never non-stop. At the half-way mark, I challenged her to run the rest of the race (about a mile and a half) and she wasn't sure she could... When I promised her a venti chocolate chip frappuccino at the finish, she got a little pep in her step!

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In fact, she wanted to race to the finish and the girl smoked me!

I'm so proud of her!

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Above is Brooke finishing the race with TK.

She wasn't far behind us, so we decided to loop back around and cross the finish with her!

I'm so proud of you, TK! You rocked it!

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Once we found my dad, we took several "after" photos, and then headed to the main stage for a grand finale of color bombing... The MC instructed everyone with a color bomb to let them loose at the same time, at which point he'd spray the crowd with a fire extinguisher full of color! We counted down from 10...

Ready, set, GO!

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We were jumping up and down, acting like we were at a concert or something. As you can see, we pretty much lost our minds in all the excitement.

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After the race, we hopped in the car and headed to McDonald's for lunch (Alison's choice since it was her birthday). We got a lot of weird looks, but whatevs! We were proud of our color!

From there, we went to my dad's house and showered-- surprisingly, the color came right off! My brother and his family came over afterward, and we had cake and presents for Alison and the dads.

It was a pretty amazing day for my family. My dad was really thankful that I organized the event, and I was thankful my stepmom and Brooke were willing participants. At this point in my life, I'm extremely thankful that I started running and got into organized races; my family had no idea such an event existed, and until a few years ago, neither did I!

When I got home and called TK, we had the best laugh about the race. I told her this was probably the most epic day, ever, in the history of our family and she responded, "Yea! I know! It felt like Christmas!"

For me, this race was a wonderful reminder of the positive impact exercise has had on my life! I can't wait to do it again next year!

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever done a color-run?

All photos courtesy of my awesome Dad! Thanks, Dad!