This week isn’t about food or guilty pleasures I’m sorry! You may also notice on the t-shirts that Colour is spelled without the U – that’s because it comes from our dear old friends in the USA who invented this obscenely fun day and didn’t fancy changing their branding – and all credit to them I say.
Anyway, just after I had Baby Loves Cake my belly was already starting to annoy me. I think she was just a few days old when I signed up to The Colour Run UK thinking that 12 weeks was ages away and I’d be able to run a 5km fun run no problem. This run looked super fun and was in a time frame that was far enough away that I could feasibly be able to run that far by then and it would give me a nice goal.
When she was six weeks old I got told by the doctor “No running until at least 12 weeks”. OK… I’d already paid. So I went with her advice mostly and decided to forget about the run… until week 10 when we were out walking and I decided to give running a quick shot. 40 minutes and 5km later I’d run the entire way with the buggy and decided that the looming Colour Run would definitely happen. A similar thing happened a few days later but then I managed to screw up my knee.
Off to St George’s Pool in the East End it was. Despite being a total water baby my entire life, I’ve always had a strong aversion to public pools and wearing goggles in this one did not help things along. Unidentifiable floating objects and random people swimming/dawdling right into you only hinders motivation. But two weeks later my fitness was in reasonable order (note, rather poor but much better than two weeks previously!) and off I went to run/hobble 5km around Wembley Stadium with thousands of other Londoners with Mr Man and BLC cheering us on from the sidelines.
I had an absolute blast. My only regret was that none of my friends signed up to join me so I was a bit of a Nelly No Mates, but it was still super fun and I really hope someone joins me next year. Cough cough, hint hint.
Colour Runs take place all over the world. If you’re a keen runner or even just a happy go lucky dancer or walker you should sign up. There’s one in Brighton on 14 September – having done a half marathon there years ago I can highly recommend it as a place to do a good run. The Colour Runs are insanely fun, you get super messy and you’ll barely notice you’re actually exercising.
Entry is £25 per person which I found steep but in the end well worth it for the fun day and the motivation to kick-start my fitness levels. For more information check out http://www.thecolorrun.co.uk/.