Thursday, January 31, 2013

Graffiti Run 5k

I haven't talked much about running since I ran the Rock n Roll Half in November. Honestly, I got really burned out on running right before I ran the race. I was basically running on empty--no motivation, no will, no energy, no nothin. Except for the fact that I was determined to finish and hug my kids/husband at the end, I had no inspiration.

After my long break I started back on January 7th. It was cold but I decided that no matter what, I was going to start running again that day. So I packed the girls up in the double jogger, started my nike run app and went for it. I hadn't ran in nearly 2 months. My time was slow---partly because of pushing the girls, and partly because my lungs had to remember what cardio was like and partly because I didn't care about my time. Just that I was doing it. 

I've been running anywhere from 2-4 miles about 3 times a week since and slowly finding my love for it again. I would love to do the Rock n Roll again this coming November, but that depends on a couple of factors so I will probably not be able to make the choice until it gets closer.  In the mean time I've decided to do as many smaller races as I can {5k's and maybe 10k's} and have fun with it. 

Enter the Graffiti Run. I'd never heard of a Graffiti Run, I'd only heard of the Color Run, but it's basically the exact same concept. If you are like my dad, you will not understand why on earth a person would want to run in a race with people throwing color on you along the way. You will think it's weird and you will wonder if the color comes out of your clothes and you will again wonder why on earth a person would want to run in a race like this. 

Or you'll be like me and about 5000 other people {totally made that number up} and think it would be fun. And just so you know, the color is more of a powder, and it doesn't hurt when you get hit with it.  And it does wash out of your clothes

My sister Jacquelin, sister in law Heather and a friend of ours Courtney, all did it together.  If you are going to do a run like this, do it with a group of friends or family---it makes it 10x more fun. I really don't think it would have been near as fun if we hadn't done it together.

I did quickly realize that if the Rock N Roll had a polar opposite, it would be the Graffiti Run.....It is super laid back. There are people walking/running/jogging, at all ages and physical levels. In fact we ran past one little girl who was so little and covered in orange color that she looked like a little cheeto.

They tell you to wear as much white as you can. So we wore white tee shirts and Courtney made us all white tutu's. Because basically if your going to do a crazy run like this, you might as well go all out and have fun with it! 

 We look all glowy and clean in our "before" pic, don't we? 

When you get your race bib, they give you a pouch of color to throw on each other to start out. During the actual race, you run through a cloud of people and color being thrown at you at certain markers so by the end you are covered in it. 

If you want to sort of get your feet wet and get a feel for running in a race, realizing it is not serious in the least bit, but still want a race experience---do a Graffiti or Color Run. It was a blast!

If you have ever ran in a race like this, I'd love to hear your experience. Did you love it, would you do it again?



  1. I did not do the color run this year because I was out of town but I wanted to so bad!! I will have to check out the graffiti run and see if it's coming to my town.

  2. I'm sorry you were feeling burnt out for the half marathon. This 5k looks like heaps of fun! I'd love to so something like this. I'm jitnlooking forward to running period, any distance really. I'm so Huge with this 3rd baby. I'm really ready to be back in shape! Glad tour still
    Running! I think it's such a great emotional tool to keep the stress away:) have a great weekend!

    1. Do one when you can again Hanna! you'd love it!

  3. Oh I love this! I'm signed up for the color run 5k in dallas. It's in april! I can't wait! Love your outfits. :)

  4. I'm doing the color run soon and I'm super excited about it!! Love the pics, looks so much fun!

  5. I was there too and had a BLAST! It was such a fun way to get some exercise.

  6. So much fun! I missed the color run in Pittsburgh, and I was so disappointed!!!

  7. I'm doing a color run with my daughter in May in Raleigh, NC!! We are looking forward to a great time!!!

  8. That looks like it was a blast! I have always wanted to run one of those races. Also, I read your 'About Me' and I just wanted to tell you... I love your heart :) It reflects Christ.


  9. I did the Color Run with several friends this past December!!! You are correct, it's super laid back and SO fun!!! We wore white tutus, too because why not?! I tell everyone who is into running/walking to participate in a race like this because it is so fun and I would totally do it again!

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