July 21, 2012

My Journey to the Color Run Columbus

In January we took a family vacation to Florida. Upon arriving home and uploading those pictures to my computer....it hit me. I needed to do something about my weight and getting back in shape. That spurred on an intense desire and motivation to make it happen. In the past I had made excuses about why I couldn't work out. I was too tired, not enough time, who's going to watch the kids? blah blah blah

I had enough of the excuses and began waking up every single morning at 5am, putting on my workout clothes and lumbering to the basement to the treadmill. I started using an app on my phone called My Fitness Pal to log all and I mean all of the food I ate. Amazingly the weight began to come off. The more that came off, the more determined I was. My goal was a loss of 20 pounds (which I hit in May). In the process of all this exercise and weight loss I was also using the program Couch to 5k. It was my goal to run the Color Run when it came to Columbus.

That morning we woke up bright and early and headed to Columbus with my parents and the kids. 

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It was a sea of white clothes and excitement. Because there were so many runners and it takes a while to get through each of the color stations....we didn't get to start right away. Unfortunately that also meant that we lost the cool morning air and ended up beginning the race in the hot July sun.

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The kids played around and had Mamaw take pictures of them while they waiting on us. We instructed them where to stand so they could see us cross the finish line.

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The race was hard...I'm not going to lie! I still don't claim that I ran a 5k simply because the way the Color Run is set up. You come to a complete stand still going through each color station. Still, it was hard for me. But seeing the sweet smiles and cheers coming from my kids as I ran past was the best feeling in the entire world!

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I'm SOOO thankful for the loving support of my husband throughout this entire process. I have always joked that the only way I would ever run is if it was a life threatening situation. Never in a million years did this non-athletic, anti competitive girl ever dream of attempting a 5k. Shawn stuck with me even when my run was very literally a walk for him. He never once complained or made me feel inadequate. He was my constant encouragement from day 1!

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At the very end of the race they have a color celebration. We took the kids in the middle and let them get all the color on them that they wanted. It was amazing!

The race ended at the Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest. So, we celebrating by eating some yummy BBQ, letting the kids play in the fountains
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and sitting along the Riverbank listening to some cool jazz music.
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Will I run another 5K......well.....I've learned to never say never!



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