Guess who did the happiest 5k marathon yesterday? Me! I found out about The Color Run Night – Get Ready To Glow in Melbourne the day I landed here and quickly signed ourselves up. I wanted to keep up the momentum of these happiest 5k events. Starting from last year Music Run in Jakarta and now with the unusual nighttime run, there was no way we are not attending the color run event, even though I couldn’t run to save my life and it’s almost winter here in Melbourne.
I might be one of the laziest people you will ever meet on this planet, saying that, I did train for the night color run. I have been running the past two weekends, around our neighborhood and in the botanical garden to build my strength. By running I mean I ran for like 5 minutes before stopping to do duck watching or grab coffee in the neighborhood coffee shop for the next 10 minutes before continuing the same cycle five to six times. I also have been fast walking to the train station and later from the station to my office building.
On the color run day, I had very yummy breakfast and bought cheap running pants from Target, just in case it would be ruined by all the colors, I love Target btw. I even slept in the afternoon to preserve my energy. In short, I didn’t want to be completely unprepared for the color run.
Apparently I still came unprepared, at least if I compared myself with the other attendees who came with hardcore face paints and colorful tutus. One even came in her wedding dress.
We reached there at 6PM, close to the event starting time and the queue for check-in was super long hence we didn’t have time to roam around the field to get coffee nor buy the super cool hair band with the words Color Run written on it. Once we checked-in, we were just in time to grab our packages, change into the pink tutu (only me) and joined another queue, the runners queue.
By that time, it started to rain, not heavy, but so damn windy hence the damn cold. I was practically shivering. At that moment, seeing the hashtag #Happiest5k on my number tag (I was #24321) felt like a cruel joke. Oh man, in any other circumstance I would have been on the bed, curling inside my blanket with a hot milk but not this time. This time I had to be the adult. The I-have-already-paid-for-this-and-I-am-keeping-the-damn-momentum kinda of adult.
And I did it. Well, by did I mean I ran for like 5 minutes before starting to walk, in my defense, it was a fast walk throughout the night in the rain, so gimme a break.
During the run, walk I mean, we passed by a few color stops where they threw glow in the dark colors on us and high5 us for reaching this stage. There were blue, pink, yellow and green sections. These were the best parts of the color run. People got super excited when they got color thrown on them, some of them even lay down on the floor to bask in it.
My favorite part, though, was the snow where they blew huge soap bubbles into the air with a cannon looking machine. People, no matter what their age was, went gaga here. Another fun part was the dancing with soap bubble floating in the air everywhere with dance music blasting in the background. It was super fun to watch and experience.
Towards the end people started to cheat by finding a shortcut to the exit. Surprisingly, I didn’t want to. I felt pumped from the run, okay fast walk and was happy to do the 5k. That time, it felt like a #Happiest5k indeed.
I was expecting a medal when we reached the finishing line, instead they gave me a pack of color powder. What was I suppose to do with it after the run? That was a little disappointing and I seriously think they should pump up with the music. Running in silence, on a cold, rainy night with a bunch of strangers seemed a little depressing, especially when you couldn’t see the next see the next stop of the color run.
The best scenario would be mixing the music run and the color run into one big event. There you go, one day people will thank me for this brilliant idea.
Meanwhile, I have decided to participate in the Color Run Tropicolor in Sydney, 125 days from now, solely based on the Tropi kit that they are giving. It looks cool and I will finally have the headband I wanted so much. Now, I just need to convince my BFF, Jik, to do it with me.
Do you have the Color Run event or something similar in your city? Would you ever do a 5k marathon?
Safe to say that I am not taking the mini blogging break seriously this year. I just have lots of things to share with all of you and I can’t wait for next month to do it. So I am declaring it’s over. For now. Thanks for reading you guys!