Saturday, September 15, 2012

That One Time I Kinda Sorta "Ran" a 5K. Or At Least Completed One.

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I'm no runner. In fact, I've spent the majority of my life avoiding any sort of physical activity. No joke - when I was 3 I used to go to my friend's karate and basketball parties and sit on the side. Yeah, I was THAT little girl. Close those judging eyes. Alas, here I am 20 years later, running a 5K.

... Okay. "Running" might be an overstatement. But I definitely COMPLETED a 5K and this is the story of how it happened. If you're turning to this post for inspiration to get your ass off the couch and start working out again, you might as well stop reading right now. I haven't been to the gym in about a month and I'm writing this post from my couch while eating Ben & Jerry's and watching Harry Potter. You might say that's gross... I say it's awesome. I'll kick your ass in Quidditch one day, you just wait and see.

So my friend Amanda sent me a link to the Color Run website and despite the fact that I actually hate running, I watched the video on the site... and I was completely inspired. You might say I was feeling bad about myself and watching all these happy people complete the 5K made ME want to accomplish something. You MIGHT say that, but I know the real reason is because I saw colored paint flying everywhere and I immediately thought of that awesome "paintball" scene from 10 Things I Hate About You. Although I had a hunch that Heath Ledger wouldn't come back from the beyond and make out with me on top of a pile of hay, a girl can dream.


So I read on the site that you don't HAVE to run the 5K... plenty of people walk it. So, since it would be a relatively judgement-free zone, I decided that I wanted to sign up with a bunch of my college friends so we can throw stuff at each other and mock the people who take it seriously. Well... joke was on me. I signed up at work with a few coworkers and told my college friends to join the team. Problem:  The Color Run sold out in about 2 hours and my college friends didn't make the cut. I was now signed up to run the 5K with my super fitness-savvy (at least by comparison) coworkers. Awesome.

So, I started training. I did one of those "Couch to 5K" programs that seem to be all the rage right now. The beginning of the program was easy and I was feeling good. So good, that I decided to skip forward a few weeks. I then started to feel the burn, but I kind of just assumed that meant it was working. Then.... BAM. Tendonitis of the knee. No running for 2 1/2 weeks. Cool. After the 2 1/2 weeks, I just couldn't get back into the swing of things. I lost momentum and ran out of time. Womp womp. The good news is that my friends Barbara and Blaine were able to join the team at the last minute, so I had some people I could "half-run" with.

The night before the run, I slept at my coworker Shari's house, since she lived close to where we'd have to be the next day. We decided to decorate "Team Everest" t-shirts. It felt like Color War at sleepaway camp so I was all about it.

We woke up super early the next morning to get to the run. In the end, Team Everest ended up splitting up: some ran the whole way and others alternated running and walking. I ran a good chunk of it, but definitely not the entire thing. The great thing about The Color Run is that it's really low-key and low-pressure, so lots of people who participate decide to walk the entire thing (making me look a LITTLE less lazy). 

Team Everest
We think we're cute and stuff
First round of color
Colors are likeable and so are we. Mostly because we work at Likable Media.
We were already dirty, so we figured we may as well lay on the floor. It's worth it for a really great Instagram shot.

That's really it! No moral of the story: It was just fun to do something a little different. And throw paint on people. And brag on Instagram. Maybe I'll even run the whole thing next year.

*Photos contributed by myself, Cara Friedman, and Frank Emanuele. I decided they were better photographers than I am. Womp womp.


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