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Color Me Rad in Salt Lake City

by Katie Reed

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This last weekend was my first 5K race in four years! The last (and only!) one I did was back in the UK when Dex was a baby. I ran the Race for Life to raise money for cancer. This time, I was running just for fun and for a way of hanging out with friends. Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

Even though circumstances were not ideal, I had a whole lot of fun, anyway! The weather was a bit iffy. We’ve had a lot of rain lately, and the skies were overcast, fields were quite muddy, and it basically turned all the chalk colors into runny paint. But it didn’t matter.

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

My amazing husband ran with me, of course. Or should I say he walked with me. Being the fatty unfit person I am, I was out of breath quickly. And I was nursing double foot injuries, to boot. So it took us a lot longer than any of our friends to actually get to the finish. It didnt help that most people were walking due to the slippery mud, and the trails we were running were often narrow and difficult to get past people. But as I said, we didn’t care. We had fun anyway.

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

The going was so slow at times that we were even able to stop and get selfies along the way. And since we don’t get many date nights or time to ourselves, we were treating this whole thing as a sort of date. Funnily, the man at the start line asked us if it was our first date! Ha! I told him we had three kids, and he just laughed and said, “Nah, it’s your first date! I can tell.” I guess that’s just how we act when we’re alone together. Still young and in love after all these years.

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

We did manage to run across the finish line, which was nice, and we met up with our friends who had long since finished. I think I was covered in more color than anyone else, but that MAY have been because I laid on the ground and rolled in all the spilled color that people had thrown. Plus, I totally got hit with a slime gun about 3/4 of the way through the race, and I had congealed yellow goo all over me. FUN!

Color Me Rad Salt Lake City

All in all, it was a happy fun time. It was also the jumping off point for me for a new endeavor. I am tired of being unfit and unhealthy. I weigh more than I’ve weighed in YEARS, including when full term pregnant! So I have decided that I’m going to be focusing on getting fit now. It’s time. I’m 33 years old, and I have no energy anymore. That’s not the life I want.

Anyway, I’m all signed up for another 5K in July, and this time I hope to be able to run at least some of it! It’s another “fun run” called the Fro Yo 5k, and if you can’t tell by the name, I get frozen yogurt for running it. WOO!

What are your favorite ways of exercising? Do you run? Have a favorite 5k race? Let me know! I want to do more!

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Shalama May 28, 2015 - 9:53 am

Color Me Rad is a cool event. I have done a couple of Color type runs in addition to all of my longer distance running (half marathons and the like). I haven’t run much lately because I am training for a figure bodybuilding competition, but running is a great way to zen out for me. (I’m found you through Bloggertunities).

Candace Bennion July 1, 2015 - 9:49 pm

Loved the blog Katie!!! Was bummed we didn’t find you before the race started! But I’m sure you knew Wyatt and I were training for much bigger races, so we took the opportunity to use this as a training type day, so we just bolted at the start line. 🙂 I’m looking forward to trying my knee out at the 5k with you coming up, hopefully I don’t limp it. 🙂


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