Monday, September 9, 2013

The Color Run™ Portland: Date Morning

Remember when I said I'd be sharing more races with you? I honestly had no idea it would be this soon! Friday afternoon I lucked into some free registrations to The Color Run™ in Portland, sponsored by Chevrolet. The only "fun run" I've done before was a mud run/ obstacle course about 4 years ago. I did it by myself, and while I had a good time, I decided I would rather spend my money on "real" races in the future. They're a lot of money on my budget.

But when a local blogger, Ann, asked if anyone was interested, I jumped at the chance. My mother-in-law has actually done The Color Run™ two years in a row and loves it. I figured I could tag along with her. Then I found out I was actually getting three tickets! My mind started spinning with all the people I wanted to bring with me! Turns out, though, it's harder than you'd think to find two people to run a race with you with less than 24 hours notice. Even when it's going to be free.

In the end, my husband and his sister signed up to do the run with me. I was a little disappointed when my sister-in-law then backed out almost as quickly as I turned in her registration information, but it ended up being a good thing. We got ourselves a little "date morning" out of it.

My husband and I don't work out together ever. We tried it once or twice before having kids, and it did not work. At all. Maybe it was the distraction of everything else going on, but we actually had a great time together. It was fun running and just being goofy together. And now my husband wants to do things like this together more. Races and just running together. Personally, I hate running with people EXCEPT during races, so we'll see how this turns out. haha

A color run is great for participants of all fitness levels, seriously. And, I was pleasantly surprised to find how incredibly family friendly the whole event is. A big part of me really wished I would have brought G. We wouldn't have been able to run the whole time, but it would have been fun. Maybe next year? It was so cute to see the kids running along side their parents, and the smaller ones hoisted up on their mom's and dad's shoulders when they got too tired. I loved it.

Have you done The Color Run™? What out of the box family activities have you considered? 

I was given free registration for The Color Run™ in Portland, but I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. 

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