Monday, December 17, 2012

Color Run!

Miles Saturday: 3.1 miles
Miles yesterday: 0
Miles today: 0

I have been totally MIA for the past few days. My apologies. Between some serious knee pain and family visiting, I have been busy and tired. As I have said, the knee pain started a day or two after the marathon. I chalked it up to the race and figured it was nothing a couple days off and some ice couldn't cure. Wrong. I have run twice (not including the race Saturday - yep, I do dumb things sometimes.) since Vegas. The pain isn't so bad that I can't run a few miles through it, but it hurts and it is not going away or getting any better. I am taking the week off and seeing my favorite orthopedic surgeon on Friday. Needless to say, there will be more cooking/booze-filled posts until I am clear to run again. It sucks and is tough, maybe even more so for Larry, because he has to deal with me.

So The Color Run. Saturday I woke up at 5 AM to hop in the car and make it up to St. Pete for The Color Run at 9 AM. I picked up my friend Rachel from Ft. Myers and we raced up to St. Pete to get there on time. Thank goodness we had the parking hookup from my friend Shannon!!

My knee was hurting before the race even started, but I was running the whole thing regardless. (Again, I never said I was the smartest...) If you get the opportunity, do a Color Run. It was an absolute blast. You do not have to be in the greatest shape to do it. (more people were walking than running) It isn't timed and if I hadn't been hurt, I probably would have run before or after to get in a workout, but that isn't the purpose of the event. It is just to have fun and be happy. Two things I can totally get on board with.

Running with Rachel was freaking awesome. We hadn't seen each other in over a year and got to chat, catch up, and get colorful. There were four color stations on the run. Pink, blue, orange, and yellow. (Picture of the yellow station below) I had no idea what to expect. Basically a bunch of volunteers squirt and throw colored corn starch at you through each station. There is music and people dancing and lots of picture taking. 

At the finish line there is a huge party with a "color throw" every five minutes. We danced and took more pictures and threw lots of color at each other and everyone around us. Definitely worth the drive. Next year I am already planning on staying for cocktails afterwards with our friends. 

We drove home after the race and stopped for lunch on the water in Sarasota. Never mind that we looked like colorful hell. I had blue lips and color just about everywhere. Everyone we encountered just stared us down. Whatever. Look where we were. Hello heaven:

This is the view from our table at Marina Jack's. The food was wonderful and fresh. We split a Ahi tuna salad and veggie quesadillas. Definitely going to go back there at some point! 

The rest of the weekend was spent cherishing family and friends and saying prayers for all those affected by the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Have a happy Monday!