May 292012

A few weeks ago my brother sent me a text.

He suggested that we both run in the Air Force Marathon 5k in September. When I say “run”, I use the term very loosely when referencing myself. I anticipate it will be more like walking with a small amount of jogging thrown in. He usually runs in the full or half marathon, and I think his plan was to run the 5k with me on Friday night and then the marathon on Saturday.

I thought about it a bit and went and signed up before I could talk myself out of it. This is something completely outside of my comfort zone. In fact, when I was a kid and even when I was in the Army, I HATED running. I hated every second of it, but I think it’s one of the only things that is going to help me get my health back, so I need to do it.

Unfortunately, later my brother had to back out, as due to the nature of his job he will likely not have many, if any, days off this fall. I am still going to do it, and actually I’m going to run another 5k before this one

Here’s a quick video about the 2011 marathon, 5k, and 10k.

What crazy things have you done in your weight loss journey in order to keep yourself motivated?

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May 252012

The Color Run
A few weeks ago I was talking to my friend Mark (@RedditCBJ on Twitter) about how my brother talked me into running the Air Force Marathon 5k this fall.

He later told me that he was talking to his friend Chris (@WakeUpChris) at a twitter gathering and they were going to try to run in the Air Force Marathon 5k with me. Unfortunately, by that time the race was sold out.

He then decided that he was going to find another race for us to run in. That’s right. A SECOND 5k. Well, technically a first 5k, as this one will take place before the Air Force one that I already signed up for. You can read about that here.

They did some Twitter research and landed on a unique 5k that takes place in a bunch of different cities each year. It’s happening here in Columbus, Ohio on July 21st, 2012.

It’s called “The Color Run“. At the start of the race you are wearing a white t-shirt. As you pass each kilometer mark you get hit with a different color of this powdery paint stuff. You can see it pretty clearly in the videos at the bottom. At the end it looks like a rainbow barfed on you. It looks pretty fun, well, except for the prospect that I may be running. Actually, if I were to describe what I will be doing during the run, it would probably be something like jogwalkfalldeathing.

He and some other #CBJ people on twitter decided to create a team, and we are all going to participate. I use the term participate very loosely in my case. Our team name is the Columbus Blue-Green-Yellow-Pink Jackets. I look forward to meeting a bunch of fellow Columbus Blue Jacket fans while out on this trek.

Here are the 3 simple rules of The Color Run:

    Rule #1 All participants are welcome… fast, slow, runner, walker, old, and young.
    Rule #2 White shirt dress code at the official start line and ready to roll no later than 9am sharp!
    Rule #3 Completely colored Willy Wonka goodness at the finish.

Below is straight from The Color Run website telling about the race in their own words.

The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. For our events, it is about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.

The other cool thing about the run is that it’s going on during the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. That’s something I’ve never participated in, I guess mostly because until this last year I had spent almost zero time downtown. I spent more time this last year because of my Columbus Blue Jackets tickets, and I’ve got a bigger ticket package this year, so I’ll be down there even more. At any rate, I’ve always wanted to go to the Rib Fest, so I can check it out before or after the race.

Here is a map of the race, showing where we will be going, and where the different color stations will be set up.

The Color Run - Columbus, Ohio

The Color Run - Columbus Ohio - July 21st, 2012

Here’s a couple of cool videos from The Color Run website.

I look forward to taking my trusty Fitbit Ultra on this journey. I’ll also record it with Endomondo and we’ll see how close my ‘running’ is to the actual map they provided.

Have any of you ever participated in a Color Run? What was your experience like?

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