Jun 072012

It’s been a rough week or two, I got pretty sick last week, and am still not full recovered. I’m back to walking my minimum 10k steps per day on my Fitbit Wireless Activity/Sleep Tracker
, but it’s certainly not as easy as it was when I was fully healthy. Hopefully this nasty cold goes away soon and everything will be back to normal.

Now, on to the topic at hand.

I’ve been thinking for a week or two now that I need to step it up. I’m out of the stage where I can barely walk or move because I’m so fat. I’m certainly not in any peak physical condition, but I no longer get winded just walking up stairs or anything incredibly lame like that. That was the old me. Now I’d like to focus on taking the newer me and making him better, faster, skinnier, etc.

I want to incorporate some small weight lifting and push-ups, sit-ups, etc. I also want to incorporate more jogging, or jogwalkfalldeathing as I called it in my Color Run post. I’ve contemplated several ways to do this, including c25k and a few other things, but I haven’t done anything about it yet.

Today, I was browsing Facebook and saw that The Color Run official Facebook account had posted an interesting 8 week training plan to get in shape for a 5k.

The Columbus Color Run is less than 8 weeks away, but I figure something is better than nothing, so I’m going to start doing this on my walks in the morning. We’ll see how it pans out. I’ll also be interested to see if I lose or gain steps on my Fitbit Ultra. It’s possible that my stride will shorten or lengthen when I’m jogwalkfalldeathing.

I have the graphic copied below in case anyone else is interested.

Training Plan for The Color Run

Any other Color Runner’s going to do something similar?

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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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