The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5K on the Planet, is a unique event that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. Now the largest running series in the world, The Color Run has been experienced by over 7 million runners worldwide in 40+ countries.
This was a fun run I got to do with Cornerstone Young Professionals. The Color Run comes to Phoenix every year and does these crazy 5K’s where you get doused with colored powered. Then you run through bubbles at the end. This tour was their Dream Tour and it was held at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler. I wore my multi-colored wig and had fun doing this 5K with good friends.
For St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to run a Kilt Run. I have been on this kick to start running again and my Uncle Joel told me about this one. This event is part of the Kiss Me I’m Irish run events that go on all weekend to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. The Kilt Run supports the The American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Kiss Me I’m Irish Run supports the Prostate On Site Project. This was the 1st annual Kilt Run for these guys. It’s a 1K family fun run and it took place on the plaza of Westgate Entertainment District. You get a kilt, a finisher’s medal and a beer at the nearby McFadden’s after you finish the run. I was excited to get my first ever medal in a run event. Before the run, I fueled up by making a Guinness Shepherd’s Pie at home earlier in the day. Afterwards, I met up with my uncle and his girlfriend at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon for a beer. The place was crazy crowded but still fun to be around everyone having a good time. I had a good time for my first run of the year and hope to keep it going.
After getting my first run out of the way post knee surgery, I decided I wanted to keep the momentum going. I signed up the Hot Chocolate Run in Scottsdale. This is a very popular holiday run and was excited to participate. I ran with my uncle Joel and we ran side-by-side the whole race. He helped keep me going. It was pretty crowded, but I was happy to have a decent time and enjoyed my fondue bowl of hot chocolate afterwards.
After two knee surgeries in the past four years to repair a torn meniscus in both knees, I am running my first race since 2011. In fact, I tore my first knee in that run (Pat’s Run) in 2011 and haven’t ran since. Today I am running the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure run in downtown Phoenix. I have run this race in the past and have enjoyed it. It’s a good one because the weather is nice and cool in October here in AZ. I am hoping I can restart this running journey again that I started years ago. I found a good running pace for myself on the treadmill and my job is to finish and not be concerned with time. My FitbyFirst program has been instrumental in my training and getting back in shape.
The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure is part of the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. Up to 75% of the net proceeds raised stays in the local community to fund breast cancer programs and at least 25% supports Susan G. Komen‘s national grants program to fund research (info from their website). I am happy I am able to run this race to benefit his cause.