A couple of months ago my little cousin heard that The Color Run was coming to Nashville and she planned on getting a team together and that I needed to sign-up. Well, unfortunately, they were filled to capacity just a day later so her and my uncle were the only two registered.
Fast forward to two weeks ago and my uncle decided that he wasn't that thrilled about getting covered in paint and gave his spot to me! So to Nashville it was bright and early this past Saturday morning...and I mean early - we live about an hour and a half out of Nashville.
We got there way ahead of time to pick up our packets and for photo opportunities of course.
These are "before" pictures - we froze to death the whole morning since we didn't want to tote our jackets around or get them dirty.
We had a slight moment of genius when we saw quite a few people already standing in the starting corral, so since we didn't have anything better to do we lined up 45 minutes ahead of a time...and it was a good thing we did!
After freezing to death for 45 minutes it was time to go...and this is where we were glad we lined up when we did. We were the first heat to go out! There were 15,000 people in this 5k, so to not have us herded like cattle through the course they only let so many go out at a time. Then the next wave would go out 5 minutes later. That was smart!
The course was pretty awesome - we started off on the walking bridge (I've always wanted to go across it), down 2nd Avenue, through Printer's Alley, and then back across the river and all around LP Field to the finish line.
Like the walking bridge, Printer's Alley was something I've wanted to go through...but I would never go through here otherwise. It's sketchy...even in daylight and with a crowd.
Here is our "after" the run...I wasn't too bad.
And here is the "after" once we hit the Finish Festival...
Ugh, yes...we were covered. The cousin didn't even look like herself and my hair was just crazy. Blonde hair with streaks of wild color just doesn't mix.
We cleaned ourselves up as best we good for the ride home. I don't think I've ever been ready for a shower as I was after Saturday, after being covered in color for 8 hours I was just over it.
Overall - I'm glad I did this run. I'm a person who doesn't like to get the least bit dirty, so it was
a lot a little out of my comfort zone, but I'm glad I did it for the experience...but let it be known. I won't do it again. I'll stick to regular 5k's...because this ol' gal doesn't handle being dirty very well.