A few weeks ago I did the Color Run in Chicago. It’s advertised as a “race,” but it’s really a fun run. The route wasn’t even 3.1 miles, or at least most people didn’t end up running that far. It was, however, super duper way fun and a great reward for all of the hard work I’ve done in regards to running.
If you haven’t heard about this super trendy race yet, basically a new color is thrown on you at each kilometer. It’s just cornstarch and it sticks to you, but it doesn’t hurt or burn or anything. It washes out of your clothes after as well (even if you let them sit around for a couple of weeks).
I will say I thought the after party was kind of lame. I’ve been to smaller races in Iowa with much better finish line parties. It was still fun though and an experience I would recommend!
In other running news, I’ve gone from running 2-3 times a week to a whopping 4 times a week! I did two 3 miles runs at the early part of this week, a 2.25 mile interval run yesterday, and a 4.5 mile run today in the 88 degree heat. The last one was pretty miserable. I’ve been a little frustrated with the heat. It’s hard to run any faster when it’s that warm and I’m actually running slower, which feels like one thousand steps backward. I just need to realize it’s the heat slowing me down.
One reason I’m increasing the amount I’m running is because I’m doing a half marathon training program. A scary goal. I’m following Hal Higdon’s novice program but increasing my long run by .5 mile each week. Increasing by a whole mile each week seemed a little bit too aggressive to me, especially since I’m doing this over the summer. I have my eye on a half marathon in October, but want to continue training before I commit.
Have you done a half marathon yet? What was your training experience like?