Today, Sunday 13th October, I completed my second ever running event; The Colour Run in Aylsham Norfolk.
I woke at 7.15am, drew back the curtains and the rain was pouring. It was a pretty grey and miserable Sunday morning. Immediately I was regretting signing up for something labelled as a ‘fun run!’
For those of you wondering what a colour run is, basically runners begin dressed in clean white T-shirts, and pass through 5 colour stations, one every kilometre. Each colour station is associated with a different colour, with volunteers throwing coloured powder at you.
It was a really good atmosphere, lots of families and really well organised. I had made a conscious effort not to have a glass of wine the night before. In fact, the complete polar opposite, I sat watching Strictly Come Dancing with a pint of water! It wasn’t quite the same but I was determined to enjoy my run.
For those of you close to me, you will know that I have lost my running mojo a little since Run Norwich 10k back in July. You have to be in the right frame of mind to run. I once read that running is 90% mental and 10% physical and I truly believe this. When speaking to fellow runners, they all advised me to book another event. They say its key to getting back into it.
This colour run seemed like the perfect opportunity for me so I embraced the event and signed up. It had pretty much stopped raining when the Race Director gathered us all for the briefing and warm up. The music was playing and the rainbow finish line was in sight.
The title of this weeks blog, Keep Your Powder Dry, means take on the challenge but stay alert and take care of yourself, which originally alluded to keeping gunpowder dry so that it would ignite.
I felt it was poignant for how I have been feeling recently with regards to running. Hopefully this means I am back in the game and looking to book my next event. Mind over matter!
I will keep you all updated with my progress.
Thank you for all your support, you totally know who you all are and I love you all to bits.
Now does anyone have any tips on how I can get this powder paint out of my trainers???