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Color Me Rad San Jose

Sunday, September 02, 2012


My brother came over early and we all walked over (about 1.5 miles). Certainly glad we did because there were a ton of cars lined up to get in.
I got in line at the 3 portapotties. No toilet paper or water to wash your hands....this run is not starting off well.
My husband and I were signed up for the first wave at 9am so we headed over to the start. It was sooooo crowded. I couldn't see anything in that mass of white t-shirts. They didn't specify where we were to stand and which direction we were running until it was totally packed. Not cool in my book. FInally they started us and off we went over the dirt and rocks. There were a lot of rocks of all sizes on this course. I had intended to do a Galloway 60 second run and 30 second walk ratio but I never got chance to turn on my GymBoss. I ended up running most of it with a few walk breaks when it got too congested. After about the first mile (I think) they had the first powdered color area and there were volunteers throwing handfuls of colors at us. Run a little more and then another station. There were 3 powdered areas and 2 with liquid color that was shot out of paint guns. I'm certainly glad they gave us sunglasses...it helped keep the color out.
Along the way I managed to turn my wonky ankle on a rock..it hurt a lot when I did it but I managed to walk it off...I think. Feels a little stiff and sore today but not too bad.
I was definitely glad to hit the finish line.
I joined my brother (who didn't run but held my jacket and took this pic) and husband. We got a nice colored shot. Then walked home. Got some weird looks on the way back. Stopped at Seattle's Best Coffee for a cup and then showered. Then off to breakfast.
I don't think I'd do another one again. I guess I'm just not into people hurling color at me but I'm glad I did one.
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SHYDANDELIONS 10/9/2012 2:36AM

    I did Color Me Rad a few weeks ago, I was completely appalled at the lack of organization! When we went to pick up our packets they didn't check for ID, check to make sure that we were really registered, and the place was like a madhouse! At one point I joked that we should have just gone back up there again with an alias to get free stuff. And the waves, hah! That's just funny. I was signed up for the 0915 wave, but my team was signed up for the 0900 wave. I went with the 0900 wave because they didn't have a clue what was going on. Not to mention that when I finished running, they were starting other waves whenever people felt like running. Seriously, people did the run multiple times. Or just started running whenever. Overall, it wasn't too bad for my first 5k but I doubt that I'd ever pay 60 bucks to take part in disorganized chaos! I guess the entire point of the run is to encourage people that running can be fun, but some organization would have been nice.

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YAMINOKODOMO 9/21/2012 1:33PM

    The concept of the run is pretty cool but yea I think I'd get annoyed at people hurling colors at me! lol Well at least you can say you experience this! Sorry you had a little rough start there with the crowd and setting up, and sorry that you hurt your ankle, but hope you had at least a little fun and congrats on finishing it!!!

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SOKKERNUT 9/21/2012 9:07AM

    emoticon picture! Love it! Well at least you tried it and it was new. Ouch on the ankle. How is it today? Hope it is feeling better.

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BREW99 9/5/2012 7:34PM

    Oh no! I hope your ankle doesn't act up after the run. Pesky thing... I'm glad you had such a lovely time with your brother and husband. Looks like a very fun run! What do they do with the paint? Throw it at you as you run? Sounds like fun to me either way. hehe And then coffee afterwards, sign me up!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/5/2012 1:13PM

    I think I'd have the same reaction as you. I've read so many Color Me Rad race recaps and after every one I think, Nah, no desire to do that! The pictures taken after are always fun, though! I hope your ankle is okay!!

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RAINEMARIE214 9/5/2012 12:55PM

    Hope your ankle feels better! Sorry the logistics were so bad. We are thinking of doing the Color Me Rad race in Denver, because I missed out on the Color Run a few weeks ago when my parents visited..

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 9/4/2012 7:31PM

    I am so sorry you twisted your ankle :( It sounds like they should've done a better job with logistics (esp. with the hand washing). Also, I agree with you--I wouldn't want anyone hurling anything at me (even though the pictures are very cool), while running. I went to a holi festival years ago and it was awesome, but someone through some color at me that went up my nose the wrong way! Ever since then I've been on guard I suppose LOL ... Great job again!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/4/2012 12:20PM

    I'm thinking of doing one. Even suggested to the SO that he join me. so he's been 'training' ever since. I pointed out that we could just run/walk it, but no, he has to train. Men!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 9/3/2012 5:24PM

    I hope your ankle is feeling better today!

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INIT2LIVEIT 9/3/2012 4:33AM

    Nat I hope your ankle feels better real soon. guess you had to try it to experience it? Sorry it wasn't more enjoyable for you, but it looks like your DH had fun!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/2/2012 11:03PM

    Hey Nat!
doesnt sound like a lot of fun, but atleast you got some fitness in and some pretty shirts. will the color stay on them after they are washed?
i hate it that you injured your ankle. i hope it heals up quickly! praying for you right now!

my neice did a color run last month in st. louis. she had fun, but she is only 30 and is half crazy anyway! wonder if the lack of tp was part of their green-ness?

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WONDERWOMAN 9/2/2012 9:19PM

    As always, I love, love, love the picture of you and hubby! I so hope the ankle isn't affected long-term. UGH!!!! As much as I've thought the colored runs look fun, I also worried about a lot of the things you mentioned. I'm guessing I'd feel the same as you. Have a great Labor Day! (My race report is coming.)

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STITCHERFRIEND 9/2/2012 9:00PM

    Love the pic! I hope your ankle feels better now. My daughter is doing a Color Run next weekend. I'm not one for getting messy so no mud runs for me either.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/2/2012 7:50PM

    I'm glad you're glad you did it, despite the confusion and the ankle twisting. Cute picture, colors and all! Hope that ankle is fine. Thanks for the race report. Not sure if I want to do a color run or not. Maybe one. Take care, Marsha

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/2/2012 4:36PM

    Oh no, I hope the ankle is okay. I know the foot problems that you have had. Great job, love the t-shirts there. You two are so cute together.
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MIRAGE727 9/2/2012 3:43PM

    Glad you enjoyed the run! That's what that particular run all about.
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LINDAKAY228 9/2/2012 3:18PM

    Sorry about your ankle and the apparent disorganization of the race. I've heard they can be a lot of fun but I probably would only do one maybe once to try it. But I checked their website and the only one anywhere even semi-close to me is in Phoenix and that's still over a 6 hour drive away from where I live. So it's not in my future LOL. They really shoud have had more port-a-potties and make sure they were well stocked, and had the sanitizing gel available. And a better course without all the rocks! Hope your ankle heals soon.

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JANETRIS 9/2/2012 1:19PM

    HAHA...LOL...I can now see why you opted to leave the new Garmin at home! I missed the color run here....Luckydogfarm and I did a tri together instead.....maybe next year will be better?!?! emoticon

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JASMINELOU 9/2/2012 1:15PM

    Love the picture! So sorry about your ankle, hope it is feeling better. Des Moines is actually doing 2 runs on the same day, the first is at 1 p.m. and the 2nd at 4 p.m. Sounds like they are a pretty popular run. emoticon

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JUNEPA 9/2/2012 12:32PM

    How is your ankle today? Sorry you had a disappointing run, nice that your DH and brother were with you.

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BUTEAFULL 9/2/2012 11:58AM

    how come hubby got more color than you? oh I know the answer...bigger target
did you know before hand what was gonna happen? or was it a surprise to get hit with color of different mediums
ice that ankle sweetie

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EMILY1244 9/2/2012 11:24AM

    Sorry you had a less than desirable run! I had aways heard that Color Runs were super fun. Guess thats not always the case! Hope your ankle is ok!

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JLITT62 9/2/2012 11:18AM

    Oh no! Hope the ankle heals soon.

My WW leader has talked about wanting to do one of those runs but it didn't really sound appealing to me . . . and definitely not!



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MAGGIE805 9/2/2012 11:14AM

    Cute pic! I wanted to do the one in Fontana, but it was sold out. Sounds like total chaotic, messy, fun. Take care of the ankle. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 9/2/2012 10:59AM

    Can you imagine what people thought if they had no clue that the Color Run was even happening? Too funny!!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/2/2012 10:47AM

    Cute picture. I do hope your ankle is ok!

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STHAX10 9/2/2012 10:29AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/2/2012 10:24AM

    Very cute photo. Glad you finished it, although it didn't sound like a fun run. BTW, how tall are you and how tall is your DH? Just
curious after looking at the photo.

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