This weekend was the best weekend…. quite possibly of my entire life to date…. I seriously can’t remember a time where I’ve had more fun, laughed harder, or been sadder when it ended.
I did a Color Me Rad 5k in Hamilton this weekend… well, at Christie Lake Conservation Area… and I’ve never been, but it’s beautiful, and I’d love to go back and hike/wander at a time when it wasn’t being overrun by runners. haha I’m punny.
I ran it with two dear friends and a new friend. Now this new friend is unlike any other new friend. Have you ever met anyone where the second you’re introduced, you know you’re going to be mega bummed when you have to part ways? I’ve only ever had it happen one other time in my life. But it happened yesterday.
I met Jeannie right before we got in the car to drive to Dundas. We’d been informally introduced by Ange on Facebook, but boy oh boy Facebook does not do this new friend justice.
Oh, bad habit we fostered this weekend… I now hash tag at completely inappropriate times and I think it’s hysterical. I’m sure not everyone will agree, and I’ll have to try really really hard not to say “hash tag criss cross applesauce” tomorrow, I’m quite certain.
We hit up Starbucks pre-race, because everyone needs a little caffeine, sugar and whipped topping to course through their veins before a 5k. (Please note, most of us are not hardcore runners by any stretch of the means, and this being a fun run, we decided to maximize the fun and minimize the run).
We weren’t quite sure where to go, but stopped at a stoplight, to what did our wandering eyes did appear, but a lovely young lady with “RAD” tattooed on her face. I yelled out from the backseat…. “FOLLOW THAT SUBARU!” And we did. Thankfully, they knew where they were going!
We arrived, took copious selfies as we got all layered up and warm and ready to #beastit. Walking toward the check-in point where we picked up our swag, Becky yells out “I HAVE A CRAMP!” and the laughter started all over again.
I also have to admit that for the first time in my life, I fell prey to the duck face photo… I’ve never done one before that wasn’t clearly mocking everyone else who’s ever done one… and I’m looking back through the pictures now to realize to my own shock and horror that I duck faced… on my own phone… and I kind of like the picture an awful lot.
We stopped along the way, took many more selfies, asked strangers to take pictures of us, and we laughed and laughed and laughed….
We changed in the parking lot… legit. Well, now me…. I chickened out and changed in an outhouse. I should have changed in the parking lot…. it was gross.
We went for lunch and professionally carb loaded. East Side Marios anyone? I don’t think we truly deserved it since we didn’t run that hard, but meh!
Then, after some time apart (mostly to spend the whole time showering to get the corn starch dye off of everywhere…. seriously… it went through two shirts. EVERYWHERE!), we met back up at Value Village and then back to one of our houses to continue the fun.
The fun spilled into today, but then Jeannie left. And while I still have other amazing friends here, and I do not take them for granted, I love my new friend already. It’s like I’ve known her all my life. And I hope I see her again soon.
And — if you’ve never done a colour run — I highly recommend that you find the nearest one and sign up. Amazing. You don’t need to be a runner. You don’t need to run the whole thing! The first one I did, a lady did it in flip flops and her wedding dress…. seriously… do it.
Please enjoy the pictorial recap of what I just wrote to you…. and I have not included the picture of what my bathtub looked like at the end…. but it was gross. (ps — the pic of me running is me imitating the Phoebe Run from Friends... I don’t actually run like that…. I hope…. and I definitely didn’t run into a horse)
oh… and the dye is Gluten Free! (random fact)