I opted for a half marathon and for some reason I decided to get after it pretty hard and was shooting for a sub 2 hour half marathon. I can’t be upset about destroying my previous half marathon PR but my legs were not happy when we went to our race later that morning.
My previous half marathon PR was 2:01 so this was a pretty solid run to beat that by more than 12 minutes. I felt strong all the way through the run and kept my splits pretty consistent. Even at mile 6 when the climbing is really noticeable and my walking pit stop at 6.5 miles. Again, extremely happy about the outcome but did not bode well for our race.
Mrs. Schlub found a Groupon for The Color Dash which made it pretty cheap, we had never done a fun run like this before, plus a lot of our friends were running, so we signed up. Packet pickup was the day before and the race provided cotton Color Dash shirt, a keepsake race bib, and a packet of color powder. We got to the park about an hour before the race started and it was already hot. We had a lot of fun with the powder packets as we made sure everyone in our group had plenty of color to start the race.
As we neared the start time the race announcer started his introductions and dedications which pushed the race back about 10 or 15 minutes. As we were finally going to start, the DJ advised the crowd that they were going to send the group out in waves to break everyone up. Oh Great!! We ended up in the third wave which put us behind a lot of traffic. We didn’t plan on running the race competitively as it wasn’t chip timed and we planned to just have fun during the run, but there were a lot of walkers and strollers. The course was a double loop 5K which ended up being about 2.80 miles LOL, not sure if that was just flexible route planning or we cut a lot of corners but it wasn’t quite the 5K we were expecting.
In the end it was a fun run but Mrs. Schlub and I agreed that this would be our first AND last Color Dash. The powder does not mesh well with water and sweat plus it took a good scrubbing to get it off my skin when I got home.
Have you ever done a Color Dash? What were your thoughts on the event?