On Saturday I took part in Birmingham’s Colour Run. This very VERY colourful race takes the whole ‘fun run’ idea to a new level. They call it the ‘happiest 5K in the world!’
In the midst of V Fest weekend I arrived to find that this was totally the runners version of a festival. There was a huge stage playing music right from the start and not a person in sight who wasn’t dressed up or covered in face paint and glitter! I was so excited when I found out that my race pack included temporary tattoos, as well as a tshirt, face paint, race number & head band, so I could pretend I was 10 again 😝
So after weaving through the colourful crowds and numerous life size skittles (skittles were one of the sponsors) myself & my brother who took part with me got to the start line. Due to the sheer amount of people taking part they staggered the start time and let groups of people go every couple of minutes. With the run only being 5K this meant that some people had finished before we’d even started!
After lots of cheering & even a mexican wave (lol) we were off! Living up to its name, during this race you run through 5 colour stations where people literally throw coloured powder all over you…crazy!! Our tshirts started off as white but before long we were all human rainbows running in a midst of bright powder.
One of fave things about this 5K was that it wasn’t timed and I didn’t wear my Garmin watch so I had no idea how long I had left or the pace I was running. This was a nice change from focusing so much on how fast I am running or how far I have to go. It made the whole thing more enjoyable and a lot more chilled…I need to do more runs like this.
As we crossed the finish line we got given a bottle of water (standard), a bag of skittles (yessss) & a pack of coloured powder to make us even MORE colourful! The fun totally didn’t end there as the music was turned up as a mass of colourful people danced away, skittles in hand. Not sure how they had the energy cuz by that point I was defo ready for a sit down haha!
So happy that the rain held off all morning so the powder didn’t turn to water colours! Had the best time and I can’t WAIT to do it again next year! I would 100% recommend anyone to do a Colour Run whether you’re a regular on race day or you’ve never ran before, it’s so much fun!!
The next race I take part in will be my half marathon on 16th October ahhhhh! On that note I better get running!
Have a good one 💕