I have no desire in life to do a marathon. I realise this is something that is on a lot of people’s ‘bucket lists’ but it is most certainly not on mine. It was for a while, because everyone seemed to do them so I thought I should too. But then I realised that I found no joy whatsoever in running. I simply find it boring.
Over the last couple of years some of my American friends have posted pictures of them doing something called Colour Run. It was the only thing that made me think ‘well…maybe’ to running. It looked really fun, and I liked the idea of it being about fun rather than what time you ran it in! So when one of the Soul Surfers crew told us that they were doing Scotland’s first ever Colour Run in Edinburgh – an event called Color Me Rad - I thought ‘YES!’ So a bunch of us signed up as ‘Team Rad Surfers‘.
There were some issues getting there as there were too many cars all arriving at once and no one had thought about that. Loads of people complained, but really – this is what it is often like for events at the Royal Highland Centre where Color Me Rad was held. But the traffic jam gave me a chance to eat breakfast and get my ‘Rad’ tattoo on
And soon we were jogging around the fields of the Royal Highland centre…(and walking…it was nice to walk to chat with friends and just enjoy the atmosphere).
After every kilometre there was a station were stewards had sacks of coloured cornflour to throw at you. Each station was a different colour, and after the 3rd or 4th kilometre mark there was one where it was mixed with liquid to spray on the runners. The admission fee included a free t-shirt to take home, sunglasses and even safety pins for your registration number. Profits from the event were going to Make-A-Wish foundation.
At the end of circuit, stewards handed a small packet of coloured powder, which were to be taken to the colour bomb zone. Here groups of friends were throwing the packets of colour all over each other. There was also an MC who had the crowd of finishers getting even more pumped up with tunes, throwing colour out into the crowd and some freebies (Miss Sweetroot who did it with us, managed to catch a Color Me Rad sweatband set). By the end I looked like this:
And it took a lot of scrubbing in the shower when I got home to get myself back to my usual milky white colour again.
All in all, we had a blast, and would love to do it again next year!