It's been so long, hasn't it? I am so so SO pleased to say I sat my last ever school exam this morning and am now freeeeeee! Not even the fact I answered "Why do you want to learn German?" with "because I like walking" instead of "travelling" from my German speaking exam can get me down - summer has officially started. Now I need to look for a summer job... any offers?
On Saturday 9th May, I took part in my very first 5K run. You may know I've been trying to improve my fitness as a New Year's Resolution (P.S. I can now squat 40kg!) and signing up for the Colour Me Rad 5K was intended to act as motivation for me to keep up with this goal.
This is after the 5K, if you couldn't tell ;)
It kinda worked. I went jogging a few times and I still regularly go to the gym (but tend to do resistance training rather than cardio). The great thing about Colour Me Rad is it's not competitive, you aren't timed, no one cares if you walk or use a snail as your pacemaker. It's all about the fun - and the colour (see image above).
Can you see me? I'm debuting the stylish layered short trend
Every 1K there is a colour station where you disappear in a cloud of prettiness as volunteers chuck rainbow powder and spray liquid paint all over you. I think my favourite was the yellow cloud; it was like being enveloped in summer and happiness and butter all at once.
My friends and I walked the majority of the course but did run at parts - mainly because I was cold. I always read about Americans running this race and never knew it existed in the UK! You can find out if there's a colour run near you by checking out their website.
Here's a comparison of before and after the race:
I definitely prefer the coloured version! And, in case you're wondering what exactly happens in between the clean and the colour, here are a few images to give you an idea of what goes on. Credit to Iain's dad Craig for the great photographs!
It was such a unique experience and I would gladly do it again. I don't think I'll be running marathons any time soon, but the Colour Me Rad 5K is perfect for beginners and anyone up for some fun. You also get a t-shirt, tattoo (see my leg) and a pair of sunglasses so you can't complain really.
Also, I am hoping the colour will seal in on my top because look at the pretty pattern:
I got out my trusty apple cider vinegar and my (mum's) iron and it is now waiting to be washed - fingers crossed it doesn't turn back to boring white. That would be ew.
Speaking of apple cider vinegar, I'm hoping to do a YouTube video on my skincare routine which includes this, but in the meantime, may I recommend this great up to date article about the health benefits of this wonder. Definitely worth a read.
If you'd like to try a colour run yourself, click here to visit the official website and find out where your nearest is. Do let me know how you get on!