I’ve been in an introspective mood lately. Can you tell?  Maybe it’s the slow march to fall, the chillier nights, the slightly shorter days. Today, I am exhausted and sore from Spartan training (just one more week, guys-I’m racing next Saturday!) and I’m so happy the weekend is here. Because I plan to give my muscles a rest, sing my heart out at the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros concert, revel in the sunshine, eat some yummy food, and crawl out of my little fall shell. This weekend will be about enjoyment and underthinking.
In the spirit of fun, I want to share some photos from a very colorful race my friends and I ran a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been waiting for a good time to post them. And this lovely Friday, when I think we can all use a mental break and a bit of fun and color, seems like the perfect opportunity.
Color Me Rad is a 5k run that’s popping up in different cities all over the U.S. and Canada. Basically, you run (or walk) and get pelted with different colors every kilometer. The best part is they leave out big boxes of color so that you can pick up handfuls of pink, blue, green and purple powder and turn your friends into walking rainbows. Some people even rolled around in the stuff! It was so much fun.
As the guy at the starting line told us: This is not a competition. If I see you racing for time, I’ll kick your ass! We heeded his advice and ran in the spirit of fun and color.  Here are some highlights:

Why, hello. Just your friendly Avatar Rian here. Guess what, guys? I found out later that blue is the only color that doesn’t wash out right away. Oy.


Hot pink clouds of color.


Rad. Time to bring it back?


At the end, they give you more packets of color to throw. Because they know–once you start, it’s hard to stop.


Everyone throws their color packets at the same time for a color explosion.


So colorful. So happy.


We started out like this…


And ended up like this. Straight out of the 80’s!

Here’s a list of the 2012/13 cities and dates. Check it out and see if Color Me Rad is coming to your town. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of whatever recharges you and makes you happy. Remember: don’t race for time, race for fun! See you next week!