Some other FitFluential ladies and I held Color Me Rad 5K entry giveaways a month ago, and this past Sunday it was time to put our blogging where our mouths were and run the sold-out Boston race in Braintree, MA! The members of Team FitFluential included me (Caitlin of Cait Plus Ate), Heather (of For the Love of Kale), her boyfriend Matty, Janine (of The Purple Giraffe), Mattie (of Comfy Confident), and Amy (of Running Escapades). Cheryl (of Live Fit Daily) and Angela (of Happy Fit Mama) were registered too but unable to run due to a fever and a knee injury L we missed them but it was smart of them to listen to their bodies and sit this one out! That’s part of what being FitFluential is about!
On the way to the race, I got to work decorating some of our shirts with my Sharpie collection so that everyone would know we were there to rep Fitfluential. Traffic getting off the highway was pretty bad, but it was even worse for those trying to get into the South Shore Plaza’s parking garage. Mattie was unfortunately so delayed that I didn’t even get a chance to get a photo with her! Thankfully Heather, Matty, and I were carpooling and made the snap decision to park next to a TGI Friday’s across the street and walk over. Definitely made leaving the race later easier too!
Matty and Heather continued the trend of listening to their bod pods (a term I am stealing from Heather) and foam rolled their hips in the parking lot before we headed out. Everyone there seemed to be taking plenty of “before” photos! Of course we had to do so too.
Heather was nice enough to pick up packets for her, Matty, me, and Amy the day before. We also received really nice fitted race shirts and sunglasses to protect our eyes from the color (Kroger corn starch!) during the run. Heather and I went for the bright blue shades! The race organizers were also kind enough to send me another shirt in white to wear during the race.
It took a surprisingly small amount of time to find Amy and her amazing husband, who was kind enough to take photos with all of our blogger “spy devices” (his words!) before, during, and after the race.
We found Janine waiting in line for her shirt and shades (she went to packet pick-up on Friday as opposed to Saturday, the day Heather went… and on Friday, they didn’t have shirts or shades there!) and were able to snap that first photo you saw in this post. She looked fabulous in her homemade shirt and Sparkly Soul headband!
Each of us received a free “color packet”, which we were supposed to save for after we’d crossed the finish line, when everyone would open theirs and throw them at the same time in a huge color party! Unfortunately, our little running group (Heather, Matty, Amy, and I) missed that memo. We kinda had our own Fitfluential color party before the race started.
I adored the chill vibe of this race because being more laid back and go-with-the-flow has been a personal goal of mine for awhile now! The announcer was posted up in a cherry picker shooting shirts and throwing color packets to the crowd. He didn’t seem to mind that his shirt shooter only succeeded in launching each shirt a few feet! There was no timer and the announcer urged participants NOT to time their run. My favorite quote of his? “Whoever finishes first will not be allowed to come back next year, because you were clearly trying too hard.” Hilarious!
The race course wasn’t really what I’d call a course…we were running in a mall parking lot, so I felt a bit like a mouse in a maze as I zigged and zagged around the cones and tape that formed various lanes that we were to run through. It actually contributed to the casual feel of the race though! In fact, I wouldn’t even call it a race – more like a run. Each color station had volunteers throwing more colored corn starch at us or spraying us with colored water. At one point I found an abandoned bucket of color at a station, and I “pulled over” off the course and just threw it all over myself. Rebel, I know 😉 Matty, Heather, Amy, and I kept a steady pace the whole race and just chatted, pointed out people with fun shirts (and tutus…I was so jealous I didn’t have a tutu!), and did a lot of laughing. I enjoyed chatting with Amy about her relationship with running and her routines. It was great to get to know her better and #MOVE at the same time!
Once we saw the finish line, Matty screamed “SPRINT TO THE FINISH!”, and we did just that! None of us could believe that 3.1 miles had gone by. It seriously flew faster than any other 5K I’ve done – even those in which my time was faster (though I have no way of knowing for sure – no timers here!)
We certainly look a bit different, yes? I’m so glad Team FitFluential got plenty of color during the run! Volunteers were waiting for us with water bottles, which were so plentiful that they were even handing them out to spectators (as Amy’s husband put it, “No water nazis here.”) The entire crowd was just looking at each other saying, “Look at you! No, look at YOU!” It was so awesome to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and all the different types of people who came out for Color Me Rad. It really is RAD what this organization is doing – projecting a completely chill, nothing-but-fun image to get people out there to #MOVE and #ENJOY! I’ve heard so many people say that they’re afraid to run a 5K because of the pressure they might feel from other more serious runners, or because they just feel like they can’t walk if they need to or that they would be outpaced by everyone. At Color Me Rad, that wouldn’t be a concern! It’s a judgment-free zone.
We were impatient for the final color party to begin, so Matty, Heather, Amy, and I made our own FitFluential Color Party. Can you catch my crazy LMFAO body pump (no, not the class) at the end?
So what are you waiting for? If there’s a Color Me Rad 5K coming to a town near you, I’d definitely encourage you to sign up. The earlier you do so, the cheaper it is. And I’d say the cute, form-fitting race shirts (choice of crew neck or v-neck) and fun Ray-Ban style sunglasses you get with your entry fee make it all the more worth the money!
If you have any friends who have been afraid of running “too slowly” or not being “serious enough” to sign up for a road race, why not invite them to join you at a Color Me Rad 5K? I can’t think of a better way for a new runner to be introduced to the sport, and he or she is sure to get a great impression of the running community.
You may be surprised to hear this, but the color wasn’t too much of a pain to get off at all. I just did a very good shampooing and some skin scrubbing, and was nearly home free, although it was fun to find bits of color on Heather and Matty (and they did so for me too) the rest of the day. Still, it was a one-shower job for sure, and the color didn’t even rub off and get on Matty’s car.
It was so wonderful to meet my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors Janine and Amy, and share the experience with my good friends Heather and Matty too. Thanks to Color Me Rad for making it possible for Team FitFluential to participate in the Boston area 5K!
If you want to see other FitFluential Ambassador recaps of the event, check out the following:
- Amy’s pre-race post
- Heather shows off her war paint
- Janine has a few suggestions for next year, but still had a good time!
Caitlin is a food and fitness blogger at Cait Plus Ate. She strives to live a life of balance and moderation as she reviews restaurants, takes group fitness classes, and covers food and drink events throughout Connecticut. She’s been with FitFluential since this past fall and has loved every second of it!