Taste the rainbow.

This weekend was all about color in every way, shape and form.

Saturday morning as I pulled back the covers to the  cold, brisk wake up call that made me immediately recant back under the warm covers. Unfortunately, it was too late as I would find three cold wet noses nudging me to get up after giving the slightest indication that I was awake. A cup of strong, hot coffee would help me wake but the cold would linger as I dressed and made my way downtown to meet up with Lindsey and friends to partake in the 5k “Color Run”. If you have not heard of the color run click on the link and watch one of the videos on the site, is it an amazing time, empowering and beautiful to see so many people together, happy and having a blast. It’s not about how fast you are, what size you are or how good you look in your gear, it is about people gathering celebrating each other and the colors of life. There website says it best “The happiest 5k on the planet”.

It was cold, and I mean COLD! I don’t know if I have ever been so glad to start running in my life. Lindsey, Amy, Bobby and I  all stuck together running, walking and laughing which made the 3.2 miles fly by, I would later meet up with Amy, Bobby, Nik, Lora and some new friends for brunch.   I still find myself often wondering how I got so lucky to have such beautiful, kind people in my life.

 

Katy, Nik, me and Lora (aka Panda) part of TEAM RAINBOW PANDA! Notice how clean we are.

 

 

Freezing and staying close together Amy and I are ready get moving!

 

 

At the finish line, Linds and I are a Colorful hot mess!

 

 

After the color run we made our way to a well deserved brunch and for me one delicious Bloody Mary to enjoy. Moderation is such a good feeling and it’s nice to be able to indulge and enjoy things in a balanced way.

 

Yes, that is a blue cheese stuffed olive...

 

Later that night I would head to the University of Cincinnati’s football game where they played another local team, Miami University. Both teams have school colors of red and white, so everyone is encouraged to wear white and participate in a “white out” !

It was a stark contrast to how I started my day and while I attempted to wear white to the game, I smiled when I thought of my brightly colored toes, hidden inside my shoes that would not come clean in the shower despite my rough scrubbing, a happy rainbow stained reminder from earlier, running through the color stations of the race.

I saw a banner hanging along the course that read “When life gives you color, run with it….” I think I will! This is how I want to live my life, these are the experiences I have missed out on for so long, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

 

 

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