Friday, April 27, 2012

The Color Run - A Life Changing Experience

This post has been a long time coming!  Remember when I told you about this way back when I decided to do it?  Well, now that it has happened, and I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment.  Some people sign up to run a 5k, and it is no big deal.  For me, it was a very big deal.  I hadn’t attempted anything like this in a long time; and to say it was successful would be an understatement.

You guys, to get totally vulnerable with you for a moment, I truly did not believe I could do this.  I attempted to put my doubt aside, but it kept rising up as I was training.  I felt overwhelmed and like it should not be as hard for me as it was.  I worked so hard through the process, and when the day finally came, I knew if I set my mind to, I had the ability to accomplish my goal of running the whole race.  However, what I want to highlight to you is that it was as much a mental battle as a physical battle.  I had to push through the mental to get to the physical success!

The color gave me something to smile about as I ran, but it was my supportive friends that made all the difference.  I needed their encouraging words as I pushed myself to the rainbow of a finish line!  Each time I hit a new kilometer and another color was thrown at me, I could not help but realize that the color to me represented God’s blessings being poured out onto me – overflowing and joy producing!  I was blown away by the experience.  Not to over spiritualize, but it honestly changed me.  It produced in me a personal faith that transformed my spirit.  I know it’s silly to run 3 miles and feel like you can do anything, but it was more a lesson about dedication and perseverance than anything else.  I had to prove to myself I had it in me.

None of this took away from letting the experience wash over me.  This was one of the most fun events I have ever participated in!  The feeling at the end, the photographic proof, the life giving experience, and the people I ran with are literally seared in my mind forever.  Like… Forever! 

I want to tell you I am committing to a 10k next, but I have not made up my mind 100%.  I can tell you that this was not my last race.  I will absolutely try and make this a yearly event, and will probably run more than just this one.  I loved it, and I didn’t expect that J

Have a wonderful and colorful weekend friends!

1 comment:

  1. This post makes me so happy as did the experience. Thanks for letting me be apart of this transformational event. Couldn't be prouder of you and can't wait to see you continue with your dedication! You killed it girl, 10k here she comes!!