The happiest 5K on earth…and you know they’re not lying! OK let me be totally honest, I am definitely no runner. My other half runs a half marathon a week, just for fun. I mean…
Myself I love dance based exercise, anything that feels like fun rather than exercise is what I need to get me off my booty. When the lovely Elena contacted me on behalf of Liverpool Victoria I was super excited. LV= are having a LOVE LIFE drive. The idea, to put a smile on your face. So instead of focussing on bad news all the time they are looking to bring you some fun ideas that may brighten your day.
One of these ideas is ‘fun runs’. You may have seen an influx of these hitting the UK over the last few years. There’s something for everyone. My other half being a serious runner took part in the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in May. The idea is what it says on the tin, a marathon (or half) with music around the track. Now as I said I am no runner so the thought of a marathon or even a half is too daunting to me.
Enter the Color Run, a concept born in the USA that hit our shores in 2012. Here’s what they say:
The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique colour race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more coloured powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid colour combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet! With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow:
- Wear white at the starting line
- Finish plastered in color
I was invited to take part in the run as part of the #LVLOVELIFE bloggers team. I ran the race with the lovely Danielle of missdanielle.com and Leanne of secondtimemummy.com. Seriously this was everything they promised, it didn’t even feel like it was a 5K. Set around the Manchester City Stadium the ‘run’ was more of a walk. For any of you that have never run before this is definitely a great idea if you’re looking to get started. The idea is really more about having fun than your finishing time. In fact if you don’t set your own stop watch you won’t even know your finishing time because they don’t time the race.
So now I kind of have the running bug…shock horror! I am going to get Ché to take me out and help me increase my distances and times. Of course I’ll be needing a few soundtracks to get me going and keep me entertained and hopefully next year I can take part in a few other races, I have my eye on the Run to the Beat 10K in London!
PEACE & LOVE
Sonya D x