Today is the first official day of summer for me ... and that means the beginning of my summer running (insert jazz hands emoji here). My favorite run? This one ...
Go here and sign up. Hurry! Even though the Color Run has tripled in growth and is hosting more than 225 events this year in more than 35 countries, it still sells out hella fast. Forward this post to some friends so they can see how freaking cool y'all are going to look on Snapchat after the event and sign up together.
And if you've never done anything like this, and are a little nervous about what to expect ... no sweat - I got you! I've done the Color Run three times and have made a list of some things you should know before going in.
What to expect
The color's like your badge of honor. Wear it well.
5) The color powder? It's actually just colored cornstarch ... totally safe if you happen to have your mouth open when someone bombs you with a bag. However, one year I did it with a friend who has asthma and the powder bothered her breathing. If you think you might have problems with your breathing, too, wear a bandana or a painter's mask over your mouth when running through the color stations. Or, keep towards the middle of the lane when going through the arches ... it's harder for the volunteers to reach you there.
What you should wear
As for the rest of your outfit? Go freaking nuts. Tutus and knee socks are my personal faves (duh), but you'll also see people in wigs, crazy rub-on tattoos, huge hats, and wild costume pieces.
Just leave your Lululemon leggings and new Brooks running shoes at home. This event is all about getting dirty. Well, colorfully dirty.
7) Your entry fee will include a tricolor headband which comes in pretty useful if you start sweating and don't want it to run down your face to mix in with the color powder (never a good look and, come on, you know you'll be flooding your Instagram feed with pics of yourself bombed with color afterwards, so work the headband into your look).
8) Also, wear shades (or goggles) - they're a must-have for protecting your eyes from the powder that's thrown at you.
What to bring
10) There are air-blown color cleaning stations at the finish line, but they won't get you "get-in-the-car-and-drive-home" clean. Bring towels to sit on for the ride home, and/or a set of clothes for a quick change in the parking lot.
But here's a tip ... it is kinda cool to stop on the way home for a Diet Coke (or, ummm, a cupcake) and walk inside still wearing your color-bombed clothes looking like you just took a ride on the wild side. Act like you don't notice the stares ... you'll be the coolest kid on the block.