As I mentioned in my last post, I recently signed up for my first Rock N Roll Half-Marathon. Since I started training for my first Half, I knew that I wanted to experience a Rock N Roll Half. This series is all over the country (and international too). There is a band that plays at each mile along the course and the music varies by location. It seems like such a cool experience. I am signed up for the Providence race in August. I read that Karmin is going to be the headliner for the Providence series!
Providence is also famous for WaterFire, and luckily, the city has one the Saturday night before the race. It looks pretty sweet!
Here’s the description for the event’s website:
WaterFire Providence® is an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy.
This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s over eighty sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.
Their website shows people chilling along the river, listening to music and lit torches lining the canal. It looks like it is going to be a great weekend!
I also signed up for The Color Run at the end of July.
I’m psyched because the New England race was sold out, but last Thursday they sent out an email that they were opening another day! I was ALL over it. I even registered for the race on my phone while sitting in a parking lot before a work meeting. I was so worried they would sell out again! Apparently, I’m all business.
From their website:
What is the Color Run? The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. Our events, are all about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time. You will love this Color Dash of fun!
How does it work? The Color Run pretty much has 2 SIMPLE rules. 1. White shirts (any mostly white T will work great) mandatory at the start line and 2. Color plastered EVERYTHING at the finish! Runner/walkers begin the 5k at the start line like a brand new pristine coloring book, they end looking like they fell into a Willy Wonka… tie dyed… vat of colored goodness.
What is the Color? Each kilometer of the event is associated with a designated color. 1k is yellow, 2k is blue, 3k is green, 4k is pink, and the 5k finish is a “Color Extravaganza.” As the runners/walkers hit the Kilometer COLOR RUN Zones, they will be blitzed by our volunteers, sponsors, and staff with COLOR. The color is a special “elf made” recipe of magical color dust. All products are 100% natural and safe. You can eat the stuff if you’d like (we have tried it and don’t suggest it, it is surprisingly high in calories and leaves a chalky aftertaste).
Check out their promo video:
I mean, really. How fun does this look?!! GAH! So excited!
New Running Gear
In other news, I finally ordered myself a Road ID. I usually carry my license and a couple bucks on me when I run (just in case). My SpiBelt is packed with my iPhone for music/safety/tracking and Gu’s, and I worry that I might lose my license by accident when I take my phone in and out. The Road ID takes care of that worry for me. It has enough lines for my name and my town (my short name means I could put both on one line), two emergency contacts, a medicine allergy and a quote. My quote of choice was “I run because I can.” Simple, but it means a lot to me.
For $15 bucks, I ordered the Slim version, which is pretty much like all those colored rubbery bracelets out there for various causes. They have a few different styles to choose from, but I wanted something slim that I really wouldn’t feel while running. I was a little bummed out when the size I picked was too big. I even measured my wrist how the site instructed. Oh well. It’s not horrible, but moves around A LOT. I ordered a smaller size this morning and am hoping it fits better than the first size. Each replacement bracelet is only $1.00. They have lots of colors to choose from and you just slide the ID part off of one bracelet and onto another. I also found an online coupon code for $2.00 off. Not too shabby.
I ran three times this past week, two “short” runs and a long run. My friend, Bre, and I ran both of the shorter runs together outside (4.0 and 4.5 miles) during the week after work. I ran the long run by myself on Saturday morning. All the runs were great. It felt so good to get moving again (as I took a week or so off after completing my Half). I even kicked butt on my long run finishing with a pace under 10 minutes! My final pace was 9:53/mile and that was including all the traffic lights that I had to wait for during the run. Hott damn!
My knees are doing okay (knock on wood). I am taking four Fish Oil pills and two Triple Strength glucosamine pills each day.
I also iced my knees as soon as I got home (instead of cleaning up first). I grabbed my favorite post run refuel…
… and plopped down on the couch with ice on my knees for about 20 minutes. I think icing right away made a big difference. Hopefully, it stays that way… at least until August.
I really love having races to look forward to! It keeps me motivated to stay active, plus I have an extra benefit of having some “me” time when everything else is so crazy. I ALWAYS feel refreshed and peaceful when I get back from a good run. I saw this quote and thought it explained why I love long runs so much:
Questions of the Day:
What are some of your favorite quotes?
Do you have any big plans that you are looking forward to this summer?