2012 Color Run 5K Recap

What an incredible day! It’s been one of those never-ending days where I feel as if I’ve done a million things. But lets back up about 24 hours first.

Yesterday was also a successful day. I completed my “necessary” pre-vacation beauty routine and made it to all my appointments. After a relaxing (no-chip Shellac!) manicure, I drove straight to my sister’s apartment in the city for the night.

We filled the night with tea drinking and Kardashian watching (sorry Sasha for revealing your guilty pleasure of watching trashy TV).

Sleep soon followed…and morning came waay too quickly. I woke up surprisingly easily around 6am (June 2nd). After all, it was the day of the much-anticipated Color Run and I was pumped! Immediately after rolling out of bed, I had my pre-run breakfast of choice: the perfect bowl of oats topped with mango and peanut butter and a side of steamy coffee.

My running outfit of choice was a men’s muscle tee and pink shorts:

After some quick foam-rolling and stretching, I cabbed it over to Montrose Harbor to meet up with the rest of my team.

I ended up wearing the Color Run t-shirt and sweatband (← love it) that came in the goody bag. Each person was also given a packet of colored powder to throw at the end of the race (awesome pictures to come)!

Go team <execute Runnable> !!! Please don’t ask how or why we named our team that…it’s kind of a nerdy, embarrassing secret.

We walked over to the start, checked-in our jackets, and headed over to the start line to begin the race.

The run was very informal – there was no official start and it wasn’t even timed. The entire point was to to have a blast running the 5k and enjoy every moment instead of stressing over your race time.

The weather was absolutely perfect and the overall atmosphere of the race was relaxed and enjoyable.

A different color was thrown at the runners at each 1k. Check out this cloud of yellow:


We ran at a slow and steady pace and made sure to stop plenty of times to snap some bright photos:

Before we knew it, we were crossing the finish line! I swear the track was less than 3 miles because the time flew by and I didn’t want to stop!


My mom and sister came to the race to support me and see all the pretty colors. Thanks Mama and Sasha ♥♥♥ They also snapped some great pictures of the grand finale where everyone threw their colors into the air simultaneously.

My team and I were right in the center of the action and got drenched in the colors. We ended up looking like we came out of a rainbow’s a$$:


My battle scars:

The post-race celebration was literally one big flash mob party. Music was blasting, people were dancing, and the skies were filled with colors.

Afterwards, my mom, sis and I drove back to my sister’s apartment where I took a quick shower. By the way, I was transported back to the apartment in the trunk of our mini van!

The colors were actually quite tough to get off my skin. In fact, my toes and arms are still a subtle shade of green. My (fairly new) running shoes also got hit hard:

Finally, it was time to eat eat eat! Our brunch destination:

Greek food to the rescue. I had an organic veggie pita with oven-roasted potatoes that I inhaled in minutes:

By this point I was starting to drain of energy but the day was only starting. The fam headed over to Trader Joe’s and Urban Outfitters, where we literally spent 20 minutes and I somehow managed to purchase a cute croquet top. My mom then drove me over to Michigan Ave. where I once again reunited with team <execute Runnable> for our pre-Vegas shopping adventures.

But first, some freshly squeezed juice (apple, celery, beets, carrots, and ginger) and an energizing shot were necessary:

Wheatgrass shot! Did you think I meant alcohol?

Shopping was killer in the worst way possible. We shopped around the Water Tower Place for approximately 4 hours and I bought exactly zero things. Zero. Just another reminder of why I always go shopping alone! Grr…

By this time I was beyond exhausted and eagerly awaiting the return back to my sister’s apt and my eventual drive back home to the ‘burbs.

The sis fed me, provided tea, and even made a to.die.for choco-banana smoothie:

So here I am now, finally sitting in my bed ready to crash at any moment. 6 miles are on the training schedule tomorrow!

Final thoughts: GO FIND THE NEAREST COLOR RUN AND SIGN UP! It’s truly an experience of a lifetime and is totally worth the $35 entry fee. You will absolutely not regret it.

~Good night loves~

Have you ever run The Color Run or any other messy, un-timed race?

♥ Irina


    • June 3, 2012 / 10:24 am

      Thanks! I highly recommend hunting down the nearest Color Run race and signing up 🙂 You’ll have a blast!

    • June 3, 2012 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  1. June 4, 2012 / 11:08 am

    I did this also. It was such a blast! I hope they come back next year!

    • June 4, 2012 / 8:42 pm

      I hope so too!! I’m already organizing a team 🙂

  2. June 4, 2012 / 7:16 pm

    You got some great photos from the Color Run!

    My toes were green for two days after!

    • June 4, 2012 / 8:43 pm

      Haha mine are just now starting to clean up