Sunday, May 25, 2014

Life is a 5K

Pumped-up running kicks, old and new.
Looking forward to breaking in those
new, bright-blue babies.
My life is like a 5K sometimes. There's a path I know I should follow, it always goes better with a great soundtrack, awesome people around me help to carry me through and I'll definitely be in need of a recovery drink at the end of my adventures.

When I tell people I’m a runner, I’m inclined to put it quotes. Maybe air quotes. And italics.

I’m a “runner” more than a runner, I think. I’m not a terribly fast or long distance runner, and sometimes not a very frequent runner, either (more on that in just a sec). But a runner (or “runner,” as it were.) all the same.

I’ve run a few 5Ks in my time, and I love it—my goal is to run the half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon next year, so it’s time my on-again/off-again running starts to get serious. And I was getting serious when two things happened:
  1. I was invited to promote the Run or Dye 5K in OKC on July 26th.
    ... and ...
  2. I had an MRI for something gone wrong with my knee.
So, while I’m waiting on the results of my MRI, let me tell you about the next 5K I’ll be "running"—or maybe walking—this summer.

The Run or Dye 5K will be held Saturday, July 26 in the Dead Woods Haunted Forest (just north of the Turner Turnpike in Luther). More than your average 5K, this color run features colorful interaction—as you walk or run the course, you’re going to be showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye at every kilometer—and participants are encouraged to dress in costume and really cheese it up.

Still not sure? Here are some fun facts about the Run or Dye 5K:
  • Everyone can participate—couch potato to elite athlete.
  • Wear light colors so the color you collect along the course is really highlighted--or wear costumes to show off your personality.
  • Kids are welcome to participate—those 6 and under are free with their parent. 
  • The dye is designed to wash out, but maybe don’t wear something you don’t want to risk. 
  • Register with the code BLOGOKC and you get $5 off your registration until July 18! If you register with a team, you get additional discounts and the earlier you register, the more you save.
  • You can connect with a giant online community before the race: follow @RunorDye on Twitter, join the Run or Dye OKC Facebook event, "like" the Facebook page, follow them on Instagram, Pinterest & Tumblr, watch the videos on YouTube, add them to your Google+ circles.
Admittedly, in the past, I've looked skeptically at color runs. The whole idea of running while being pelted with colorful powder? Not so much my thing. Then I started to think it sounded like fun. Then I thought why not?

I mean really, what's not to like? A 5K that's also a trail run and a giant party. I sure hope to see you there!

Disclaimer: I was asked to participate in the promotion of the Run or Dye OKC 5K in exchange for race admission. At no time was I told what to write. All opinions discussed in this post are my own because my opinions are not for sale.


  1. You should totally do the half marathon! I did it, and only mostly regret it! Just kidding. But not really.

    I hope all is well with your knee. I'm telling you, knee pain is catching, and I just had my left knee looked at not too long ago. Hopefully it doesn't interfere with Run or Dye!

    P.S. What if we put together an "elite" group of women's bloggers who "run" for this occasion and went through the course together? Could be a good time...

    1. Well my knee was already hurting during marathon time this year, so that would have been not good. But fingers crossed for next year!

      By "elite" and "run" you mean, walk, right? Because yes.