Happy Monday morning everyone. Well, I survived the first of my two races – the Color Run in Nashville! After a lovely brunch Saturday morning to talk about planning for the high school choir at church (seriously, one of the other adult leaders is a chef! best french toast I’ve ever had) I hit the road to tool on down I-65 south to Nashville.
I was immediately hit with some nostalgia when I drove in and saw the beautiful skyline. Even though Louisville may be my home, Nashville will ALWAYS have a big piece of my heart!
After dropping my stuff off in my old apartment, and marveling at how much cuter it looks now/being weirded out at all of the new stuff in my old room, we headed out to a nursing school barbecue for a bit. It was fun to see some of the girls who were around last year with Sarah and Skyler – plus, a bonfire is always fun!
Pretty soon though food was calling our names (we got to the barbecue too late and all of the food was gone). So we headed to Patterson House, a swanky bar, to grab some appetizers and tasty drinks! I went with the Autumn Old Fashioned, with Woodford Reserve bourbon, maple syrup and chocolate bitters. Heavenly.
Then it was home to rest up for the big race! I made sure to lay out all of my stuff the night before, so I would be ready to go in the morning.
We woke up bright and early (not as early, thanks to the time change) and pinned on our race numbers. After a debate about the temperature and whether to wear layers (I said that it would warm up – and I was correct!) we drove down towards L.P. Field downtown. Along the way, I was reminiscing about the half-marathon this spring. I can’t believe that it has been almost six months since I crossed that finish line!
After a quick parking job, we walked across the pedestrian bridge and hopped in the back of the line. The Color Run doesn’t have assigned corrals, so it’s more of a first-come-first-served race! There are no timers, so the race feels more like a big, fun party. Perfect for three girls who are currently out of running shape!
We waited in line for a bit, saw some Vandy people, and finally made our way towards the starting line.
The first mile was the toughest. We had to run up and over the pedestrian bridge, and then through the hills of downtown Nashville. One fun part was when we ran through Printer’s Alley, home of our favorite late-night karaoke bar in college! (Lonnie’s).
Finally, at about the one-mile mark we approached our first color station. It was a very strange experience – the air was filled with yellow powder, almost like something out of the Old Testament (I felt like we were in the midst of some sort of strange plague). After the yellow station, we crossed back over the river and ran through the orange, blue and pink stations. Before we knew it, we were in the finish line festival!
Skyler, Sarah and I decided that this race flew by for all of us – none of us are in excessively good running shape right now, and we were expecting it to be tougher! Instead, we ran at a leisurely pace, walked through the occasional color station to maximize our color exposure, and chatted the whole way. I definitely understand the concept of a running buddy now!
All in all, the Color Run was a wonderful experience. There were people in costumes, families with children in strollers, people singing and dancing, and a general air of festive celebrations. I am so thankful that I got to experience the Color Run with two girls with whom I spent so much quality time last year. What a great Nashville experience!
Have you ever done a color run, or another theme run?