Color Run Fun! A race recap

A little over a week ago I ran The Color Run Shine with my team Gronk’s Pet Unicorns. The run was located at Gilette stadium .. See the association there 😆? I had done a color me rad a couple years ago but this one was the first from this company. I was pretty excited they incorporated a glitter time zone. Everyone needs a little sparkle in their lives.

First unfortunately: the negative. Packet pickup was a mess. They had offered two days prior but both at Gillette in Foxboro and since we had a busy weekend we couldn’t make the 45 minute drive up there. Apparently the color run thought more people would take advantage of the other days because we waited at least an hour in line. There was music playing and enough of us so it wasn’t too bad we could switch out to go to the bathroom, shop or gets snacks. When we finally got up there to get our bib no one had us sign a waiver and no one checked our IDs even. Probably because they just wanted to get people through the line but still concerning. There were no tags on the bib to denote we had people picking up shirts either and unfortunately I witnessed people taking advantage of that. 

We eventually met up with the rest of our team:  my friend Erin and her family.  This is most of us pictured below sans my cousin, not sure where she went off to. 

The run. They had a DJ type guy at the starting zone pumping us up with music and throwing out swag. There were two different waves: just running or run/walk/cartwheel. We signed up for the latter. We took off an and split into two groups: my cousin, aunt and I and my friend and her family. Even from the start the course (around Gillete stadium/Patriot place/practice fields) was so wide that we had plenty of room to run. My cousin runs track and my aunt who is training for her first half were tough to keep up with with on top of the crazy heat+humidity (Lymies hate heat) but I tried. The color zones were plentiful and the volunteers dolled it out in condiment type bottles as opposed to just packets like in color me rad so we could way better colored. Also they had tarps on the side to roll in. This is where the Color run wins major points over color me rad. Also the “shine zone” that came somewhere around mile 2 was more of a cool sheen than glitter, pretty neat.  

  

  

There weren’t a lot of photographers on course but I did see them at the finish shoot which was filled with music and cheers. Another 5k fun run complete:  take that Lyme.

Brady love:  there were lots of support for our awesome (and innocent I may add) quarter back including myself who had #freebrady in face paint on my arms.  

    That’s our medal we got at the finish…

  • Post run party. My cousin wanted try for some swag so we went over to the stage area. They had tons of free stuff  thrown out including packets of color, music going, a very enthusiastic MC (I don’t know how they have so much pep) .  This was post run prior to party…  And after…..

   
 

Overall a very good time. These runs are very relaxed and perfect for your first 5k, a good time with family/friends or if you’re dealing with a chronic illness like me and want to get out for run/walk and not have the pressure of having it be a timed run you need to push through. 

Grade A-. With 10,000 runners (the MC at the start quoted this) they needed more volunteers at the packet/t-shirt pick up. It got a little chaotic. Other than that it was great:   tons of color, enthusiastic staff, cool medal, music and plenty of space to run if you wanted to. 

 

Get our there and give it a try😎.
Next up:  I’ll have a happenings post of my first full month in Massachusetts and not in the desert hurray!

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Neverland family 5k

Since today is a cold and dreary day what a great time to sit down and finally write my race recap. Tinkerbell was my first half marathon back in 2013 so I have a special fondness for this weekend. Even though I couldn’t run the half this year I wanted to be apart of this somehow. The week leading up to the run was a rough one with a Lyme or co-infection flare leaving me with a high temp despite resting all week in preparation. Thanks to people’s prayers I started to feel better a short day before.
Expo
I had a few things in mind for the expo. Our first time to go on a Thursday and it was busy yet not insane. I’ve been doing more walking then running since beginning treatment so waking in my zero drop Altras wouldn’t work so I really wanted a pair of the new Tinkerbell new balance shoes. They’re gorgeous but a little small. They fit fine with my crazy compression socks though.

2015/05/img_8871.jpg . My cousin and aunt picked up some sparkle athletic arm sleeves on my recommendation because I love mine for the cool upcoming forecast. Next up was some KT tape for myself and a friend. I got the lime green sparkle. My group of my mom, aunt, cousin, son and hubby was a bit much for the expo so we left to meet up with a friend for dinner in Downtown Disney.
Race morning
It was chilly, low 50’s and steady rain. My poor family from MA was not expecting this from California. The alarm went off bright and early at about 3am. I had only managed about 1 1/2 of sleep since it was really stuffy in the room due to the heat pumping and I was restless. Thankfully our ART shuttle came and we headed to Disney.
The start
The 5k starts near Main Street in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. We had assumed there was a staging area once in the park but when we got there and asked what to do with our bags she said we had to carry them, no bag check. After some pleading she said she’d ask someone else. That someone else also had no idea but thankfully a runner overheard and said it was just outside the park. It has HARD to find, tucked behind some trees on some picnic table. This is my only complaint for the run, that should have been better organized. The thought of holding a big bag through the rain was daunting…
Anyway back to the positive. After the National Anthem which we all sang along with someone playing it on a trumpet I believe (it felt like a dream, dark, no sleep, in fairy wings) the fireworks went off and Tink flew by! This was the best start I can remember. Very Disney magical.

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There was also a little skit with Wendy and the constable telling us about Peter’s missing shadow. Whenever we saw this we would crow.

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The run
The plan was I was to run with my speedy-runs track every day-cousin and my mom and aunt (who was running the 10k the next day) would go together and mostly walk. This was a fun run and by the time we had to re-enter the park for the bag debacle we were towards the back so it was slow going for awhile. We did get into our grove and found a small spot on the left to sneak through and run. It narrowed at points and we had to walk but that was fine by me because my body needed the rest. I luckily had the smarts to get us all ponchos and that really kept me warm. It stopped raining about half way though so I took the poncho off…it would downpour again toward the end…lol oh well. As for characters photo ops: there were a lot for such a short race: Hook and Smee, Wendy and Peter, the Lost Boys, and a tons of pirates.

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2015/05/img_8831.jpg Lots of park time on course: starting in Disneyland, through some behind the scenes areas where we would see Peter’s shadow, through California Adventure. We would see Bugs Land, and the finish was just up the hill near Paradise Pier. That also allowed for some cool photo ops by Mickey’s Ferris wheel and California Screamin’

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We met up with my mom and aunt shortly afterward. They ran more expected. Go Mom on her first 5k.
Overall grade A. Tons of park time, photo ops, fun course, cheery cast members giving the Mickey hand high 5. The only real draw back was the bag thing. Which luckily we got there early enough to start. I would definitely recommend this for some family fun.
For my chronic health warrior friends
It really amaze me every time how after a race I feel significantly better for at least a week. I I feel exercise, when we can do it is such a help in the healing process. I know sometimes I doubt myself. Take it slow and easy, do what you can, and have faith. All it takes is faith, trust and pixie dust right?

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Happenings 5/6

I keep day dreaming of being better cause honestly I thought I was improving…that little check list of symptoms at my Lyme doc looks better but yesterday I woke up with a fever close to 102 and felt like hot poop left out in the desert sun. I had dreams of adding to my family and running a marathon but after yesterday I feel like I’m never getting better, like this is a life sentence. I haven’t left my house in over a week so I wouldn’t catch any bugs because we have a Disney trip coming up and then I was to headed to Boston to visit family. I had pulled off what I thought was adhesive but was it a tick?? Or did I get a mosquito bite? Or is it still a bad relapse? I’m so over this! Maybe it’s time to sell all my belonging and head to Germany???
Doctors I’ve had a lot lately but I’ll try to give a quick summary. I had my EEG (test done to check for seizures). You lay in a bed for 1 1/2 and they check brain waves etc, they flash a light (strobe type thing) in your face last couple minutes and then make you hyperventilate to try and cause a seizure…fun.
I had my neuro follow up. The EEG was normal. The MRI was “essentially normal”. That meaning they found one white lesion. He said because of my migraine history that is normal. But anyone who’s familiar with chronic neuro Lyme also knows that white lesions are found in Lymies’ brains and that’s why many times Lyme is misdiagnosed as MS. So who knows if they had performed this test before they probably would have found more before treatment…
Next up cardio…he starts to tell me my 30 monitor looked “fine” but we could call in a specialist that could insert a needle through my groin into my heart!!? Huh what you just told me I was fine. I asked about the home apnea study. “Who ordered that” he says. Umm you did? *leaves comes back 10 minutes later* “ahh unfortunately you have apnea. Ding ding ding. I thought so. So he then says “I ah guess running ok”. (He cannot get through one Daggone appointment without his diatribe on runnning”.) “but ahh maybe not the knees the back, causal ok, no competitive, only Olympians”. Ahh sigh.
So the plan is for me to get a CPAP.
Next up my Lyme doc. He looks at the sleep apnea study and it appears off: one of the heart rate averages doesn’t add up and one heart rate high appears too high. It still appears I have sleep apnea but it may not be as severe. I think when we move it may be worth seeing a sleep doc. Anyway the plan with him was to keep where I was with Meds for now and then up the plaquinol when I get home to visit the family so I could enjoy my Disney trip without a herx. (Not sure I’ll enjoy it now but…). I could also take a break from Meds while I was at Disney (Lyme is really a full time job with just med taking and organizing alone). I have a phone appointment with him end of June.
The Move We had thought of next move this summer would be back to all our old haunts and loves in North Carolina but then were surprisingly told that wasn’t possible anymore and we could go to either Kansas or California. But at the last minute there was an opportunity for Quantico Virginia. So this summer that’s where I’m headed. Closer to family and I’ve heard there are many docs in the DC area for Lyme.
Exercise
I’ve had a rough go of it this spring with allergies, many colds and now this…but I managed to do several yoga challenges and fairly regular dog walks. I also did the team sparkle virtual 5k for Rett syndrome. I have been pretty layed up lately.

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Good news: I was selected as a crazy compression ambassador. I mentioned in my tips for running/exercising post that compression socks have been so helpful in allowing me some exercise. I have awful leg pain a lot and this helps. This brand is awesome because they are affordable, made in the USA and come in so many fun colors and designs. Check em out

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What else
While in San Diego I finally got my tattoo that I booked back in December. Buju tattoo is the name of the shop and the owner was from MA too, how perfect. I mentioned awhile back here the idea of the lotus came from the end of my yoga teacher treating while suffering my first miscarriage my yoga teacher includes something about the lotus in my card.

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The idea sprang from there and I wanted to somehow include the birthstones of all my babies. In total now 4 in Heaven and my miracle on Earth. So Brianna designed this: with each color or the flower representing a birthstone…I just love it.

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So to close
I’m not sure how my travel plans and trips will plan out with how I’m feeling..I could use some prayers. I got a nice phone call this morning from an old friend that did lift my spirits some. I hope that I improve some in the next couple days. And if you’re suffering I hope you improve too.