Wedding Weekend and Color Run 2013!

I am sitting on my couch with a stomach full of radicchio salad and sesame tofu, recovering from one of the greatest weekends of my young life. There was so much compressed into two short days, it felt like I was spinning around and around across a dance floor, making my way through everything that went on, and now I’ve finally come to a stop. I’ll fill you in 🙂

Saturday morning was just a jumble of activity as I scrambled to fit everything in before 2:30- our scheduled departure time to head up to my friend’s wedding. I somehow managed a yoga class, dropping the kids off with Ally’s Mum, Barre3, an afternoon meetup with Ally, and throwing myself into a dress for the wedding. It was busy and so, so exciting!

Britt, Ash and I met at their house at 2:30(ish) and made our way up in our usual style- late, and putting our makeup on at every stoplight. Some things never change.

Alyssa’s wedding was….wow. I’m not even sure I can summon the words. It was something out of a dream- the entire thing was outdoors, but there were tents set up all around the property with beautifully set seating and bars/food stations. Of course, the best part of the entire day/night was the ceremony. It was so beautiful to see my friend standing next to the man she loves and exchanging vows. They both looked so happy- everyone was so happy- it was totally contagious, and one of the most joyful environments I’ve ever experienced. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Best dates ever? 😀

I felt so fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful day, to see so many old friends from years ago and laugh and sing and dance in the mud…it was truly spectacular.

We left early-ish, because Britt and I had to get up and run this morning. I was asleep by 11, which was really necessary if I was going to get through this morning without passing out.

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The Color Run: one of my favorite things. Seriously, better than Christmas, because COLOR MADNESS! My alarm went off at 4:45, and by 4:50 I was on my mat in the sunroom, down-doggin’ it and stretching out in preparation for 3.1 miles of fun.

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I fueled up with a slice of flax oatbran smeared with raspberry chia jam- chased down with three spirulina tablets and a bottle of chia coconut water, my go-to pre-race fuel. We were on the road at 5:35, feeling fresh and way too excited!

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6:15, and ready to run, along with THOUSANDS of other runners! It was just as exciting as last year- so much wonderful energy!

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We were in the start chute by 6:45. Seriously.

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You could see the first color station (yellow) from the start line. They let us out in waves, and we were in the 3rd or 4th. We took off, and were almost immediately sprayed down with bright yellow cornstarch. Woohoo!

Followed by pink…

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…blue…

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…and orange:

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One of my favorite parts of this run is seeing the clouds of color up ahead. It’s so much fun to speed along and pound pavement, running toward a giant cloud of neon.

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And then, suddenly….

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…it was over! I swear, when I came around the last curve and saw the finish line, I almost stopped and turned around. It just felt so short, I was sure that there was another mile to go. Apparently miles fly by when you’re having fun?

Of course, the best part of the Color Run is the afterparty. Words don’t do it justice:

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Dang. I was a MESS, which was hilarious because we had been mud dancing the night before at the wedding, and I had just taken a shower a few hours prior to wash all the mud off. And then this. Note- the color takes a day or two to wash off. I am still stained blue, which prompted some questions in yoga class 😉

Another Color Run, another great weekend…I was glad to get to yoga tonight, I needed some help decompressing after all the excitement. Tomorrow is going to be a lazy day at home- I’ve got another full weekend ahead of me, so I intend to keep this week as low-key as possible. Yeah…right ;D

Here’s to happiness…to life, and to living it up with the best of the best. My weekend wouldn’t have been half as wonderful if it hadn’t been for the people I spent it with.. Everyone is already talking about next year, and getting a big group together to run. They’re hosting one in Atlantic City in October, and I’ve got discount coupons. Twice in one year?

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You know I’m all over that sh*t! ;D

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