I remember my first 5K and it was no laughing matter. It can be a very stressful, yet proud time for a beginning runner. BUT, I couldn’t help but get a chuckle from this post on Ben Greenfield’s website. It’s a detailed list of what you can do to get ready for your Color Run, including number one, which is “sign up.”
In all seriousness, I have based my new diet on Ben’s nutrition planning for Ironman athletes and it’s going great, so I will probably be giving him a lot of praise soon. But, before that glowing endorsement, a little fun with a featured article on his website.
Yes, those are practical training tips, but we all know that racing is 90% half mental, so I’ve taken the liberty of creating my own list of psychological tips for the Color Run.
10 Ways to Mentally Prepare for Color Run – Mike Tarrolly
1. Squirt your dog with a garden hose until he bites you.
2. Change into a white t-shirt WHILE you’re drinking a glass of grape juice.
3. Check your temperature often with a rectal thermometer
4. Walk across gravel while reciting key passages from the Bible.
5. Go to Walmart and ask the “greeter” a lot of performance running shoe questions.
6. Sniff old paint cans in the garage.
7. Eat Snow Cones like they’re going out of style.
8. Watch re-runs of Laverne and Shirley.
9. Lay on your back and stare into the sun.
10. Wear bandanas tighter than normal leading up to the race.