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Run River North

Hey friends and strangers! I just found out that Run River North is performing at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney on Monday, January 28th! If you don’t know who Run River North is, then you might remember when they were formerly known as Monsters Calling Home.

I haven’t listened to their music for awhile especially since I was jamming to holiday music 24/7 since November. This is definitely a great time to get back to listening to everyday music of mine which includes Run River North!

It doesn’t hurt to see them perform again! Christina Perri is performing also that night. She’s known for her songs “Jar of Hearts” and “A Thousand Years” (I think that song was in one of the Twilight movies).

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Before watching them perform, I’m thinking about checking out Earl of Sandwiches in Downtown Disney. Everyone’s been talking about this place for awhile and I heard they’re really good! I can’t wait for good food and good music!

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Color Run

I wanted to do the Electric Run at the end of November but it ended up not working out. I was a little late to purchase the online discount deal. I wasn’t willing to pay $40+ to run in the dark with awesome neon lights. Luckily I found a deal on Zozi.com for the Color Run and it was for $25 which was definitely more affordable. I saw some cool pictures that some people posted on Facebook from the previous Color Run and it looked like a lot of fun so I was excited about it.

BUT.

The Color Run was everything I didn’t expect it to be. Unfortunately, there were more negatives than positives. It should’ve taken me to get to Irvine Regional Park from Tustin Marketplace area in about 15-17 minutes. Instead, it took me 1.5 hours to park! Apparently 5,000 people signed up for it, hence the major traffic we hit!

Where we ended up parking was actually the midpoint of the race. Once we parked, we had to walk through the actual Color Run to get to the registration table. It was kind of a buzz kill to walk through the race and walk by the colored runners just so that we could get to the beginning of the race. In the picture below, people to the left are the runners and the ones on the right are the ones walking towards the registration table.

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After walking 1.5 miles to get to the registration table, we were able to get our number for the race. I showed them my confirmation email from my iPhone but they looked at it for a split second and didn’t even verify if I was really the person on the confirmation email!
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Within few minutes of starting the race, one of my friends got the color dust (made of corn starch) in his eyes! So it took about ten minutes to clear his eyes out. Luckily he had some water to wash out his eyes. There were probably several points in the course of the race where they had different colors of corn starch powder on the ground.

In order to get colored, you just had to pick up the dust and just throw it at anyone and everyone. That was pretty fun to do. Our rule was that you don’t throw the color at each others face. You can only throw the dust from top of the head and on the back. The reason being was for safety precautions. 20121225-135840.jpg</

The race probably took an hour to finish. We weren’t really running. There was definitely more walking and talking than running. After the race, we checked out the grassy area that had a bunch of food trucks. We barely checked out the food trucks knowing that they were super duper expensive. So we decided to hit up In-N-Out. It was definitely a good choice to go to In-N-Out. Eating there was probably the highlight of the whole Color Run experience.

Note to future self: Do not do Color Run ever again.

Note to anyone interested in Color Run:

  • Don’t do it. 
  • If you do it, get there super early especially for good parking. If you’re close to wherever the Color Run is held, make sure to leave your place 2 to 3 hours early.
  • Don’t wear contacts. If you do, wear goggles. Everyone should wear goggles actually.
  • Wear a mask to cover your mouth so that you don’t inhale the dust. It doesn’t taste good at all.
  • Bring a towel to dust yourself off after the race and so your car doesn’t get dirty.
  • Have a zippy for your cell phone if you plan to carry it.
  • Don’t do it.

I Did It!

Around June of this year, I signed up to do my first 10K in Chino Hills on the first Saturday of November. I started training a month and a half before the actual race. Two to three times a week, I would run about 3-4 miles. I wasn’t able to train consistently as much as I wanted to due to a swelling and pain on my foot. Luckily, everything ended up working out for the race.

The race started at 8 in the morning with the cold crisp air that numbed my hands and feet! A mile into the race, my hands were still freezing. I had to clap my hands while running to get the blood flowing. Unfortunately, clapping or slapping didn’t help much to beat the cold air.

Probably two miles in, there was a painful 45 degree angle uphill that felt like it was never going to end. At this point, you saw walkers. I didn’t feel as guilty walking up the hill compared to when I was walking after a mile on flat ground.

Note to self: Chino Hills really does have hills.The city doesn’t lie about their hills.

When you’re doing a race like this, you honestly meet the most inspiring and encouraging people. After the torturous uphills, I met a runner named Nathan who was probably in his 50’s or 60’s. As I was struggling to run at a steady pace, he encouraged me by simply saying, “You can do it! You got this! You’re almost halfway there!” Those simple phrases of encouragement really made a difference. I really felt like I was able to make it to the half way point.

He asked me if this was my first time doing a 10K and I said yeah as I tried to catch my breath. The way I was running or the way I dressed must have made me look like I was new to this race.

Afterwards, he continued to run along at his own steady pace. I then battled with my mental self to just keep pushing myself. During a race like this, it’s not all about your physical strength. It’s also about your mental strength of endurance which was challenging throughout the race. So I ran for a few minutes by myself. I looked ahead and saw that a guy was standing on the side perhaps waiting for a friend to catch up. As I ran closer to him, he ended up being Nathan! Surprisingly, he was waiting for me!

He continued to encourage me and started conversing. I actually didn’t want to talk to him while I was running because I was secretly dying from weakness. On the outside, I was trying to keep my cool. From our conversation, I learned that he did a 100 mile run in the previous weekend. It took him 25 hours! No big deal, of course. No big deal.

Once I passed the halfway mark, the trail was becoming more scenic with the canyons and the stillness of nature. The halfway mark was the time and place to become one with nature. If interested in hiking, Chino Hills is a great place to explore.

A little less than half a mile of the race left, I was able to hear the streets of Chino Hills. Once I heard cars driving by, I knew that I was getting close to civilization. I knew I had to push myself to the max at this point to make every moment of the race worth it. So I started running towards the finish line with the little energy I had left.

I finally made it to the finish line with the time of 1:36:20 in 54th place out of 79 runners! The time could’ve have been better. But hey, all I can say is that I’m glad I made it alive and that no EMT had to pick me up on the side! I was really worried that was going to happen. Praise God!

 

Andrew who is the second guy from the right registered for the race on the day of. He ended up getting in 2nd place in the whole 10K race with a time of 58:50. Congratulations Andrew!

Derek (guy in red shirt) met Xoan (bottom left) during the race who pushed him to finish strong! Thanks to genuine caring people like Nathan and Xoan, we were all able to finish the race! I’m telling you, you meet the nicest people at a race like this.

I plan to do another 10K in the future but with no uphills, please. The next race I have lined up is actually the Color Run in Irvine on the 8th of December. That should definitely be a fun one and painless.