Blacklight Run – NOLA

Let’s get one thing straight – I DO NOT RUN. Never could. I can dance for hours doing turns and leaps, but if I run to my mailbox and back, I would probably hyperventilate. If I’m running, something or someone is probably chasing me.

So when my husband wanted to sign us up for the Blacklight Run in New Orleans, I thought he was making a joke. Our friends created a team, “We got da runz”, and he wanted to join for this fun run. After finally convincing me, I was sure I would be the last one crossing the finish line…holding everyone up.
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To make matters worse, I had to borrow tennis shoes to even participate. That’s right, I don’t own tennis shoes. I don’t know why this is hard for people to believe. The last pair of tennis shoes I owned was when I was a senior in high school PE. I just don’t wear them – I have no need to wear them. I have some boat shoes with laces if that counts.

Anyways, my mom gave me some old tennis shoes she didn’t use anymore, so now I am the proud owner of some Nike-somethings.

So we show up at this race and there are over 10,000 people there – all wearing white shirts ready to be splattered with color. I had no idea what to expect since it was my first run ever.
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We took a couple of team pictures before the race started.

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A stage was set up with a DJ for the “pre-race” party. We headed that way to have some fun before the race. The DJs started throwing color on everyone to get the crowd pumped up for the race.
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Soon it was time for the race to get started. It took a while to begin since so many runners were registered.

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Most of our group walked the 5K. Since it was a “fun run”, there were no times or winners. To be honest, this was the most boring part of the experience. Even though we were walking with a group, it was pretty uneventful. There were a couple of color stations, but nothing compared to the before and after parties. I was expecting a lot of blacklights and colors and music…we were literally just walking in the dark with a couple of glow sticks. It was like Halloween without the candy. I’m glad I went though. Next year we agreed that we would be happy with just the pre and post events.

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There were a couple of opportunities for us to cheat and cut through the track to get closer to the finish line. I told myself I was finishing! I might not have been the fastest person, but at least I finished!

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After the race we went back to the stage for the post-run party. This was the most fun part of the night! They threw so much color! It was awesome!

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With so many blacklights around, we all looked like a bunch of hot messes. It made our eyes, tongues, etc. all purple. We looked wicked!
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My husband even looks good under a blacklight with neon colors all over him – I’m a lucky lady :)

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Bradley Cooper even made an appearance!

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It was such a fun night, and we would definitely do it again. I’m so proud of myself for completing my first 5K (even though I walked)…and for the record, tennis shoes are overrated.

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