Today I had the best time at The Color Run – Philadelphia. I knew a ton of people going to the event, but stuck with my one friend as we planned to run it together as part of her birthday week. Getting there was a cinch as I didn’t have to take any main roads and I squeezed my itty bitty car into an itty bitty spot just blocks from the starting line. I had on pretty much all white and some sweet 80s style shades I scored at Target for $12.
My friend modified their Color Run tees into cute tanks, but I had to go with a long sleeve tee that I made into 3/4 length. The run itself was hot, but since it was untimed we just jogged and walked through the color stations. I was a bit sad I didn’t get blasted more by the volunteers, but I also didn’t ask for more color (for a reason I will explain later). The only downside that sticks out the most for the race was how they handled water. Instead of it being handed out at the finish, you had to walk to the check-in tent and they didn’t have enough people to hand out the bottles. Huge lines ensued. Otherwise, we had a total blast and I thoroughly enjoyed truly running a “race” just for fun.
Now for the why I didn’t wear a tank or ask for tons of color. I was worried about sun exposure and getting too much dye on my left arm. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but I made a visit to a certain type of shop last night…
I’ve been wanting to go get more work done for years and had an image I saved five or so years ago. Every time I looked at the pic I got really excited about having it be part of my next piece, I was just never sure on placement. I finally nailed it down and two hours later, this is what my left arm looks like!
The fully opened lotus bloom was the pic I gave my artist and she came up with the rest after I told her what I’d like incorporated into the piece. I didn’t even do a review of the work before my appointment, I knew it was going to come out amazing. She did SUCH a great job. I cannot wait to go back to finish up the coloring. That little guy that clearly isn’t a dragonfly is a cartoon Nerd with fairy wings. I love that she did three different stages of the blooming lotus.
So, with the fact the dyes may not easily come off without scrubbing, I didn’t want to risk it and have too much get on the area. Plus, sun exposure is a big no-no for a fresh tattoo. The work definitely HURT but was beyond worth it. I can’t stop looking at it! I go back on the 28th which should finish it all up. It’s going to be very vivid and I am antsy pantsy to see the final product!
How’s that for a welcome back to blogging? Tomorrow I have my women’s 8v8 soccer championship at 8 and will be starting my marathon training with a few miles after work (at the gym, it’s hot as balls + sun). How’s everyone been hanging in there? I’m terrified to look at my Google reader… o_O