I have run 5k once before. I ran the Color Run last year after being invited to run it for Living Social. Last year I hadn't really done any running, but had been going to the gym for about 6 months. However, the week before the run I had a chest cold, and only got the invite a few days before the run. It's fair to say, I didn't enjoy the run. I loved the day in Brighton, and was so proud that I ran without stopping, but didn't enjoy the actual experience of running.
I'm not 100% sure why I signed up for the Electric Run, but I guess knowing I was capable of running 5k but not wanting to felt like a challenge!
The Electric Run blends a run (some people run it for charity, some just for fun) and a rave I guess!
"Featuring immersive “Lands” of light and sound that transport the participant into an electric wonderland, Electric Run promises to transport the mind, body and soul to a new world in a healthy and drug-free way. Participants are encouraged to join in on the art by lighting up with glow sticks, LEDs and anything else their imagination can conjure up."
This is the first UK event, but they have happened around the world already.
We arrived, pretty chilly! There are no lockers, so we didn't bring coats, but of course there is a lot of waiting around. An espresso helped a tad, but it was pretty cold! The blue skies proved the rain forecast wrong which I was pretty relieved about!
The runners are released in waves, with the first planned for 8:30. We were determined to be in the first wave so that we could warm up running! We had a mini panic when they said security would be checking everyone's race numbers as we had thrown ours away!
We managed to...ahem.....sneak through the crowd so our lack of number wasn't spotted, and we were now in the holding pen before the start. They blasted dance music, and we basically had a half hour mini-rave. The jumping helped get us warm, as the cold was making us nervous about our muscles being too tense. I was really starting to get excited, I love dance music, and it definitely gets you in the mood.
I actually really enjoyed the run! I ran with a good pace the whole way round, and secretly enjoyed passing people who slowed to walk. I find the experience pretty empowering. Your mind will want to stop, as running can feel somewhat uncomfortable. Your breathing is laboured, and your joints or muscles may start to call your name, but your body can do it. Your lungs aren't going to run out of oxygen, you just have to feel the uncomfortableness and just keep going. It's a powerful feeling to run despite it being easier to stop/slow.
The 'immersive lands' were a tad disappointing, and the Finish line (pictured above) was a real let down. The end of a race (no matter the distance) is the part where you have to dig the deepest, and to just run through a handful of people standing around in a car park felt pretty disengaged. The theory was that the carpark would become the party area with a stage, but for those of us at the front of the 15,000 people it was all a tad depressing. All the hype and party atmosphere of the start felt a little like a wasted promise.
As we danced back to the tube (waves of runners were still only just starting.....brrrrr) I felt full of energy. I literally bounced and danced till I sat down on the train home. It was a great evening, and a tiny part of me wonders if I could run 10k.......