Run Or Dye – Chatsworth House

A few months ago I mentioned that I was taking part in a charity run called Run or Dye which is a 5km run based around the Hindu festival of Holi, also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’, Run or Dye gives runners the opportunity to experience and celebrate in full colour the thrill of the Festival and introduce the idea of ‘living life on purpose’.

run or dye

I’ve been running for a few months now so was really looking forward to this run,  it’s one of many runs that I’m taking part in on the run up to the London Marathon.   I went out on Friday evening with ‘Running Mama’ which is the NCT running group I have started and we did a lovely slow paced 5k jog as I didn’t want to tire myself out too much.  When I got back on the Friday evening I was feeling a little achy but I put it down to the fact I had walked/jogged over 14.6km over the course of the day.

run or dye 2015

We woke up early on Saturday morning as Run or Dye was in Derbyshire and it would take 1hr and 50 minutes to drive to the course.  Registration opened at 8am so we figured a 6.00am start would be best.

run or dye before

I got myself registered, picked up my t-shirt and was surprised at just how cold it was.  I know it’s autumn but it was freezing.  There was frost on the ground and freezing fog in the air.  I couldn’t wait to get warmed up and started.

run or dye colour

Everyone was in good spirits and making use of their free colour sachets, the warm up was great fun and although the run was delayed by 15 minutes it only fuelled the excitement.

I was 6 rows from the front at the start and got off to a great start.  I had aimed to complete the course in under 25 minutes and my first 2km were a breeze but that’s when things started to go wrong.

By the time I got to 2.5km I had a terrible pain in my left buttock and back of my leg, the pain was really bad but I put it down to doing too much on the Friday and ran through it.

At 3.5km I had slowed down to a fast walking pace which was faster than a slow jog but less painful, I made sure to sprint through the colour cannons at each remaining km though.  I’d texted David who was waiting at the finish with Arthur to let him know that I was in pain but would push through, I think he expected me to quit as he seemed surprised when I said I would continue.

run or dye finish

I finally finished after 32 minutes and as soon as I saw David and Arthur I couldn’t hold back the tears.  I felt like I’d not only let myself down but them too, I dragged them out of bed and on an almost two hour drive to Derbyshire where I left them standing around in the cold while I ran.  I’m running the London marathon for Save the Children next year and at the speed I ran this run my friend told me I would be looking at 4.5-5 hours to complete which just isn’t good enough.

When we got home on Saturday I felt terrible, so bad that I actually had to go and sleep for two hours which is something I haven’t done since I was pregnant with Arthur, I should have known then that something wasn’t right.  Saturday evening arrived and I had the most awful sinus pain and headache which just wouldn’t go away, I had the shivers so bad that I had to put the heating on.

Sunday was spent lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and I’m writing this today (Monday morning) felling dreadful.  I now realise that I ran on Saturday just before coming down with an illness that was going to knock me out of my usual schedule, instead of feeling angry that my time was rubbish I should be feeling proud that I managed to run a 5km race a couple of hours before my body was overcome by sickness.

I’ll be signing up to Run or Dye 2016 and lets hope next year I don’t come down with sickness immediately after the race!

Did you participate in Run or Dye this year?


16 Responses to Run Or Dye – Chatsworth House

  1. Sarah Bailey says:

    Well done you! These run or dye events do sound like great fun to take part in. x

  2. Tori Gabriel says:

    Run and dye sounds great fun and you should be so proufd of what you achieved! I can’t even run 1km, let alone 5km so I salute you. Good luck in the London Marathon.

  3. Claire says:

    What a proud moment, don’t be so hard on yourself, you really did well. Enjoy the London marathon x

  4. Well done you. Nah I didn’t take part in any, not quite the fitness woman.

  5. Stephanie says:

    OOOh well done you, I’m not a runner and not sure I could cope with all that colour all over me. Think it would stress me out more than the actual running! And that would be bad enough 🙂

  6. I was invited to MTV’s Holi Day a few months ago but couldn’t bear the thought of the dye getting my hair extensions even though it did look like fun.

  7. Well done! How annoying you weren’t feeling well though, fingers crossed next year you aren’t coming down with something and cannery the run! x

  8. Teresa Bowen says:

    Well done. Running can be difficult enough at the best of times to continue when you are not feeling well shows strength of character. You will fly through the London marathon I’m sure

  9. Catstello says:

    This looks like a really fun marathon! Well done you!

  10. Sally Akins says:

    The 6am start doesn’t sound so great, but the rest of it sounds like fun!!

  11. Rachel says:

    Well done on taking part and completing it. Ive never done the run but quite a lot of my friends have and loved it x

  12. I love the Holi festival, what’s not to love about a festival of colour. Anyway, you did so well and should be very proud of yourself.

    Laura x

  13. Well done you, you should feel proud that you finished even though it turns out you were poorly. It looks like it was lots of fun!

  14. Ickle Pickle says:

    Oh bless you – you must have been in agony. Well done for carrying on – you should be so proud of yourself. Kaz x

  15. Agata says:

    Well done! It sounds like a great event to be a part of.

  16. leeshastarr says:

    Well done! I’ve wanted to do one of these for a while now but I’m so unfit I’m unsure if I can finish 5km right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to sort out my health and do one next year.

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