I have to confess something: I signed up for the Bubble Run under duress. I asked Gigi which runs she wanted to do this year and she named Beat the Blerch and the Bubble Run as her numbers one and two priorities. I fear the water. I rarely ride amusement park rides that get me wet for two reasons: I hate having a wet crotch that results in wet-thigh-rub-ouchie from running and or walking afterwards and I get overly worried about wet, blistery feet. The Bubble Run has planned wetness for three miles. Yikes!!! Through a bubble bog every half mile! Including the start line! It sounded like a nightmare, so when I thought we were going to be in Disneyland for the race I was not disappointed. At all. I asked a few friends if they wanted to run with our bibs and I got a loose commitment from a friend who said maybe and then never gave it another thought until Wednesday when the informational email came. I realized that we had two races this weekend- a 5k and half marathon! Oops! I spent all day Friday trying to talk Bradley and Jude into using our bibs until Jude spiked a fever and Bradley worked in insulation all day and his lungs felt yucky. Indeed, it was to be Guinevere and I running this one, so I decided to embrace the run and plan for the best.
Well, it was AWESOME! We picked up our packets and modified our run shirts into tanks, which, I won’t lie, made us pretty stoked for the run. Then we looked at videos and got even more amped. We set our alarms, drank some coffee, ate a granola bar and hit the road. As we stood at the start line, the crowd yelled and the foam started flowing. We surged forward and, by the time we crossed the start, we were already knee high in bubbles! Each bog was a different color and as we went though we’d get covered in a new dye. Some of the bubble bogs were waist deep, but the blue one was over my head and I literally had to hang onto Gigi otherwise I’d have lost her! It was terrific fun! When we got close to the finish line, Gigi ran ahead to take pictures of her mom as she crossed it, which was so flattering to me. How thoughtful was that? We totally want to do this again, next year, except we want to bring our boys to play along. I think Jude would just love it, especially at the end where there was a bubble canon that shot bubbles like crazy into the air. We got to play, make bubble angels and roll around in it to our heart’s content. It was a fun and energizing way to prepare ourselves for the real race tomorrow: Iron Horse Half Marathon! We both have a cold and this helped us to feel much more confident!