After Hackney Half last year Mike decided it was time to hang up his running shoes. Whenever the possibility of digging out his trainers surfaces he shakes his head furiously. No more running for Mike.
However, I think I've found the race that'll get him back into it. Despite appearances Mike is a man who loves all things shiny, glittery and colourful. If a Milk holographic stick is being cooed over he wants in on the action. At Guilty Pleasures he was the one who got glittered up. In his next life it's realistic to believe he will return as a unicorn. With all this in mind, The Color Run UK, aka The Happiest 5k on the Planet, might be just the thing to tempt him back to running.
Last week I was lucky enough to get a little taster of what's ahead (and some rainbow bagels), and ever since I've been selling it big to Mike - dustings of coloured paint at every km (don't worry, it's not toxic!), a brand new Cloud Foam zone (which I hope is as good as the foam party I went to aged 17 at a golf club in Swaziland), unicorn mascots and a vibrant Finish Festival with DJs, MCs and a whole lot more colour! What isn't there to like!
I think it was the unicorns that did it (in true couple form we have an ongoing joke about/obsession with unicorns...best not to ask), he's agreed to join me in the colourful dreamland the team will be creating at Wembley Park on 11 June!! I am so excited!!
Fancy joining the fun? The Color Run UK Tour is hitting London (11 June 2017), Manchester (1 July 2017) and Brighton (23 September 2017), so you too can be covered in paint, prance around with unicorns and generally have a blast at The Happiest 5k on the Planet. Sign up here.
**Thanks to The Color Run UK and LDN Brunch Club for a fantastically colourful morning run and brunch. All opinions as always my own.*