Monday, August 18, 2014

The Color Run Splatter Mani

Hola niñas! Hoy quiero compartir una mani muy especial para mi, inspirada en The Color Run, la que se realizó en mi ciudad por primera vez este domingo pasado y en la cual participe. Fue todo un acontecimiento para mí ya que siempre he sido una persona super sedentaria, hasta que empecé a hacer pilates hace unos meses y pensé en desafiarme a mi misma entrenando para correr 5k. Para mi nailart de hoy usé dos capas de Finger Paint Papier Maché como base y luego usé la técnica "splatter" para añadir manchas de colores (básicamente es poner esmalte en una bombilla y soplar fuerte sobre la uña para que caiga la pintura con efecto). Para las manchas usé tres colores: Colorama Amarelo Sol, OPI Flower to Flower y un azul cremoso de Koh. Espero les guste la mani y no olviden pasar después del Read More para ver mis fotos de la corrida :)

Hi guys! Today I want to share with you a nailart I did inspired by a very exciting event, my first ever 5k run! Something like 6 weeks ago I saw a promo for our local version of the very famous The Color Run. And everytime I saw it, I wondered if I could do that. I've always been a very sedentary person, a real couch potato until I picked up Blogilates earlier this year and I was already feeling stronger and healthier.

So I signed up to challenge myself, which means I had 6 weeks to go from not running a block to 5,000mts.

If you want to read more about my running story and see pictures of the actual 5k run click on Read More. If you're here only for the nailart, scroll on!

For my nailart I was inspired by the colorfoul splashes of color that are so characteristic to this run against the white clothing of the runners. And what better way to portray a messy run that with an equally messy nailart technique, so I went for a splatter mani.
I started with two coats of Finger Paints Papier Maché, an easy to work with white creme, as my base. Then I added splashes of color by blowing up paint to my nails using a straw (the splashes get everywhere, so I recommend taping the skin around your nails or using a peel-off basecoat to save on clean up later). The colors I used were: Colorama Amarelo Sol (bright yellow crelly), OPI Flower to Flower (medium cool toned shimmery pink) and a creme baby blue by Koh.
To finish off my mani I topped it all with OPI Matte Top Coat to give it that paint effect. I'm really happy with how this mani turned out as it was my first time attempting the splatter technique.

Now for the fun part, run pics!

So I started training right after I signed up. I had read about couch-to-5k programs and most of them take around 8-9 weeks running 3 times a week. I was confident that my Pilates training would come in handy so I ran every day. At first it was really rough, given that I didn't even had proper sneakers but once I got my equipment it all went much better.

At first I used two apps for my running training: 5K Runner (which is a couch-to-5k program) and Spotify (my favorite playlist to listen to is called Running Low Tempo 140. The progressive alternation of walking and running made working out fun and something that even I could acomplish.

During my last couple weeks training I downloaded the Nike+ Running app and it's such a great tool to keep track of your pace, distance and time (which I had not mind before).

So the day of the run arrived. I didn't got there in time for the start of it (cursed traffic) but I wasn't the only one on the starting line 20mins after the official time. I knew running the whole deal would be too much for me, so I alternated walking and running as I had done on my trainings. Every kilometer was marked by a station and a color and people were thrown colored powder to mark their way.

I finished my run in 41:40 mins with a pace of 8'16"´/km (my fastest yet!) so all in all, not too shabby. The last km was the hardest. I hadn't completed my training but I was already running 3.5kms so I knew I could make it to 4k. But to 5k? That was the reall challenge. I was about to give up and walk the rest of the way, but I had already done so much so I pushed through and run for it.

And that's me at the finish line. I'm not gonna lie, I was absolutely dead. I slept and did nothing for the most part of the rest of that day.

Will I put myself through this again? I'm thinking I might do :)

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