The One Where I Threw Tomatoes + More Awesome/Awkward

11.17.2013

Remember when I posted about the Tomato DodgeWell, I did it, and it was awesome. Weird, yes. And awesome.

I got two free entries for blogging about it (yay for blogging!), so I invited my friend Natalie to join in the fun. The Tomato Dodge is a 5k where, instead of color or obstacles, you run through stations where people throw tomatoes at you!

I have no idea why this immediately sounded like a lot of fun to me, but it did. 

At the end of the race, you have a food fight with tomatoes! There's basically a huge area set up with piles of tomatoes, and you run around throwing them at everyone. Again, no idea why this sounded fun, but if you've been reading this blog for any length of time, I suppose this won't surprise you.

The only bad thing I'll say about the race is that at the fight part at the end, some of the tomatoes were, shall we say, not fully squished, so they hurt when they hit you! I'll be honest. Natalie and I feared for our lives a little bit. 

So to anyone interested in this race, my advice would be to fully squash the tomatoes before throwing them at other persons. And also don't aim for the head. Other than that, it was a new, fun type of race that I enjoyed. I did run the race for free, but I would have been satisfied to pay the $25. That's actually a good price for a 5k these days.


Would you ever do a race like this or am I completely insane?
Don't answer that last part.
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Speaking of weird 5ks, shoutout to my IRL (in real life) friend Kalyn who ran a 5k this weekend called The Donut Run. She ate SIX Krispy Kreme donuts and ran a 5k. Six.

She might (will) kill me for stealing this picture from her FB page and posting it on this blog, but LOOK AT THE FINISHER'S MEDAL. It's a donut.
I want.

Kalyn is awesome and awkward (like me, which is why we're friends). She's currently blogging the hilarious story about this boy she flirted with at the mall while buying shoes. She wins the awkward award I promised in my last post. (Side note: Kalyn is training for her first half marathon, which makes me want to squeal with glee. Literally.)

Speaking of awkwardness, one more story, and I promise I'm finished after this. I totally forgot to mention one in my awkward/awesome post of the MOST awkward things that happened to me last week, which is that I made a phone call to someone on the editorial board of the journal I work for, and I was stupid enough to not consider a little thing called a time zone.

Me: Hello! This is Amanda calling from such and such.
Her: Hi. Um... You know it's 7:00 in the morning.
Me: What?
Her: I live in California. Pacific time zone. I was just about to head to the gym.
Me (thinking): Curse, you pacific time zone!!!!!

So yeah. I'm putting up a calendar in my office tomorrow and circling all the time zones. I'm totally ready for Monday.
Anonymous said...

Tomato fight? Ouch! Glad you enjoyed it though!

Sage Grayson said...

Yes, you are insane--but in the best possible way! :) I was just thinking that it must hurt to get pelted with a tomato. That Donut Run sounds like my kind of race.

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Kate said...

Ok, this sounds like a BLAST! (Minus the less-squishy tomatoes) But I have to say.. I think I'd prefer the Doughnut Run. ;)

Katie said...

how fun!! i would love to do a race like that!

Allie @ Everyday Adventures said...

There's a "running of the bulls" event followed by a giant tomato food fight in Dallas next month, and I SOOOOO wanted to participate, but my husband told me no a whole bunch of times because you could accidentally die in a whole bunch of ways. I laugh in the face of danger! (jk)

Per @ Perky Thoughts said...

That looks more painful than getting chased by a zombie that's never actually gonna bite you (we have Zombie Fun Runs in the Philippines called "Outbreak Manila").

meghan said...

The tomato thing sounds so interesting! I love all these crazy themed 5ks that are popping up. The donut medal is awesome! I want that, but I don't think I could eat 6 donuts and run a 5k without getting sick.

Beka said...

That race would be weird and fun! Also, my husband was just telling me about that donut run. I think I would barf ... or have diarrhea. I'm not sure which one is worse?

Christina @ The Murrayed Life said...

Thank goodness it was ONLY 7:00 in the morning. Can you imagine if it had been 5 or 6?!?

And that race still sounds pretty awful to me, I just have to admit it. I think I have a fear of things like being hit by food or random objects so I would literally feel like I was running for my life. It would help with my time though!

Curious Runner said...

Sounds like such a fun race, I would so be into that! And I love your awkwardness, it makes for some entertaining reading :)

LeeLee said...

Tomato fight! Amazing. The time zone scenario has happened to me one too many times. It doesn't help when you're traveling between times and you need to make phone calls.

Niken said...

gosh! that's sooooo fun!!!

Charlotte F said...

Sounds like fun! And that donut race too! Too bad we haven't got any of these in the UK. I'm currently struggling to find a basic, classic 5K close to home this winter. :(

Anonymous said...

That race does look fun but I can definitely imagine that tomatoes are painful if not fully squished.

Also, time zones always throw me off too! I can never keep track of what the differences are.

-Amy

17 Perth said...

Haha. This is hilarious! I bet those tomatoes did hurt! But--this is something I would totally love!

Tammy Jo said...

That sounds like so much fun!!

Confessionsofanemptynester.com said...

That tomato dodge does sound fun, but only the tomato part. I keep thinking about running, it seems so efficient which appeals to me, but I think I would die after about 5 minutes. Love your blog - can't wait to read more.

Alicia | Jaybird: Home in Motion said...

This tomato dodge sounds so funny! The one sad part is all that food waste; boo.

I love your awesome/awkward segments. I can't think of one off the top of my head, but awkward moments are a major fixture in my life.

his little lady said...

Too funny! I never heard of a tomato run! This is perfect!! I would totally do it ;)
xo TJ

http://www.hislittlelady.com

Susannah said...

The tomato run sounds awesome!!!! :-) I definitely would take part in it!!!

SweetMiles said...

Umm getting tomatoes thrown at you?? How awesome does that sound!!

LeAnna said...

I bet this was fun! And thanks for linking to your friends shoe salesman story, best grins and giggles all day!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Glad it went well, was worried about the ouch factor of them not being totally smushed! Glad you had fun though. The Donut finish medal on Kalyn's run is too cute!

The Lady Okie said...

Thanks so much! Glad you could stop by :) And you wouldn't die. I promise! haha.

The Lady Okie said...

Glad I'm not the only one! haha. It was so awkward.

B. C. Harding said...

Thanks for the shout out, Reese! Look at you using that reply feature like a pro. I got lots of traffic for my flirting shoe salesman arc--and the last installment just went up!

p.s. I am planning how to kill you for using that picture.

Veronica Lee Burns said...

there are soooo many strange 5Ks going around. I remember seeing the tomato one on groupon and thinking, what? Glad you enjoyed it! I think that is one I will stay away from. ;)

(by the way, I'm obviously catching up on your blog haha)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

One of my 2014 goals is going to be to run a 5k..until then I will live vicariously through you and your crazy races. The donuts though..I would puke.

Natalie M said...

Sweeeeeeeet! I Made a blog post! I feel like a celebrity!

Lauren Alexis said...

Time zones are the worst!! I can never remember them! #facepalm

by the way, i have a new blog, it's thelaurenalexisblog.blogspot.com , i used to be lettersandlipstickblog.blogspot.com :)

Anonymous said...

Haha, looks like fun. I'm all for things that keep health and fitness enjoyable.

The Lady Okie said...

YOU CAN ONLY KILL ME IF YOU CAN CATCH ME!!!!!!

The Lady Okie said...

Knew you would be ;)

The Lady Okie said...

Um, yeah you are!

The Lady Okie said...

Pretty awesome! :)

Betsy Transatlantically said...

a) my friend in NC tried to get me to fly down for a donut run near where she lives! there are two things I would rather pass out than ingest after running: beer and donuts. WHY ARE THESE ACTUAL THINGS AT RACES? crazy.

b) I want that medal.

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