It’s unclear exactly when our society become so masochistic, but it has. It really, really has. Take the Color Mob 5K for example, an event that involves 1) running for fun in the heat of a Texas summer and 2) people throwing neon powder at a sweaty, hot and hyperventilating you. For non-joggers, that seems like the most terrible idea ever. Mob’s dedicated tribe would shrug that off, claiming those abuses are the stuff of unity, meant to spur on and invigorate its joyful runners to greater levels of personal betterment. That’s because those running folks are happy and good-natured, with boundless amounts of energy backing them up and moving them forward. You, on the other hand, spent last Saturday sluggishly collapsed on your couch, engaged in your own form of personal abuse: watching an Australian teen soap opera about dancers trying “to make it” on Netflix — an act that’s just as painful as a 5K without any of the endurance-building payoff. Hurt yourself for a brighter future at Color Mob 5K; tickets at colormob5K.com. Meet up is at the State Fair Grounds (1198 Second Ave.) at 7 a.m. on Saturday and registration costs $50.
Sat., July 6, 7 a.m., 2013