I need to do a little catching up.
The last race I posted about was the Warrior Dash that I completed in September. If you read that post you know it took it’s toll on me, but it was also an experience I wouldn’t trade!
Over the next few days I’ll be updating you on all my running exploits.
In October I found a race in Portland that looked promising. It was called Run Like Hell and had a zombie theme to it. I thought it was perfect since I always joke that before making this goal the only way I would run was if an axe-wielding zombie was chasing me. Sadly, I couldn’t find anyone to run with me, and I’ve learned that races are just more fun when you have someone to share the experience with.
Luckily, a really good friend found another race the weekend before Halloween called the Zombie Apocalypse Run. You could register as a Zombie or a Survivor. We both signed up as survivors which meant we were given flags to wear, (think flag football,) and got a 2 minute head start from the zombies who would be trying to take our flags. My flags were gone within the first mile. BOOOOOO!
The race was great fun, many people dressed up, the race officials out on the course were dressed up in flack jackets and yelled at us as we ran by to hurry up or the zombies would get us. They also had sound effects playing over loudspeakers that ranged from helicopters to the crunching sound of zombies eating people. No kidding.
The course traversed a pumpkin patch farm which provided perfect hiding spots for zombie volunteers. I only got caught off guard by a hiding zombie once, but I’m sure the other racers heard my scream and curses. 🙂
I do have to share one story though. The course was actually a little over a mile, so in order to a 5K you had to do it twice. On my second lap is where I got scared by a hiding zombie in the corn maze by the way. Anywho, when I was about a quarter of a mile from the finish I remembered that during the first lap there was a zombie hiding in a bush on part of a straight stretch that was coming up. I slowed down a bit and moved to the far opposite side of the trail and started looking at every single bush that I went by so I wouldn’t be caught off guard again. When I was almost to the end of the stretch I heard a voice say, “I just want you to know, I totally saw you before you saw me.” It was the zombie hiding in the bush! I started cracking up.
At the end of the race I was walking with my girlfriend, telling her the story, when who should be walking in front of me but the zombie that had been hiding. He turned around to tell me it was him then smiled and congratulated me on finishing. It was pretty awesome.
The only downside of the race..I got stung by bee’s during the first lap. Totally unexpected considering it was October but the course went right by a hive and apparently the bee’s weren’t happy about that.
I finished in 39 minutes which is about my average and considering the uneven terrain of the course I was pretty happy with that. I mean who ends a 5K on an uphill slope?!? 🙂
The next race I’ll be writing about is the Give ‘N Gobble 5K which took place on Thanksgiving Day so be sure to check back for that.