Zombie Run Recap

I was a zombie…and I ran.  Quickest recap ever! You’re welcome.

Haha.  You didn’t actually think I would do that to you did you?  Of course not.  Brevity has never been my strong suit.  Just ask my parents.   Or my husband.  Or my friends…

From the minute I learned that Zombie Run, LLC, was coming to Mississippi, I knew I wanted in on the fun.  So when I was offered a bib in exchange for my opinion, I jumped on it! Free race?? OK!

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Zombie Run, the basic premise is that it pits zombies against runners in an epic apocalypse type event.  Runners try to ‘survive’ and zombies try to ‘kill’ the runners – think flag football style.  Runners also have to conquer obstacles throughout the 5k run which ups the survivability anty.  It’s all in good fun though and proceeds go to benefit the Smile Train.  Registrants have the option to choose whether they want to me a zombie (makeup provided) or a runner so it’s really a friendly event for all fitness levels.  My decision took about 2.5 seconds….ZOMBIE!! (Please, I’m a runner every other race.)

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Saturday morning I woke up and headed to the Harrison County Fairgrounds to meet some of my favorite Gulf Coast bloggers Larisa, Mindy, Holly, and Melanie to have a bloody good time playing zombies and chasing runners.  We all got to the event about 1.5 hours early to get zombiefied.  I went the whole Walking Dead route with my costume and tried to get some natural color realistic clothing. I found a drab dress at the Salvation Army for $3 – score! Larisa and Melanie did a whole Risky Business style.

Pre zombiefication

Larisa, me (and my $3 dress) and Melanie.

After picking up our packets and trying to figure out where to go we finally headed over to  the makeup area.  A super cute make-up artist named Megan did my makeup; I told her to just have fun.

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Megan and Larisa

in progress

Wondering what I got myself into….

Ze final product.{I think I look more like I've been in a car wreck then a zombie}

Ze final product.
{I think I look more like I’ve been in a car wreck then a zombie}

What was really strange was that there were no mirrors which mean none of us could see what we really looked like.  That may have been a good thing.  After makeup we made sure to snap some pictures.

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Then a ‘zombie wrangler’ led us out to our part of the course.  It was really funny being in complete zombie makeup and walking past the runners.  I snarled at a few and gave others some pretty ‘hungry’ looks.

The zombie wrangler dropped us off at our area (we were at the end of the course) and explained what we were supposed to do.   As runners came into our area, they had a chance to earn flags (flags = life) back by running into our zombie horde and finding a nerf arrow.  They then had to climb this monstrosity and shoot a zombie.  For each zombie they hit, they got an extra flag.

This was part of the obstacle.  Runners had to climb up it and then shoot us.

This was part of the obstacle. Runners had to climb up it and then shoot us.

Quality control. I haaaaaaaaaaad to test it, right?

Quality control. I haaaaaaaaaaad to test it, right?

Since we were close to the end, we had a lot of time to kill (HA!) before the runners came.  So what did we do? Well, there was a little zombie yoga and also some Harlem Shaking, zombie style, going on.  Way too much fun!

What?? Zombies do yoga, too.

What?? Zombies do yoga, too.

Ready to rock-n-roll.  Bring on the brains!

Ready to rock-n-roll. Bring on the brains!
PS – We formally adopted ‘PJ Guy’ into our group. He was hilarious!

About 10:20 we started to get the first wave of fresh meat runners.  I was positioned between the arrow/shooting obstacle and some large palates they had to hurdle over.  Melanie and I teamed up to try to get the flags before they jumped the palates.  While my costume was very zombie authentic, wearing a dress and sandals wasn’t necessarily ideal for chasing runners.  I gave it my best shot and did snag a few flags.

Runners

Runners

I really had a great time egging on the runners and I surprised quite a few with my speed and agility in a dress.  There were a lot of ‘oh crap, she’s fast!’ Teach them to underestimate me. Pfft.  I also got a lot of ‘you’re too cute to be a zombie,’ ‘you’re the cutest zombie ever,’ ‘you have the best hair,’ and even ‘are you single?’  Apparently, I’m a lot cuter with zombie makeup on than I am in real life – lol!! If you ever want a confidence boost, be a zombie.

I had a blast chasing everyone but after about 2 hours of being in the direct sun (ZERO shade) we all started to wonder where our replacement shift was.  A lot of the other zombies had already left but there were still runners coming so I felt obligated to stay.  What fun is a zombie run without any zombies? This is one part of the race that definitely needs a bit of revamping for next year.   Another 15-20 minutes went by without any replacements and I was starting to get somewhat dizzy. Low blood sugar,& no food since breakfast 4 hours earlier led me and the rest of our group to walk back to the finisher’s area.  As we were walking back, we passed our replacements.  2 1/2 hours of running and lunging in the hot sun is way too long.  We grabbed our finisher’s medal and t-shirts.

-Finisher-This was supposed to be my mean face.  I look pitiful, not mean...

-Finisher-
This was supposed to be my mean face. I look pitiful, not mean…

Once we made it back to the finisher’s area, we ran into Heather who had come to run it.  Previously, we had all decided to run the race after we were done being zombies but the other girls were tired and had a half marathon in the morning so they headed home.

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Did someone say lunch?

They had great bands playing all day. I think a couple even got married - zombie style.

They had great bands playing all day. I think a couple even got married – zombie style.

I stayed to “run” it with Heather.  And I’m so glad I did.  We had a blast tackling obstacles together! It was all about teamwork and fun.  For a full recap on the run portion, check out Heather’s post.

Heather and I

Mid run photo op

I have to admit that after all the running and lunging earlier, I didn’t do much running during the 5k.  I was still in my zombie makeup and outfit and figured out pretty quickly that if you scream “You can’t touch me, it’s cannibalism” it confused the other zombies and they left my flags alone.  And yes, in case you’re wondering, I did do the run and obstacles in my dress.  I have no shame….Sorry, Mom.

obstacle

Heather and I finished and got our “Survivor” medal (I had previously gotten the “Infected” medal for being a zombie) and then we headed to the finisher’s fest to rehydrate.  Unfortunately all they had was beer.  It was pretty strange not to have any water or Gatorade or anything.

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Ok, so you weren’t supposed to get both medals. BUT I was one of the last waves of runners and they had tons of survivor medals left. Sorry…not sorry.

Overall, I adored this run! There were a few snafus (being on the course too long, lack of free drinks & food at the finisher’s fest) but I would sign up again in a flash. If you’re thinking of doing this run – go for it! If you’re a runner, I recommend that you get in the earliest wave possible since the zombies are fresh and ready for action.  We (the zombies) weren’t quite as active during the later waves.  And finally, if you’re going to do this run, talk everyone you know into going with you.  The more you have in your group, the more fun you’re going to have! Oh, and wear sunscreen.

My lovely new sunburn pattern...

My lovely new sunburn pattern…

Question:  Have you ever done a zombie run?

Disclaimer – I was given a free entry to this run in exchange for my opinion.

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Looking Ahead

I hope y’all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Hubby and I aren’t really into such a commercialized holiday so we kept it low key and enjoyed some wine and fantastic steaks.  I married a man that can throw down on the grill.

I did get some really beautiful roses. <3

I did get some really beautiful roses. ❤

I can’t believe it but tomorrow is my last long(ish) run before Rock-n-Roll New Orleans – EEK!  I say long(ish) because it’s only 10 miles.  I know the people who came up with tapering know what they’re talking about but I get a bit nervous that my legs are going to go dumb and forget how to run.

Also, during taper, I find myself with lots of extra time which leads to looking to the future and planning more things to do.  {side note: There are a TON of cool races out there.}  I’m what I like to call a spontaneous planner.  I really love having races on my calendar (gives me something to look ahead to) but I also am guilty of spur of the moment or impulse registering.

Case in point, last week I added two new events to my race calendar and have a third event in the works.  To remind myself that money doesn’t grow on trees, I thought it would be good to look at what I have coming up next month and also what I goals I plan to conquer.

These are the two major goals I want to accomplish in March & April:

  1. Go to an actual crossfit class.
  2. Take swimming lessons.

I have been wanting to try crossfit for awhile now but didn’t want to risk injury during marathon training.  Now that I don’t have that excuse, bring on the pain!

My newest fitness items.  Weight lifting gloves and a jump rope.

My newest fitness items. Weight lifting gloves and a jump rope.

As for the swimming lessons, in order to even consider a triathlon I need to be able to do more then doggie paddle or float while holding a drink with a little umbrella in it.  I can swim, but not proficiently.  I have a small, very small, triathlon that I’ve been eyeballing for May but I’m not registered for it yet.

And these are the events that I’m looking forward to:

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2/24 Rock-n-Roll Marathon (full), New Orleans, LA.   This will be my last marathon until November.  Apparently I’m a masochist because I’m really going to miss training.

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3/30 Viking 1/2 Marathon, Greenwood, MS.  The same event company that put on last week’s half in Greenville is doing this one.  I have high hope for this half to be just as amazing!

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4/6 Zombie Run, Gulfport, MS.  Oooooooh yes! I will be in full zombie costume (clothes & makeup) chasing runners.  This is just going to be way too much fun! Proceeds go to benefit the smile train which helps children with cleft paletes.

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4/13 Yoga for Nonviolence, Ocean Springs, MS.  It will be interesting going from being a violent zombie one weekend to a peaceful yogi the next.  I will be doing 108 Sun Salutations (YIKES!) in observation of nonviolence.

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4/20 Warrior Dash, Jackson, MS.  This is the last event I’m registered for and most likely will be the last big event until fall.  By the beginning of May, the heat is already so hot in South Mississippi that racing season is basically over.  I know I’ll want to move to Antarctica.  Call me crazy but I’m looking forward to jumping over fire and getting my fuzzy, horned hat.

So that’s everything, minus a few local races that I’m undecided about.  I’m hoping that I can just pull this post up whenever I get the itch to register for something new…Here’s hoping my logic works.

Oh, and I just have to show you one picture from the half marathon last week.  (Of course the professional pictures came out the day that I released my post…)  The picture was taken right before crossing the finish line and I think my smile says it all.  I rarely buy a professional race pic but this was such a special race that I think I might just get this one.

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Question:  What events do you have coming up that you’re excited about?