The Start of My Zombie Run Adventure…The beginning
I shall start from the beginning. It all started with a lovely poster announcing the first Zombie Run in Kabul. I though this would be great because I wanted to get in some race experience before the Disney 1/2 Marathon that I will be doing in January.
Now my first thought was to sign up for the 5K. Really what would be the point for me. I will be running with the big dogs in a couple of months. 10K it would be. So I decided I would purchase my shirt for the run. I asked around and found 2 others that were going to run from my work family. Then the wheels in my head went into motion. Maybe I could get my boss to pay for the shirts. This is how it all began.
I knew if I were to get him on board I would need more people to commit. So that is just what I did. I went to every office and made a plea that everyone get up early on their only day off and run with me. To my surprise almost everyone came on board. I almost could not believe it, but then again I have that affect on people. I knew they loved me. Now it was on the convince my boss that our company should pay for the shirts.
I proceeded to make a power point presentation and he agreed. Yeah! You know the shirts were a big incentive for my run/walkers to participate. I think they would have felt guilty if they took the shirts and did not run. That was my plan and it worked perfectly. Hee…..Hee…..Heee…. (I wish you could hear my evil laugh)
Fast forward to the day before Zombie Run race…
Here are some photo’s of me preparing to distribute the infamous shirts. They were not released until the day before. I had to stop my work to prepare the shirts for everyone. You can imagine that I was real sad about not being able to do my work. Not
Zombie Run…But No Zombie Movie..The Night Before the Apocalypse
Movie night featured homemade gumbo and Underworld the movie. I love the Underworld series. I did not partake of the gumbo (no meat for me), but the movie was great, even though it did not have any zombies in it and I was in great company so it was all good. Once the movie was done, I went to my room watched an episode of Being Human and went to sleep. All the horror/supernatural stuff helps to set the mood and I never have bad dreams.
Zombie Run Race Morning:
I had planned to get up at about 6 but I was excited so I was up at 5:30. I wasn’t nervous at all, just excited. So I put my number on my shirt and took me a quick shower.
I decided to check the weather.
I knew it was going to be cool, but it was going to be dang cold for me. I was not going to let that deter me. I was going to do this run, even if I froze to death.
I put on some extra clothes and venture forth into the unknown.
Time to rally the troops for the Zombie Run……
When I got out there, to my dismay, there was no one there from my company. I was afraid they all decided to sleep in. However my fears were unfounded. They all showed up. I do believe that 98% of our company was there. That is awesome. I heard someone ask if our company made the Zombie Run mandatory. Heee.. almost.
Here are some photos before the start of the Zombie Run…
Now it is time to race The Zombie Run…….
There were three groups of runners. The 5K runners (Slackers) I luv yall, 10K runners (My Fantabulous Group) and 21K runners (The Monster Runners)
My running tunes for the day…Dave Mathews Band (Crash)
The weather was actually perfect, all my work family had come to join me and I was feeling good. I actually did not have any issues, other than wishing I were faster, but I think that will always be in my head.
I had made my first race goal……Start!
It was pretty much smooth sailing. I have done 6 + miles before during training. I didn’t have a care in the world. All I had to do was run Liz run. Well it more of a Run Liz Walk Liz Run. I am a walk/runner. That works very well for me.
There weren’t any zombies along the course. I think everyone wanted to run, so they probably would not have had enough people to do that. Maybe next year. They probably could get some of the Afghan workers to do it. They look like zombies half the time.
Actually I didn’t die and come back as a zombie or have a heart attack. That is just the drama queen in me rearing it’s ugly little head. The overall race was fantastic. It was well organized. The course was not marked and I did go the wrong way at first, but I corrected quickly so it really didn’t have an effect on my overall time. It was super flat which I love. The last 5K I ran had enough hills for 10 races. I deserved a flat one.
Would I do it again….HELL YEAH!
I had a blast. I got to run, be with my work family, and be the drama queen I always wanted to be.
As for my other 2 goals:
Finish – Did it..No issues
Not be last – I actually beat some people. WOW!
Time to relax and make cookies for the Halloween party tomorrow. My work is never done, I swear! I am sure there will be some zombies there. Hint…Hint…
Your Lurvly Zombie Lizzy
Very happy with my pace.
My PR/PB 1hr 25.11 min
Zombie Run Question:
Are you doing any zombie runs this year?