It’s been brought to my attention – on more than one occasion from multiple sources – that there is a 5K Zombie Survival Run in Louisville in a few weeks. And everyone seems to be geeking out over it.
According to its Facebook page, the race is being held in Cherokee Park. You get three flags, representing “brains” that zombies try to snatch from you as you make your way through the course. The top three finishers in each age category with the least amount of “bites” gets a prize.
Honestly, this does not sound like fun. Let’s take something I’ve recently learned to love – running – and combine it with a lifelong fear of mine – the living dead.
No, no, no. This is not a good idea.
But I just might find myself doing this.
Why? Well, I’m a competitive dude. I can’t help it. My dad is uber-competitive. My sister is uber-competitive. Family board games have ended in tears on more than one occasion. Competitiveness is in my blood. And my few, but recent, races have provided enough fodder for me to start thinking obsessing about times. And if there’s anything that’s going to make me run faster, well, it’s the threat of having flesh ripped from my bones.
Here’s my other (and main) dilemma – and it’s a legitimate one, so don’t scoff. Some folks in my running group are all about this race. We are scheduled to run ten miles that day. If I sprint through a 5K, my pace is going to be thrown off and there’s no way I’ll be able to finish ten miles in any sort of good condition. I don’t want to mess up months of training for one 5K.
So with the unbelievably awesome finale of The Walking Dead fresh on my mind, there’s a lot to sort out here. I wish this race were in May. Then maybe I’d sign up and try to sprint the whole time with my eyes closed.
Are you running it? What’re your thoughts?
*All photos are from the 2011 Louisville Zombie Walk.