The zombies are running

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.

Imagine running with this behind you.

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.

Nope. Not fun.

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.

Even if they're just ambling along, there might be too many to overcome.

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.

I could outrun this guy. Maybe.

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.

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10 responses to “The zombies are running

  1. Hello Glenn,
    I am one of Dawn J’s friends and I love reading your blog. Your dilemna is a tough one, I have a few ideas for you, you could get your 7 miles in before the 5k at an easy pace so that you have enough left for that 5k. Also you could do the 5k on Saturday and run your 10 miles on Sunday. One of the main tips I can give you is that you have to make sure you are flexible with your training, while also getting your miles in. That being said 1 missed 10 mile run will not mess with your months of hard work.
    That’s just my thought,
    Heidi

    • Hi, Heidi! Thanks for stopping by!

      i didn’t think about running 7 miles before the race. That might work. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. You do the race and outrun the zombies. PROVE TO YOURSELF FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL THAT YOU CAN SURVIVE A ZOMBIE ATTACK. It’s an opportunity to conquer your fears and possibly take home some hardware…or zombieware.

    After finishing, you rest a bit, rehydrate and get the rest of your mileage in at a more relaxed pace that’s slightly faster than a zombie amble. That’s my plan, at least.

    • I don’t go to Halloween haunted houses or watch movies like Paranormal Activity for a reason. I guess if I do this I should bring a different pair of shorts.

  3. If zombie runs are too creepy, you could always run a hot chocolate run – they are much tamer (I believe – I haven’t run one yet, but hot chocolate run sounds cozier than zombie run). 🙂

  4. I’m with Heidi and Eileen. The fun that will be gained with this race and potential photo ops will be worth a lifetime of memories. And if you’re so locked in that you can’t adjust for fun, then running might not stay so much fun for you for long.

    If I must, I promise to run the other 7 miles at some point over that weekend.

    Buck up, little soldier and run for YOUR VERY LIFE!

  5. “Adjust for fun.” Best advice I ever heard.

    Glenn, you must do the Zombie Run. You’ll do a lot of 10-milers and minis and probably even marathons in your life, but I suspect THIS is a race you’ll never forget!

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