Run For Your Lives!

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time at all, you may have encountered my attempts to become a runner. I’ve tried Couch to 5K at least three times, and each time, I just can’t stick to it.

It’s not that I become injured or necessarily even in pain. I just end up so freaking bored that a part of me hopes I’ll get hit by a car while jogging just so something interesting may happen.

I love exercise. As soon as our financial situation is in better condition, I’m going to start taekwondo again. (I left at senior 1st degree black belt, and I am dying to test for probationary 2nd!) Tina and I both love lifting weights in the gym. I even like yoga, as I find it rather soothing and the perfect exercise to do before bed. (It’s also exercise that I need to do more often, as I am ridiculously inflexible.)

However, running… meh. I can tolerate doing cardio, but the Couch to 5K program just doesn’t appeal to me. The last time I did it, I resolved to simply not becoming a runner. That made me sad, because I love reading various runners’ blogs and living vicariously through the joy they clearly experience.

Well, a little. I think bleeding nipples and blackened toenails is just ten kinds of crazy, but aside from that, I do like the idea of getting to race periodically and getting a t-shirt for it.

But something happened yesterday, and things have changed a bit.

Steve posted a link on Facebook of a run in Darlington, Maryland. The run was called Run For Your Lives, and it was being held on October 22, 2011. It looked like your typical Halloween fun run, I thought, where you do a 5K while dressed up as a zombie. I think the very idea is amazingly cool, but it wasn’t enough to get me to actually sign up.

But then I clicked on the link. Go ahead. Go visit. I’ll wait for you.

Are you back?

Holy crap!

It’s more than just a race. It’s a race for your life! You are literally chased by zombies through a 5K obstacle course that has multiple routes and obstacles through it, and you are running to survive. (I assume they are Zombieland zombies and not Night of the Living Dead zombies, because really… anybody can outrun the black and white zombies.) You wear flags, as in flag football, and if the course zombies get your flag, you can’t win, you can only place as a zombie.

Can you hear my childish squeals of glee?

Tina is as excited about it as I am. We’re signing up.

Err, scratch that.

We have already signed up.

That’s right. I weigh over 350 pounds, but I am officially committed to running a 5K zombie-infested obstacle course in eight and a half months.

Okay, so that means it is time to train, right? Right.

Well, I’ve established that I suck at Couch to 5K. So I’ve got to come up with a different plan.

Granted, we have eight and a half months, but I know that time will slip away from us before we realize it.

Keep in mind, this is more than just a 5K. It is also an obstacle course where we will LITERALLY be chased. Therefore, strength and flexibility will also be important skills.

So, for training, I am committing to the following.

Endurance – at least three cardio sessions per week, slowly increasing the amount of my jogging until I can actually jog a 5K. Just for the practice of it, we plan to run a normal, non-zombie-infested 5K before the Run For Your Lives race.

Flexibility – at least two yoga sessions per week, along with daily stretching.

Strength – We’ll do four strength sessions a week as well. We do this anyway. I don’t know how important strength will be during this obstacle course, but I’m picturing the possibility that I may need to scale a wall or something. Regardless, strength will be an asset, no matter what the course looks like.

Zombie Survival – We’re going to watch one horror movie a week. We’re also watching the t.v. show Angel every night before bed (I’m slowly introducing Tina to the wonder that is the Buffy-verse), and I’m thinking that watching a vampire fight crime might offer skills that can transfer to surviving a 5K zombie apocalypse.

And hopefully, a wonderful side effect of this training is that I will weigh about 80 pounds less by then. We’ll see…

This is a big event for us. Darlington, Maryland is about twelve hours away from us by car, so we are making a big commitment by signing up for this race. But you know what? I am so excited, it is driving me through every workout right now. Every move I make, every muscle contraction, every stretch, every bench press, every squat, is in training for this event now. And on October 23rd, I’ll have something to show for it. I’ll either have a medal that says I survived, or I’ll be giving some zombie indigestion. Either way, it’ll be a fun eight and a half months of training leading up to it.

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  • http://stellarpath.net/MarthaWannabe Tina

    AWESOME! I’m so excited about it, I’m actually looking up beginners running right now! We are so coming out with metals, we are NOT going to be zombies….even though that’s be ok. Off to search for recipes and running tips!
    Tina recently posted..Run For Your Lives!

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I make no promises that I will not end up zombiefied, but it’ll be fun, regardless. 🙂

  • andi

    Sounds like a blast…for you and Tina. I am terrified (and I do mean terrified, I can’t even watch The Wizard of Oz) of anything remotely scary. Maybe that is the ticket to running, I need to hire some zombies to chase me. lol

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I love the adrenaline rush of being scared. I’m thinking being chased through the woods (even if it is at 9 a.m.) will be a blast. Zombies could definitely add an extra level to running. 🙂

  • http://ahealthydad.com Brandon

    Wow, that looks like such an awesome race, I wish I lived closer 🙂
    Brandon recently posted..Running at the Alaska Dome

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Save your money, fly down, and run it with us. 🙂

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    What a fun run!!! Sounds like great motivation! And I love that you include watching one horror movie a week in your prep! 🙂
    Andrea@WellnessNotes recently posted..They Ask for Chinese Food- I Give Them “Wok Noodles”

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I figure horror movie training will also keep us in a zombie mood for the next eight months. 🙂

  • http://www.johnisfit.com John’s Weight Loss Blog

    This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Be good at the Apocalypse party!
    John’s Weight Loss Blog recently posted..Countdown to Vegas – Week 12

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I make no such promises about being good at the Apocalypse party. 🙂

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