April 7th, 2013

zombie zombie zombie

Some time ago, after I started running and
before my grievous sports related injury I signed trillian_stars and I up for a zombie 5k in Philly. You run, zombies chase you, that sort of thing.

In the interim I broke my tibia and was relegated to "aqua jogging" in the pool. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do the zombie run but, slowly, day by day, my recovery went on and my doctor had me doing things like "run 10 minutes, walk 2, run 10, walk 2, run 10, walk 2" and similar things and day by day I did these and my leg failed to hurt and also failed to swell up like a pumpkin and I became somewhat hopeful that I'd actually be able to do it.

Last night I finally decided I'd do it, but I wouldn't run the whole way, I'd maintain the schedule my doctor and I had set, which was 12 minutes running and 2 minutes walking -- I realized I could do three miles this way and walk my broken leg over the finish line.

So at 5:00 in the morning, much to the chagrin of The Claw who wasn't scheduled to wake me for another half an hour, we got out of bed, got dressed, and headed down to Roosevelt park for the Zombie Apocalypse.

There were lots of great costumes (My favorite shirt said "NO BRAINS, MOVE ALONG") and some really, really fancy zombie makeup done by pros on pro zombies whose job it was to lurch from the woods (or wherever) and eat your brains. The set had crashed cars, chemical spills, fog, and ... well, all sorts of zombies.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

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About 3/4 of the way through the race one of the zombies yelled "TRIIIILLLLLLIIIIAAAANNNN!!! BBRRAAAIINNZZZZ!"

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

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It turned out to be bona fide Real Runner & fitness blogger Allie Harcharek who writes the Navel Gazing fitness blog. We met up after the race and went off for a fancy photo shoot and brunch and beers.

Anyway. We made it through, my leg didn't snap in two. And I'm a real runner now. I have a number, I ran a race.

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