April Flashback: 2013

Every so often here on the blog I do a “flashback” post to see what I was doing a year ago at this time. It’s a fun way to remember things, and also a reminder of where I was and where I am now, which is sometimes I happy thing an sometimes not so much. Let’s take a look at the end of March/beginning of April last year:

At the beginning of April Bobby raced in his first sprint Tri! It was held in our neighborhood which was nice, and I played camera person/cheerleader.

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Either at the end of March or beginning of April I participated in the local Zombie Run! It was fun, I was bummed I couldn’t this year.

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We also got to run in the Crescent City classic as Media (running again in a couple weeks woo hoo!) You better believe the bunny ears will be back out again! This year will be a bit different (and slower) with the extra passenger I am carrying!

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Around this time I also did my “what’s in my fitness closet” vlog. Sadly I have way, way more clothes than that now. It’s time to get rid of some of the older ones!

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Last spring was really exciting and Bobby and I got to do a lot of fun things. This spring looks a little different because of the baby, but that’s ok. I know soon we will be back to traveling and racing all over, with a baby in tow!

QOTD: What were you doing this time last year?

*Don’t forget to enter my Tune Belt/armband giveaway!

 

 

Zombie Run Recap

I was invited to the Gulfport, MS Zombie run which took place on Saturday. I couldn’t wait to go because I have never done anything other than regular road racing. No mud runs, color runs, or obstacle courses. This was my chance to do something different and be chased by zombies in the process. Not gonna lie, I HATE when things jump out at me. I was a bit apprehensive going into the race, but turns out I had nothing to fear. So let me stat by explaining how this race works. First off, it’s not really a race. It wasn’t timed, and waves went off every 15 minutes during the day. You ran a 3.1 mile obstacle course that just happened to have blood sucking zombies all over it. You wore a flag belt (think high school P.E. class) with three flags for each person. Your goal was to get to the end of the race and still have at least one flag. If so, you got a “survivor” medal. if not, you got an “infected” medal. Either way you finish the race and get a medal. Win/win for everyone. Well, no one really wants to get eaten but you get the point. There were also a couple of opportunities along the course to earn flags back, but more on that later.

I was supposed to do this race with some blogger friends. We were to be zombies in the morning, then run the course ourselves in the afternoon. However, Bobby decided to race his first triathlon that day which I of course had to see, so I skipped out on the zombie part and just showed up after lunch for the running portion. When I arrived, my blogger friends were just finishing up being zombies, and they were hungry for a snack. Me!

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Ok so that was a joke, but they looked really creepy and it was hard to look them in the face and talk to them.

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Mindy, me, Larisa, and Gina

Mindy and Larisa were tired and left after their zombie shift, but Gina stayed with me so we could run the course together. We were in the 1:15 wave, and it was just about time, so we headed to the start line and put on our flags.

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It was about this time I realized I had rushed out of the house so quickly after Bobby’s triathlon that I had neglected to put on sunscreen. I would pay for this mistake later. The bagpipe zombie played a tune and it was time for our wave to go. We started off running through a field and hit our first obstacle (all obstacles were optional.)

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The next one was right after and the one I wish I had photos of. It was just a giant tarp made to be a slip-n-slide going down a hill. Lots of fun diving and sliding on my stomach, but I didn’t really think it through because then I was soaking wet for the rest of the race. We soon encountered our first zombies, and our wave of about 20 people realized it was best to charge them all together and make it more confusing for them. Some zombies just stayed in place and would lunge left or right for a flag, but some would flat out chase you down! We made it through the first set unscathed (Gina and I at least) and then we headed into the woods and came across some dead bodies.

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Then we had to climb a very steep hill.

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We are brave girls in the woods!

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This guy took one of my flags.

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We had to go across a couple of mud pit type areas (no standing water just VERY muddy and sloshy) and encountered lots of zombies along the way. I was chased down by another zombie, and had one flag remaining at mile one and the water stop. Crap. At this point I realized I wasn’t going to make it with all my flags and would just try to earn one back later, so I just let a zombie have my third flag.

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That one in front took my flag

There were some hay bails to climb which I decided to just walk around, and a bunch of zombies chased down our wave.

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Gina and I kind of separated from the wave at this point, a few people got trapped up on the hay bales and I think people were trying to distract the zombies and we just kept going. Some friends we are right? We passed this yucky pit where you cold try to get a flag back but it looked gross and we decided to skip it. We soldiered on, passed a few more zombies, and made it to the place where Gina and the other girls had been zombies that morning. Basically it was a big raised platform ten feet or so off the ground and there were nerf darts scattered everywhere but zombies were guarding them. You had to try and get two darts, then climb the hay bales to get on top of the platform and shoot at the zombies. if you hit one, you got a flag back. Since I didn’t have a flag to lose, I just waltzed up and picked up two darts before making my way up the platform. My first shot was not so great, and I missed.

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I took a little more time and concentrated on the next one, and actually hit a zombie square in the back of the head!

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I went down to collect my flag but they had run out. Bummer! Luckily a fellow runner had extra and gave me one of his. We hit some hurdles and Gina got an action shot for me.

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We knew we were close and we had one final obstacle which Gina tackled for us, crawling on the ground again through a tunnel. We turned the last corner and the finish line was in sight.

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We crossed, grabbed our survivor medals, and took some pictures.

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We went into the finishers area where they had a stage and a band playing. They also had beer (everyone got one free one) and food, which you had to pay for. I was a bit bummed by the lack of free food or drinks because we were hungry!

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I knew I was frying in the sun (I ended up turning So red on my shoulders and back) so we took off soon after and headed home.

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Overall thoughts:

The concept for the race is great, but being the first one here I felt it was a bit disorganized. When you asked volunteers or people wearing “race official” clothing on, they usually didn’t know the answers to our questions. The obstacles were fun and the Zombies looked awesome, but it just wasn’t very scary. Maybe hosting it early in the morning or at night would have been better? Loved that they had water stops along the course, and loved getting a medal at the end.  It was nice having a band and the little finishers area, but none of us realized we would have to pay for the food and were really confused about that part. My wave wasn’t until 1:15 and it was a lot smaller than the earlier waves and Gina said there were a lot less zombies. A lot of the zombies we did see were exhausted from being out there so long so they weren’t as fun/understandably didn’t want to keep playing the part (it was a hot day!) I laughed a lot during the run, and my muscles were sore the next day from climbing, darting, sprinting, etc. The fairgrounds were a great place to host the event, and I had a blast doing something new and fun while incorporating my love for running.

I think with a little feedback and tweaks for next year this event could be bigger and better. I would definitely run this race again if they made a few minor tweaks to how things were run. I would encourage you to do an event if they come to your area! I hate that I missed being a zombie because the girls said it was fun, but running was super fun as well! I also love that Zombie Run gives money to charity, and were here supporting Smile Train. If you live in Orlando, Chicago, Vermont, or Michigan be on the lookout because Zombie Run is coming to you!

QOTD: Have you ever done a zombie run? Would you ever run one?

*I was comped a free entry into this race however all thoughts and opinions are as always, my own.

Weekly Recap: April Week 1 2013

What a weekend it’s been already! We took the workout week easy after running the Crescent City Classic 10k last weekend. Bobby had pulled his back and needed to rest since he was doing his first Triathlon this weekend, and I had a 5k yesterday, and after the 10k last weekend, my body was telling me it needed a break. I will be recapping Bobby’s first triathlon experience this week in a post, as well as my Zombie run experience, so be on the lookout. Let’s just say yesterday was a very long and full day for me! Here is a sneak peek photo of the tri and the Zombie Run.

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Here is a look at my very easy and quiet workout week:

Sunday: rest

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1 hour elliptical, upper body weights

Wednesday: 3.1 miles treadmill

Thursday: walked the dogs, stretched/yoga at home

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3.1 mile zombie run

 

Like I said a nice restful easy week. I do want to get back into the gym and ramp up my weights again. I missed body pump for the first time in over a month last week, and I only lifted once. Yikes! I have been doing such a good job with cross training and want to continue it to keep me injury free. I’m off to have a relaxing Sunday with hubby, have a great day everyone.

QOTD: Do you ever have a week where you just slow down and back off your workouts?

Two Race Saturday

No no, I am not running two races on Saturday (today) However, Bobby is doing a race, and I am doing a different one! Bobby will be participating in his very first triathlon. I am super nervous for him! he has been injured, and didn’t sign up and get his bike until about 3 weeks ago, and he got his wetsuit two days ago! it will definitely be a learning experience for us. It’s funny, this is the third time we have been to this race (it’s in our neighborhood) and never would I have thought this year that Bobby would be a participant! (See posts from year one spectating, and year two volunteering).

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Volunteering for the race 2012

After I watch Bobby race, I have to hurry off to my own race, the Zombie Run! I will admit, I’m a little scared! I don’t like being scared or having things jump out at me, so this will be interesting. I was supposed to be a zombie, then go in a different wave as a runner, but when Bobby decided to register for the triathlon I backed out as a zombie but will be a runner in the 1:15 wave. I can’t wait to share photos with you from both events it’s going to be fun!

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I will try to tweet and isntagram photos from Bobby’s race and my race as well so be on the lookout! Have a great day!

QOTD: Have you ever done a zombie run, mud run, or color run? Thoughts?