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Run for Your Lives, Zombie Apocalypse 5K Obstacle, Dallas, Texas

What do you do when the zombie apocalypse happens? Run for your life!

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Amy, Jeremy and I made our way to Cousin’s Paintball field for a day filled with zombies and mud! One of the things I like about this obstacle race was how seriously they took it. The zombies weren’t just people dressed in halloween costumes, they actually had an area where professional makeup was applied.

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There were a ton of people standing around and enjoying the DJ and other festivities. We were in the 9AM flight and lined up to start. My stomach started churning just before we began! I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting, but in some areas there were 20-30 zombies waiting to take your flags. Some of them were runners and some were walkers who barely moved. Thankfully, they had rules that not all of your flags could be taken in one leg! Otherwise, I would have been dead in the first area. It was a lot of fun trying to dart around the zombies and to see the different outfits. The zombies weren’t allowed to touch you at the obstacles, but anywhere else and all was fair game!

The obstacles were quite muddy and some of them were trying. I was able to get over a few walls that were about 4 feet tall, but wasn’t able to climb over a 10ft wall, which Amy made! I’m a chicken when it comes to heights like that!

We went into one building that was completely black. I assumed it would be just a dark place where people jumped out at you, but nope…they had wires hanging around that shocked you. I mean, shake your teeth shock you. Wasn’t exactly pleasant!

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I turned around as soon as I was shocked and crawled back out the entry! I lost my last flag toward the end, as did Amy. Amy would have made it through if the Zombies didn’t talk to each other and tattle on her! In fact, it shouldn’t be legal for them to talk. Zombies can’t talk. The last mud obstacle was a crawling one. Some of it wasn’t so bad on my knees because it was squishy but some of it was more rock than mud and wasn’t pleasant!

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From there you climbed up some wood slats to the top of the water slide. This scared the tar out of me. Amy was already at the top and helped me get up there since there was no where to hold on to pull myself up. With all that mud on my feet I was slipping and sliding!

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The water in the tub had chlorine, probably to help kill any crap you picked up in the mud! There was one last zombie crowd to get through to the finish. However, I didn’t have my flag left for them to take. We tried to fake the zombies out by running together to help these other two people make it through with a flag. One of them made it, but one did not!

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We were infected!

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We were able to shower off and watch the rest of the people try to finish. They were taking shoe donations and had quite a nice pile when we were leaving!

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On our way out we saw this one lady with a zombie baby backpack. She passed us during the race!

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So, while we were infected, it was a good time all around!

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We finished in 1:30, which wasn’t too bad considering all of the obstacles and mud!

 

Wildseed Farms 5K, Fredericksburg, Texas

This was one of the prettier courses I’ve run! Granted, there weren’t as many flowers as I thought there would be but we are still in drought conditions. The weather was lovely, although slightly warm. However, the skies were blue and sun was shining! The Wildseed Farms is a lovely place to visit if you’re ever in the area!

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We all lined up to get ready to run through the wildflower farm. This was a women’s only run, but there were one or two men there to support their wives/sisters/girlfriends/friends. The line wrapped all the way around to the main building.

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They sounded the bullhorn and we were off!

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We stayed on the farm and even went next to a creek. It was quite peaceful and the flowers were beautiful.

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Most of the flowers were found toward the front of the farm and building. They had a test area where they grew different flowers in patches.

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Breakfast was provided along with wine tasting and mimosas! There was a band for our entertainment as we relaxed afterward.

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All in all it was a fun race! Maybe next year they’ll have better luck with the flowers throughout the race area.

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I just couldn’t get enough of the poppies! So beautiful!

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We walked most of it with intervals of running. Then toward the end we hooked up with some other ladies and did 1/1 intervals. My Garmin showed 3.5 miles and finished in 53:19.

Hot Chocolate 5K, Dallas, Texas

On February 9th, Amy and I decided to split the distance and travel to Dallas for the Hot Chocolate 5K! I originally wanted to do the 15K, but once I saw you had to maintain a 15 minute or better mile, I knew it was probably best to stick with the 5K this time around. I have driven through Dallas many times but have never stayed there. It’s fair to say, it wasn’t the best trip!

Amy and I went to the expo on Friday to pick up our race packets. I fully expected something fun but there were very few people there and not many vendors. Fail. The best thing that came from it was the swag!

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The race bag was pretty cool. Mine was red and Amy’s was blue…we decided to switch! The only thing in the bag was the technical hoodie. I have to say, I really like this sucker! It’s quite comfy. The inside of the hood is orange to match “Chocolate”. There was a vendor there with Biscoff cookie spread. We had seen some people leaving with cartons of this stuff. We could either choose a carton (12 jars) of one type of spread or we could take 1 of the crunchy jars and 1 of the creamy jars. Amy and I opted for taking one of each since we weren’t entirely sure what it would taste like. It’s extremely non-nutritious! Basically, it’s just ground of cookies to make a spread. The crunchy was delicious and I swear laced with crack. That’s beside the point…

After the expo we went and watched “Side Effect” at an old mall that had half of their stores closed and the other half weren’t really worth shopping in. Oh, there was a tattoo parlor too. You know…just in case you want to get some ink done while you’re there. We also found a local BBQ place for lunch which was quite good!

The next morning we left earlier than planned, which was a good thing since the race organizers and Dallas Police really made a mess of things. Originally we were told we could use gates 5-12 to park. When we got there, they only had gates 9 and 10 open. They were funneling 12,000 participants through 2 gates. The police weren’t really directing traffic well either. On top of that, they closed down the extra lanes which forced everyone into one lane. Ok, fine…but did you really have to close them off so 3 lanes were merging into 1 in the same spot? Not very good planning…and, the police directing traffic? No where to be seen in those areas. Well planned, Dallas, well planned.

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We parked a mile away from the start line/corrals…yep a mile! So, we got a bit of a warm-up in on our way! It was in the 40’s, maybe right at 50 (can’t remember exactly), so that extra walking at least got us a little bit of heat started on the way to the corrals.

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We passed the area where you pick up your goodies at the end and saw an odd sign:

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We were wondering if we were supposed to use that area to lay down in once we finished the race!

Since Amy and I are not the fastest of runners we were in the very last corral, Corral G.

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We had just enough time to cool back off before the race started! Everyone was bouncing around trying to stay warm. This is us before!

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They let all of the corrals go one at a time. Once A was gone, we waited 3 minutes and they let B go. While it is a good idea to allow a little bit of space, I was ready to go!!

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We finally got to the start and were able to get the party started.

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The horn blew and we were off. It felt good to get moving and start warming up some. The weather was perfect for running, not so much for standing around! We were a little packed together at the beginning, but much better than several of the other larger races I’ve done. This one was by far the largest I’ve ever done though.

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The trail mainly went around the streets surrounding the Cotton Bowl area.

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We had an overpass with a view of Downtown. To infiniti and beyond!

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Toward the end there was a live band playing…that was pretty awesome!

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Finally, we reached the finish line with a time of 49:40. Amy beat me by 1/100th of a second! 😀

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It was after we crossed the finish line that I understood the “No Sitting or Standing” sign!

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The line was well managed to get your hot chocolate. We didn’t have to wait at all.

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We threw caution to the wind and sat our happy butts right next to the sign and enjoyed our hot chocolate and various goodies to dip in the chocolate fondue!

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While the route to get in to the park was a mess, the race itself was well organized. While I enjoyed the race, the stress of the traffic before and after left a bitter taste in my mouth. If I do this race again, it will be if it comes to Houston or Austin. I won’t be going back to Dallas!

 

 

Color Me Rad 5K, Austin, Texas

Who knew that mixing food coloring with corn starch could make for a fun race? I originally was supposed to do the Color Run in Houston back in November, but I had to cancel. Thankfully, my friend Amy had already signed up for the Color Me Rad (horrible name, in my opinion!) 5K in Austin, so I decided to hang with her and Jeremy! We had to wear white to the race, otherwise how would you know how colorful you could get?!

I look a bit like a hospital patient with the headband…oh well! There were quite a few people there trying to get shirts and other race swag. Some people would do anything to stand out!

We were supposed to run in the 10:30 heat, but decided to go ahead and line up with the 10:00 crowd. We had gone out to watch some local bands the night before and the last thing we wanted to do was stand around any longer than necessary!

When it’s time to take off, they spray down the front people with color right away then send us out to the course. There were some interesting outfits! It very much felt like an 80’s party (notice the colorful sunglasses and use of “Rad”!).

Throughout the course there were color stations where they would throw different colored powder on you or spray you down with liquid of some sort! The powder was extremely difficult to breathe in.

If that picture doesn’t explain why it’s difficult to breathe, this one should!

The further you got in the race the more colorful everyone was. I ran toward the middle of the group so I wasn’t as covered as most. Which is a good thing because it was hard enough to wash off the color I did have embedded in my ears, nose, and just about every nook and cranny!

After the race they had “color bombs” they set off now and then, which basically consisted of everyone throwing color in the air. You got one free color packet at the finish line but could buy more if you wanted to. I’d be curious to know how much they made on the color packets alone. I’ll make you a bucket full for $20!

Amy and Jeremy got blasted a lot more than I did! We completed the race in 50:47…not too shabby!

Until next year!

Run For Your Life!!

So, I did it again. I signed up with Amy and Jeremy to do an obstacle run. Only, this time I’ll have people…er…zombies running after me. While the zombie infested obstacle course isn’t until March of next year I’m already sweating it! The idea of people running after me, even if it’s just to capture my flag, is making me break out into hives. I’m slow…very slow! I think even the bumbling zombies could get me!

So, you add some obstacles into the mix and you’ve just upped the ante to something more than I think I can pay! However, I am still going to give it my all! I just may end up with a “Dead” medal at the end instead of a “Survivor” medal. I’m ok with that. There are two ways you can die: 1) the zombies take all your flags and you don’t find a health packet to help or 2) you skip one of the obstacles. I had to skip the walls the last time so if there are any walls this time, I may be screwed before I even start! I have to admit I’m not exactly sure why zombies are all the rage now and I don’t particularly like the zombie shows, but this race was intriguing. Can I survive? I just have to train myself not to hit the zombies as they’re trying to grab my flags!

Watch this video and tell me that this doesn’t look like fun!