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September 2011

Night of the Running Dead 5k Race – I Hate Running!

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I last wrote about the benefits of using hot sauce as a way to avoid getting sick, which still is proving to work for me. I can’t remember the last time I got sick. However, all my comments were unfounded and based on my own observations. The other day I was visiting a neighbor and told them my theory and they gave me more undocumented affirmations that I’m onto something! I’ll take their comments as substantial evidence as both of them work in the medical field. As I mentioned, I’ll let you know of any illness I get this winter. I’m confident I’ll be as healthy, if not healthier, than my flu-shot receiving counter-parts.

Night Of The Running DeadThe next big thing coming up this year is the Night of the Running Dead. This is the second year for the event and I don’t think it’s very big right now, but hopefully it will be bigger year after year. I signed up last year but ended up watching the kids so I couldn’t run. This year I’m running the thing. The gimmick to this run is that there are those who dress as zombies and others that are survivors. The survivors get a 2 minute head start, then the zombies are released. I’m a survivor and I know I’m going to get run down by the zombies. If I was a fast runner I would sign up as a zombie. I’m not fast though, I average a 10 minute mile, and I have to walk a lot. I’m doing it anyway. The zombies aren’t allowed to touch anyone, it’s just a fun race.

There’s this other place that has a similar race to this that actually has flags attached to the survivors. The zombies can grab the flags, which represents killing the survivors. Everyone still gets to run the race but the zombies get something out of it. I think that’s a fabulous idea and I’m going to suggest it to this races promoter. I would certainly lose all my flags, but it would make the race that much better.

I’ve been running for around 6 years now and I still hate it. I hear these rumors from other people that once you start running you get addicted and you can’t stop. That hasn’t happened yet. I could actually stop at any time. The only reason I keep it up is because I want to complete my goal of being able to run a full 5k without walking. I could actually go the distance back when I lived in my good neighborhood and would run around Liberty Park. I just need to do it again while running around my lake. Then I suppose I could work towards a 10k. if I ever accomplish that I’ll tackle the half marathon, but that’s where I stop. I took a vow a long time ago that I would never run a marathon. Since it takes me a full summer to even come close to being able to handle a 5k I don’t think I’ll have any problem with keeping this specific vow.