Run For Your Lives Recap

I first wrote about Run For Your Lives back in January when I made it part of my list of things to do before my twenties expire and my thirties begin. Well, Saturday was race day! I woke up that morning feeling horribly unprepared. I was certain that I hadn’t trained enough and that I was doomed. I convinced my friend Brynn to come with me and she was also pretty sure that she was zombie bait.

We set out early, as the race location was about an hour from where we live. Even though I was nervous, I was also excited and ready to outrun some undead!

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Okay, I was like mostly excited and some nervous. Or maybe it was reversed. Whatever.

We got to the race location (out in like Boonies, Georgia, where I was half-convinced that someone was just gonna straight up Texas Chainsaw our asses) and got everything settled registration-wise. We had about an hour to kill so we wandered around, checked out the events of the all-day Apocalypse Party and limbered up (which happens to be rule #18 of Zombieland).

We ran in the Noon wave and guys, it was intense. It was more intense than I imagined it would be. The first wave of zombies were ruthless and right off the bat I got two flags taken. I did encounter some neighborly zombies (we are in the South after all) who gave me two flags back so I would have a fighting chance the rest of the race. I don’t know how other RFYL courses are, but in Georgia, there was at least a quarter of a mile (maybe more) that was all uphill. On the way up and the way back down there were no zombies, which was good because I’m fairly certain that if I had run down that steep hill I would have fallen and killed myself.

I did fall, actually, really hard. I was crossing a ditch filled with rocks (I assume during rainy days it is filled with water) and a zombie came up from behind me and scared me so bad that I screamed, ran, lost my footing and just fell knees-first right into the pile of rocks. I banged my knee up and scraped my leg. A medic was nearby and made sure that I was okay, but I didn’t come almost two miles just to give up so I solidered on.

I had to skip some of the crawling obstacles, but I did dive into the vat of cold, muddy “blood” water, scaled walls, and sprinted through outstretched zombie arms faster than I thought my body was capable of. At the last stretch, I had one flag left. After I crawled out of the vat of cold blood, I was faced with a field full of what had to have been at LEAST thirty zombies, just waiting to snatch my flag. Brynn and I decided to try and stick with a big group and we all just took off running across the field together. I sprinted as fast as I could and avoided all zombies. Suddenly I was five feet from the finish – the end was in sight! I was going to survive! But then, two zombies came after me. I did the #1 thing that I now know not to do: I hesitated. The moment’s hesitation is all it took and I was surrounded. A zombie to the left, a zombie to the right. One of them started grabbing at my flag and I was yelling, “NO NO NO NO!” while twisting and trying to get away. But she was faster and snatched my last flag – RIGHT AT THE FINISH LINE! I was so mad.

The finish line was one more obstacle; a belly-crawl under electrified fence through the mud. At this point I was wet, bloody, in pain, and “infected” but there was only one way out and that was under the fence. I slithered through the mud and a friend we’d made during the race was on the other side. She grabbed my hands and helped pull me through the rest of the way.

Even though I finished infected, I finished! I was bummed that my hurt knee forced me to skip some of the obstacles, but I still felt so exhilarated and thrilled to have finished something that was so difficult. And y’all, it was SO HARD. It was fun, it was terrifying, and it was really challenging. I went into the race afraid that my body wasn’t ready for the challenge and finished the race amazed at what my body was capable of. I wasn’t tired, I didn’t feel like collapsing and dying and the only complaint I had was that my leg was throbbing from where I fell.

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Me on the left, Brynn on the right.

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Infected and FILTHY.

We stuck around and enjoyed a free beer and some of the Apocalypse Party. I got called onstage for a zombie movie trivia game where another girl and I faced off against two guys. My head is jam-packed with useless movie trivia and that helped my team win! I won a RFYL beer mug, which was put to good use that evening as I enjoyed some well-earned brews.

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Run For Your Lives was every bit as fun as I had hoped it would be. I’m really proud of myself for finishing, and I honestly cannot wait to do it again. It was one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had and if you have the chance to do one, I would highly recommend it (use my special discount code ZPTD10 to get 15% off your registration). Check out this video below, it’s coverage from the race I ran in and gives a good look at what the 2013 Georgia race was like – plus it shows how the RFYL team transforms people into the walking dead!

Thanks for the awesome time, RFYL. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Disclosure: As a RFYL ambassador, I got some sweet RFYL swag and gear. I also got two free race registrations, which I used to run the race in Georgia. All opinions are my own, and I really did love running this 5k and plan on doing it again next year.

Mumford & Sons, New Jobs, ZOMBIES.

So time has completely gotten away from me. The last month has been pretty hectic. My freelance writing has kind of blown up (I have another column I’m writing for Nooga.com, plus some side projects), I started a new job this week and, oh yeah,

I SAW MUMFORD & SONS IN CONCERT ON TUESDAY.

My friend Stephanie and I headed down to Atlanta in the early afternoon. The concert was at Centennial Olympic Park, and we managed to find an open lot RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET. We parked and decided to walk to Vortex to get a bit to eat. It was about 2 miles one way and let me tell you, the burger was worth the 4 mile walk. SO GOOD. After lunch, we headed back to the park to see a line had already formed to get in. Crap! It wasn’t too bad, and we were pretty confident we’d still get good spots. We did.

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Oh my God, y’all. It was more amazing than I can explain. Each song was amazing. They played “Dust Bowl Dance”, where Marcus Mumford played the drums and near the end of the song, he just lost his damn mind and threw his drumsticks away and kicked the whole drumset over before going to the front of the stage and finishing the song. It was so freaking cool, I just started screaming like a crazy person. One of the highlights of the show (aside from “Timshel”, “I Will Wait”, “Lover’s Eyes”, and their finale, “The Cave”… Okay so pretty much the whole damn thing) was after the road crew set the drumset back up after “Dust Bowl Dance”. The band came back out and with them came their opening acts, Bear’s Den and The Vaccines. They all played “Come Together”, and it was FLIPPING. AWESOME. I found this video on YouTube, which doesn’t do it justice but is still pretty good.

I got a couple of good photos – not many because I was too busy enjoying the show!

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“Timshel”

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SO MANY MUMFORDS

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the concert since Tuesday. It was an amazing day with a great friend. We got home super late, and the next day I started a new job. What! Yes, last week I left the job I’d had for the past three years for a new opportunity. I’m enjoying the new job very much, and am happy to report that it is something brand new and very challenging. One of the best parts is that I get to work on a Mac and I am learning Photoshop. WEEEE!!!

I’m gearing myself up for tomorrow. What is tomorrow, you ask? Oh, just a little thing called RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. Yeah, IT’S HERE ALREADY. What? How did that happen? I swear it was like, yesterday that I first blogged about it. WTF. Anyway, please send good RUN BITCH vibes my way and hope that I make it through the race with a survivor medal? I will keep you posted on how it goes. Don’t forget that if you’re interested in running one of these, check out the website to check for a race near you and use the code ZPTD10 to get 15% off your registration!

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That’s all for now, friends. I’m going to really try to post more often, but I make no promises because my life is CA-RAZY right now!

Halfway to Thirty: A Twenties Bucket List Update

So back in January, just after my birthday, I wrote this post about making a “Twenties Bucket List”; a list of things I wanted to do before turning 30.

I’m happy to report that I have crossed off several of the things on the list and have several more items on my calendar so they will be happening later this year. Here’s a quick update:

  • Take a winery tour. – I did a wine *tasting* in March so… I’m gonna cheat and cross this off.
  • Attend Wine Over Water (not everything on this list is wine-related. Promise). – This event hasn’t happened yet.
  • Lose 40 pounds. – I’m almost there: I’m down 27 pounds.
  • Begin writing a book. – Er… Nope. Not yet.
  • Take 1 photo a day and make a “memory yearbook” at the end of the year. – I screwed the pooch on this one.
  • Begin saving for a family Disney trip. – Kind of?
  • Take a weekend road trip with the family. – No, but we DID go to Chicago for a whole week in the early summer.
  • Meet some of my blog friends in person (FINALLY). – :( Not yet. But I did get to meet two other people who write for Nooga (and we had a blast at karaoke), so maybe that counts?
  • See a live concert (preferably Mumford & Sons or Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros). – YES. I did see Edward Sharpe, and am seeing Mumford & Sons next month.
  • Do something completely different with my hair. – YUP. Take a look.

BEFORE AND AFTERBYE BYE, HAIR.

  • Run a 5k. – I ran the Color Me Rad (didn’t run the WHOLE thing but I ran most of the way) in March. Mentioned that I wanted to do the Run For Your Lives 5k, which I’m doing next month (if you’re planning on doing one, don’t forget you can get 15% off using my special Zombie Prep Team code of ZPTD10).

Okay so looking at the list there aren’t quite as many things crossed off as I originally thought, but that’s okay. I’ve made good progress and am exciting about the things that are still to come. Also? The thought of chopping my hair off was scarier than the actual chopping itself. Once my stylist made the “point of no return” snip, I was strangely calm about the whole thing. I’m not sure if I was in shock or what, but I was totally fine with her hacking off most of my hair.

Five months ’till 30. Lets see if I can get more of this bucket list taken care of by then!

 

Run For Your Lives’ 5k: Tips, Tricks, and a Discount Code

Remember the last time I posted I talked about a new project that I was working on? Well, after a week of juggling about a bajillion and one freelance projects, my column, and running my ass off I am finally sitting down and getting this written.

I’m excited and thrilled (and a little hungry, but that’s not really related to this) to announce my VERY FIRST brand ambassadorship. I’m an official member of the Zombie Preparedness Team (the ZPT) for the Run For Your Lives’ 5k. I KNOW, RIGHT? If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I like zombies and that this 5k is actually the #1 item on my “Twenties Bucket List” before I turn 30 in January. I wrote about it back at the beginning of the year and I am so, SO excited to be an ambassador for this amazing race.

As a member of the Zombie Preparedness Team, I will be bringing you helpful tips and tricks to help prepare for the zombie apocalypse (because it will happen y’all, and you’ll thank me because you’ll be ready for it). Another awesome part of being a member of the ZPT is that I have a 15% code to share with ALL OF YOU. By using the code ZPTD10 when registering for the Run For Your Lives’ race of your choice, you will receive 15% off of the cost of registration!

This code is good nationwide for absolutely any race, and it’s good for a runner’s registration OR a zombie’s. So whether you want to chase or be chased, I’ve got you covered.

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Keep your eyes peeled for my ZPT posts with lots of good information about what the hell you should do when the zombies finally come after us all. If you have any questions about Run For Your Lives’, how to register, or if you have any helpful suggestions for surviving the undead, please feel free to reach out to me at mommybootsblog@gmail.com

Twenties Bucket List

For my birthday, my best friend gave me a number of really cool and funny things. She gave me a Starbucks gift card, a funny calendar featuring goats in trees (best ever, right?), some scented wax that smells like cupcakes (“so the calories don’t ruin your diet”) and a card with some wonderfully sentimental things written inside.

One of the things she wrote was how we should do lots of fun things this year and then throw a big party for the big 3-0. I wonder if she knew she’d make me cry with her card (the sweet things she said, not the fact that she mentioned me turning 30) but I’m almost positive she didn’t know that she’d inspire me to create what I’m calling  my “Twenties Bucket List” – a list of things I want to do before my twenties kick the bucket and become my 30s.

It’s probably going to be a list in progress, because I keep thinking of random and silly things to put on it. I don’t think the #1 item will change, however. Here is the list as it stands now in no particular order except for item #1:

  • Take a winery tour.
  • Attend Wine Over Water (not everything on this list is wine-related. Promise).
  • Lose 40 pounds (this one’s already in progress!).
  • Begin writing a book.
  • Take 1 photo a day and make a “memory yearbook” at the end of the year.
  • Begin saving for a family Disney trip.
  • Take a weekend road trip with the family.
  • Meet some of my blog friends in person (FINALLY).
  • See a live concert (preferably Mumford & Sons or Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros).
  • Do something completely different with my hair.

And the #1 thing on my list is…

Train for and run a 5k.

Specifically, the Run For Your Lives Zombie-Infested 5k Obstacle Course Race in September. What’s that? Check out the video below for epic awesomeness.

I mean seriously. How freaking cool does that look? I just can’t decide if I want to be a zombie or a racer. Obviously it’s going to take me more than just training in running – that shit looks serious. I’m going to have to be in good shape before tackling that but I have plenty of time since the run isn’t until September.

That’s my Twenties Bucket List so far. I’m determined to make the last year before 30 awesome.

Have any suggestions of things I could add to my list? Add them in the comments!