I needed to do a 40 minute easy run this morning before meeting my mother-in-law for brunch. I wanted to run in my usual park, but I knew a race was going on this morning. There’s still plenty of places to run to avoid the race, but I decided on the fly to sign up for one of the untimed waves.
Last year I volunteered for this race, a rUndead trail race, which benefits Special Olympics. The runners wear belts with three flappy flags velcroed to them. The people dressed as zombies try to pull the flags off as you run through the woods. Once the flags are gone, you are “dead”. They also offer opportunities to purchase extra flags, and some of the zombies were giving away extra flags if a runner wanted them (I declined).
Basically, I lost my three flags in the first quarter mile or so, two of them to some super fast teenager who sprinted up behind me. It was partly because I was near the front of the pack so the zombies didn’t have as many people to contend with yet. I wasn’t really going all that fast because this was not meant to be anything but a different kind of easy run. I was pretty relieved when the flags were gone because then I didn’t have to dodge zombies anymore. I just announced, “sorry, no flags” when zombies approached. I have a fear of twisting my ankle on a regular trail run, so the zombies did make me a little nervous. Especially just being one week post-marathon. There were a lot of wet leaves and muddy paths today, so the run was much more relaxed without zombie stress. I helpfully told the zombies that a bunch of youngsters behind me still had a bunch of their flags.
Anyway, I did use my Garmin, but covered it up with my arm warmers so that I ran by feel. I don’t know if the course was a certified 5k because my watch shows 2.82 miles. But the tree cover could’ve messed that up.
No really important, I guess. I just would’ve been bummed if I’d been in one of the timed waves and wanted a real 5k time.
Considering there were some tough hills and terrain, I felt good throughout. I was running at a conversational pace and had a blast. I also now know how to run some new trails in my park, which excites me since I got lost in there once last summer.
I did a warm up and cool down for a total of 4.7 miles or so for the day.