Austin Chick Survives the Zombie Apocalypse…5K…video

As promised, here is the footage from my point of view camera from the Run For Your Lives 5K (zombie run) I ran Dec. 15, 2012, in Austin. I think it turned out decent, though it is a little strange to watch my face on the left side of the screen. The way I run also kinda reminds me of Leonardo Dicaprio in that really weird video game scene in The Beach. But I think the Michael Andrews’ cover of Mad World I requested was a good choice!

For more about this run, check out my article on Austin Woman online, or see the Austin Chick Flickr.

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Austin Chick’s 2013 Resolutions

KeurigI thought it might be helpful to not only list my 2013 Resolutions but examine how well I did on my 2012 ones as well. Last year I had a pretty hefty resolutions list.

2012 Resolutions:

-Do cardio for 45 minutes, 3 times a week. (I didn’t do this to the T, but I did train for and run a 5K, which is completely unprecedented for me.)

-Eat 6 ounces of grains, 2 cups of fruits and veggies, 3 cups of milk or yogurt and 5 ounces of meat and beans a day. (I did this perfectly for about 3 months with the use of my super cereal recipe, but then I just kinda started eating whatever.)

-Drink 8 glasses of water a day. (I probably really only drank about 6. Eight just feels like too many. I feel like these numbers should be adjusted for short people.)

-Relax More. (I certainly did this by streaming just about everything on Netflix Instant, not that I’m anywhere close to running out of shows/movies.)

-Read More. (I read more books in 2012 than I ever have in any other given year. So I certainly accomplished this one.)

-Get first novel published and finish second novel. (I have yet to publish my first novel, but I’ve submitted it to several publishers, agents and contests and I did finish my second novel, which I plan to e-publish in the next few months.)

-Survive the solar flare. (Thankfully, the 2012 solar flare did not happen, so I accomplished this by default!)

-Survive Zombie apocalypse: Stock-up on ammo and research tactics by watching the new season of “The Walking Dead.” (Done, done and done. I did survive the Zombie apocalypse…5K.

So when it comes to my 2012 resolutions I didn’t do too badly. Now on to my…

2013 Resolutions:

-Run 3 times a week for 30 minutes at a time. Do elliptical twice a week. Do pilates or an ab workout three times a week. (I know this is lofty, but running a 5K did not make me drop weight like I expected. I instead gained a bunch of muscle, so I’m certainly toned but not skinnier like I hoped.)

-Eat 6 ounces of grains, 2 cups of fruits and veggies, 3 cups of milk or yogurt, 5 ounces of meat and beans and drink 6 glasses of water a day. (We’ll see what happens.)

-Publish my first novel. (I am still in the process of this and hopefully it works out soon.)

-E-publish second novel. (This novel is done, so it’s only a matter of posting it whenever I get some extra time.)

-Drink only one cup of coffee a day, since I’m caffeine sensitive. (This is easy with my new Keurig.)

So what about it, Austin? What are your 2013 resolutions?

I Survived the Zombie 5K…Sorta

So I ran the Zombie 5K this morning and survived…in the literal sense. When it comes to whether or not I survived according to the game’s rules, I did not. I was certainly zombiefied, but I’m proud of myself just the same. Despite the popular theory, I did not get out in the first 5 minutes and I did make it all the way to end. I almost even got there with a flag.

In fact, I managed to keep at least 1 of the 3 flags for the first 2 miles, but by mile 3 the zombies got faster and more aggressive. And my flag was gone before I could say “braaaaainnnns.”

But I’m proud to say that I did every single obstacle anyway…almost. (I skipped the one where electrified wires dangled, with little space between, inside a barn. No thanks. I was out at that point anyway.) But I did crawl under a fence that turned out to be electrified (we’re talking mild electric shocks but uncomfortable just the same.) and under some barbed wire. I even went up two steep hills that resembled vertical mudslides, and up and over walls and tall fences with very little trouble. Who knew I was such a climber? I seriously surprised myself. But I guess having zombies on your tail, even fake ones, is quite the motivator.

Not that I didn’t get winded at times. There was certainly a lot of distance, sprinting and zombies in long spurts, but there were also built-in walking breaks where no zombies chased you for those who needed to catch their breath (me).

But strangely one of the biggest challenges was running with a video camera on my head. I was constantly worried there was mud on my lens (or that my camera was wrongly pointed at the sky) but I was too distracted by the whole spectacle to check. It’ll be interesting to see how my zombie video turns out in two weeks.

In the meantime, for a more in-depth article about my zombie run experience, see this article on Austin Woman online. For more photos, see the Austin Chick Flickr.

*All photos by Seth Lindner.

Zombie 5K Training, Race Day this Saturday!

I’m on Week 5 of my 5K training (Training created by SparkPeople. Printable version here.) and I haven’t had time to run this week until this morning, so I thought I was behind. But it turns out I’m only supposed to run twice this week for 30 minutes since race day is this Saturday! And it’s supposed to be about 60 degrees with a 30 percent chance of rain. I’m not too thrilled about that, but it hasn’t been so bad to run in the cold when you’re already hot. So wish me luck Saturday. I suspect rain will make obstacles even tougher, which, according to co-founder Ryan Hogan, are going to include things like a starting corral, mud slide, water, over-unders, non-toxic red dye and a smoke house. I have no idea what a smoke house is, but we’ll take the journey together, since I’ll be running, sliding and crawling with a camera on my head.

In the meantime, here’s another fun zombie video. In fact, I think this is the one they played during the Walking Dead last season that got me interested in the run. And speaking of WD, apparently, Hogan’s favorite character is also T-Dog. Oh T-Dog….

To learn more about the Zombie run, see this article about a previous run or visit the website.

Week Day 1 Day 3 Day 6
5 DONE Jog for 30 minutes. RACE DAY! Jog for 3.1 miles.

Zombie 5K Training, Week 4

I’m on Week 4 of my training for the Zombie 5K (Training created by SparkPeople. Printable version here.), and to my total surprise, I was able to jog 35 minutes straight both Monday and Wednesday without a hitch! I never thought it possible, but I guess the way this running regimen pushes you gradually makes running 35 minutes almost easy at this stage!

And Friday I’m only supposed to run 5 additional minutes. Since the running hasn’t been winding me lately (I’ve actually stopped and considered running even longer and even felt the urge to run on off days just for fun [I know! Who is this person?]), I think I should have no problem running a 5K on race day in a week and a half. Now the whole avoiding zombies part might be a little more difficult. But it sounds like I’ll be running with a camera on my head to record this experience, so you’ll get to see first-hand how that turns out.

To learn more about the Zombie run, see this article about a previous run or visit the website.

Week Day 1 Day 3 Day 6
4 DONE DONE Jog for 40 minutes.
5 Jog for 30 minutes. Jog for 30 minutes. RACE DAY! Jog for 3.1 miles.

Zombie 5K Training, Week 3

indoor running trackSo to continue my training for the Zombie 5K, I found a 24-hour Fitness with an indoor track that allowed me to try it out for free once during week three of my 5K training. (Training created by SparkPeople. Printable version here.) And I’m actually already finished for the week. (I had to move Day 6 to today since I have a full plate tomorrow.) For Days 1 and 3, I still ran around my backyard while my dog assisted by pretending Kanna as zombie to be a chasing zombie. Grass is great to run on, but today I found that it’s so much more comfortable to run on an indoor track than anything else I’ve encountered. It’s made of something that has a little bit of give that seems to be some form of rubber. (I’ve heard it’s recycled tires.) I greatly recommend an indoor track for 5K training if you have access to one. However, I’ve been told repeatedly by experienced runners that the best places in town to run are hike and bike trails (like Town Lake and Brushy Creek) that are made of crushed granite, so definitely keep that in mind. However, if you have seasonal allergies like me, I’d suggest an indoor track as an alternative.

So how did my week 3 of training go? I have to say it was executed pretty perfectly. I didn’t deviate at all from the training regiment of running for 4 minutes and walking for a minute in between, 8 times total. That’s a success for me. Especially since next week I’ll be jogging for 35 and 40 minutes straight. I suspect that won’t go as smoothly, but at least I’m getting there. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

To learn more about the Zombie run, see this article about a previous run or visit the website.

Week Day 1 Day 3 Day 6
4 Jog for 35 minutes. Jog for 35 minutes. Jog for 40 minutes.
5 Jog for 30 minutes. Jog for 30 minutes. RACE DAY! Jog for 3.1 miles.