Mad Like Alyce

Something I had dreamed of doing for quite some time finally presented an opportunity this year… which is running a Zombie 5K. Until this year, I didn’t feel confident in the idea of running a 5K, and while I knew I wouldn’t be able to run the entire way, I had always joked that the only way I would run is if something was chasing me. This was an excellent way to put that into practice and have a great time while I was at it, and I eagerly signed up for the Walking Deadwood Zombie 5K race in Deadwood, SD.

What is a Zombie 5K

While each individual race differs, the essential concept is that runners wear flag football belts while running the course, which is usually speckled with obstacles, such as tire walls, wading through creeks, crawling through mud, etc. In addition, they will have to sprint through hoards of zombies that attempt to steal your flags. The zombies are usually cautioned that they cannot gang up on runners, and that while they can run at runners when they approach, they are not allowed to chase, or to run more than a few steps at a time.

The Race

On this particular day, I was a bit anxious as it was my first ever 5K. It shouldn’t have bothered me, but I’m not a runner and I wasn’t quite sure what I had just gotten myself into. As the 2 p.m. run time approached, the cool weather took a dip to the mid 50’s, the rain drizzled on and off, and the wind picked up to a brisk pace that cut through clothes.

My anxiety began to dissipate however as I waited at the starting line and began chatting with other runners. One woman was a marathoner back for her first race after a torn hamstring. Another group of two moms and the their children dressed in costumes, and they were armed with gummy zombie fingers to bribe their way past the hungry zombies.

The Strategy

I started off the race, moving through the mud pits and obstacles that made up the first part of the race and pushed through and a slow jog until reaching the first “hoard.” As I sprinted past the first rush of zombies at full bore, it quickly became clear to me that running this like a normal 5K was not the way to survive the race with any intact flags.

Walking up a steep hill(Deadwood is in a valley) trying to catch my breath, I slowed to wait for the next group of people to catch up to me before sprinting through the waiting hoard ahead. I quickly determined that normally running the race was indeed not the right way to approach it if your wanted to survive, as most of the runners who ran consistently through the race and passed us as we walked between hoards had been relieved of all flags. My group strategically placed those without flags in front to distract zombies who would momentarily target them before realizing they were already out, and also gave the rest of us a chance to dart around them before they could switch directions.

Survival!

Even with boughts of walking in between each hoard, I ran at least half of the full course, including plenty of army crawling, ditch climbing and crossing a freezing stream. I completed the course in around 45 minutes and had 2 flags, meaning I was a survivor of the zombie apocalypse.

Deadwood Zombie 5K Survivor Medal

Look at that lovely halo of frizz! Ain’t no time for product in the apocalypse!

The Aftermath

Running had kept me warm, but my soaked shoes and sweat damp clothes quickly chilled me to the bone. Most of the casinos on Main Street Deadwood are highly priced, so we found a lovely little hotel out of the way. These hotels often have smaller casinos within them, and great drink prices to encourage guests to spend some money there as well. I went down to the deserted hot tub and while reading a book, Damir periodically brought me glasses of wine while I read in solitude. It was the perfect way to recoup from the race.

shoes-after-5k

First matter of business was taking off my completely soaked shoes. My feet were freezing!

We ventured out to a small Bar & Grill in Lead called Lewie’s, which is a favorite place for me to visit when I am in the hills. Nothing incredibly special, but it has excellent burgers and bar fare.

Lewies burgers in Lead SD

Finally, we went downtown to enjoy drinks at Mavericks, above the Gold Dust casino where we met up with a friend who had relocated a year prior, then finally made it back to the hotel for some much needed sleep.

Overall, it was a great time! I can’t wait for my next 5K (JK, sorta dreading it) but I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for more Zombie races in the area.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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