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.


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.


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.


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


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Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
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  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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