Training for a Zombie 5k?

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    Apr 04, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    Well, I've been strength training for about 25 weeks now but purely strength training. Now I'd like to bring up my cardio for my first 5k event in CO:

    http://runforyourlives.com/

    5k of running, a series of man made obstacles, and zombies running after you. Sounds like my kind of race.


    Any advice on how to switch gears from strength to cardio efficiently? Anyone ever run a race like this before?
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:04 PM GMT
    Damn. looks like crazy fun..
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:04 PM GMT
    Those look so fun.

    The big shift from strength training to cardio is just building your endurance and learning to pace yourself. When I did my first 5K I just did a few training runs with a buddy, for maybe 45 minutes at a time. A 5K should take you about 25-30 minutes, maybe even less. So just start going for runs around your neighborhood, or running at a steady pace on the treadmill or track. The goal is not to sprint, but rather to not get terribly winded.

    Because you will also be dodging zombies and other obstacles, make sure to develop your flexibility as well to avoid injuries - basically, don't forget to stretch before you run. But also, if you do run outside, maybe find some unpaved roads or trails to run on - inclines will help too, since you're unlikely to run on a nice flat paved road for the race.

    Get a small camera and take pics of the actual race!
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:26 PM GMT
    I'll add this to my list of to dos for next year!
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    awww man, i wish we had zombie races in my country
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:48 PM GMT
    I wanted to do this as a chaser zombie, but the spots filled up. Maybe next year.

  • Apr 04, 2012 12:51 PM GMT
    I CAN'T WAIT TO DO THIS!!!
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    Im doing a zombie run on Saturday! The only advice I can give is to watch out for their teeth!
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    Apr 04, 2012 12:55 PM GMT
    This looks awesome
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    Apr 07, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    citpolo saidThose look so fun.

    The big shift from strength training to cardio is just building your endurance and learning to pace yourself. When I did my first 5K I just did a few training runs with a buddy, for maybe 45 minutes at a time. A 5K should take you about 25-30 minutes, maybe even less. So just start going for runs around your neighborhood, or running at a steady pace on the treadmill or track. The goal is not to sprint, but rather to not get terribly winded.

    Because you will also be dodging zombies and other obstacles, make sure to develop your flexibility as well to avoid injuries - basically, don't forget to stretch before you run. But also, if you do run outside, maybe find some unpaved roads or trails to run on - inclines will help too, since you're unlikely to run on a nice flat paved road for the race.

    Get a small camera and take pics of the actual race!


    Thanks man! I'll start some basic cardio/endurance training with stretching. It's gonna be awesome too because I do plan on using a chest mounted GoPro for the duration of the race.
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    I wanna do it!! Looks awesome!
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    Apr 07, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    MtnRider saidTraining for a Zombie 5k?
    It's a two step program.

    Step 1. Die.

    Step 2. Stay alive.

    Once you can successfully accomplish both of the above, in that order, you'll have no trouble with a 5K.