Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A Race In Every State: Minnesota


The Mall of America is somewhere I've always wanted to visit and Lisa really wanted to go back, so we decided to combine our New Year's plans with marking off our 8th state!  As it got closer to time for the trip, it began to sink in that we are going somewhere really cold and running a 10k...we didn't realize just HOW cold it was going to be.

 After spending a couple of days shopping at the mall and riding the roller coaster (life achievement unlocked!) we got up New Year's morning to prepare for the race.  It was -6 degrees outside! So, we bundled up extra heavy and even wore the penguin hats we got at race registration.

We bought hand warmers before the race and those turned out to make a HUGE difference.  The terrain was pretty flat and we did pretty well over the 6.2 miles and I got my first frosty running beard.  We were exhausted by the end, but at least we weren't running the 14 miles that some other poor souls had signed up for.  Also, there was a guy running in a Speedo.  Just a speedo :/

We got a nice fleece jacket and medal for running the race which was way nicer than the usual t-shirt.  All said, we had a great trip and experienced something new.  I doubt we will do a sub-zero run on purpose again though :)  Happy New Year!

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Roll Credits: Bioshock Infinite


I'm off to a quick start in my NY Resolution to finish more games this year!  Since I built a new PC a couple of months ago, I've decided to play First Person games on it and Bioshock Infinite was on the top of my list to finally play through.

I had a really good time with the game and it is absolutely gorgeous on the PC with all of the dials turned up.  As with most games that have a complex story, I got a bit lost at parts in the middle but the gameplay was engaging and the goosebumps feeling at the end was totally worth the ride.

They did a good job of always letting me know where to go next and the death mechanic was a good one.  I didn't feel too penalized in game or in loss of time.  I did have difficulty at times finding enemies or seeing where I was being attacked from, but I usually assume that's from being color blind when it happens.  Anyone else have that issue?

All said, I had a great time and will likely jump back in for the DLC a after playing some other games for a bit.

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Friday, January 03, 2014

2014 New Years Resolutions


I don't normally do much in the way of resolutions...but I hope for 2014 to be a big year and I have lots of things in mind to help make that happen!  I have a set of things I'm doing along with Lisa as well as another set that I'll be working toward on my own.  As a bonus...I plan to blog regularly about the progress of these throughout the year!

Joint Resolutions:

  1. Run 1400 Miles Together - Lisa and I plan to run 1400 miles to celebrate 2014...700 each.  We have a couple of half marathons planned already so we should be well on our way to it just from our required training.  I'll be using my Garmin software to track my progress: http://connect.garmin.com/profile/siawnhy
  2. Weight Loss Goal - We each have a target weight we want to get to that pushes us to eat better an exercise consistently to get there and keep the weight off.
  3. 30 Day Plank Challenge - I found a plan that builds up from a 20 second plank to a full FIVE minute plank by the end of 30 days!  It sounds overwhelming, but having gone through the Couch to 5k plan...I'm optimistic.
  4. $1 Savings Increase Plan - It's a simple plan really...you start by putting $1 into savings the first week of the year and then increase that amount $1 each week.  The final week of the year, you put in $52 and have around $1400 saved!  Now we just have to decide what we are going to do with the money.  Suggestions?!
  5. Plan 4 Creative Dates - We have decided to each plan 4 Creative Dates this year.  I'd imagine some will require traveling to a bigger city, or trying something new.  I have a few ideas in mind, but am always open to hearing suggestions. :)

Personal Resolutions:
  1. Try 365 New Beers - I love trying new beers, so I've decided to attempt trying an average of one new beer a day for the entire year!  I'll be using the Untappd app to track this which has a Distinct Beer section.  Send me an invite if you want to see my progress or join me :)
  2. Learn Unity - I have mainly used proprietary engines during my Game Design career and haven't had much time to learn a more mainstream tool set.  I am familiar with Unity, but have decided to spend at least one hour each week learning to use it.
  3. Read Game Design Articles - I don't read nearly enough of the articles I come across that sound interesting about Game Design so this is an attempt to get myself reading more of them.  I hope to read way more than just one a week, but I'm trying to set a realistic goal.  Send along articles you think are must reads!
  4. Watch Old Movies - I keep saying I need to see some classic movies I've never gotten around to like Casablanca, Singing in the Rain, The Public Enemy...really most of the movies in The Great Movie Ride at Disney Studios.  So, I plan to watch at least one a month this year.
  5. Finish More Games - Last, but certainly not least, is my desire to finish more games this year.  I slacked off a bit last year and have a huge stack in front of me that I need to get through.  So, I plan to finish at least one a month this year.  I hope to finish way more than my goal on this one as well.
So, that's the list!  What do you think?  I'd be happy to hear any suggestions for things to watch, read or play that will help me to reach my goals.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Extra Life - Now With Volition Prizes!


Good News! In addition to the normal donation rewards of choosing what games I play, each $10 donated will get your name in a drawing for some great Volition gear! Here's the list of what is available:

Volition Koozie: What better way to keep your beer cold and hand warm than with this beautiful Volition, Inc. branded Koozie!
Beer Glass - The Broken Shillelagh: Prefer your beer in a glass?  I have just the thing!

 
Volition Large T-Shirt: Prefer to wear your Volition Branded items?  This T-shirt is not only stylish but also very comfortable! (also in my size...so donations from winner accepted!)

Red Faction Armageddon - Xbox 360:  Last, but certainly not least... is a copy of Red Faction Armageddon for Xbox 360.  I'll also get members of the team to sign it before sending it your way!

So, let me know which drawing you'd like your name to go into for each $10 donated.




Monday, October 28, 2013

I Need Your Help!


There is only FIVE days left until I begin my 25 hour gaming marathon to help sick kids and I'm currently only 24% toward my goal of $1250.  Together, we raised $1000 last year and I know you guys have it in you to help me get to this year's goal :)

REMEMBER: No donation is too small and they are tax deductible!

So, it seems I need to get a bit crazy here and offer some new incentives to help get you motivated in donating.  So if you have any suggestions, punishments, encouragements, etc that you'd like to see me do during this 25 hours of gaming...let's hear them!

Here's some of what I've come up with:

Pick what I wear!
For every dollar donated, you get to choose what I wear for a minute of the gaming marathon.  I'm not currently planning to live stream this endeavor, but I'd be willing to post a pic of what you choose (as long as it's decent).  I'll do my best to locate what you have requested :)

Pick the Music I listen to!
For every dollar donated, you get to choose what album or artist I have playing in the background for a minute.  With the beauty of Spotify, I bet you could torture me with just about anything!


DONATE NOW!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Race In Every State: Michigan


When our plans for the weekend fell through, Lisa and I decided to look for a race and try to mark state #7 off of our list.  We found this race in Michigan, which is only about a 4 hour drive away and decided to go for it!

What I didn't realize, is that one of my favorite Breweries was located near by! So, we got to spend the afternoon before the race having tasty Founders Beer and a tasty pre-race chili in a bread bowl.  We even got to take a tour of the brewery, which was really cool and came with a nice Founders glass.

The race took place at the Boulder Creek Golf Club where we ran the 5 mile cart path around the course twice.  It was absolutely beautiful and a very nice course.  Mile 2 (and 7) was BRUTAL though...you can see the elevation changes in the map.  There were some pretty steep climbs in there, but Lisa and I fought through the pain :)  It makes so much difference having a partner.

It was also a night race and about 35 degrees, so we bundled up a bit and we shared duty wearing the head lamp that we purchased along with our registration.  It was recommended, but should have been required...it would have been pitch black with no one for a mile if we didn't have one!

It was a fun race though and we ran with some fun people for a couple of miles.  We were totally glad that we did it and really excited to get a 7th state in the books.  The impromptu weekend away with shopping, great food and fun with my girl was just what I needed to.  It was a fantastic trip :)

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A Race In Every State: Indiana


In July, not only did we get our 6th state in the books...but it was also my son's first race!  It's only a two hour drive to Indianapolis, so we got together a group of friends for a road trip.

We arrived the day before the race to pick up our packets and check out the area.  It was a fun race environment with lots of music and colorful banners all around.

One of the race workers came up to Kian and asked him if he'd like some sunglasses.  He picked out a pair and barely took them off for the rest of the weekend.  He obviously looked cool in them and knew it ;)

Race day arrived and we were ready to go!  I found that my normal race jitters were way less since I was more concentrated on helping Kian have a great first race experience.  We were able to get way up front for the start of the race which saved us about an hour of waiting!

The race was a 5k and there was five color stations along the way.  As you approached each one, there was a giant arch and people on each side of the lane with tons of colored corn starch to throw on us.  Every time they saw Kian coming, the people focused on him :)  This picture that Lisa took was my favorite of the day.

By the end we were covered in color and really looking forward to a shower...I'm sure the hotel staff was thrilled.  We had a great time and I was super happy to get to experience a race with both Kian and Lisa.  It was a VERY special day for me.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A Race In Every State: Wisconsin



This June we took our first ever trip to Milwaukee, WI to mark another state of on our quest to Race in all 50 States.

We found a nice hotel downtown and arrived the evening before the race so we could pick up our packets and get some rest before the Half Marathon the next morning.  The hotel had a nice rooftop balcony with views into the city.

When we woke the next morning to something we have yet to experience on the morning of a big race... RAIN.  Lots of it.  We didn't think to bring umbrellas, so Lisa had the great idea of asking the front desk for large garbage bags that we could use as ponchos.  We cut head and hole arms into it and it worked great!

We then walked about a half mile to the start location and then had about 30 minutes in the rain before the race started.  As we made our way to the start line, we found this sign that was pretty funny with our current situation :)

Luckily, right about the time we started running...the rain stopped! It was clear and nice the rest of the morning and it kept the day nice and cool.  We started off running a couple of miles over an interstate bridge which they had closed down for the race.  It was pretty cool to have that much space available with a nice view and we got to see the leaders come back by in the other direction.

The route went north and then back south all along the coast with some really nice views.  Just before the turn around, it was a really nice wooded area that felt like taking a stroll through a national forest park.  Then coming back down we saw lots of beach and people playing sand volleyball.  It makes the run so much nicer if there are interesting things to see along the way.

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I took a few seconds to take a video of the beautiful scenery in the last couple of miles of the race.  This was probably the most beautiful race we've done so far!  Hopefully we can find cool races like this as we plan the rest of the states.  Let me know if you have any race suggestions :)

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Home Gaming PC Scare!



I'm sitting at my home Gaming PC yesterday morning before work and I suddenly hear a loud pop and the PC shuts off with my UPS screaming at me.  I nearly crapped my pants, but wasn't sure exactly what caused the sound.  So I leaned over and hit the power button on my PC to turn it back on....that's when the sparks and smoke started billowing out of the back of my power supply.  Then I did crap my pants (OK not literally...probably).

I built this machine five years ago, putting in top of the line components, hoping it would last me a while.  The only thing I've replace in that time is the video card...twice, but otherwise it's been a great machine.  At this point I'm scared to death that a surge has gone through and fried most of my hardware.  Since my only real course of action is to start replacing the most likely dead components until it lives again, I decide to order a new power supply to replace my beloved Antec Quattro 850.

I decided to upgrade to an 80 Plus Gold Standard power supply and settled on the Cooler Master V1000 since it was the same cost as the 850 Watt version at Amazon (at the time).  Now at least I feel like it was a bit of an upgrade since this has more wattage and also appears to have better power effeciency.

I then spent the rest of the day researching what Motherboard, CPU and RAM I would purchase if it turns out more of my components are fried.  The power supply arrived today (Have I mentioned how much I love Amazon Prime?) and I just finished installing it.  I'm happy to say that I'm posting this from my revived PC and my wallet is super excited that I didn't have to fork over the cash for more parts.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Extra Life 2013



It's time for me to play games for 24 25 hours straight and raise money for kids in need!  Thanks to everyone who supported me in my $1000 goal last year, so this year I am shooting for $1250!  Each donation lets you help decide what games I play and you can even play co-op if you want :)

Details can be found here: EXTRA LIFE DONATIONS

Any donation is appreciated!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Moving!


I'm in the process of moving to another place in town, so I have probably seemed a bit quiet lately.  I have a couple of posts nearly ready about our last two races that should be coming in the next week or so!  I've also been playing a fair amount of games on the 3DS lately and hope to have some thoughts gathered soon :)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Currently Playing: Animal Crossing New Leaf


I recently gave my launch 3DS to my son and purchased myself a 3DS XL so we can play games online together while he's not with me.  One of the games he's been really excited about is the new Animal Crossing...so I decided to get it for myself  and get a few days head start before I give him his copy this weekend ;)

This is my first time playing an Animal Crossing title and wasn't sure what to expect.  Yes, the art style and theme is a bit young focused, but I've been enjoying the customization options of the game so far.  You can build your town any way you want, starting by selecting a random map layout and then placing your house anywhere.  I was surprised how open the options are.

From the Game Development perspective, it was a little disorienting at first with how little they let you see of the world at once.  It is almost like you are running across a rolling pin with how the terrain folds, but this is probably necessary to draw all of the density of objects that the game allows.  You can't see very far...but the trade off for so much player choice is well worth it.  Luckily the map is always on the bottom screen so you can tell where you are going easily.

I have only played a few hours so far, but will have another post once Kian and I start playing together this weekend.


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A Race in Every State: Ohio


 We recently headed to Cleveland, OH to run the Half Marathon and mark Ohio off our list.  Since I'm a Browns fan, I've been super excited for this race because it happens around the stadium.  My plan was to set up a tour so we could get in and see things while we are in town.
 Unfortunately, they didn't have any tours on the weekend we were in town.  Lisa researched and found out that the 5k race the day before actually has you end ON THE FIELD!  So, we decided to get into town a day earlier and walked the 5k so we could rest our legs for the big race early the next morning.

The route as really nice and gave us some cool views of Cleveland, which was great since it was the first time for both of us visiting.  Usually I like to get to the start line plenty ahead of time, but on this morning between parking and the long bathroom line...we got there literally seconds before it began.  It turned out better for the pre-race nerves!
 I didn't sleep well at all the night before, so I was nervous going in...but we did well and Lisa helped keep me going.  In the end, we had a time that was within 5 minutes of our other half marathon finishes...we are consistent if nothing else.
 Another state down! Next up...Wisconsin.


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Friday, May 03, 2013

Illinois Marathon Relay 2013


Instead of running a normal Half Marathon this year, we decided to do something a bit different.  Lisa and I ran the Full Marathon Relay as a two person team.  So, this meant running six and half miles...resting for an hour while the other runs...and running another six and a half miles.  It sounded like an interesting challenge so we went for it!

As soon as we began training for it, we realized that it was going to be more difficult than we realized.  First of all, we are so used to running together that long runs alone are now awful.  In addition, we didn't anticipate how difficult it would be to get ourselves running again after taking such a long break.  But, we take challenges head on and worked to get ready for the race.

As race day neared, we sat down and made our plans for getting around the 26.2 mile course that winds through Champaign, IL.  We not only needed to get to the next relay station, but also wanted to be somewhere half way between each point to cheer for each other.  Lisa made us a great plan of back streets that got us around without much issue.  We decided to bike the entire course a week before so we could get familiar with the route.  It was a lot of fun, but my back was killing me by the end of a 2.5 hour bike ride :)

We decided to walk the 5k race the night before with family and friends to get our legs warmed up for the next morning.  It was nice to get out there and get rid of some pre-race jitters and ending on the field at Memorial Stadium was really cool.  We had a few friends running in their first 5k ever so it was awesome to be there and cheer them on.

There is a different feeling when you show up for race day.  All of your concerns about success start to go away and the energy makes you feel like you can do anything.  This is why we tend to run a bit too fast the first mile, but we get adjusted quickly.  I was there to see Lisa take off from the start line and then I jumped in the car with her mom to get to the first cheering location. Lisa came by at about mile 3 and we were there to take pictures and give her a high five.  We then headed over to the first  relay station!

The first six and a half miles wasn't too bad and I kept close to my normal running pace, but it was so much less fun running alone.  Once you have a running partner to talk to, encourage, and get encouragement from...it's really hard to go back solo.  The second leg for each of us was really difficult.  Having stopped for so long and then running the second half of 13.1 miles was pretty tiring on our own.  At times, the only thing that kept me going was knowing that Lisa was waiting for me and that we got to cross the finish line together.

It was a great experience that I'm really glad we did, but I seriously doubt I will run this way again.  Running together is way more fun!


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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Running Races In All 50 States


One of the best feelings in the world is the the excitement that builds in the moments leading up to a race!  It's even better for me if it's a race that I'm running for the first time and I get to see all new sights and people.  So to make things even more exciting, Lisa and I have decided on a new long term goal of running a race in all 50 states!

In 2012 we managed to run races in three different states:
Rantoul 5k - Rantoul, Illinois (first race)
St. Louis Half Marathon - St. Louis, Missouri (first half marathon)
Wine & Dine Half Marathon - Disney World, Florida (my dream race)

We think we can get through three or four states a year and can't wait to see some parts of the country we've never even visited. When possible, we'd like the race to be a half marathon...but our rule is that as long as it's a race (5k or more)  it counts.  I've created a new blog list on the left side to list our first race in each state!


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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Co-Op w/ Kian: Happy Wars


Yup, this is my second post in a row about the games I'm playing with my son.  Since that's where most of my gaming time is devoted these days...I hope you'll understand :)

The game can be played in either single player campaign mode or in a multiplayer "capture the flag" style game of up to 15 players vs 15 players(or bots).  The objective is to take down a series of towers along the way to the enemy castle.  These towers serve as spawn points for the team that currently owns them, so you get to spawn closer to the enemy side as you make progress.

Ultimately you need to take down the gates to the enemy castle and then destroy the large tower inside.  But, there is always a Boss Monster there to make that difficult.  Players have the choice of either a Warrior, Cleric or Mage and can change that choice after each death.  I have only been playing as a Warrior and trying to level up and Kian tends to play as a cleric.  Each battle earns you Stars and experience toward increasing your character's ability to hold more equipment.

It's interesting to see the Free to Play model come to Xbox Live and so far I think Happy Wars has done an excellent job of hooking me and my son.  The game itself is free to download and play and even comes with 20 in game dollars that you would normally buy with real money.  This currency allows you to buy specific items for your characters while the Starts earned in game only let you play mini games for a chance at random stuff.  You can, however, use the Stars to upgrade the level of items you have.

The beauty is in the incentives they have created to play every day.  There is a monthly treasure map that you move one spot along each day that you log in.  Each day you receive Stars and there are also two item chests along the way as well as a special chest at the end.  There is also a group co-op challenge going on each month that has special rewards associated with it so that's what Kian and I tend to play.

There is a ton of equipment which improves the abilities and stats of your characters but also greatly improves their look.  The game is super cute and Kian is having an absolute blast with it.  We haven't yet spent any real money on the game but I likely will soon to support something that we are having so much fun with.  It's a really great game for short plays of 10 minutes or so, but you can also spend hours playing like we do.

Wait, there's a smartglass app for it?!  OK, I'll be downloading that today and reporting back how (or if) that fits into the gameplay experience.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Co-Op w/ Kian: The Simpsons Game


Well I was finally able to do something that has been on my bucket list ever since Kian was born...played through a game with him that I worked on!

When he comes for a weekend visit, we tend to spend most of the time playing games together.  Last weekend, I sat down a stack of games to let him choose.  As I was describing them to him, I mentioned that I had worked on The Simpsons Game and he got really excited.  Normally we play an hour or two of several games, but this time it was different.  We spent all weekend playing through the entire game together :)

It was interesting to go back and play something that I had worked on over 5 years ago and see it differently as he experienced it.  A lot of my same frustrations with the camera and controls are still there, but he didn't seem to mind too much.

At one point he got frustrated with a section of gameplay and said "This is stupid!"  I told him that I had actually designed that piece of gameplay and had a conversation with him about creating challenge in game design and how it feels great when you are able to complete it as a player.  Then we got through it together :)

Overall, it was a fantastic experience on so many levels for me and can't wait to do it again some day.  I just wish I had worked on more games that he doesn't need to be an adult to play!

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Focusing Forward


2012 was a pretty rough year for me in a lot of aspects of my life, but I've made it through and am figuring out how to go forward.  It wasn't all bad and I did have some fantastic people helping me get through. But, there are some things I want to focus on in 2013...so I guess you would call these my New Year's resolutions:

Blogging
My blogging took too much of a backseat this last year and I intend to fix that.  Expect regular updates across a variety of subjects :)

Game Design
There are several books on Game Design that I want to read this year and some other activities that I want to do in order to make myself a better designer.  I'll be updating you with what I learn.

Fitness
Now that I've lost the weight I need to, I'm working on keeping it off and improving my overall fitness.  I'll continue running and posting about races as well as trying new workout classes, etc.  I plan to start Triathlon training at some point soon!

Photography
I've been having a lot of fun with my Canon T3i DSLR and want to learn more about the art of photography.  I'll be posting about what I learn along the way as well as some sample photos that hopefully don't suck.

Co-Op w/ Kian
Now that my son is living apart from me, I'll be focusing on our game time together through online services like Xbox live and Steam.  I'll post about how it's going as well as looking for suggestions on new games we should try.

Keep in touch and let me know what topics or individual posts you'd like to see!


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Disney Invents Juggling Robot!




I can't wait to see how this gets integrated into the next wave of shows at Disney World :) Credit goes to The Disney Blog for finding this.


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Zombie Run 2012


As soon as I was finished with My Extra Life Gaming Marathon, it was time to do my first Zombie Run! I mean...who needs to sleep right?  Also, I couldn't let Lisa do the run alone and hear about how she got infected because I wasn't there to be slower than her and get caught in her place.

I wasn't sure what to expect, but assumed it was a 2 mile run where I'd need to speed up occasionally to avoid Zombies.  Oh man, it was way different.  We each were given a belt with three flags on it and in order to "survive" we had to make it to the end with at least one flag left.  They put is in groups of 9 plus an ROTC guide and loaded us on an evacuation bus so we could get to the evacuation helicopter safely.  Along the way, the bus stops and we find that our driver has been infected!  We opened the rear door of the bus and everyone poured out and ran toward the bridge.

As we approached the bridge, I got my first eerie feeling.  It was a single person bridge that we had to cross with a zombie standing at the other end. The guide yells "We have to run for it!" so we all took off across the bridge.  The rest of the evening was us jogging to the next point and then all out sprinting...not what I was expecting!

As we approached one of the locations, I was looking behind us as a group of slow moving zombies were coming our way.  Then suddenly a couple more came running out of the brush right beside of us and I turned to stare one in the face!  I was able to turn quickly and get away with all of my flags, but that got my heart rate up quite a bit.  It got dark during our run and a good portion of it took place in thick woods.  It was pretty freaky overall.
We got through most of the encounters without losing a flag...until we ran into some of our friends.  They decided to wrap their arms around us and hold us down until another came and took our flags!  It was a rough encounter, but a lot of fun.  They had great costumes and their makeup was professionally done.

The Zombie Run was a total blast and I'm really happy we did it.  Next year we are talking about changing roles so we are Zombies while our other friends get to experience running the race. I was able to hold onto one of my flags and make it out alive!


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