Hi, I’m Rebekah Hamrick and I write Run Away from Zombies to help new runners transition from excited, curious, and a little scared to experienced, limit-pushing, and successful.
I started Run Away from Zombies in 2014 for people who are unsure if they should call themselves a runner and unsure if running requires a natural talent or if it’s conquerable with a little persistence.
My running journey started in that exact place.
Now I’m a long distance runner. While I still have no natural talent, I’ve been rewarded abundantly for the time I’ve put into this thing we call ‘running’. I’d love to help you do the same.
Where to go from here:
- If you’d like to read about my running journey, read “I’m a Runner” or “How I Started Running, Pt 1“
- Thinking about your first marathon and wondering what training it entails? Read through my first marathon training here.
- Is short distance running more your thing? Read about my 5K training.
- Need some help? My Running Resources page has links to a lot of great websites, training programs, and discusses some running gear.
Having trouble fitting in a run or motivating yourself?
I’ve noticed a big stumbling block for new runners is after the excitement wears off after those first few weeks. Maybe it’s harder than you thought or you’ve hit a plateau. For you, I wrote 10 Hacks to Get You out the Door and Running.
Pre-Apocalypse: In my 28 years in this life, I’ve developed the excellent habits of cooking nutritious food and making to-do lists. I’ve also developed the poorer habits of never accounting for beer calories and maintaining a sedentary lifestyle outside of exercise. When I train, I’m training to run away from zombies.
Post-Apocalypse: I want to be STRONG and FAST. I want to outrun and out climb any zombie out there. And if I get bit? I want to be the fastest zombie out there. Watch out.
The Husband (TH) and I married in 2015 after dating for 8 years. We have a 13-year-old dachshund who makes a laugh and a 11-year-old deaf Australian Cattle Dog who is always up for a run. A tortoise rounds out the family.
We live in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah has no hills which makes for easy running, but it also has a lot of heat and humidity which makes for hard running. We like it here.
My Big & Scary(TM) Goal
The long journey I am on now is to see if an average, no natural talent runner can work hard enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is a very exclusive race, and only those who can run fast enough to qualify for their age/gender group can apply to race. To give you perspective, I ran my first marathon in 5 hours and 4 minutes. To qualify in my age group, I need to run an approved marathon in 3 hours and 35 minutes. Is this possible? I honestly don’t know.
But I want to try.