The Walking Dead, AMC, zombies, running, a world without running
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How A Zombie Apocalypse Would Affect Runners

The hubs and I just finished binge-watching Season 3 of The Walking Dead, and between all of my nightmares, colorful episode commentary, and Norman Reedus-induced squeals, I had a thought. What if you are a runner?

Yes, I’m aware that essentially the world has come to an end, loved ones have died, and people are more worried about survival than fitness, but humor me for a second. Really. What about the runners?

The Walking Dead, AMC, zombies, running, a world without running
No more happy trails

I don’t mean holyshitrunforyourlife running. I mean relaxed, casual, just-because running.

What if you eat, sleep, and breathe running? Would something like a zombie apocalypse stop you in your tracks, cold turkey?

What if you’re a fast runner? How much do your chances of survival increase?

What if you’re an ultra runner? Can you out-endure the Walkers? Move effortlessly through the woods while they stumble over rocks and roots?

What if you’re asthmatic? Or have a heavy gait? Are you more likely to be heard and therefore chased?

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Run, run, as fast as you can

Now say you’ve already crossed over. Are you still a Walker? Or are you technically a Runner?

Are you more likely to hunt down and bite survivors because of your speed?

Do you still have that uncoordinated stride?

Do you have that raspy breathing, or does your cardio-rich history pay off?

Do you eat the muscle (protein), blood (fluid), or bones (crunchy carbs) first for fuel?

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Ready or not, here I come

So while yes, I’m sad for humanity, I’m also sad for the running community. Imagine not being able to lace up your sneakers and enjoy some gorgeous trails on a crisp, fall day. Imagine your running partner getting stalked and taken down by a Walker. Imagine a world without new flavors of Gu (ok, that one may be easy for some).

Truly terrifying, huh?

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  • Ryan

    Wow, I have to comment on this. First, Walking Dead is my favorite show and I love thinking that running is just prepping for the end of the world. I am curious why there are no athletes in any zombie apocalypse movie. I think that ultra-runners would have it easy. If there is an apocalypse I’m packing my hydration pack, grabbing my camping stuff, and heading for the mountains.

    • Tanya

      Isn’t it such a great show, Ryan? I hated it at first, but now I’m hooked.

      I totally agree that running, especially trail running, will benefit us at the end of the world. What’s the saying? You only have to run as fast (or far) as the slowest (or least in shape) person? I think we’re set.

  • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.

    Hahahaha, this is awesome!! I love The Walking Dead. I will admit, also, that my wife and our two best friends have a zombie evacuation plan and a place to meet. True story. I’m the only runner in the group though, so I fear I would outlast them all and I’d be very lonely.

    • Tanya

      That’s GENIUS! Do you have provisions and artillery in hiding somewhere? I feel so unprepared now! Damn!

      As to outlasting them, it’s simple. Your wife is the most important, so trip the two friends and then you guys can safely get away.

      • Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.

        Haha, we’re not that prepared. We don’t have any “bug out bags” or anything like those Doomsday Prepper people on the Discovery channel. We just know where to meet.

        Good point about the wife…as long as she can outrun them we’re good. It sounds so evil! LOL

  • Al DiMicco

    Tanya my girl, I’m afraid you may have gotten into some bad mushrooms before you wrote this post. My confession is that I know nothing about Walking Dead. Maybe I should write a post about “How living at Downton Abbey would affect runners”.

    • Tanya

      Hahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahaha. Al. You need to see the show, then get back to me. I promise you – no trail run will feel the same!

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