Everyone knows what a zombie is, especially these days with zombies getting pretty decent billing in some major movies. There are zombies in the running world too. They are classified as such:
Zombie: A runner who is "back from the dead" and recently back in action, but not yet to pre-zombie form. There are at least two subsets of zombies as well:
- Injury Zombie: A person who is coming back to life after an injury. I classify myself as an injury zombie at the moment.
- Couch Zombie: A person who is coming back to running life after too long on the couch, for whatever reason.
After stumbling a few times on the trail, I thought of a few more:
Obstacle: something that impedes normal running motion. These are the metaset. They include fallen trees across the trail (e.g., Ash Canyon Creek Trail after the windstorm last fall) that you have to scramble over, ginormous rocks, whatever. There are subsets though:
- Rockstacle: Any obstacle that is of a rock. A subset of these are rockodiles, which are those that specifically bite at your ankles in a sometimes-successful attempt to trip you. A prime example of Rockodile trail is either the start of Centennial (which I've dubbed the Rockodile Highway) or the middle 1.5 miles of the Echo Summit to Lake Aloha trail.
- Dogstacle: A dog that is running with you that suddenly simply must stop and sniff, thereby blocking the trail. Sometimes known as a Trail Pig. Gino of Gino's Jaunt trail fame falls into this category. Often.
- Stumpstacle: Visible or not, a stumpstacle is a bit of chopped off vegetation in the trail that does it's damnedest to plant your face (or any other non-sole-of-the-foot) on the trail.
But not to distract from the run, it was pretty good. Farthest I've gone since my injury, so that was a positive. I got to tread new territory, which is also a positive. The new trail is going to be epic when complete. Here is a few snaps of the part I sneaked onto: