From Blogger to Runner to Coach
Run Away from Zombies
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 the blog 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.
Run or Get Bit
Running Away from Zombies
In middle school, I got shin splits every time I ran. In high school, my PE teacher would yell if I took a walking break during a run. She thought I was being rebellious. In reality, I couldn’t run a mile.
I eventually began the motto, “I only run if an angry bear is chasing me. And it must be angry, mind you.”
But as I got older, I began to notice other people running while I was out walking. Running voluntarily. Running happily. They were getting a better workout than me. Maybe they knew something I didn’t know.
The Ol’ College Try
Couch to 5K
In 2007, the summer after my freshman year in college, I found the “Couch to 5K” program. I learned that you can start out slow. You can start out taking walking breaks every 60 seconds. I learned that some people take to running naturally and that others require a little training. I required a little training.
But boy, was it awesome, the first time I ran 30 minutes without stopping.
I’d like to say that I’ve been running ever since. But it really took a few start-stops along the way. Most years I didn’t run.
Get in serious shape
In September of 2013, I found myself lethargic, overweight, and overeating. My doctor gently informed me that I was prehypertensive, medically overweight, and cholesterol and other numbers were high. I wanted to change my lifestyle, but I felt overwhelmed. I decided to continue to ignore exercise. I re-established a drug regimen for my hypothyroidism. Then I calorie restricted to lose weight. I made little steps, because it was evident I was not going to change it all at once.
And those little steps counted.
By January 2014, my thyroid hormone levels were normal and I had lost 20 lbs. I felt ready to tackle exercise again. Running a marathon felt like such a huge, scary feat, but I wanted to try again. I registered for a November 2014 marathon and started this blog.
Get in serious shape
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