The Morning of the Living Dead: Zombie Evacuation Race

If you asked me two months ago what I’d be doing the morning of the 1st of November, I would’ve probably said I’d be nursing a hangover and trying to get fake blood out of my clothes.

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The fact that I ended up doing the opposite shocked almost everyone I know – vanilla protein smoothie at 6am, then a 5k run? Doesn’t sound like me at all. After a quiet, but really interesting halloween at the Giovanni Battista Moroni lecture and exhibition, I headed to bed early to rise on All Saint’s Day in time to make the Zombie evacuation race at Allianz Park.

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Walking through the wooded area surrounding Allianz Park was probably one of the most bizarre experiences of my life. Walking through a field on a misty morning, with soldiers directing you, while the x-files theme was in the air… mildly terrifying. But perhaps not as terrifying as the thought of running 5k, being chased by zombies.

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Once we’d registered, we were given tags to time us, and a soldier explained to us our predicament – the Zombie apocalypse was upon us, and our only way out was to outrun the zombies in order to survive. We ran through woodland and fields, ducked under barbed wire, through dark rooms and various abandoned buildings. Once we were done, my legs were sore and my voice was so hoarse from all the screaming but it was so much fun. I’m definitely aiming to go again next year! One thing worth mentioning was that it was quite intense. At one point, I saw a woman in tears in a muddy puddle, while her boyfriend picked her up. I was really surprised to see they were both wearing jeans – either they were unsuspecting park users, who’d unknowingly stumbled into this living nightmare, or they were ridiculously unprepared. If you do go next year, be sure to wear proper clothing – and if possible, no shorts, as those in shorts ended up getting cut up quite a bit by the brambles.

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The lovely people at Currys gave us some wearable tech for us to try out – I tried the Withings Pulse Ox, which synced to my iPhone. It measured around 10,000 steps for the duration of the race.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t survive. In the very last stretch of the race – running across the field at Allianz Park, I lost my last life to two very big rugby zombies. Which is a fair estimation of how I’d fare in a real zombie apocalypse, I’d imagine. I managed to get as far as I did with the help from Jess, from Look What I Got, who took one for the team and acted as our human shield by taking selfies with some of the zombies (she had lost her lives at this point!), April from Hello April and Anna, who’s already written up her post which you can check out here!

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It was an amazing day, getting to see a few familiar faces and meeting some new ones too (like Olivia and Eliza!). I guess nothing brings people together quite like an apocalypse!

What I loved in August

September already?! The time has just flown by recently, and I wanted to do a quick update about products I really enjoyed in August. I’ve also been experimenting with gluten free baking and cooking – recipes to follow!

August haul: naked 2, lush products, misfit

My sister went to visit my mom in New York earlier this month, and I got brought home a Naked 2 palette which I’ve been coveting for ages. The colours are perfect for blending, and I’ve been a fan of Urban Decay eyeshadow for ages (anyone else remember the early noughties midnight cowboy craze?) so I am absolutely over the moon with this!

Naked 2 Palette I’ve also been accumulating more Lush products. This toner might be the best one I’ve ever used: my skin has never looked better and it feels so refreshing (and smells great, too!). I’ve been looking for a sunscreen lotion that doesn’t end up looking too cake-y, or like something out of Memoirs of a Geisha under makeup, and this might be it. It’s definitely not for you if you aren’t a fan of sesame – the scent is really strong but it provides enough sun protection for me (SPF 10) while not messing up my base too much. I’d only really use this in England though, it won’t provide enough protection for holiday wear.

The Lush toothy tabs have really exceeded my expectations. Marketed as ‘natural, solid toothpaste’ I was a bit skeptical, as it seems quite gimmicky. You grind the tablet with your front teeth, and then start brushing. A foam develops, and it makes your mouth feel like you’ve just been to see a dental hygienist (minus the awkward chats with the receptionist).

I’ve included my Misfit Shine (which I reviewed here) because they recently did an upgrade, and now it syncs to My Fitness Pal which made me more happy than it should have.

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Compact tangle teezer

I’ve succumbed to the charms of a compact, travel version of my tangle teezer. If your hair is as monstrously thick as mine, I definitely suggest one of these for travel, or for your handbag: it’s kept me presentable!

One of these is a freebie, and the other is from my latest Glossybox. I’m definitely going to have to invest in the full-size version of the Too Faced Bronzer because IT SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE! If that’s not a reason to buy bronzer then I don’t know what is. (It’s also great for contouring). The Glossybox branded Kryolan highlighter also made it in to this list because it’s the first Kryolan product I’ve tried. I’d only ever heard of the brand before because I have an unhealthy obsession with RuPaul’s Drag Race, and they were once a sponsor. This highlighter has been great, and I can’t wait to see what else they have to offer!

Misfit Shine activity tracker review

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to become healthier – to eat better, and be more active. Since graduating from university and working in an office, it’s easy to let weight creep on, and be tempted by the constant flow of office drinks, lunches and crappy breakfasts. Despite this, I have been doing quite well – I plan meals in advance, and go to the gym three times a week. This has saved me so much money, but it’s also been a great way to relieve stress. While I’m not the healthiest person in the world,  I have gradually been making small changes to offset my physical inactivity between the hours of 9 – 5: I take the stairs up in tube stations, and opt to walk instead of getting on the bus  (that is, if it’s not raining!) Little changes really do add up, but I wanted to see how much – and so my hunt began for an activity tracker.Misfit shineMisfit shine

If I’m going to be wearing something everyday, it needs to be aesthetically pleasing or it will drive me mad. This is what initially attracted me, and helped me to decide upon the Misfit Shine – practical and sleek, my Champagne coloured disc has attracted the attention of many, and has been a great conversation starter.Misfit shine

This little disc is powered by a battery which needs replacing every four months, and connects to my iPhone wirelessly through bluetooth. Through the iPhone app, I set myself a daily goal based on my height, weight, age and how much physical activity I do. It’s based on a personal target I’ve set myself, and by tapping the device throughout the day I can see how far along I am in reaching my goal. My personal goal equates to something along the lines of an hour and 45 minutes of walking, but I can meet my goals through various forms of activity. I wear my shine on my wrist on days when I go swimming (it’s waterproof!), or strap it to my sneakers with the magnetic clasp on days I decide to use the bikes in the gym. At the end of the day, you sync the Shine to the app and you can see how many steps you’ve taken, calories you’ve burned and ‘points’ you’ve earned throughout the day.

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I admit, when I first got the device over a month ago I became a woman possessed. I was obsessed with meeting my daily goal, in the same way David Sedaris became obsessed with his FitBit in this New Yorker article. I walked home from the office for over two hours on a day I’d been particularly inactive, and would be consumed with guilt the days I wouldn’t meet it. I’ve had it a while now, and have chilled out considerably. I love my shine – it’s oddly comforting to know how much I’ve been stomping around, and is a gentle, encouraging reminder to get out and be a little bit more active.

It also tracks your sleep, which is a feature I like, and tells you how many hours of deep sleep you’ve had.Misfit shine

The only downside to the product is that it can’t tell the difference between steps – you use a lot more energy going up flights of stairs (136 steps at Goodge Street station!), and the fact the device doesn’t always respond to my tapping (of course, only when my friends ask me for a demonstration of the device I’ve been raving about), but with the exception of those two points I absolutely love this nifty gadget and would really recommend it.

My shine, which I got here: Misfit Shine comes with a magnetic clasp (for your shoes) and a sports band (for your wrist). I’m currently coveting the rather stylish necklace and leather band accessories!

Anyone else have a good experience with their activity trackers?