Always a great way to start off.. You'll get used to it. Shaking zombies is actually pretty easy. Once you learn which buildings are which, you can run through the ones with multiple entrances (waiting inside the building for a second to make sure they follow you to the door) then sneak out another entrance. You can break their line of sight by zigzagging through bushes or thick trees. There's also the always funny flying zombie trick where you lead zombies to a steep hill and run down it carefully, then watch as they just launch themselves off the side of the hill to their death. There's also the pine tree trick, where you can just sit as close as you can to the center of a pine tree and the zombies can't hit you.
Poor mythbuster zombie isn't going to be returning in the standalone.