Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Zombies, Run!

Wide ass can be an occupational hazard for a writer. I spend most of my day in front a computer processing medical claims and dealing with my business financials. Then at home and spend my evenings, head buried in a computer pouring out my heart and soul. So I spend a lot of time not being physical. This doesn’t even include the bad eating habits and my proclivity to drink. 

So in a effort to improve my health (okay that’s a lie. I’m headed to Italy next summer and want to look hot on the beaches…) I started working out. My gym is across the street from my office and I really have no excuse. I walk and do some weights, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. My husband says I should run…my thought, “not unless someone is chasing me!”

With that in mind, I was chatting with a friend and she suggested Zombies, Run.  Yes that’s right a phone app about being chased by zombies!!!  Why am I just now hearing about this?!?!?!


So I downloaded Zombies, Run and started my ‘couch to 5k’ training. The narration is great and the sound effects had me checking behind me on more than one occasion (hey, you can never be too careful). I’ve really been sucked into the story and look forward to my work out. My only complaint is I get too involved. Vivid imagination at work! It’s gotten to the point that I think the gym is going to ask me to leave, because the other members are worried about my mental health.
Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 03  

Don’t worry about not being a runner.  The app starts you out slow and you go at your own pace...at least where I'm at now.  The next installment (part 2) is meant to be more interactive, rewarding you for longer workouts/runs. But I'm sticking with the training sessions. 

There is plenty to nitpick about the app. Some have said the radio 'chatter' can be distracting, but you can listen to your music (from your playlist) mixed in with the story so it’s not like listening to an audio book.  There's also the fact that the app is episodic, with each workout being a mission. I can see how this will limit the apps potential once I've listened to all the episodes. 

But let's be honest, this app is meant to help you ease into running, and for that reason I think it's worth the money.  And we all know the first rule of the zombie apocalypse is, right?  CARDIO!

1 comment:

  1. That sounds really cool! I need to get it myself. It might be the thing I need to get myself back into an exercise routine. Thanks for writing about it! :-)