Zombies Run! Yeah, I’m Five Years Late But Now Hooked!

I find it amazing that I had never heard of Zombies, Run! until…July of 2017. Yes, over five years after the release of the fitness based smartphone game. Now the keyword here is smartphone! I had the Samsung Vibrant in 2010 (too early), then moved on to the Nokia 920 & 1520 models (not supported). I finally purchased an iPhone 6 Plus in 2015. By then Zombies, Run! Season 4 was already in full swing.

For those, like myself, who may not be in the know about Zombies Run!, here is quick primer on the game. Zombies, Run! is an immersive running game/audio adventure for iPhone and and Android. Six to Start is the creator along with novelist Naomi Alderman (Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017).

In 2015, Zombies, Run! became free-to-play for the first four missions. You can unlock a new mission each week (there are six seasons and over 200 missions total). This is to wet your appetite (I just finished the first mission) and entice you to purchase a monthly or annual membership. I’m already hooked and will probably stay with the month to month membership to see if my interest holds.

When you start your run and mission, make sure you have plenty of music on your playlist. Each mission is a combination of storyline and your own music. Zombies, Run! makes your running workouts way more fun. You listen to your songs waiting for a crisis to develop and it always does. The app uses your playlists and GPS so you do need the app to play the game and check your stats (See video below). You can also use their website to also check your game/run stats (see 2nd video down).

Champion Men’s Vapor Heather T-Shirt – My Absolute Favorite Running Shirt!


FEATURES:

  • Regular fit performance tee
  • Champion® Vapor technology delivers quick-drying performance
  • FreshIQ™ technology blocks odor-causing bacteria
  • Coverstitch seams prevent chafe and increase durability
  • Lightweight, ultra-soft fabric moves with you
  • C logo at left chest
  • Country of Origin: Jordan
  • Cheapest place to buy: Amazon

I know Champion doesn’t have the sexy name and reputation as Nike, Adidas, ASICS, ect but HEY! While ignoring the sticker price ($110+) for my running shoes, I’m more budget minded when it comes to running clothes. Now don’t get me wrong, my shorts and shirts need to be comfortable, light and definitely sweat wicking. Besides that, brand name, style or color is not a big issue for me. Okay, I’m cheap!

Browsing around Amazon, I found the Champion Men’s Vapor Heather T-Shirt at a bargain price! Sometimes, you can find these shirts at $10 if your timing is right. These shirts will run you $25 at Dicks Sporting Goods. With Amazon, I always try to buy just enough to qualify for free shipping which is a big deal, for me, living in Hawaii.

My reasons for loving this shirt are:

  • It feels like a t-shirt though it has a more custom fit.
  • There are many colors to choose from and I just keep clicking each color, on Amazon, to find the cheapest shirt.
  • The shirt is very lightweight, breathable (you can see the holes!) and feels like very soft cotton (a nice combination).
  • I love the feeling of soft cotton but not how cotton sticks to your skin when you exercise and sweat.
  • The holes are kind of an optical illusion because the pattern has areas of thicker weave and other areas with a very thin weave.
  • I am a huge sweater and there is not a shirt (on this earth) that will not be soaked during a run. The Champion Vapor dries
  • very quickly so if I can’t immediately remove my shirt, I can still move around in relative comfort.

Yes, I actually do own a couple of these shirts and plan on purchasing more!

At this price, you can stock up, up, up!

Sock It to Me! The Mystery of Sock Sizes

socksI’ve always been confused when when it comes to shoe and sock sizes. I’m just going to use U.S. men’s sock sizes to avoid even more confusion. Why are they different? Why can’t shoe and sock sizes be the same? When I’m looking for socks, the sizes I usually come across are 9-11 (M) or 10-13 (L) or 12-15 (XL). Why the overlap? Nike socks are 6-8, 8-12 and 12-15! What the heck?

Well, the mystery isn’t much of a mystery! Measure your foot and you will find your sock size. For example, my foot is 10 inches long so my sock size is 10 so I could technically wear size medium or large. I always go for 9-11 (M) because if the socks are slightly too small, they will stretch and fit fine. If your socks are too big, too bad, too sad!

Shoes are supposed to also be based off of the length of you foot. Well, according to some shoe charts I’ve come across, my foot length 10″ (9 15/16 on the chart) equates to a shoe size of 8…what? Sorry, I wear a 9, sometimes 9 1/2. You have to also factor in that shoes sometimes run a half-size small or large.

When it comes to running shoes, I’ve had some bad luck with online purchases but most of the time my shoes ordered have fit fine. You need to be vigilant research or go to a shoe store and try them on in person. Of course, the best deals are found online so I’m willing to take that chance.

When it comes to socks, I’ve never had a problem with online purchases. Socks have some wiggle room, because they can stretch, so no problems with too loose or too tight.

The only time I’ve purchased socks at a brick and mortar store was at Ross. They had some Nike Dri-Fit socks for $1.99 a pair so I had to hoard those! When my socks start wearing out, I usually head to Amazon and buy Saucony or ASICS socks in 3 or 6 packs which are way, way cheaper than in an actual store.

Sooo…if you measure your foot, you will know you sock size. Shoe sizes are not so easy. I’ve heard some complaints that some shoe manufacturers run a half-size small or large. I wonder if these people actually know their true shoe size…if they’ve actually measured their foot?!?!

Upcoming Races May 2017 – Oahu

upcoming racesJamba Juice Banana Man Chase
5km Run | Ala Moana Beach Park
Saturday, 6th May 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
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42nd Annual Wahiawa Pineapple Run 10k
10-km Road Run | Ka’ala Elementary School, Wahiawa
Saturday, 13th May 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
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3rd Annual With Grace 5k
5k Run | Kailua Beach Park
Saturday, 13th May 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
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Bill Beauchamp 10K
10K Run | UH Urban Garden Center, Pearl City
Sunday, 14th May 2017 at 7:00 a.m.
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Honolulu Ekiden
26.2 Mile 6 Person Relay Race | Kapiolani Park
Sunday, 21st May 2017 at 5:30 a.m.
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Hibiscus Half Marathon
13.1 Mile Run | Kapiolani Park
Sunday, 28th May 2017 at 5:30 a.m.
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