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).

Running Gear Checklist – Running Use to Be So simple

running gearRunning is a simple recreational endeavor needing very little gear to get started. All you need are shorts, shirt, shoes, socks and you’re good to go! Well, I wish it were that easy for me. As I’ve grown older, my list of gear needed, to get out the door, has increased dramatically in both quantity and cost.

At the beginning of my running career, I used gear already in my possession:
Basketball shorts, a cotton t-shirt (cotton? really?), tube socks, and athletic shoes (trail shoes I later discovered). I used the stopwatch, on my Timex watch, and measured my runs by time unless I was running laps around a track. I was able to map some of my neighborhood routes, online, using GPS maps.

Fast forward 10 or 12 years, to the present, and many things have changed. You can now spend quite a bit of money on shorts ($30), shirts ($40), shoes ($100+), hats ($25), socks ($15 a pair), Fitbit watch ($200) and the list goes on. I am a cheapskate and do shop at Ross Dress for Less and Marshalls Department Store.

My checklist for running:

  1. Briefs
  2. Running shorts
  3. Technical shirt
  4. Hat
  5. Knee sleeve
  6. Fanny pack
  7. House keys
  8. Glasses (yes, I forgot my dang glasses once)
  9. Ear buds
  10. Phone (music/playlists)
  11. Socks (no show)
  12. Inserts (arch support)
  13. Fitness/GPS watch
  14. Sweat rag (if I plan on stopping at the store or post office)
  15. Plastic zip-lock if it is raining (phone protection)

Some no-no’s, I committed, when missing some checks on the list:

  • I accidentally wore boxers, ONCE,  and not only was it uncomfortable but irritating to the “crotch” area.
  • Forgetting my hat, means sweat running down my scalp & forehead, then into my eyes (yes, I am a MEGA sweater!).
  • I forgot my house keys and had to call my wife at 5:00 AM to let me back into the house (she was NOT happy).
  • When I forget my knee sleeve, I can almost psych myself into feeling knee pain.
  • Having my fanny pack too loose with cause it to bounce up and down (annoying to the point where I have to stop and fix).
  • Having a hole in the bottom of my sock will cause me to focus on that hole for the entire run.

Funny Run – 5 Silly Questions to Ask a Runner

running in the rain

You don’t run in the rain do you?

Well, I don’t NOT run because it’s raining. The only thing I don’t like about running, in the rain, is whether my soaked shoes will dry before my next run <LINK>. Sometimes my glasses fog up which can makes it difficult to see but I can just wipe ’em off! I also keep my phone in a ziplock bag so can still listen to music (earbuds) and keep it dry. Let it rain, let it rain…I’m still running!

You don’t seem very fast so are you a running or a jogger?

Today, the definition of a runner is someone who runs 6 mph and faster. Than equates to a 10-minute-mile pace. I was never a fast runner but up until my late 40’s, I easily could maitain a 6 mph pace. From my late 40’s on, I have had injury problems and my running has suffered. Rare is the day that I can average a 10-minute-mile pace but, yes, I still consider myself a runner!

Isn’t running boring? Doesn’t it become monotanous?

Boring? Well if I ran around the same block, everday…it might get a bit boring. I try to run different routes, in my neighborhood, and even drive to some of my favorite running places. Also, I always listen to music to keep my mind grooving!<LINK> I have alternative rock, classic rock, disco, high energy and techno playlist to help pass time. I’ve even listened baseball and football games while running. Some times I like to think, pray, work out problems or just vegetate while running.

Isn’t Running Bad For Your Knees?

Yes, running is a high impact activity so…YES, it is bad for your knees, shins, ankles, feet, joints, back, ect, ect, ect! Please understand that running is a great way to get your butt off of the couch and outside excercising. Buying a pair of high quality, comfortable running shoes and havng a reasonable training plan should keep you relatively injury free. Don’t worry about your gait, footstrike or motion control/stability shoes…just go out and run! Trust me, your body will love you 🙂

You can eat as much as you want, whatever you want and burn it off running?

Well, I wish that was true. You do burn off calories but not as much as you would think. A normal run, for me, is around 3 miles at a 10-minute-mile pace. That adds up to 30 minutes of running and the burning of around 300 calories. Now if you pig out all day and ingest 3000 or 4000 calories a day, you’re just going to end up a FAT runner. The name of the game is to have a healthy and balanced diet.