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Zombies on the BRAAAAAIN!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The new "Zombies, Run!" app for iPhone has added some much-needed excitement to my workouts of late. I first heard about it in February, before it was launched, and thought "Cool idea!!" and promptly forgot about it. Like I do.

Then a friend and I were talking a few weeks later--March 2, to be exact--and she mentioned that there were a bunch of zombie-themed races popping up in our area in the coming months. In these races, one can choose to be either a human running from a horde of zombies, or one of the zombies chasing those humans.

As we discussed these 5k run-for-your-life-the-zombies-
are-coming events, something dislodged that little memory nugget from its brain-hole. Something about zombies....and running..."jogged" my memory and reminded me that oh hey wait, there's an app for that!

So the next day I decided to just go for it. My birthday was only a few days away, I still had a balance left on an iTunes giftcard from Christmas, and any $8 expenditure that will encourage me to get off my butt and exercise more is a worthwhile 8 bucks spent. It may be a little steep as far as apps go, but compared to some of the fitness products and motivational products out there on the market, I would call "Zombies, Run!" a bargain.

I've used it; I've loved it. There are some bugs to work out in the update, but even as it is, this app stands alone as a great motivational fitness tool for someone like me. I've been explaining it to my zombie-loving friends as an audio book in which you are one of the characters. The one clear objective your character has is to RUN.

...Ok, the app doesn't require that one actually run. I am not a runner. I tried a few times in the past and didn't like it at all. Recently I have been flirting with the idea of trying again, and I've found lots of great advice on the subject (hooray for sparkpeople). So now that there are zombies involved I feel somehow obligated to figure out this whole "running" thing once and for all.

Then, to top it all off? Just 2 days ago, a friend posted a link for one of those aforementioned zombie races right here in my city. It's set for April 7, and while I haven't yet committed (eww, commitment), I am seriously considering it. There's not much time to prepare considering I haven't been running before this week, but I jogged for 10 of the 30 minutes I spent with the app today, so that is something to build on. I have till April 4 before the registration fee goes up, so I'm going to work on it the next few weeks and see how much progress I can make.

I'm not in it to be the best zombiepocalypse survivor, just to be A survivor. Or maybe I'm just in it for the t-shirt. The fact that I am "in it" at all is the shocker to me.
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