Today I thought I’d mix it up and try out the Zombies, Run! app.
I really like the idea of playing a game as you run, listening to a story build up around you as you puff away. Zombies, Run! is like an audio play, so you jog along and listen to the story unfolding. You don’t have to plan any directions or follow any instructions, apart from ‘Speed Up!’ when the zombies are nearby. The app tracks your pace for a bit and then it can tell when you’re speeding up, so if you don’t speed up at all at certain points, the zombies will get you!
My strategy was to run this at a slow, comfy pace so when the zombies started chasing me I would have a bit extra in the tank to escape. However, I was a bit confused as to when to speed up for the Zombie Chases throughout the workout… and although I felt I didn’t speed up that much in chase 1, I evaded the zombies, but on the second chase, where I did feel as though I sped up a fair bit, I was caught and I dropped a water bottle (in game, not real.) Maybe practice will improve my zombie-avoiding technique.
The app syncs with your music, which is great because there are periods where nothing in the story is happening as you journey from checkpoint to checkpoint. I feel that I may need to make a separate Zombie Jogging Playlist though, as having the theme from Rocky 2 blasting in your ears as a terrified scientist screams at you that a horde of zombies are coming are two worlds that should never come crashing together. The game worked a lot better when I was listening to more atmospheric, intense stuff, like this most excellent Synth Epic by Carpenter Brut.
Still, Zombies, Run! does add another fun element to running. I even ran an extra mile as I wasn’t sure when the mission would end. I think the first mission was a 5k, but the characters kept talking so I kept going. I almost feel as though I’ve been cheated into running 4 miles today. But I guess that is a good thing…
I’ll run a few more missions and see if any interesting developements happen. And maybe consider a darker, more intense music playlist!