Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Zombies and Weirdos

Lately my running has been fueled by fear induced adrenaline. I have been running away from zombies and have been dodging weirdos in the early morning darkness. I purchased the Zombies, Run! app for my phone and have been trying it out. Usually I don't take my phone with me or any other device besides my Garmin watch. So wearing earphones during a run is brand new to me and has taken some time to get used to. But running in the dark, not being able to listen to my surroundings, and the app playing ominous noises has made me a very fearful and nervous runner. I'm sure that I look like a skittish, shaking chihuahua to anyone who sees me. It also doesn't help that the app will have sporadic "radio transmissions" as soon as I am running past a parked vehicle causing me to instantly jump out of my shoes or fall off the sidewalk. Not only am I afraid of passing parked cars now, people have been putting up scarecrows and other decorations in their yards. So now there are dark figures standing in lawns at 4:30 in the morning to be afraid of. All I am thinking as I see these silhouettes is if it's a weirdo that I need to avoid or just a friendly decoration. So, needless to say, my heart rate has been too high for the training I have been doing.



The Zombies, Run! app is actually a fun motivator. Basically you are a "runner" in this exciting zombie infested apocalypse story. You are "Runner 5" and your job is to go out and collect supplies for you and the other survivors living in Abel Township. Through a series of missions, and listening to various audio narrations you uncover more of the story. The more you run, jog, or walk in the real world the more stuff you will collect. The collected supplies can be used to build and expand your base. Don't forget about the zombies either, they will chase you and you must speed up to escape them.



So other than running for my life. I have finally gotten back in the pool this week. Just mostly splashing helplessly around working on my form for now. Because of the cooler weather I have had the pool all to myself. It is nice having that chlorine smell on me once again.


What do you use to motivate yourself?


5 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fun app to try out (esp today)! I run mostly by myself and this might mix it up a bit.

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    1. Yea, I really enjoy it. I find myself excited to go for another run so I can listen to the next mission.

      Great job at the 24hrs of Booty Ride.

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  2. I love this app! and they just came out with Halloween missions. So going to try them this weekend. Hoping my running is successful. :D too bad we can't play in groups. that would be fun!

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    1. I love it too. I haven't tried any of the side missions yet. That would be fun if it could tell if another runner was nearby (gps) Good luck with your running.

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  3. Howdy Cuz!
    I've enjoyed your running blogs as they come across the FB page. I never heard of this app before, and am not a zombie fan, but it sounded like a good idea, so I loaded the 5k version and tried the 1st (easy) workout. Very fun twist on an interval workout! I can't wait to get the full version-- thanks for the tip and the inspiration! -- Carrie

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