I found a new thing.
Lets not get carried away and say I discovered this – turns out in 2012 this was the number 1 health and fitness app in the Apple app store. Plus it raised over $70k on Kickstarter back in 2011. This thing has been out there.
The practicalities of it were mystifying to me, but now that I’ve been using it I get a better idea of how it works. There is a story (zombies take over the world, survivors live in a little enclave, a group of runners go out and get supplies, etc., you become one of those runners) that happens while you’re running. You are given a mission and you head out running – periodically, the characters pipe up and give you updates or new missions, or tell you there is a zombie near and you better get off your ass. During the dead time, you can either have silence or you can have it play your music. Essentially, this is a form of interval training, with somebody else calling the interval shots.
Frankly, this sounded kind of silly to me. Its not like there are real supplies in the real world – seems like just having something there for the sake of having it there. And I was wrong. When one of those zombie sounds happens out of nowhere and somebody screams in your ear “Run!” – yeah, you respond.
I’ve only recently begun the 5K training program – I’m not involved in the full-blown game yet. But I will be. And if you happen to look threatening on my run, don’t be surprised if I act funny, ok?