Now with more zombies

This is a bit of a bonus, so to speak. Last week, I was turned on to a fabulous immersive running app/game called Zombies, Run!

Being chased by the undead is surprisingly good motivation.

The way it works is, you start the app and are immersed in a postapocalyptic world. There was a zombie outbreak, and you are a runner for a small colony of survivors. Your jobs can be anything from supply runs to distractions, to chasing down traitors. The app will play audio clips from the story, and then it’ll switch over to your custom music playlist. In between the songs, you’ll get more audio clips. You can also choose to add “zombie chases” to add a bit of interval training. You also collect supplies along the way, and when you finish your run, you can log onto the website and allocate those supplies to various sections of your individual base.

At the end of each mission, you get a summary of your distance/time/pace/calories burned, and a codex of information about the supplies you collected and any story tidbits you uncovered.

I’m having a fabulous time with it, even if it is a little creepy to hear zombie breathing in my headphones when I’m walking through the early-morning darkness in my neighborhood. Though, it’s a plus that nobody’s around to hear me muttering “I have a bad feeling about this” to myself.