If you've been reading for any amount of time you know a few things about me. 1. I'm a Nerd and proud of it. 2. I like zombies and weird things. 3. I try to get/stay/pretend to be in shape. 4. I love all things British. Now if you roll all of those things together you get the new app "Zombies, Run!"
Last month while in Pittsburgh, I think, I was listening to NPR. I came in on the tail end of an interview with British writer Naomi Alderman. She was describing the app and although I only caught the very end of the interview, I was immediately intrigued when I heard the words, "The first time they [the zombies] catch you..." Wait...WHAT?!?!?! I didn't know what it was but I knew I had to have it. I listened to the final 30 seconds of the interview and grabbed a pen and scrawled the words "zombies" and "run" on my arm.
Random Aside: I have a phone and a blackberry for work. Both have various checklists and note taking apps/bells/whistles and such. But I am absentminded to a fault. Much like a toddler, if I can't see it, it doesn't exist. So while I probably would have seen the electronic note in my phone at some point, I would DEFINITELY see the word "zombie" written on my arm until the next morning when I showered and would be more inclined to follow up sooner rather than later...Moving on.
After I was fully ensconced at my hotel, I googled NPR, Zombies and Run and was taken to NPR's article on the app and the full 4:30 minute interview with Ms. Alderman. The object of the game/app is simple: you are Runner 5 and you're on a mission to collect supplies and complete various other tasks all the while outrunning the zombies who are shambling about in the area. As you complete the missions, others unfold. The more supplies you collect and assign to your base the larger it grows. But the main goal is to keep running and not get eaten.
I LOVE this app. I used it this morning and ran further than I've run in a long time. (First time back REALLY running since the stress fracture.) The breaks between zombie chases and mission info is great for interval training. And bonus...at least for me...all of the people guiding you through the mission are BRITISH!!! I could run FOREVER!!! The only downside for me is that my iPod doesn't have GPS capabilities without WiFi, so there's no way to tell a.) how far I've run and b.) the zombies can never really catch me because the app is unable to gauge how fast I'm running. The app works best with an iPhone with GPS enabled. Although, the website states that there's an Android version coming this Spring. I fully intend on either getting an unlocked/jailbroken iPhone or downloading the Android version when it's available. (In case you're wondering: I am NOT looking to get a $400 phone so I can use an $8 app. I love T-Mobile and don't want to leave. But I also LOVE iPhones and have been toying with the idea of getting one. To reiterate: I AM NOT getting a $400 phone for a zombie app.)
Due to the stress fracture I wasn't able to do Run For Your Lives! in Atlanta. However, I'm really hoping to be able to do one of the runs San Diego, St. Louis or Orlando. If I do the Orlando run I may try to talk Blaine into doing it with me. Between the boxing on the weekends, the "Zombies, Run!"app, the marathon viewings of The Walking Dead (I love you, Andrew Lincoln!!) and my handgun training, I am certain to survive the zombie apocalypse that will descend upon us on December 21, 2012. The Mayans had it wrong. The world isn't going to end...at least not for some of us. (insert evil laugh here)