Zombies, Run!

November 18, 2016 Wellness 6

For the past 12 weeks I’ve been participating in an exercise study being done by a local university. The study involved an app-based exercise program called “Zombies, Run!”


The app itself is free, up to a certain extent. For example, you can only download 1 new mission per week with the free version. They also have a 5k training app that is supposed to be very much like the Couch to 5K program, but I haven’t tried it.

What makes “Zombies, Run!” different from other exercise apps? The storyline. Essentially, you’re a character in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested landscape — a character who is tasked with fetching supplies or rescuing people, hence all the running from zombies you’ll have to do. Each chapter of the story is a called a mission, which will typically last from about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your settings. When you’re not listening to the story or running from zombies, you can listen to your own heart-pumping music to keep you going.

Let me be clear: I’m not really the running type. The only reason I started doing this program was for that whole experiment thing. But I’m really glad that I started it! Despite some serious issues with shin splints in the beginning, and quite a bit of laziness if I’m being honest… I’ve managed to up my endurance a little bit and I just generally feel a little bit more confident in my body right now. Which is good, yes?

I’ll probably keep going with this app even after the exercise study is finished with me. However, I’m also open to alternatives. I also use the yoga.com app, which I got for free during a promotion they were doing last year. And I have a FitBit, though to be honest I haven’t worn it very often lately because I’ve had some trouble getting it to sync up properly.

ANYWAY, what I want to know is: Do you have a favorite exercise app or program? Have you ever done this kind of interval training to meet a running goal, like doing a 5k?


6 Responses to “Zombies, Run!”

  1. Katie @ Doing Dewey

    I tried using this app to run outside and I hated it. My ankles hurt a lot when I run outside and I just didn’t enjoy it. Lately, I’ve started running in a gym though and I’m really enjoying it aside from finding it a bit boring, so I might revisit the app 🙂

    • Louise

      Oh yeah, running outside can be pretty tough on the body, unless you’re on an actual track. Sidewalks and roads and such are not really designed for the high-impact activity of running! But the storyline does keep the mind busy, so maybe it is worth another try while you’re on the treadmill.

  2. Jennifer

    I keep trying a 5k training program but I have yet to manage to finish it. I get to about week 4 and just give up. I am trying to convince myself to give it another try. I want to be a runner I just don’t want to go through the agony of becoming a runner if that makes any sense. In other words, I guess I am lazy. Maybe that admission will shame me into success.

    • Louise

      “I want to be a runner I just don’t want to go through the agony of becoming a runner if that makes any sense.” I totally get it. I often feel like I’m not “made” to be a runner (either physically or mentally) but it is one of the few exercises that I can do on my own, no gym or equipment or team required. But I figure, even if I get lazy or worn out and walk instead, at least I’m out doing SOMETHING physical right?

    • Louise

      Oh yes, you can use this app on a treadmill. You can set each mission for a certain amount of time, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re actually going somewhere or how fast you’re moving.

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