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Zombies, Run

If you’re a runner (even in the broadest sense of the word), I don’t know about you, but it can get really dull. Running isn’t too bad in the summer, when it’s warm and there are plenty of distractions, but as winter approaches, it’s dreary, and hard to motivate yourself to go outside.

So to spice things up, I recently downloaded Zombies, Run:

We immerse you in an action-packed game and story mixed with your own music, whether you’re jogging in a park, running along a trail, walking to work, or even running on treadmills.

The first mission basically introduced me to the world in loose terms, and gave me a mission of returning to a base-camp, going via a hospital, and picking things up along the way. You get bursts of audio drama in between songs on your playlist, as well as updates as to what you’ve picked up, and how far away the zombies are. It helps to have an epic soundtrack of sorts (or you could just have Lady Gaga or whatever). The app also measures your distance and time, too, which is pretty useful.

And you know what? It’s pretty good. You have to throw yourself into it, and not take it too seriously, but you feel as though you’re a part of something – even if that’s the zombie apocalypse. I’ve only tried out the one mission so far, and I ran a much quicker 4-miles than I’ve done for a long time. It’s not that I’m scared of zombies (though, when the time comes, I probably wouldn’t be a fan of them), but suddenly I’m running with a purpose, which makes things fun.

Anyway, give it a shot. If you hate exercise, this might be what you need to get you outside.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.