Archive | December 18, 2013

Day 179: Zombies and Spies and Bears…oh my

Ok…No bears

And technically only virtual zombies spies…but shhh that is completely not the point!

Basically, I have been playing iPhone games all day…but good ones where you progress in the game by doing real world activities such as running and walking 🙂 I did another mission of Zombies, Run! but I’ll get to that in a minute…

First The Walk…

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This is along the same lines as Zombies Run! but it is designed to track walking, it is designed to run all the time and track all the walking you do all day. I started it at lunchtime because I didn’t know that.

It bills its self as a “techno thriller”. You get caught up in a terrorist attack in Inverness and mistaken for a new spy/secret service operative (easy mistake to make really) and consequently you have to deliver a package to Edinburgh by walking there.

Each episode takes you through interactive maps where you have to walk for a certain time to unlock the next clip of the story and there are things to pick up along the way. It is pretty cool and adds a little bit more incentive to the daily walking. Ok for all you doubters out there, I don’t *need* an app to make me walk more, but If I am going to walk more, I may as well play it 😀

0000000 mapsThis meant that yesterday during my lunchbreak, I walked for 45 mins (which is my whole lunch break) and I went 3.6 km, I played almost an entire episode during that walk, but had to keep walking up and down the office to finish it off during the afternoon 🙂 The map on the left is where I actually went in really real life, and the one on the right is the one from the game 🙂

The other cool thing about this game, is that it has what they call adaptive difficulty. This means it alters the time it takes to complete the episodes dependent on your fitness level, which it works out from your activity level and time to complete other ones 🙂

So that covers walking and spies…

Now for running and Zombies 🙂

I am enjoying this zombie game, it is slightly more interesting than just running, it breaks up the music a little bit 🙂 and I am apparently very valuable in the defence of Abel Township which is the town in the game! Believe it or not, I am also quite enjoying running in the dark. I even went out yesterday when it was raining! I stand a chance of turning into an actual runner…cold, rain, dark, zombies…and still having fun… *raises eyebrow*

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So it was mission 3, I had to distract some zombies and lead them away from the base.

It was also, run number 3 after my 3 week running hiatus, my 3rd run in the dark, and my third run in the evening. I improved again, not back where I was, but better than the last two and that is important. I have read that you run slower in the dark, I think I may run slower in the evenings so I am pleased with this improvement. 😀

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for the sake of continuity and to satisfy my obsession with tracking things on apps…I also recorded the run on Strava 🙂 and here it is…

The other interesting thing about this Tuesday, is that a with a walk and a run I managed to go further and do more steps than I have in ages 😀

13,126 steps…
6.18 miles

Woohoo!

Day 179 Complete 😀

PS…it turns out not every work out this week comes with free chocolate…probably a good thing really…

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